Top 5 American Cities to Celebrate New Year’s Eve

Are you fed up of staying at your half-empty local bar singing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ when the clock hits twelve? Ever wondered what it would be like counting down til midnight someplace other than in front of the television? Wonder no more and personally experience the best parties of the year in any of these five major cities.

5. Honolulu

Longing for beach luaus? Honolulu, Hawaii, is a great place to spend New Year’s, especially if you’re planning to bring the family along. This kid-friendly destination will entertain you with a lot of surprises - from theme parks, food trucks, to amazing fireworks displays over Waikiki beach. Honolulu is also known as a relaxing and romantic city throughout the year, so, if you can, stay a little longer.

4. San Diego

With perfect weather all year round, San Diego, California, promises a night of celebrations and fireworks on New Year’s Eve. You can either stay out of the party scene and pamper yourself with lavish food onboard a luxury yacht, or be seen at hip, nightclub-sponsored parties downtown. From glamorous to intimate, San Diego offers limitless possibilities to start off your year.

3. Orlando *Photo credit: Candace Lindeman via Flickr cc Orlando,

Florida offers numerous New Year activities for the kids with the infamous Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, and Universal Studios open up until 1 a.m. Join your little ones and enjoy day-long celebrations while looking forward to explosive midnight fireworks displays. Dance parties and other live performances will keep the whole family go strong all night long. If you want to shop and dine, Downtown Disney doesn’t fail to please.

2. Las Vegas

Cocktails, bright lights, and all-night parties. The party never stops in Las Vegas; so if you’re meaning to party hard and wild, this is the place to be. Hotels in Las Vegas are jampacked at this time of year, and people gather on The Strip from sundown until sunrise to enjoy mammoth celebrations, pyrotechnic displays and laser shows, aside from live musical performances from world-famous bands such The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pitbull, and The Killers.

1. New York

New York is home to one of New Year’s Eve’s most anticipated events - the Times Square Ball Drop. Every year, a glittering sphere is dropped from a 77-foot flagpole at the top of Times Square. After the midnight countdown, the ball comes down together with a ton of shimmering confetti - a tradition that started since 1907. Although many prefer to watch this on television at home, there’s nothing quite like experiencing it firsthand.

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About the author: Melissa Page loves the holidays as much as she loves writing. When not writing, she’s busy planning out her next trip. Her upcoming holiday destination would be the Plaza Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Follow her on Twitter @Melissapage90.