New Year’s Eve is a season meant for revelry, merriment and, let’s face it-downright decadence. Who wants to be sitting quietly, pen in hand, contemplating the ruins of the past year? Or worse-composing that useless list of soon forgotten New Year’s resolutions? No doubt, New Year’s Eve is the night to get wild and crazy. Check out these wild and crazy New Year’s Eve destinations to get the all-night party started.
Las Vegas, the land of the ultimate all-night party, is guaranteed to be outrageously crazy. Star-packed parties, firework extravaganzas, and celebrity headliners at the nightclubs light up New Year’s Eve Vegas. Leave the car behind, especially if you plan to get into heavy-duty partying. Choose the Las Vegas Monorail, or grab a taxi as your main mode of transport. The Las Vegas Boulevard (known as the Strip, between Sahara Avenue and Russell Road) reportedly rivals any other New Year’s Eve hot spot for the count-down to the new year. The Fremont Street experience, THE main attraction, known as Glitter Gulch because of the glitzy neon promises a spectacular New Year’s Eve celebration. Coming from out of town, you need to book early, as hotels sell out like bourbon-laced hot-cakes.
Mexico is a wild time any time of the year, but New Year’s Eve skyrockets the Latin American country to another level. Every city in Mexico has a “Zocalo“, or center of the city, and historic Mexico City’s Zocalo during New Year’s Eve is king. Fireworks erupt, and there’s dancing in the street. Head to the beaches of Cancun-the lightning rod for young singles looking to party. Only minutes away from the nightclub’s center, hop from bar to bar to check out “Daddy O”,” Bulldog,” or the “Hard Rock Cafe”. “CoCo Bongo” is a popular club with live entertainment. The hotels and resorts are unmatched in cool amenities and glitz. Close in proximity is Isla de Mujeres, a tiny island off Cancun that’s only a ferry ride away.
Rio de Janeiro Brazil is known for its outrageous Carnival festivities, but New Year’s Eve is an equally over-the top celebration for Brazilian and foreigner alike. The huge attraction is The Copacabana Beach. The enormous fireworks display receives world-wide attention. In addition to the beach festivities, book a hotel in advance that has its own New Year’s Party, such as the Copacabana Palace, Sofitel, Hotel Pestana, and the Marriott.The Copacabana Palace offers three parties to choose from, so go to all three and it will be quite the wild night.
Saving the best for last! How can there be a New Year’s Eve party without The Big Apple’s Times Square Celebration? New York City has New Year’s Eve celebrations everywhere, but the party of parties is 42nd Street and Broadway. The heart of Times Square boasts a star-studded line-up to ring in the New Year. Past celebrity guests have included Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber. Televised around the world, the Times Square celebrations usually feature a giant glittering ball that descends at the countdown to the New Year. Dancing in the street, glittering New Year’s hats, and of course, loud horns, ring in New Year. Every year, the streets of Times Square draw huge crowds, uniting New Yorkers from all boroughs, all cultures, and all lifestyles. Out-of-towners and foreigners arrive in droves to join the merriment. In typical New York style, taxi drivers participate by exuberantly blowing their horns long, hard, and loud.