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9 Ultimate New Year’s Eve Destinations Slideshow

9 Ultimate New Year’s Eve Destinations Slideshow

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Join the ultimate beach party in Rio de Janeiro, where everyone's decked out in white, partygoers toss flowers into the ocean at midnight, and the cachaça is flowing. The spectacular fireworks at midnight are best seen on Copacabana Beach (it's summer in Brazil), and don't forget to eat 12 grapes at midnight, per tradition.

Rio de Janeiro

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Join the ultimate beach party in Rio de Janeiro, where everyone's decked out in white, partygoers toss flowers into the ocean at midnight, and the cachaça is flowing. The spectacular fireworks at midnight are best seen on Copacabana Beach (it's summer in Brazil), and don't forget to eat 12 grapes at midnight, per tradition.


Find week-long celebrations in Tokyo, where a New Year's Eve bell rings 108 times at the stroke of midnight on Dec. 31 to reap prosperity in the New Year. The Tokyo Tower is the Japanese equivalent to Times Square, with huge crowds of revelers. Don't miss the chance to eat special New Year's Eve soba noodles, which symbolize long life.

Venice, Italy

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As you might expect in Italy, Venice's celebrations are huge, multi-course feasts (of cotechino con lenticchie) with flowing wine that kick off late in the evening and go all night. Fireworks in St. Mark's Square are paired with a traditional big group kiss at the stroke of midnight as well as a champagne toast.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Hogmanay is arguably Edinburgh's most famous and anticipated festival, with thousands of torch-carrying partiers gathered to celebrate in the streets with Edinburgh Castle in the background. Live music, fireworks, and whiskey round out the night, with fruit and oat cakes on hand to sustain the celebrations.

New York City

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Ah, Times Square — loathed by "true New Yorkers," but adored on New Year's Eve for it's iconic status as the ultimate countdown. The city that doesn't sleep is made for New Year's, with plentiful restaurants and bars hosting celebrations, some with great views of the ball drop in Times Square like the Ava Lounge at the Dream Hotel.

Cape Town, South Africa

With the vista of Table Mountain on one side and the cool Victoria and Alfred Waterfront on the other, Cape Town is home to a fabulously laid-back New Year's Eve celebration. Dine on the day's freshest catch at the Waterfront or by Cape's Bay before joining in a midnight champagne toast.

Koh Phangan, Thailand

For hard-partying on the beach to ring in the new year, look no further than Thailand's famous Koh Phangan, where throngs of revelers hit the beach for a wild party that lasts into the new year. Right on the sand, you'll find booths and stalls selling strong, tropical cocktails and delicious Thai bites.

Las Vegas

Few places offer the delicate balance of wild debauchery, celeb-spotting, and fine dining the way Las Vegas does. The Strip is home to glitzy bars and raucous nightclubs from the Chandelier Bar to Tryst, mouthwatering restaurants like BARMASA and Bartolotta, and day-after beach parties, all lit up by miles of neon.


Sydney is beat only by the tiny island of Kiribati and a few cities in New Zealand (including Auckland) as the first places to ring in the new year, but Sydney throws the best party of them all. Start the night at Harry's Café de Wheels to try its famous meat pies, followed by a trip to the harbor for midnight fireworks.

Ultimate New Year's Eve guide

Rhythm and Vines, Waiohika Estate Vineyard, Gisborne, December 29-31. Seventy acts, including Action Bronson, Bastille, State of Mind, Yumi Zouma and Zane Lowe. Levels 1-4 sold out but level 5 tickets available for $250 each. Accommodation not included.

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Rhythm and Alps, Cardrona Valley, December 30-31, featuring Shapeshifter, Mad Professor, Timmus and Raiza Biza. Level 1 tickets sold out but level 2 available for $159 (camping included: $229.)


Highlife New Year's Eve, Stonyridge Vineyard, Waiheke Island, featuring dance music, fireworks and gourmet food. Most tickets are sold out but some available at $195.

Northern Bass, Worsfold Farm, Mangawhai, December 30-31, featuring Ghostface Killah, Goldie, Fat Freddy's Drop. Two-day tickets available from $159.


Shihad with the Datsuns, I am Giant and Cairo Knife Fight

. Cathedral Square, Christchurch, 7pm, $75

Hello Sailor, Mangawhai Tavern, 8pm, $25

Katchafire, The Black Seeds and Sons of Zion. Butlers Reef Hotel, Oakura, New Plymouth, $60

Ultimate Hotel New Year’s Eve Party Ideas for Families

Nick Hotel (Orlando, Florida)

We got to spend New Year’s Eve at the Nick Hotel in Orlando, Florida, 3 years ago and its still the best New Year’s we have had as a family. The Nick Hotel does it right by giving kids a winter wonderland in sunny Florida. My kids loved spending time with the characters, hanging in the pool, and playing in the Let It Snow section that overtook the Oasis Pool. Each night, characters and even Santa would stop in while families drank cocoa and sat under the falling “snow” by fire pits. There was a giant slide set up that we all took turns going down.

