The ideal spot for those who are not sun worshippers head to Edinburgh for a very chilly way to ring in the New Year. New Year’s Eve is a highlight but the festivities go on for several days so you can make it a real mini break. The three day celebration is kicked off by the Torchlight Procession weaving through the city accompanied by pipers and drummers culminating at the Palace of Holyrood House for a breath taking fireworks finale. On New Year’s Eve there is one of the world’s largest street parties, a ceilidh in the castle and a concert in the gardens – people from all over the world travel to ring in the New Year here. To finish the revelries is the Dooker Parade, Dookers are people raising money for charity by throwing themselves in the freezing waters of the Firth of Forth, utter madness but thrilling to watch.
What a treat to spend the day on the beach bathing in glorious sunshine and then be able to continue the evening dancing the night away in exactly the same spot, head to Bondi Beach for this luxury. Of course this doesn’t distract from Australia’s main New Year’s Eve event; the fireworks in Sydney which can be viewed floating on a boat, from one of the many harbour restaurants or whilst picnicking on the banks of Cockatoo Island. The fireworks are the main event but you can also see an incredible floating boat parade, aerial flyovers and an Aboriginal smoking ceremony. Once the celebrations are over you can escape the city to the outback and relax among the wildlife.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The carnivals in Brazil are world famous with people all over the globe travelling to experience them. New Years Eve has nearly 2 million people
cozied together onto Copacabana beach to watch the spectacular fireworks and spiritual rituals. Most people attending dress traditionally in white to symbolise peace and prosperity. They dance to live bands and djs on the beach in the run up to the fireworks, once these have finished people jump into sea. The tradition is to jump seven waves making seven wishes while others float flowers or gifts on the water to the Goddess of the Ocean, Lemanjá. To recover from this riotous celebration we suggest hopping on a quick flight to Trancoso where you can relax here
The Alps, Europe
This year has seen some of the best snow fall in the passed 30 years so it is definitely the time to book a ski holiday. There is Courchevel’s legendary New Year Dance Party, the outdoor celebrations of Silvester in Grindelwald or the torch lit celebrations in St Anton. Each resort celebrates in it’s own unique way, if you are looking for a more family friendly way to ring in the New Year then Klosters, Hotsch Race has everything you need. The event takes place on New Year’s Day with 10 piglets racing against each other while being cheered on by a crowd full of locals and visitors. We still have chalets with availability so please have a look here.
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