While you won’t get the same level of epic fireworks as you would in Sydney, there are still great parties through the city and many people light off their own fireworks from the Champs-Elysees. The city stays open late!
5. Las Vegas
The city that parties every night throughout the year certainly knows how to throw a New Year’s Eve bash to remember. There are so many clubs, hotels, bars, and casinos to choose from in Las Vegas, Nevada, that it’s almost impossible to not celebrate in style. Outdoors, “The Strip” is closed to traffic so everyone can watch the grand fireworks displays high above the city’s neon lights.
If you want to wade through the crowds, make your way downtown to Fremont Street and join the massive block party, complete with confetti, a massive wine toast, concerts by big-name rockers, and a five-block-long illuminated canopy 90 feet overhead, on which state-of-the-art sound and light shows are shown.
Portland knows a thing or two about ringing in the New Year. The annual Champagne Ball in downtown Portland is an all night party with live music, DJs, dancing, 18 bars, food, and nonstop celebration. Portland is a beautiful city with so much to see it can be hard to plan an itinerary, so consider booking a Best of Portland City Afternoon Tour.
You’ll visit some of the city’s top attractions while your friendly guide handles the details (entry fees, transportation, etc.) Portland is home to incredible local wine and beer, so check out the Willamette Valley Wine-Tasting Tour or the Portland Brewery Bike Tour and enjoy some of the best the area has to offer.
Berlin’s anything-goes energy is well and truly buzzing at this massive open-air party between the Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column. One of Europe’s largest outdoor celebrations, this jamboree sees around a million people gathering along the event’s 1.6-mile stretch.
Better still, it’s free of charge and keeps pumping until 3am. Expect live music, DJs, laser shows, food and, of course, fireworks. Berlin’s not short of world-class clubs, but the rooftop garden at House of Weekend comes into its own on New Year’s Eve, offering astonishing views of the pyrotechnics and the city’s skyline. Plus, you don’t have to worry about that infamous Berghain bouncer.