Let it Snow at the Nick Hotel.

One of the best things about the Nick Hotel is of course the giant water park and main pool. On New Year’s Eve, kids and adults are entertained by a special pool party at the Lagoon Pool where there are poolside games, seven water slides and a New Year’s mass SLIMING. Our kids were of course very young so we we treated ourselves to a giant plate of desserts and champagne in our family suite instead of staying out too late. I did run out and check on the mass sliming and can attest it looked like a lot of fun.

Even Chris got to come along and meet Diego for New Year’s.

More info for the Let It Snow New Year’s Event is available here.

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa (San Antonio, Texas)

The kids and I visited the JW Marriott San Antonio this summer and its one of my favourite memories. Will taking my hand and asking me to dance is ingrained in my memory and I’m sure I will think of it on his wedding day. The whole vibe of the place is amazing for families and the fact that they throw a great New Year’s Eve make them perfect for this list.

The JW Marriott San Antonio

The cool part about the JW Marriott is that you can spend the day with your kids but at night there are three separate parties to attend. Young kids are invited to experience a New Year’s Eve circus with 6 hours of fun under the Big Top. The Razzle Dazzle party includes pizza, a dance, movies, and carnival games. The kids also get a cider toast at midnight. Teens have their own party with fun interactive non-electronic games. Adults get to spend the evening in one of the resorts three main restaurants and then meet in the main party in the lobby bar, Crooked Branch.

More information on the party and pricing is available here.

Legoland California (Carlsbad, California)

Leave it to the Legoland Hotel to come up with the ultimate New Year’s Eve for families in California. Although the hotel and park are certainly fun enough for kids of any age and Lego loving adults, the New Year’s Eve party steps it up a notch. The park is open from 9 am to 7 pm giving kids the chance to meet Lego celebrities Emmet and WildStyle. Live entertainment takes place all day with tons of Lego characters and even Lego Santa onsite. The great thing about this party is that midnight actually happens at 6 pm for young kids. Legoland is recreating the Times Square ball drop but instead dropping a giant Lego Brick from 22 feet in the air. Grammy nominated artists and special celebrity guests will be on hand to lead the countdown. After the ball drop, there will be fireworks to celebrate the New Year. Families can then head back to enjoy all the fun of the Legoland Hotel!

More information on the party and pricing is available here.

Great Wolf Lodge (Niagara Falls, Ontario)

Great Wolf Lodge is known for its New Year’s Eve parties and there is a reason for that. Each location throws a family friendly bash making families feel like the ultimate VIPs for one evening a year. At Great Wolf Lodge Niagara Falls, the party is enormous. The design of the event is for families to spend the evening together. There are dance parties and two balloon drops so younger “pups” can head to bed and not have to wait until midnight. Parents are offered complimentary champagne at midnight while kids are given New Year’s props from tiaras and hats to every type of party supply needed to make it a festive night. Families are even given swag bags with Great Wolf Lodge goodies as well as new product samples from several companies. Make sure to grab a tiara for when Elsa stops by to sing and dance with the kids before the nightly story time. The hotel even hosts a fireworks display on site.

On New Year’s Eve, there are several party and dinner options. I suggest not skipping out on the Grand Buffet. Great Wolf Lodge Niagara Falls hosts an all you can eat buffet featuring food from coast to coast. If Italian is more your thing, there is an authentic Italian dinner festival on site and Wiley the Wolf is known to hang out with kids at this party. After you eat, and wait a half hour before swimming, the ultimate in Great World Lodge fun is the New Year’s Eve Luau Pool Party. Starting at 9:30 pm and staying open until 12:30 am, its the only party that keeps the water park open after 9:00pm all year long. There are themed appetizers and complimentary non alcoholic beverages as well as a cash bar available. Kids will love the exclusive pool party with games, limbo contests, hula hoop contests, live hula dancers and the midnight beach ball drop!

New Year’s Eve recipes

Start the new year in style with a selection of glamorous puds, stunning centrepieces, cocktails and canapés. Your household will thank you for it!

Stem ginger & mustard glazed ham

The ginger in this recipe is almost toffee-like, the meat stays juicy and the clementines add a pop of colour

Rocky road cheesecake pudding

We've blended two tempting sweet treats – rocky road and cheesecake – to create this irresistible make-ahead dessert.

