Travel guides - December 19, 2018

5 places to spend New Year’s Eve once in a lifetime

December 31st is just around the corner and everyone is probably asking you: “What are you doing at New Year’s Eve?” Are you leaving for a trip, or are you still wondering where to spend the last days of the year?  If you’re looking for great places in the world to spend the first day of 2019, here you are 5 great places to spend New Year’s Eve once in a lifetime.

Sidney: The most populous city of Australia is one the first to welcome the new year, thanks to a time zone that put it 11 hours ahead of GMT. Celebrating the New Year’s Eve in Sidney means to be one of the first to bid farewell to 2018. The Harbour is the setting of one of the most beautiful firework display in the world. Don’t miss the Harbour of Lights parade as well!

Lapland: The home of Santa Claus is the best place to spend the last days of the year. He’s waiting for us in his little house in Rovaniemi, and he’s ready to make us feel the festive atmosphere. In this time of the year, you can have the chance to see aurora borealis, the Northern Lights that are visible on roughly 200 nights a year. A wonderful idea to welcome 2019, don’t you think?

New York: It may sounds cliché, but we couldn’t talk about Times Square New Year’s Eve. The Times Square Ball located on the roof of One Times Square is a prominent part of a New Year’s Eve celebration and it’s commonly referred to as the ball drop, where the ball descends in 60 seconds down a specially designed flagpole. New York citizens and tourists usually start to crowd the square in the early afternoon, in order to be sure to see it. Remember to use warm clothes: it’s almost ten years that New York New Year’s Eve doesn’t see the snow!

La Habana: Do you want to spend the last days of the year under the sun? Cuba is the perfect place to spend New Year’s Eve, especially because the Caribbean island celebrates on January 1st the Liberation day, to remember the victory of the revolution led by Fidel Castro. Don’t miss the amazing firework display in the Habana harbor and the celebrations in the Cathedral square, where you can experience a real Cuban party with music and dance. Pay attention when you walk next to the buildings: Cubans usually welcome the new year throwing buckets of water from their balconies to say farewell to all the negative things that happened in the past year.

Hallstatt: New Year’s Eve under the snow is always a classic, especially if we’re spending this day in ad Hallstatt, the beautiful Austrian small town on the lake that was declared as one of the World Heritage Sites in Austria by UNESCO in 1997. A real treasure under the snow, if you’ll be lucky enough to find it in the next days, where you can spend the last and the first days of the year doing some winter sports, like ski or snowboard, and visit the ancient salt mining and the Waldbachstrub waterfall.

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