Ringing in the new year abroad is such a treat! You experience new customs and traditions while enjoying all the fun of celebrating New Year’s Eve abroad. So, we’re sharing some of the best spots around the world! Here are SHADED malibu’s favorite New Year’s Eve destinations abroad.
One of the best places to be in Europe for New Year’s Eve is Scotland’s capital Edinburgh. Here NYE is referred to as “Hogmanany” and Scots really know how to celebrate it! With a massive street party through the famous Royal Mile and fireworks over the Edinburgh Castle, it’s an absolute picturesque treat packed full of bagpipers, Scottish cheer, and lasting memories.
Berlin boasts some of the best parties in Europe, so it’s no surprise that it’s also one of the best New Year’s Eve destinations abroad. Enjoy street parties between Brandenburg Gate and the Victoria Column until 3 am. Not finished partying? Many of Berlin’s best clubs will still be dancing the night away much into the start of the new year.
Cape Town, South Africa
Looking for some sun to go along with your New Year’s Eve celebrations abroad? Cape Town is a fantastic choice. Head to the Victoria & Albert Waterfront for the best celebrations the city has to offer. Enjoy fireworks at midnight, dancing, food, drinks, and plenty of fun to go around.
You may be surprised to see Iceland on this list as it’s quite dark this time of year, but don’t be fooled! The locals of Reykjavik know how to have a great time on New Year’s Eve! There are community bonfires where people gather around the fire singing, dancing, drinking, and burning away the year’s troubles.
It’s a great destination for a bit of culture, fun, and gorgeous landscapes. Plus, don’t miss out on their spectacular firework display at midnight!
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
Beach lovers should flock to the island of Ko Pha Ngan for New Year’s Eve! Made famous for its monthly Full Moon Party, this Thai island is also full of fantastic beach parties throughout the island on New Year’s Eve. Head to Sunrise Beach in Haad Rin for some of the island’s top parties and immerse yourself in an incredible New Year’s Eve experience on the its gorgeous beach.
Want to be one of the first people to ring in the new year? Head to Sydney! Watch fireworks burst over the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge for a spectacular NYE experience. Bonus, it’s summertime in Australia, so you’ll be saying hello to the new year in your best summer attire. No winter gear needed!
Those are our favorite New Year’s Eve destinations abroad! Looking for US NYE destinations? We’ve got you covered!
Christa Adams is a writer, photographer, and sustainable traveler based in Barcelona. She’s been traveling solo since 2014 has a passion for the outdoors, coffee culture, and exploring quaint European towns. Follow her adventures at www.thespiritedexplorer.com.