New Year holidays


Best Cities To Celebrate New Year Holidays

On the 31st of December, the best parties take place on city streets and not in hip nightclubs. New Year’s Eve is perhaps the only day that is widely celebrated across the world. For once, religion, culture and other issues don’t come in the way of a good party and total strangers greet each other and share drinks.

To help you plan your holiday travel for your New Years holidays, here’s our pick of the cities that see the biggest and liveliest parties:


In Sydney the New Year’s Eve celebrations are well under way even as New Yorkers are waking up. Sydney is the first city to celebrate the New Year and it does it in style. The place to be in is Sydney Harbour. About a million people gather there for the spectacular fireworks show that lights up the graceful Sydney Bridge. Music blares over the bridge, the party kicks in and lasts well after the fireworks are over. Taking a cruise and watching the fireworks from the water is another great way to celebrate and offers some of the best views of the Sydney Bridge.
There are loads of pubs and restaurants around the Harbour and the city has a vibrant nightlife.
Weather in December: It’s summer in Sydney and temperatures range from 17 to 25ºC.

New Orleans

At the other end of the world, New Orleans throws an even bigger party than usual. People begin flocking to Bourbon Street early in the evening, downing drinks on the street and stepping in and out of the many bars and pubs that line the street. At midnight everyone heads to Jackson Square, which is just 10 minutes away, to watch the ‘Baby Bacchus’ dropping from Jax Brewery and be dazzled by the fabulous fireworks display over the Mississippi river. Then it’s back to Bourbon Street for an all-night party. The soul of the city is the music you hear in the French Quarter and some hot-ticket bands keep the party going.
Weather in December: Snow is extremely rare and temperatures range from 9 to 18ºC.

Las Vegas

It’s hard to beat the spectacle staged in Las Vegas. There are two big venues: The Strip and the Fremont Street. The younger crowd gathers at The Strip to watch the synchronized fireworks that shoot off from the roofs of casinos. Popular tracks provide the perfect soundtrack for the fireworks. The Strip gets very crowded so it’s advisable to arrive early. On Fremont Street there’s an entry fee for the America’s Party held under a massive canopy that stretches across 4 blocks. Expect Vegas style motorbike stunts, great bands and lots of drinking. The feel is pretty casual and there’s a confetti shower at midnight. Post midnight the action begins in the casinos with all-night betting.
Weather in December: Temperatures range from a high of 14 C to a low of 1ºC. It can occasionally get a bit windy but snowfall is rare in the city.

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Rio de Janeiro

Over two million people gather on the two and half mile stretch of Copacabana beach in Rio. They start arriving from early afternoon and the beach is packed by the time the long fireworks display begins just before midnight. It is launched from the ships anchored just off the beach. Several yachts and cruise liners too gather to watch the fireworks from the sea. Live concerts and Brazilian music add to the gaiety. What is also unique about Rio is that the locals all dress in white and offer flowers to the sea, seeking happiness, wealth and luck in the New Year.
Weather in December: Summer in Rio begins on December 22 so the heat isn’t oppressive by the end of the month. Average temperature is around 25ºC – just perfect to go for a midnight swim in Copacabana.


At midnight fireworks go off in all parts of the beautiful and historic city and Prague is bathed in colour and light by the exploding fireworks. The two main places to be in are near Charles Bridge and in the Old Town Square. You can dine at one of the many riverboat restaurants so you can watch the spectacle from the water or simply walk down the streets and join other revelers as fireworks are set off from Prague Castle. In the Old Town Square you can also buy and fire off your own hand-held fireworks but a little caution is advised.
The bars and pubs are teeming with people through the night and the atmosphere is unbelievably festive. It’s cold in Prague and temperatures dip below zero but that doesn’t seem to dampen anyone’s spirits in any way.
Weather in December: Temperatures range from -2 to +2ºC with the chance of snow and light rain.

Also check out Christmas Breaks – Beaches, Christmas Breaks – Ski Resorts and Christmas Cruises for more holiday travel destinations for your Christmas and New Year holidays.

Posted by on September 7th, 2009

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Top Destinations For Christmas Breaks On The Beach

Not everybody wants to stay home during their Christmas holidays and shovel snow. If you are looking forward to getting away from the cold and simply lazing on a sun-kissed beach, there are some great beaches where you can spend your Christmas break.
Every hotel and resort will have something special organized for Christmas so the mood will be festive. It’s best to plan for Christmas breaks well in advance because December is peak travel season and flight and hotel bookings can be difficult to get.
Here are a few great beach places to spend your Christmas and New Year holidays:

St. Lucia

If you don’t want a white Christmas, head for the island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean. The island is 27 miles long and 14 miles wide and is of volcanic origin. The best beaches like Reduit are on the northwest of the island and have white sands, lush tropical greenery and blue coves. The rugged and spectacular twin peaks of the Pitons are on the south and the scenery throughout the island is gorgeous and is studded with waterfalls. Don’t miss the Sulphur Springs and visit Soufriere for its unique West Indian charm. There are some good dive sites so a popular activity on the island is scuba diving.
Weather in December: Temperatures range from 24 to 27º C and it’s dry so you are free to work on your tan


Europe’s sun destination in winter, Tenerife is the biggest of the Canary Islands’ seven islands. It’s absolutely picturesque and is dominated by the Pico del Teide which rises 12,194 feet above sea level and is Spain’s highest mountain. The view from the peak is awe-inspiring and you can see volcanic rocks in a variety of intense hues. While the north coast has steep cliffs, the south is flatter and the majority of the resorts and therefore crowds are found here. The beaches of Los Cristianos, Playa de Las Américas and Costa Adeje attract the most sun worshippers. The active nightlife too is centred around these beaches whose white sand has been imported from the Sahara desert! If you are looking for a quieter experience, head to the centre of the island.
Weather in December: Temperatures range from 18 to 20ºC and it’s mostly dry in the south of the island. The north gets rain.


Santa will probably say “Aloha!” and arrive in beach slippers! So Christmas in Hawaii can be fascinating. A 50-foot Christmas tree is put up in the Honolulu City Hall and the area is festooned with lights and you can catch some live entertainment. You can go snorkeling, whale and dolphin watching, scuba diving, sailing, fishing or choose to simply laze on Hawaii’s pristine beaches fringed with palm trees. Hawaii is genuinely a tropical paradise and there’s plenty to see apart from beaches. The islands of Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui and Big Island make up the main islands in Hawaii. Each island has something unique to offer and each has a landscape that is just breathtakingly beautiful.
Weather in December: The average temperature is 23ºC and though it rains in December, it won’t disrupt your holiday.

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Goa is the only state in India where the majority of the population is Christian. So Christmas is a lively affair with colourful street dances and concerts. Almost all the houses are lit up with pretty paper lanterns and the atmosphere is truly festive. The two-year-old Sunburn Music Festival takes place from December 27 to 29, 2009, and is billed as South Asia’s largest music fest.
The legendary sandy beaches are of course Goa’s main attraction. The beaches on the north are touristy but the ones in the south are prettier and quieter. Venture into the interiors and you will see lush fields, coconut plantations, churches, temples and even forests. Most visitors don’t go beyond the beaches and miss out on the true essence of Goa.

Weather in December: Temperatures range from 24 to 30ºC, humidity is low and there’s no rain.

Also see Christmas Breaks – Ski Resorts, Christmas Cruises and New Year’s Eve Destinations for more holiday travel ideas for the festive season.

Posted by on September 3rd, 2009

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