Baked cheese bread flower

This fabulous cheesy pull-apart sharing bread is perfect for the party season. No one can resist melty camembert and golden dough balls

Beef wellington

Gordon Ramsay's version of the classic steak dish – a showstopping centrepiece on a special occasion

Millionaire’s cheesecake

Indulge in this no-bake chocolate cheesecake after a special dinner. Whether it's for New Year's Eve or a birthday, it's sure to impress

White chocolate fortune cookies

Bake these homemade fortune cookies for New Year's Eve. While they require a bit of effort, they'll keep keen cooks in the family entertained, and the results are seriously impressive

Cosmopolitan cocktail

Lipsmackingly sweet and sour, the Cosmopolitan cocktail of vodka, cranberry, orange liqueur and citrus is a good-time in a glass. Perfect for a party

Salted caramel pear cake

Bake a cake that has it all: moist, fragrant sponge, silky Italian meringue, tahini buttercream and sharp pear-laced salted caramel. Serve with a cup of tea.

Spiced honey-glazed halloumi & fig salad

Get your dinner party off to a great start with this salad topped with toasted almonds. Alternatively, it can be made into impressive-looking canapés

Whisky & nut baked camembert

Make this gooey baked cheese even more indulgent with the help of whisky, maple syrup and nuts. Serve with toasted sourdough for a fabulous sharing starter

Ale-glazed beef fillet with a crispy onion crust

Forget traditional turkey – try Tommy's quick beef fillet for an alternative Christmas main. It's a showstopping dish that's easy to make

Cranberry-topped raised pie

This raised pork, chicken and bacon pie, topped with festive fruit, makes for a magnificent centrepiece for a Christmas or Boxing Day buffet

Whole roasted cauliflower with anchovy sauce

Make this gloriously golden roasted cauliflower as an ideal dinner party main. Serve with buttery cauliflower leaves and an addictive anchovy sauce

Chocolate orange-tini trifle

Cross a Mississippi mud pie with a marmalade martini and the result is this grown-up Christmas trifle. It makes a wonderful indulgent end to a festive menu

Dauphinoise potatoes

Thin slices of potato slow cooked in the oven with cream and garlic – the most decadent of side dishes

Coconut custard tart with roasted pineapple

This custard tart has a tropical twist with sunny Caribbean flavours. Bake it for your next dinner party and we guarantee your guests will go back for a second helping!

Super sausage rolls

Eat these family-friendly sausage rolls with a chutney or pickle. They make a great snack for a party buffet

Winter berry & white chocolate pots

Make these pretty pots ahead of time for a stress-free dessert at Christmas. You can keep them in the fridge for up to three days before serving

Buck’s fizz

The simple and classic combination of orange juice and champagne makes a perfect cocktail for a celebratory brunch or party

Turkish-style sharing bread

This deep-pan version of a classic Turkish 'pizza' called lahmacun, topped with spicy lamb mince and red onion, cuts into bite-size wedges for a fuss-free yet flavour-packed party nibble

Rainbow prawn cocktails

Serve this Asian-inspired twist on classic prawn cocktail as a starter or party canapés over the festive period

Domino’s pizza creates the ULTIMATE New Year’s Day luxury deal for £25

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Domino&rsquos has created the ultimate comfy couch companion for hungover Brits sitting in front of the TV on New Year&rsquos Day.

The highstreet restaurant has created a huggable half-a-friend and extra arm for your pizza.

The limited-edition twist on the &lsquoboyfriend pillow&rsquo has been designed for maximum cuddling comfort and comes with opposable fingers so it can hold a pizza dip for people relaxing in front of the TV.

The range was created by seamstress Charlotte Denn, the fashion designer behind Domino&rsquos Wipeable Onesie from New Year&rsquos Day in 2017.

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Three-quarters of Brits will spend the first day of the year sitting in front of the TV, according to research from the company.

Eight pizzas a second are predicted to be ordered throughout the day on Monday with 2.9 million slices expected to be eaten before midnight.

Louise Butler, Domino&rsquos &lsquoRecovery&rsquo spokesperson, said: &ldquoWe know nothing quite beats a freshly handmade Domino&rsquos on New Year&rsquos Day whilst watching something good on the telly so what better way to gently ease yourself into 2018 than with our own specially curated 24-hour TV channel and comfy couch companion to watch it with.

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Prepare to Book Your Stay at the Newest Hotel Openings in LA

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Newest Hotel Openings in LA

Los Angeles is a city where new and exciting projects are always just around the corner. A boom of new hotels hitting the scene in recent years has created a number of destinations for visitors looking to have a luxury LA experience. The best is yet to come at the newest hotel openings in LA with even more elegant and trendy properties preparing to open their doors to the City of Angels.

