New 12 months’s Eve 2022: 20 greatest locations for celebrations


(CNN) — From world-famous cities to lesser-known places, these are the most effective locations on the planet to welcome the New 12 months, providing every thing from beautiful fireworks shows and all-night events to breathtaking views and conventional festivals.

For a lot of nations, this 12 months will mark the return to the wild celebrations of the pre-Covid years — so elevate a glass and begin 2023 with a bang!


Dubai's Burj Khalifa, lit up for New Year's Eve celebrations in 2017.

Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, lit up for New 12 months’s Eve celebrations in 2017.

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Final 12 months, billions of individuals tuned in to look at the spectacular fireworks and lightweight present on the world’s tallest constructing, the Burj Khalifa, in line with its developer Emaar. This 12 months, the organizers plan to interrupt new data and the constructing will function the world’s largest laser show, accompanied by fireworks and a synchronized water present from the close by Dubai Fountain.

Taipei, Taiwan

NYE sees the Taipei 101, the world’s tenth tallest constructing, gentle up with one of many planet’s most spectacular fireworks shows. This 12 months’s theme is “Taipei is the Future,” and it’ll see 16,000 fireworks set off over the course of 5 minutes. The present will probably be supported by laser lights and music, with an A-list of native celebrities and performers main as much as the countdown.


New Year's Eve fireworks light up in Barcelona, Spain, on December 31, 2016.

New 12 months’s Eve fireworks gentle up in Barcelona, Spain, on December 31, 2016.

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A metropolis that boasts among the greatest nightlife and festivals in Europe is a sure-fire vacation spot for New 12 months’s Eve. Crowds collect in Plaça d’Espanya to look at the principle fireworks show, and to pattern a neighborhood custom that is not for the faint of coronary heart, go to Plaça Catalunya, the place folks collect to drink Cava earlier than throwing the empty bottles into the center of the sq..

Cape City

After two years the place Covid restrictions put a damper on its NYE celebrations, the town’s V&A Waterfront will gentle up on December 31 with pyrotechnics and partying. Stay leisure begins at 7 p.m. with Desk Mountain making a implausible backdrop to the festivities. The Cape Malay Choirs Parade options music and dancing, and begins at 9.30 pm on Darling Road, at Grand Parade.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Riyadh's "Winter Wonderland" is seen in November 2021.

Riyadh’s “Winter Wonderland” is seen in November 2021.

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With its “Riyadh Season” winter leisure initiative, the Saudi capital is rising as a New 12 months’s Eve vacation spot. This 12 months, it gives 15 leisure zones, which embody the world’s greatest synthetic lake, a number of firework shows and a Winter Wonderland that runs till December 31. Arab music stars will carry out on New 12 months’s Eve on the Mohammed Abdo Enviornment Boulevard Riyadh Metropolis, and the Noor Riyadh citywide pageant of sunshine and artwork additionally runs by means of the winter.

New York Metropolis

The quintessential New 12 months’s Eve spot, Occasions Sq. in New York will get significantly full of folks on the day, and the occasion is even streamed on-line for anybody to look at. The principle occasion is the standard Ball Drop. Since 1907, a big, crystal-covered ball that sits atop the roof of One Occasions Sq. descends a flagpole over the past minute of the 12 months, sending the crowds right into a frenzy.


An aerial view of Tarawa, the capital of exotic Kiribati.

An aerial view of Tarawa, the capital of unique Kiribati.

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The Pacific island nation of Kiribati is among the many first inhabited locations on this planet to see within the New 12 months, as a result of it is situated so near the Worldwide Date Line. A few of its islands stretch into probably the most prolonged time zone on Earth: UTC+14. Conventional celebrations and occasions are held all through the islands, with the largest social gathering prone to occur in Kiritimati, the biggest of Kiribati’s islands.

American Samoa

This unincorporated US territory, about 3,000 miles (4,830 kilometers) northeast of New Zealand, is among the many final inhabited locations on Earth to enter the New 12 months. When you have the stamina and discover a method to make the journey on January 1, you’ll be able to first have a good time New 12 months’s in Samoa — an unbiased nation simply over 50 miles (80 kilometers) to the west — after which journey right here and do all of it once more the following day.

Rio de Janeiro

Despite Covide restrictions limiting the celebrations, some revellers still watched the fireworks on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro last year.

Regardless of Covide restrictions limiting the celebrations, some revellers nonetheless watched the fireworks on Copacabana Seaside in Rio de Janeiro final 12 months.

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It is exhausting to think about a extra energetic open-air New 12 months’s Eve social gathering that the one which takes place yearly at Copacabana Seaside in Rio. Tens of millions of individuals, many wearing white, descend on the two.5-mile beachfront to bask in the summertime climate and revel in music and meals. Then, at midnight, all eyes go as much as witness an enormous fireworks present — however in a metropolis well-known for partying, that simply alerts the beginning of the celebrations.


