If you are figuring out where to spend your New Years Eve 2015–2016 and have the best time of your life, look no further than this list. In this list of the best places to spend your New Years’ Eve we have about 12 destinations all explained.
We have also suggested hotels where you can head back after you have welcome the year 2016 at the New Years Party of your choice. This list of best places to spend New Years Eve 2015–2016 hasn’t been ordered in any order:
# 1: New Year’s Party in Las Vegas, USA
If you are planning to spend your new year at Las Vegas, you have to make a choice early on – where in Las Vegas will you party? You can decide to go for the strip strewn with nightclubs of all shapes and sizes or you can decide to go to Fremont Street. At the Fremont street, you can find four stages and at least nine hours of mind blowing music to keep you in the party mood. When the clock strikes at midnight, the New Year 2016 will be welcomed with the fireworks erupting from casino rooftops.
Best place to stay in Las Vegas: We are sure you will be tired to the bone, so best is to book a room in ‘The Venetian’ or if you want to stay close to the party spot, nothing better than ‘Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino’.
# 2: New Year’s Party in Rio De Janerio
Come 31 December, more than two million people will be on the beaches of Rio De Janerio to say good-bye to 2015 and welcome 2016. You can also join them to watch the amazing fireworks from the Copacabana Beach. The action begins by 7 pm and you are expected to land up in whites because the color white is supposed to bring good luck. There are stages set up which feature something for everybody in the family – including dance, music, activities etc.
Best place to stay in Rio de Janerio: The best hotel to stay in for this party is the Copacabana Palace – an elegant hotel overlooking all the New Year action. Thanks to its proximity to all the action, it is also very costly during last week of the year. If Copacabana Palace is too costly, try out Mama Ruisa hotel, which is homely and equally welcoming.
# 3: New Year’s Party in Los Angeles
Los Angeles is as much Hollywood as any city can be – so expect a very high-drama welcoming of the year 2016. Los Angeles has a great club scene so you can choose to welcome the new year from any one of the popular clubs. You can also decide to be part of Cleopatra’s New Year’s Eve Ball, which features the top DJs of Los Angeles, nightlong drinking and dancing and finally the fireworks. Once the year 2015-2016 New Year’s Eve has happened head over to Pasadena to watch floats being assembled for the New Year’s Day Tournament of Roses Parade.
Best place to stay in Los Angeles: JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE is the place to be for its sweeping views of the Los Angeles sky. If you want something more rooted towards Hollywood, don’t look beyond the The Hollywood Roosevelt. This hotel has all the good looking people, a great swimming pool and great entertainment.
# 4: New Year’s Party in Reykjavik
Imagine celebrating New Years Eve 2015 – 2016 in a city where the sun sets at 4 pm. This means, your party can start as early as 4 pm and go on for hours and end. The people of Reykjavik have a tradition which they don’t intend to break any time soon – that of community bonfires and an annual comedy show on TV – will be a good idea to join in. If you are lucky, besides the man made fireworks you will also be able to see nature’s own fireworks – in the form of Northern Lights.
Best place to stay in Reykjavik: Definitely try the Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel for it is modern and yet nested in a historic building. The hotel has romantic suites best suited for couples with sky-view windows, which allow you to watch the New Years Eve fireworks. You can also try Hotel Ranga, a hotel which boasts of classic Nordic cuisine which you can enjoy the day after the party.
# 5: New Year’s Party in Berlin
When Berlin is celebrating the New Year’s Eve, it does it in style. In German, New Year’s eve known as Silvester and place to welcome 2016 is the 1.2 mile stretch between the Victory Column and Brandenburg Gate. The good thing about Berlin’s new year celebration is that they start off in the morning itself – with Berliner Silvesterlauf, a fancy dress race of various lengths where the runners flip pancakes along the way. If you just want to watch the fireworks with your family and welcome the New Year, Teufelsberg and Viktoriapark are the two best places to be in.
Best place to stay in Berlin: Right next to the Brandenburg Gate festivities is ‘Hotel de Rome’, and we strongly recommend it. Because of its proximity, you can also decide to watch the New Year’s Eve 2016 fireworks from your hotel balcony itself. Your other option to stay is ‘Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin’ which also has a full service spa to help you get back in shape after the nightlong party. Two other hotels we strongly recommend for your stay after the New Years Party is over are – Brandenburger Hof Berlin and Soho House.
