Eve Of Reduction: The World’s Best New Year’s Eve Bashes

It seems like everyone I know has the same New Year’s Resolution: Lose 10-20 lbs. So before the reduction begins, we’ve found the best global bashes for New Year’s Eve…

1) Edinburgh, Scotland — The Hogmany three-day party starts on 12/29 with 100,000 people jamming Old Town;
2) Rio De Janeiro, Brazil — Brasilians crowd Ipanema and Copacabana beaches to view fireworks, dance to live bands and jump a series of seven waves at mindnight;
3) Sydney, Australia — Over a million Aussies and hundreds of thousands of tourists watch 80,000 fireworks go off over the Sydney Harbour Bridge (pictured) in the middle of their summer;
4) Moscow, Russia — Rock concerts, laser shows and the exchange of presents marks this festive night in Red Square and upscale clubs;
5) Las Vegas, Nevada — Watch fireworks from the roofs of 10 casinos along The Strip as you party with 300,000 partiers;
6) Tokyo, Japan — A stark contrast to glitzy Vegas, millions of Japanese travel to the shrines and temples to meditate and make a “hatsumode” prayer;
7) New York City, New York— The Big Apple’s Times Squares is one of the world’s most celebrated New Year’s Eve epicenters — if you don’t mind the teeming crowds;
8) Rome, Italy — Romans congregate at the Piazza del Popolo for drinking and dancing, then many dive off the Cavour Bridge into the very cold waters of the Tiber River;
9) Athens, Greece: I’ve seen the fireworks over The Acropolis and it’s quite a show. This night, Kotzia Square hosts the pyrotechnics as dozens of Greek band play into the night.

[Via Concierge.com]

Posted by Gil Zeimer on December 27, 2005 in Travel

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