This year has gone by incredibly fast, it feels like only yesterday that we were at the end of January and I was still writing 2017 instead of 2018 as the year. Does anyone else do that? Every year, it’s the same thing for me… Well, as another year draws to an end, it’s time to start thinking about where to celebrate it in style. Below are some ideas to inspire you whilst saying goodbye 2018, and hello 2019!

London, United Kingdom

The Capital is without a doubt one of the most amazing places to see in the New Year. There is something for everyone. I love the idea of a gathering with friends for dinner in a festive igloo overlooking iconic Tower Bridge whilst taking in the fireworks. For more information and to check availability, contact the Coppa Club.

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If you haven’t managed to secure tickets to see the fireworks along the Embankment, don’t despair. Head to Tower Bridge, or for less crowded views of the display, try Lambeth or Vauxhall Bridges. Make sure you dress warmly as you will be out in the open and by the chilly river.  Primrose Hill is another great option to watch the fireworks extravaganza.

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Hogmanay celebrations in Edinburgh are such fun. Whether you fancy joining the festivities in the street around the castle and along the Royal Mile, or taking part in something a little more organised, like the Hogmanay Gala Ball at the prestigious (The) Balmoral hotel.

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At the ball, you will join sophisticated revellers in a chic celebration that combines entertainment with Scottish tradition. As the bells of 2019 chime, ceilidh musicians will lead you in a traditional Auld Lang Syne. How special is that? Tickets are £355, you can book yours here.

Sydney, Australia

Nothing compares to the fireworks display in Sydney Harbour. There are a number of vantage viewpoints available beside the Harbour and free of charge including:

Bradfield Park, Milsons Point
Dumaresq Reserve, Rose Bay
Embarkation Park, Potts Point
Manly Cove, Manly
Robertson Park, Watsons Bay

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But if you are looking for a truly memorable evening and something a little bit extra, why not head to the Royal Botanic Gardens, with some of the best views of the spectacular fireworks, for a glamorous cocktail party at The Calyx, located in the heart of the gardens. Enjoy gourmet food stations, free-flowing drinks and plentiful canapes throughout the evening in the unique setting, and as 2018 draws to a close, take a midnight stroll through the impressive gardens to the water’s edge to enjoy the fireworks. Tickets are $595 AUD and can be purchased here.

Aussies love a New Year’s Day party. Actually, in my opinion, this is bigger than the main event. Watson’s Bay Hotel in Sydney has an annual legendary party bay side with gorgeous harbour views. Tickets and further information can be found here.

Or, celebrate the first day of the New Year like a local and hire a boat to cruise the harbour, the north shores of the beaches dotted along the eastern suburbs, and make sure you throw a shrimp on the barbie?! (For the record, we have prawns, not shrimp!) It will be a day you won’t forget any time soon.

Apia, Samoa

To be one of the first in the world to welcome in the New Year, why not head to Samoa for a tropical celebration of fireworks and Samoan dancing and juggling? And if that wasn’t special enough, what about jumping on a flight to America Samoa, a little under an hour away, where you can be one of the last countries in the world to celebrate the New Year!

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Banff, Canada

If you are used to ringing in the New Year in the cold, why not consider a trip to the snow-capped Rocky Mountains of Canada? The picturesque town, nestled in the heart of Banff National Park puts on an epic fireworks display as the clock chimes midnight. One of only two firework displays held in the year, it really is worth seeing. Book a table at one of the great dining options along the main strip, and head down to the road as the time draws near. And what better way to shake any signs of a hangover the next day than with a day on the slopes at one of the three local ski areas, or for the less adventurous – check out the tubing parks at Norquay or hire snowshoes from the Banff Springs Hotel for a more low key outdoors adventure.

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Wherever in the world, you decide to celebrate New Year’s Eve, I hope you have the most incredible time!

Until next time, safe travels.

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