2018 has come and gone; it’s time to prepare for what 2019 has to offer. New Year’s Eve is generally that one holiday where everyone feels they either go all out or go home. While every country has different traditions, one thing stays the same–December 31 is the day to celebrate. Whether you’re in Los Angeles, New York, Hong Kong, Australia or anywhere else, you’re going to want to know the direct hubs where individuals get together. Here’s some key gatherings locally and around the world that you’re not going to want to miss this year.
Not everyone likes to go out of town for the holidays. Oftentimes, it’s much easier to simply stay put. If you’re trying to have fun in Southern California, Los Angeles is a really good place to start. Here’s a short list of some of the best events happening on New Year’s Eve, with a more extensive list on Eventbrite:
LURE Hollywood NYE ‘19/ Le Jardin
LURE and Le Jardin are teaming up for their 21+ NYE party this year with a night hosted by none other than TOO $HORT. It’s two venues and one massive party. Simply put, it’s a performance you’re not going to want to miss. There will be a multi-service open bar with fun-filled complimentary party favors. Finish the night with complimentary champagne or purchase a VIP table and get bottle service all night. Ticket prices start $79 and the party starts at 9 pm, ending at 1 am.
Minimal Effort NYE
Happening at Belsaco Theater, ring in the New Year with Sasha, Skream, Justin Jay, Will Clarke and more. Starting at 8 pm, the event goes on till 4 am. Ticket prices start at $59–just a reminder, the event is 21 and up.
2018 Holiday Ice Rink in Pershing Square
If you’re looking for a family-friendly event, then the holiday ice rink is the one for you. Presented by Bai, this event is essential to bring in holiday cheer. Surrounded by art, activities and an impressive skyline, this $5-$9 event lasts until Jan. 21, 2019. Grab your friends, coworkers and family–head down to Pershing Square as soon as you can.
LA Zoo Lights
Check out giant illuminated snowflakes, a disco ball, animated elephants and a tunnel full of colors with the LA Zoo Lights. An event that originated in 2014, the LA Zoo Lights is family-friendly fun that call can enjoy until Jan. 6, 2019. Come explore new areas, various displays and your favorites revamped. On value nights, tickets start at $14.95 for adults and $11.95 for children. On premium nights, tickets for children start at $16.95 and adults $21.95. And if you have kids younger than two, they are free.
EVE at Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios is already a fun place to be. Why not spend your NYE there? Jam packed with dance parties, fireworks and celebration must-haves, get the best NYE experience straight out of Hollywood. Each party area will have an assortment of specialty desserts, beer, wine and champagne for purchase. And glow items will also be available for the fun. The party also doesn’t end until 2 am. Tickets for this exclusive night start at $329. And for that price, you’re paying for unlimited night access to certain areas with cash bars and lounges, as well as reserved firework-viewing access.
Celebrations Around the World
Sure, some people stay local for the holiday. In fact, some people don’t even leave their house. But others love spontaneity and the unknown. If you’re trying to have the best night of your life not in your hometown, this is how. If you’re out of town or want to get out of town quick for the holiday, then here’s a good list for you. Compiled by Fordor’s Travel, here’s some of the best places to spend your New Year’s Eve:
New York City
Times Square has been the place to be for years on end. If you’re willing to brave the cold, it’s a magical night. More than one billion people tune into this event on the television every year. Sure, more than 38 different time zones are celebrating this moment. But most people are tuning into the Big Apple. Not only is there the huge ball drop but there’s concerts all over the city as well as endless rooftop parties to attend.
There’s one big thing that Orlando has that’s always a good time: Disney. NYE at Disney is packed with parties, special menus, photo ops and restaurant events all over the park. The main attraction is the Countdown to Midnight. This event includes cocktails in the Fantasia Ballroom, chefs bringing your food to life, an interactive DJ, a live band and finally, a champagne toast to end the night with fireworks.
While NYE isn’t the biggest firework display for Hong Kong (Chinese New Year and National Day have larger displays), the show over Victoria Harbor is hardly anything but meager. There’s synchronized fireworks visible from nearly everywhere in the city. A nightlong streetparty is right at your fingertips, with “shooting stars” beginning at 11 pm, with rooftop launches every 15 minutes until the clock strikes midnight. Having a spot along the harbor here is key if you really want to enjoy the sights because you’re going to want to walk home after this event. Public transportation and driving in general is a nightmare after this.
Sydney Harbor is hand-down the most attended NYE event–far outpacing NYC’s Times Square. Sydney’s fireworks are simply some of the best in the world. Fireworks are launched from the Opera House, nearby buildings, water barges and from the Harbour Bridge. It’s a fantastic 12-minute display, meant to stand for the 12 months of the year. On top of fireworks, you’re also going to get to witness the waterfall: a shower of 1,100 candle-fireworks streaming from the bridge to the water below. This “bridge effect” is a pyrotechnic element that changes in design each year.
If you’re looking for night-long parties and endless fireworks, then Tokyo is the place to go. Other places would be Yokohama, across Tokyo Bay. Long story short, lots of places celebrate the Western tradition. And with four million people living in Greater Tokyo, there’s no end to what kind of fun you can get into here. Other approaches to New Years include visiting one of the many temples to check out the ringing of the bell. At midnight, a monk rings the temple bell 108 times to rid you of 108 worldly desires. This annual tradition is pretty big, so make sure you get in line early for it.
So whether you’re local or in another part of the world, you can definitely take the time to celebrate this day. And if you’re staying local, there’s a plethora of events that one can choose from for the night. Whether you need something kid-friendly or you want to have adult fun, there’s plenty of events available for you to enjoy the last holiday of the year.