Top destinations for New Year's Eve fireworks around the world


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Top destinations for New Year's Eve fireworks around the world

New Year's Eve is a time when cities pull out all the stops to celebrate one of the most exciting times of the year. Why not welcome 2015 on a beach along the Arabian Sea or gathered around a bonfire in Iceland with the Northern Lights dancing overhead? Whatever you choose, you are sure to be delighted by some of the biggest and best NYE celebrations on offer.

Rome

Why not ring in the New Year with fireworks, music and dancing set against the backdrop of the Roman Colosseum this year?

Choosing the best of anything in Europe is never easy but when it comes to New Years' Eve, a few locations really stand out. In Italy, the celebration is known as La Fiesta di San Silvestro and it's one of the biggest nights of the year. The Piazza de Popolo in Rome is the place to be this year, with live music going on through the night and into the early hours of the morning. The free festivities on offer and hour-long midnight firework display always draw a large crowd with many people camping out days ahead of time to grab the best spots. If you do decide to celebrate New Year's Eve in Italy, be sure to don red underwear for when the clock strikes midnight; this Italian tradition is said to bring the wearer good luck in the year aheadi.

Reykjavik

Reykjavik, Iceland's capital city, combines Northern Lights and crystal clear skies for an unforgettable evening. Icelandic New Year's traditions centre on neighbourhood bonfires and the main event on the night is the annual Áramótaskaupið ('The New Year's comedy'), which is broadcast on national television and parodies major news events from throughout the year. The people of Reykjavik collectively create their own fireworks shows in communities across the city which make for a truly unique display of light and sound. Icelandic people are well-known for their hospitality and are keen to welcome visitors to join in the neighbourhood festivities and lively entertainment in the city's many pubs and clubs.

Dubai

For NYE 2013, Dubai shattered the world record for the biggest fireworks show with 479,651 fireworks being set off in just six minutesii. Going into next year, Dubai is planning to out-do itself again by combining its Arabian heritage with modern elegance for a one of a kind celebration. Downtown Dubai and the Burj Khalifa tower are the main attractions with music and dancing beginning at 8pm and lasting until midnight when fireworks light up the night skyiii. Atlantis, the Palm and Nasimi Beach are also set to ring in the New Year with live music and midnight fireworks set against the backdrop of the spectacular hotel on the shores of the man-made island, Palm Jumeirah.

Chicago

Fireworks light up the Chicago skyline for New Year's Eve.

The Windy City doesn't let the cold, mid-western temperatures put a dampener on its New Year's celebrations. Navy Pier, one of the city's most popular lakefront attractions is transformed into Winter Wonderfest during December and into January with rides and entertainment for the whole family. The pier is also one of the best vantage points for the city's New Year's Eve fireworks display above the beautiful Chicago skyline. Also taking place on Navy Pier is The Resolution Gala, the pinnacle of the city's New Year's events with DJs, plenty of food and champagne toasts at midnight. Add in a front row seat to the main fireworks display at midnight, and there is no better place to be in Chicago for New Year's Eve.

Edinburgh

No matter what time of year you visit Scotland, there is almost always a festival taking place and New Year's Eve is no exception. The Edinburgh Hogmanay Street Party welcomes revellers from near and far for a night of music, dancing and fireworks set against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. The festival begins on the 30th of December with the Torchlight Procession where thousands of torchbearers light up the city streets accompanied by the sounds of traditional bag pipes and drums. On the 1st of January, join the locals in the annual Queenferry Loony Dook plunge into the freezing waters of the River Forth to raise money for charity.


iBakerjian, M, "New year's celebrations and events in Italy", goitaly.about.com, viewed on 24 September 2014,
http://goitaly.about.com/od/festivalsandevents/a/newyears.htm

iiLynch, K 2014, "Official: Dubai smashes largest fireworks display world record with new year's spectacular - watch in full here", guinnessworldrecords.com, viewed 9 September 2014,
http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/news/2014/1/watch-live-stream-here-dubai-attempts-new-year%E2%80%99s-eve-fireworks-world-record-54187/

iiiNew Year's Eve Live 2014, Dubai New years Eve 2015, viewed on 24 September 2014,
http://www.newyearsevelive.net/cities/dubai-uae.html