Bring in the New Year with a bang

As 2019 draws to a close, many people will be making plans for how they want to see in the New Year. There are plenty of choices to make it truly memorable by celebrating at some of the best New Year’s Eve parties in the world. From dazzling fireworks to all-night street parties in the capital cities, there’s no shortage of amazing ways to celebrate. So, start the year as you mean to go on - on holiday.

All Things Business spoke to Rob Gower of Dragonfly Traveller, who gave his recommendations for where to celebrate this New Year’s Eve.

London

New Year’s Eve in London is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Head down to the London Eye as Big Ben chimes midnight and witness the firework extravaganza that sees London light up against the black sky. If you are looking for something a little more romantic, why not try a luxury river cruise along the River Thames where you will get a perfect view of the fireworks as well as an indulgent dinner followed by dancing and champagne? Restaurants like The White Cross and Aqua Nueva put on special New Year’s Eve events with live music and stunning views of London. If you’re really looking to do things big, The Ritz hosts two black-tie dinners with live music, including a marching band and traditional piper at midnight.

Hong Kong

The Hong Kong New Year fireworks and countdown celebration is one of the most anticipated events of the year. The fireworks launch from the middle of Victoria Harbour and the addition of lasers, LED displays, and stunning choreography make it a real spectacular! The countdown celebrations feature ‘shooting stars’ an hour before midnight, with splashes of light exploding every 15 minutes from the rooftops of the buildings surrounding the harbour.

Dubai

Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world and the most popular place to celebrate New Year in Dubai. Dubai is second to none when it comes to amazing dining choices too, so if you want to enjoy some fine dining as a bonus to the magical fireworks, then Souk Al Bahar is the place to be. This upscale dining location houses restaurants such as Karma Kafe and Serafina, which are perfect for special occasions.

New York

New Year’s Eve in New York is the city’s biggest event of the year, and with millions more watching the celebration on TV, it’s become an iconic tradition. One option is to head to Times Square and celebrate with an estimated one million other people and watch the famous New Year’s Eve Ball descend the flagpole at midnight. If you end up in Times Square, visit the New Year’s Wishing Well located in the Visitor’s Center too. Another option is to have dinner or drinks at a trendy bar or restaurant in Manhattan, then head out to one of the many parties held all over the city.

Sydney

Kick off New Year’s Eve in Sydney with thrilling air displays that take over the skies above the harbour and fire tugs that create striking water displays. Later in the evening, a special fireworks display for children and families is followed by an enchanting Harbour of Light Parade. On the stroke of midnight, dazzling fireworks erupt from barges on the water, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. If you are after a meal as breath-taking as the firework display, why not try ARIA, a seasonal restaurant with an extensive list of wines from around the world, or 360 Bar and Dining, a restaurant in Sydney’s tallest structure, with revolving views of the city’s skyline?


Rob Gower of Dragonfly Traveller works as a travel PA, building bespoke holidays and trips for customers. Call 01604 661100 or visit www.dragonflytraveller.co.uk to find out more.