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West Hollywood EDITION

One of the newest hotel openings in LA is the EDITION hotel, sitting on Sunset Boulevard where West Hollywood and Beverly Hills collide. The luxury rooms, signature restaurant, lounge, spa, nightclub and rooftop pool leave all of their guests’ needs covered for a stay that gives the full LA experience. The 190 guestrooms and 20 luxury residences will be filled with those ready to take on a vacation to remember.

Thompson Hollywood

With its first foray into California hospitality, the Thompson will plant its roots in Hollywood in 2020 with a luxury experience focused on design and amenities. The bustling location will create an energetic environment with a penthouse lounge, rooftop bar and pool deck that will attract LA’s finest to lounge and mingle. With 200 rooms, the property will redefine the boutique hotel experience including sophisticated restaurant and nightlife outlets to match the dazzling Hollywood locale.

Soho Warehouse Downtown

The London-based Soho House members club opened their third LA outpost in September 2019, joining the West Hollywood and Malibu locations. The luxury club and hotel took over a 100-year old building in the Downtown LA Arts District, revamping the space to include 48 rooms, three restaurants, six bars and a rooftop pool. Unlike its other Los Angeles properties, Soho Warehouse Downtown allows for booking from members and their guests to enjoy the exclusive, artistic space.

Fairmont Century Plaza

This new 2020 addition to Century City, taking over the former Century Plaza Hotel, aims to create a walkable destination where guests will have everything they need within reach. The 394 rooms and 63 condos in the restored main building, along with 290 luxury residences spread across two new towers, will provide luxury living for locals and travelers alike. With retail spaces, restaurants, art installations and a rooftop swimming pool and bar, the Fairmont Century Plaza has plans to bring forth a whole new habitat to the area as a “city within a city.”

Downtown LA Proper Hotel

A revitalization of a historical Downtown building constructed in 1924, the new Downtown LA Proper Hotel will boast 148 rooms in its prime location situated just a few blocks from the Staples Center. Two restaurants run by James Beard-award winning chefs and a rooftop pool with a view of the skyline will begin to draw in guests to the 13-story property in early 2020. The expansive meeting spaces, historic banquet room and screening room will satisfy guests as they get the true Downtown LA experience.

The Pendry West Hollywood

Centering itself in the heart of West Hollywood, the Pendry aims to provide luxury and innovation to its guests along with an attention to detail. The 149 guest rooms will be joined by 40 residences that will all receive top of the line care with access to the diversity of amenities. A bowling alley, spa and fitness center are just a few of the exciting outlets framing the new space as a go-to in the city.

Tommie Hotel Hollywood

This hotel will be the first in the world for the Thompson Hotels brand, bringing the Tommie to the heart of Hollywood. With 212 rooms and a customizable experience, the space plans to cater to LA’s artistic and entrepreneurial community. The rooftop terrace will be sure to draw in guests to catch a view of the city with nightlife outlets keeping up a fun, youthful vibe.

The Godfrey Hotel Hollywood

Right off the iconic Sunset Strip, The Godfrey Hotel Hollywood is expected to bring old Hollywood glitz and glamour with 220 stylishly-designed rooms throughout its seven stories. The rooftop will boast one of the largest swimming pools in the city along with four bars spread throughout the property, and a casual, steak-focused restaurant About Last Knife. Event spaces and a projection wall in the courtyard are just a few draws to attract contemporary professionals to the luxury, boutique hotel.

CitizenM Los Angeles Downtown & Hollywood

The dutch hotel brand citizenM is projected to open two locations in 2020 bringing their style of approachable luxury to the West Coast. The 11-story Downtown Los Angeles location will have 315 rooms where guests will be within walking distance of the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Right along the iconic Walk of Fame, the Hollywood property will be situated next to the Capitol Records building with 216 rooms throughout 14-stories.

The Hoxton Hotel

Downtown Los Angeles has a new, stylish hotel with the October 2019 opening of The Hoxton in a historic, 10-story Broadway building. The classic yet modern design of marble, copper and brass mixes with LA’s trendy culture. The building houses restaurants Sibling Rival and Pilot, along with a rooftop pool—the first for the London-based brand’s collection of properties.

1 Hotel West Hollywood

Sunset Strip gained an attractive destination after the opening of 1 Hotel West Hollywood in 2019, situated at the base of the famed Hollywood Hills. The brand has established nationwide influence in expanding to its first location on the West Coast, featuring eco-friendly and energy-efficient details in a contemporary building. The 285 thoughtfully-designed rooms along with trendy, rooftop lounge Harriets all draw in guests who appreciate a good time and a breathtaking, scenic view of Los Angeles.

