Where to see New Year’s fireworks
There’s a magic to New Year’s Eve that makes it an annual highlight. Whether that’s because of the celebration that goes with marking the end of one year and the excitement at bringing in the next, or the thrill of the party providing one last hurrah before normal service resumes, we all have our own reasons to love it.
But there’s an added reason to enjoy this night out: the firework displays in major cities are plentiful, colourful and wonderful. With each country aiming to outdo each other every year, there’s all the more reason to spend this special day in a foreign land, with the fireworks as a focal point.
If that’s a plan you’re interested in, here are the Flexicover team's best places to bring in 2018 with a bang.
The home of Hogmanay is a natural place to be, with revellers out for the biggest street party of the year. You’ll have to buy a ticket to catch one of the street parties, each with a stage to keep crowds entertained. Or for the main event, find a good spot from which to enjoy the fireworks displays behind Edinburgh Castle. To add to the excitement (and to let the youngsters see the fireworks without them having to stay up too late) ‘countdown displays’ take place at 9pm, 10pm and 11pm, before the midnight celebrations act as a grand finale. Then link those arms, and sing along to Auld Lang Syne – even if you don’t know the words.
Always the most lauded as it’s the first major city to ring in the New Year, Sydney is a magnet for partygoers looking to mark the end of the year with a splash of colour and fun. Over 1.5 million people position themselves along the Sydney Harbour foreshore to watch the #SydNYE (geddit?) celebrations, and another billion people catch the action across the globe. With a large number of vantage points, warm weather all night long and one of the most recognisable skylines in the world, thanks mainly to the Opera House, it’s become a popular choice for fireworks-lovers. This year, the theme is ‘wonder’.
No city likes to party more than Las Vegas, and on New Year’s Eve you can be sure you’ll have a blast. There’ll be the usual world-class nights out: David Copperfield, Britney Spears, Celine Dion and Cirque du Soleil are all booked to perform in venues around Sin City, but the real star of the show will be the fireworks display that takes place in full view of The Strip. With over 330,000 people expected to watch, get ready by securing a spot on the street or at a viewing party; the Cosmopolitan Hotel are hosting a bash on their rooftop ice rink, while Club Omnia will offer a first-class view on its outdoor terrace, with none other than Calvin Harris DJing in the background.
If anywhere aims to do things a cut above the rest, it’s Dubai. As such, their fireworks display is one of the most spectacular: 500,000 bursts of colour are released during their six-minute show. And the backdrop is equally impressive: viewers watch them alongside the world's tallest skyscraper, Burj Khalifa. Book a table at one of the many world-class restaurants with a view, or simply grab a blanket and find a spot on the manmade Palm Jumeirah beach to enjoy the display. As Dubai has balmy evening temperatures of 16C in December, it’s also a good place to escape the winter frost.
For a more organic firework display, try ringing in New Year’s Eve in the Czech capital of Prague. With its many fairytale buildings and chocolate box houses it’s always a magical place in winter, and especially so when lit up with fireworks. Though Wenceslas Square and the Old Town Square are the main hubs for street-side revelry, fireworks are set off across town, lending a unified and fun atmosphere to the night. Note that the main display is on New Year’s Day, in Letna Gardens at 6pm. While it’s unusual that there’s no organised midnight finale, it does mean that celebrations are stretched out over two days – handy for those purposefully there for New Year’s merriments. We’re sure it will be worth the wait!
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