The holidays are creeping up fast, which means New Year’s Eve won’t be far behind. If you’re looking to ring in the new year with a big celebration and lots of fun, head to one of these 10 destinations. You won’t be disappointed!
(And just remember – if you’re going to be gone for more than a few days, our Philadelphia Airport long-term parking can take care of your vehicle for you!)
Las Vegas, NV
Every year, over 300,000 people head to Sin City to experience the New Year’s Eve nightlife. The Las Vegas strip will be closed down to vehicles and instead will turn into one big party with live music, pyrotechnic displays, laser light shows, dancing, and more.
Celebrate the New Year on the warm, beautiful beaches of Maui. You’ll find tons of fireworks on beaches like Wailea, Manele Bay, and Hana Bay along with live music, boat cruises, and night clubs and bars that are open til the wee hours of the morning.
New York City, NY
Each year, around one million people gather in Times Square for live music, drinks, and the most popular New Year’s Eve event in the country – the ball drop. And if you want to keep it a little more low-key, you can find a great celebration at nearly any bar or club in the city.
New Orleans, LA
New Orleans is a city known for its live music, and you’ll find plenty of it on New Year’s Eve. You’ll also enjoy a lavish fireworks display (from a cruise, if you’d like), an 8-foot fleur-de-lis dropping, live music, and an array of nightclubs that celebrate appropriately.
Atlanta’s “Peach Drop” is considered the largest New Year’s Eve celebration in the South, and the six-block shopping and entertainment plaza called Downtown Atlanta will be filled with carnival rides, vendors, live music, fireworks, and more.
This city is home to Latin America’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebration. You can celebrate the event on its sandy beaches (it’ll still be in the mid-60s) with the locals who put on a huge, 20-minute fireworks show and dance until the sun comes up.
Every year, more than one million people gather in the 1.2-mile stretch between the Brandenburg Gate and Victory Column to celebrate Silvester (German for New Year’s Eve). You’ll find live music, fireworks, a light show, and more at this party.
The sun sets early in Reykjavik (around 4 p.m.), so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy bonfires, comedy shows, bars, all-night clubs, and 500 tons of fireworks come midnight. You may even be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights.
This city does a New Year’s Eve party similar to Times Square in New York City. Over 500,000 people gather at the Central World Mall in the heart of the city, and you’ll find a 69-foot midnight ball drop, live music, dancing, food, and more.
Sydney is home to the world’s second-largest New Year’s Eve celebration. Each year, the city spends a few million dollars on pyrotechnics for the night, and before midnight, you can enjoy air displays, a light parade, and celebrations at local bars and restaurants.