As the weather gets increasingly colder, we’re all looking forward to ushering in the New Year. And if you want to witness the clock chime 12 in one of the world’s greatest cities, there are some fantastic options to choose from. Here’s our pick of the best for 2012/3.
The night simply known to Germans as Sylvester (December 31st is St Sylvester’s Day to out Teutonic cousins), sees people take to the streets of Berlin in their thousands for one of the world’s biggest open air parties. This really is one hell of a bash, where you can take in some of Berlin’s famous sites during your revels – the famous ‘Party Mile’ stretches from the iconic Brandenburg Gate, all the way to the Victory Column. Enjoy the hundreds of party tents and bars lining the 1.2 mile stretch as you look forward to the breathtaking laser shows and fireworks which mark the commencement of the New Year.
Probably one of the only places in the world from which you can bring in the New Year over two continents, Istanbul offers a raucous time whether you choose to celebrate on the European or Asian side of this exotic city. The constant din of drivers hooting their horns as you party with the crowds on Taksim Square adds to the party atmosphere, but if it is a more upmarket bash you are looking for, head to the well-heeled Nisantasi area, where a street party is held with kebabs and shisha pipes galore. A great way to spice up a package holiday to Turkey this winter.
With its guaranteed warm weather, Florida is the destination for USA holidays 2013, and there’s nowhere better to celebrate New Year in the Sunshine State than Miami. Each year, around 250,000 people head to the free party in the city’s Bayfront Park, from which vantage point they can watch the 35ft neon smiley-faced ‘Big Orange’ creep up the side of Miami’s iconic Intercontinental Hotel over a 6 hour period. New Year is brought in by a legendary fireworks display which has led USA Today to list Miami among its top 10 destinations in the world to usher in New Year in style. An unmissable Florida tradition.
If it’s a more romantic New Year celebration you’re looking for, there’s really nowhere better than the City of Love. You can grab a bottle or two (of champagne, naturally) and head down to the Champs Elysees for a classic Parisian party and a great view of the light show over the Eiffel Tower at midnight. Else, if it is a more laid back evening you are looking for, the panoramic views of the festivities which can be seen from the city’s chic Montmartre area (the highest point in Paris) are unbeatable.