The Icelandic capital’s fireworks present is really one in all a form: Reasonably than the town having an official show, residents are inspired to purchase their very own from native search and rescue groups of their greatest fundraising effort of the 12 months. So, earlier than midnight, the town lights up with hundreds of microshows — collectively fairly a sight to behold.


The Arc de Triomphe  was illuminated by a laser display reading Happy New Year in 2017.

The Arc de Triomphe was illuminated by a laser show studying Glad New 12 months in 2017.


The centerpiece occasion within the aptly nicknamed “Metropolis of Mild” takes place on the Champs-Élysées. This 12 months’s present returns after a two-year hiatus and can see the Arc de Triomphe as soon as extra coated in 3D projections, starting at 11 p.m.


Sydney’s New 12 months’s Eve celebrations are among the many most well-known on this planet, superbly framed by the harbor and the backdrop of the Opera Home. This 12 months, there is a double dose of fireworks: the primary show begins at 9 p.m., impressed by the ocean, land and sky and a part of a celebration of Indigenous tradition, whereas the principle occasion kicks off round midnight, with pyrotechnics launched from the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera Home and from barges.

Lagos, Nigeria

Motorists drive past Victoria Island, Lagos, on New Year's Eve 2016.

Motorists drive previous Victoria Island, Lagos, on New 12 months’s Eve 2016.

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Lagos is the centerpiece of Nigeria’s New 12 months’s Eve celebrations, that are marked in culturally and religiously numerous methods. New 12 months’s Eve this 12 months will see the town’s skies come alive with midnight fireworks reveals and all-night partying at venues on the town’s Victoria Island. On the island’s NOK by Alara restaurant, you’ll be able to take pleasure in a three-course dinner adopted by celebrations from 11 p.m., with the theme “African Opulence.”


People celebrated New Year's Eve in Istanbul, Turkey, on December 31, 2021.

Individuals celebrated New 12 months’s Eve in Istanbul, Turkey, on December 31, 2021.

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On New 12 months’s Eve, fireworks gentle up the Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul’s 19-mile (30 kilometer) waterway, and will be watched from a late-night river cruise or from the shore. Nonetheless, most individuals collect in and across the tourism and nightlife hotspot of Taksim Sq., and lots of the metropolis’s neighborhoods host their very own road events and fireworks.


Fireworks light up the sky above Edinburgh Castle as part of Hogmanay celebrations on December 31, 2015.

Fireworks gentle up the sky above Edinburgh Fort as a part of Hogmanay celebrations on December 31, 2015.

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New 12 months’s within the Scottish capital is synonymous with Hogmanay, a three-day occasion of dwell music, road events and — in fact — spectacular fireworks. Most occasions are ticketed, however anybody can see the fireworks lighting up Edinburgh Fort, after which dwell the expertise of singing “Auld Lang Syne” within the residence nation of its author, poet Robert Burns.


The enduring fireworks present on the London Eye marks its return this 12 months, after two years of pause due to the pandemic. Solely those that managed to attain one of many 100,000 tickets will probably be in attendance, however many extra will probably be watching from all around the world. The show begins at midnight, and can in fact be aided by Massive Ben, chiming to mark the beginning of 2023.


Fireworks explode over the waters and canals of Venice in 2016.

Fireworks explode over the waters and canals of Venice in 2016.

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The San Marco Basin hosts an enthralling fireworks present — however if you wish to watch, do not head to St, Mark’s Sq. as they cannot be seen from there, in line with the town’s official web site. The restricted house is an element right here, and that is why the principle social gathering, with music and reveals, takes place away from the waterfront in Mestre, the town’s mainland space.

Las Vegas

You are spoiled for selection in case you resolve to spend New 12 months’s Eve on the Las Vegas Strip, with many resorts boasting their very own fireworks shows along with their common reveals. Some 400,00 revelers are anticipated on the Strip to look at eight minutes of fireworks, whereas the Fremont Time of Your Life pageant, that includes artists together with The Wailers and DJ Skribble, will lead the social gathering to the countdown and past.

Koh Phangan, Thailand

For the chill crowd: A calming sunset on Koh Phangan beach.

For the coolness crowd: A chilled sundown on Koh Phangan seashore.

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This island within the Gulf of Thailand is legendary for its month-to-month Full Moon Events, and New 12 months’s Eve gives a no-holds-barred, supercharged model. Hat Rin seashore is lit up with fireworks and conventional fireplace reveals, with music pounding nonstop from the early afternoon and properly into the following day. However a number of golf equipment within the space will probably be more than pleased to maintain the social gathering going even longer.


The world-famous road crossing of Shibuya is normally Tokyo’s equal of Occasions Sq. on New 12 months’s Eve, however the 2022 celebrations have been canceled; As a substitute, you could possibly go for a extra religious strategy, visiting a shrine to wish for an auspicious New 12 months or participating in a bell-ringing ritual at a temple. And if you wish to slot in with the locals, go admire the dawn on New 12 months’s Day on the waterfront alongside Tokyo Bay.