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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:

Sydney

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.

Prague

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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The Best Things To Do On Your Holiday Nights

Most people visit places to experience their history and culture, laze on the beaches or enjoy the stunning landscape. But come evening, some cities come alive and offer the visitor an incredible nightlife. As the sun goes down, you may hear the strains of a guitar in a jazz bar, see well-dressed people stepping into fine-dining restaurants and feel the pulse of the nightclubs as they throw open their doors to the party animals.
Here are some of the cities known for their nightlife where you can make the most of your holiday nights:

Madrid

After you have taken a tour of Madrid’s grand palaces, museums, cathedrals and parks, get into a party mood in the evening because its residents sure know how to party. Dinner is served late so the night begins at around 11pm. Almost every neighbourhood has great tapas bars and restaurants. You can also catch wonderful live flamenco performances at clubs such as Corral de la. Palacio de Gaviria plays every kind of dance music in its many rooms, Pacha is a rocking discotheque and Kapital has seven different parties going at the same time, one on each of its seven floors – this place is for the serious clubber. But these are just a few of the happening places. The city has loads of dance halls, cafes, movie houses, theatres and of course nightclubs, so there’s plenty happening every night.

New York

The Big Apple never sleeps. Its cosmopolitan nature makes New York a vibrant place and offers the visitor an incredible choice. The amazing thing about the city is that it ignores the clock completely – you can hit the dance floor at 6am or hit the bar when most people are having cereal for breakfast! New York’s round-the-clock energy is infectious. From charming Irish pubs to posh piano bars and elegant lounges, from Broadway shows to pulsating nightclubs, from sophisticated art gallery receptions to free public concerts, the mix and variety is truly mind-boggling. Every kind of music and every kind of cuisine is available for every kind of taste. Nobu, Per Se, Corton and Adour are some of the fancier restaurants to try out but there are loads of more modest restaurants and delis to choose from. La Belle Epoque, Pacha, The Pink Elephant and Lotus are some of the popular nighclubs. For something more posh, check out The Rose Bar at Gramercy Park Hotel, The Box and The Beatrice Inn. The best ting to do is to just dive in and make the most of your stay in New York.

Read more about How To Make The Most Of Your New York Holidays.

Rio de Janeiro

Most famous for its Carnaval, you can expect a party atmosphere in Rio. It’s a beautiful City with the statue of Christ The Redeemer overlooking its miles of sandy beaches, thick rain forests, mountains and city sprawl. A festive beach atmosphere lingers through the day and night. Baronetti, Ruth and Melt are the more exclusive clubs where the well-heeled come to dance the night away. There are a great variety of dining options like Espirito Santa, which is famous for its authentic Brazilian food, and Careme whose celebrity chef serves up great French and Italian fare.

London

Catch the best plays at the West End where British thespians and the occasional A-list Hollywood actor take their bows. Local pubs are an institution so drop in to sample some beer at a nearby pub. Gordon Ramsay Restaurant is the celebrity chef’s signature restaurant and always makes every ‘Top 10’ list. Zuma, Hibiscus, Chez Bruce, The Cinnamon Club and the Greenhouse are a few others to try out. London is an expensive city so watch out for the bill. The city’s immigrant population has livened up its cuisine and Chicken Tikka Masala is probably the country’s most famous dish.
Music, however, remains the driving force of London’s nightlife and you can catch top bands in concerts or at a club. The Ministry Of Sound, Funky Buddha, Boujis, Amika and Crystal are for serious clubbing.

Berlin

Berlin has everything – an avant-garde cultural scene, casual cafes, laidback bars and high-octane clubs. The nightlife is considered to be the best in Europe. Berlin is also the techno capital of the world! But the curious thing about its clubs is that they don’t go out of their way to advertise and often have nondescript entrances so finding even a happening club can be quite a task. Berghain, Panorama Bar, King Kong Klub, Kaffee Burger, Weekend, Watergate, B Grad and Club Maria are popular choices. A-Trane is a favourite with jazz lovers. There’s no dearth of hip clubs but you just have to look a bit harder than in most cities. There are no curfews so clubs are open till the wee hours.
You will find some smart restaurants serving German, French, Austrian, Indian, Chinese and Turkish food. So dig in.

Posted by on August 31st, 2009

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