Palihotel Culver City

Palisociety, the boutique hotel group with locations in Santa Monica, West Hollywood and Westwood Village, added to their collection with the January 2019 opening of Palihotel Culver City. The restored, 1920s building now houses 49 rooms and suites with inviting, art deco furnishings to uniteParisian influences with a contemporary, LA style. Their French restaurant Simonette also acts as a draw with an indoor-outdoor space featuring a private courtyard.

Park Hyatt Los Angeles at Oceanwide Plaza

Coming to Downtown Los Angeles in 2021, the sophisticated design of this lavish hotel in Los Angeles will lure you in to experience an elegant stay near the STAPLES Center and LA Live. With 184 rooms and suites, guests will have plenty of activities to do situated next to the adjoining retail center to be named The Collection at Oceanwide Plaza. The experience-driven accommodations will offer a personalized stay for guests who will enjoy world-class amenities and luxury service under the Park Hyatt name.

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Ultimate New Year’s Eve Experience Returns To The Knickerbocker Hotel

The ultimate New Year’s Eve experience returns to The Knickerbocker Hotel with an extravagant celebration and the closest live view of the event in the world. Located just 150 feet below the world-renowned Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball on the corner of 42 nd Street and Broadway, the luxury lifestyle hotel presents two exclusive New Year’s Eve packages for their largest annual event. Each package includes tickets for two to the one-of-a-kind rooftop party at the hotel’s St. Cloud rooftop bar and lounge, along with a two-night minimum stay in the hotel’s luxurious accommodations.

“People from all over the world turn to the bright lights and bustling energy of Times Square on New Year’s Eve,” said Vincent Vienne, Managing Director at The Knickerbocker Hotel. “What was once an annual celebration has become a global tradition, and The Knickerbocker offers guests the opportunity to experience it at the crossroads of the universe, 17 stories above the crowds. There is simply no better way to ring in the New Year.”

The Knickerbocker offers the choice of two select packages for discerning travelers to experience a bucket-list New Year’s Eve:

  • The Platinum Package: Reserved outdoor seating for the night with the closest view of the Ball Drop, ultra-premium bottle service by dedicated service staff, personal heaters and blankets.
  • The Gold Package: Standing room only with access to the outdoor terrace all night.

Both packages include access to a premium open bar for the duration of the event, as well as a champagne toast at midnight. Celebrity Chef Charlie Palmer will offer a menu of passed gourmet hors d’oeuvres, as well as decadent food stations. For respite after the revelries, accommodations in one of the hotel’s luxurious 330 guestrooms, including 27 Junior Suites and four Tribute Suites is also included with each package.

“Ringing in the New Year at St. Cloud atop The Knickerbocker Hotel is truly a once in a lifetime experience,” said Chef Charlie Palmer . “Gaze upon the estimated one million people in Times Square and join them as the clock strikes twelve with a champagne toast high above the crowds and witness the magic that is New Year’s Eve at The Knickerbocker.”

Curated musical selections and sophisticated entertainment will ensure the dancefloor remains crowded for the evening’s entirety. St. Cloud also features three plush private box seats, situated at the epicenter of the festivities that can accommodate groups of 12 to 25 guests. Guests seeking a more exclusive VIP experience may reserve a box seat for $75,000 to $125,000 .

To learn more about The Knickerbocker’s ultimate New Year’s Eve experience and book a package, please call 888.212.6444 or visit

The Knickerbocker Hotel is managed by Highgate, a premier hospitality investment and management company whose growing portfolio includes more than 100 properties in gateway cities worldwide. RLJ Lodging Trust, a real estate investment trust, owns The Knickerbocker Hotel.

Any food that forms a ring is good luck because it represents the never-ending circle of life. So enjoy this Bundt cake and perhaps a doughnut too!

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NYE Live! at Ballpark Village

The massive complex of Ballpark Village in downtown St. Louis is the place for sports fans to ring in the new year, with separate outdoor events happening at two of the local bars, Fox Sports Midwest and Sports & Social. The events take place from 6–11 p.m. on December 31, 2020, with a "new year" champagne toast and ball drop at 9 p.m. accompanied by a live stream of New Year celebrations in Rio de Janeiro (when it turns midnight in Brazil). Guests can order a reserved table for their party, which includes a bottle of champagne, inclusive drink packages, and DJ entertainment.

Ballpark Village is located in Downtown St. Louis, right across the street from Busch Stadium where the Cardinals play.

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