# 6: New Year’s Party in London
London lights up its sky for every New Year’s Eve by sending fireworks from the base of London Eye and rafts in river Thames. The best thing to do is to hire a boat and be on Thames when the fireworks are on and continue your party for as long as you want. The next best spots to watch and enjoy are Victoria Embankment and the South Bank. Do make sure you visit the pubs or have your own alcohol – what is the point in watching the fireworks without getting high. Don’t miss the New Year’s Day parade, which is one of London’s major events.
Best place to stay in London: For viewing fireworks, there is no better hotel than the London Marriott Hotel County Hall. It is also close to London Eye, so you can go for a walk if you want. If you want to welcome 2016 from your hotel, we recommend you the Corinthia Hotel London. It is beautiful, has two New Year’s parties you can choose from and has a full-service spa, which can wash away your sins of the previous night.
# 7: New Year’s Party in Sydney
This is the New Year’s Party, which will usher in 2016 first. Every year more than a million people congregate in Sydney to welcome the next year and this year you could be one of them. Folks in Sydney party in many different ways – some of them hire a boat and head into the water with their own booze and food so they can see the fireworks overhead. Up to 25,000 families land up in Cockatoo Island to set up their picnic spot and watch the fireworks in the sky. If you are lucky you may even be able to spend the night there. If you want to be on land, you can of course book outside tables at one of the waterfront restaurants by Sydney Harbour Bridge for world’s biggest firework display.
Best place to stay in Sydney: Some of the best hotels to stay and welcome New Year 2016 will be Park Hyatt Sydney, Pier One Sydney Harbour and The Four Seasons Hotel Sydney. All of these hotels give stunning views of the fireworks and have the upmarket all-service spas, which can get you back on your feet the day after the New Years’ party.
# 8: New Year’s Party in New Orleans
New Orleans celebrates its New Years in its own way, as it does everything else. The best place for Happy New Year party 2016 will be at Jackson Square. Being a city that loves to do things its way, the New Years ball drop has been replaced by “Baby New Year” drops followed by jaw-dropping fireworks show over the Mississippi river. For prime viewing, hire a steamboat with your own booze and have fun with your family and friends. The fireworks is followed by late night partying at Bourbon Street.
Best place to stay in New Orleans: If you don’t want to go outside of your hotel on 2016 New Year’s eve book a room in Hyatt Regency New Orleans. This hotel offers amazing view of the fireworks and has DJs, live bands, dance floors and an all-night bar to keep you hooked. If you want to stay close to where you are partying, try the Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans. Royal Sonesta is right up on Bourbon Street, where the whole night partying will happen after the new year has been welcomed.
# 9: New Year’s Party in New York
New York is nothing without its blinding neon lights and it only gets exciting during New Years Eve. Add the famous ball drop, and world-class entertainers and you have the typical New York’s New Year’s Eve party for 2016. For those who wouldn’t prefer welcoming 2016 at the Times Square, there is always the All-Access Meatpacking District Party Pass, which you can go for. This pass will help you get into the region’s top bars and clubs and do some serious pub crawl. If you want to sit in one place and watch the festivities, the best place is a table at the Renaissance Hotel’s R Lounge. The bar’s full glass windows will offer you view of the fireworks from comfort of your chair.
Best place to stay in New York: With such a nice view, it is worthwhile to g beyond a table and instead book a room in Renaissance Hotel. The next best hotel for a good New Year party will be New York Marriott Marquis. Besides being at the Times Square, it conducts two New Year parties, and has a five course dinner.
# 10: New Year’s Party in Miami
Miami boasts of good New Year parties but the best is when 250,000 plus locals and international tourists land up at Bayfront Park. There are live bands, activities for people of all age groups, and fireworks over Biscayne Bay. There is a touch of the ‘beach’ in everything Miami does and it exists even in the case of New Year parties.
Best place to stay in Miami: In Miami, we recommend only one hotel for your New Year’s Eve 2016 celebrations – Mayfair Hotel & Spa. It has great style and service and will fit right in with your budget.
# 11: New Year’s Party in Goa
If you love the enigma that is India, Goa is the place to be for the New Years Eve 2015 – 2016. Goa parties are all about dancing on the sand and drinking in the shacks. So if you think you will love it, be there. The weather isn’t too hot, and the palm trees are swinging in the breeze and keeping you cool as you sip your drink gazing at the stars. The biggest parties are centered around the Anjuna beach.
Best place to stay in Goa: In recent times the quality of accommodation in Goa has seen huge improvement. We recommend you choose The Park Hotel, which is on the Candolim beach. It isn’t on the Anjuna beach, but that’s OK for it is not so far.
Updated: 26 November 2015