Confetti, champagne, and countdowns are all standard New Year's fare. But some cities take the celebration a step further, offering epic parties, impressive fireworks displays, and stunning lightshows that continue well into the early morning. Whether you'd prefer to dance samba on Rio's Copacabana beach or watch the fireworks over Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour, these are the 16 most brilliant New Year's Eve celebrations around the world-and fodder for any traveler's bucket list.
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Where: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Stop by Rio's Copacabana beach for Reveillon, one of the world's liveliest New Year's celebrations. Giant stages are set up along the oceanfront, and visitors can enjoy traditional dance and music performances. More than two million people dressed in white (a color said to bring good luck) gather together, drink Champagne, and dance samba while the clock strikes midnight. When the clock strikes 12, the new year begins with a colorful fireworks display over the ocean.
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Where: New York City
This iconic city is synonymous with New Year's Eve, as millions of people from around the world gather to watch the ball drop. Visitors are treated to a spectacular pyrotechnic light shows and celebrity music acts while awaiting the final countdown. Shimmering confetti is released at midnight, and fireworks sparkle in the night sky.
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Where: Edinburgh, Scotland
For one of the biggest New Year's street parties in the world, look no further than Edinburgh's Hogmanay. The four-day celebration culminates in a street party with a fireworks display over Edinburgh Castle. Torchlight processions, candlelit concerts, and Scottish folk dancing are just a few of the main attractions.
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