Top Five Most Exciting Places to Ring in the New Year

One journey ends and another begins. As the sun sets on 2021 and we prepare for a glorious new year ahead, many around the world rejoice and reflect on the successes of the year past and take stock of all our many blessings. To kick-off the festive spirit my friends and I at JourneyHero are thinking about where in the world we’ve enjoyed New Year’s Eve celebrations the most, and where we’d like to be at this time next year. Here are our top five most exciting places to celebrate the year past and the fresh start and possibility of what lies ahead:

Hong Kong

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Hong Kong is king on NYE. I guess that makes it King Kong!

Hong Kong is one of the coolest places on the earth on any given night but New Year’s Eve sees the city burn white hot with fun! From Christmas until Chinese New Year, the city seems to be one continuous party. Attend the annual New Year’s Eve Parade that begins at 7:00 pm. Enjoy dragon dancers and a colourful celebration. Then, head for Lan Kwai Fong to enjoy the bustling epicentre of Hong Kong’s nightlife. You can watch the fireworks from there or head to other vantage points.  

I enjoy watching the fireworks display over the Victoria Harbour from West Kowloon Park which also has a concert which starts at 10:00 pm on NYE.

The China Ferry Terminal, atop the 108 story ICC (International Commerce Centre), or from one of hundreds of rooftop bars and vantage points are alternative observation points. For the most exciting and ultimate experience, set sail on a New Year’s Eve cruise of the harbour or ride the Star Ferry as you raise a glass and toast a New Year.


New Year’s Eve celebrations in Mexico City are the most exciting and widely attended throughout Latin America. You’ve never seen a street party quite like the Zocalo Street Party, stretching from the main square down Palacio de Bellas Artes to the Paseo de la Reforma Boulevard.

Expect dancing, drinking, music, costumes, food and a show-stopping fireworks display. Alongside 12 grapes at midnight, try some of the delicious customary foods prepared for the occasion like tamales, pozole and bacalao, and sweet bread; the person who finds the baked in coin is said to have good luck for the new year! Take the dance party to one of the many popular night clubs including Club Maya or Bar Cosmo and salsa your way into the year ahead.

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Sparks will fly in Mexico City


If you’re looking to ring in the New Year in the height of luxury, Dubai should be at the top of your list! New Year’s Eve fireworks displays from The Palm to the Burj Khalifa in Downtown are extraordinary and draw quite a crowd.

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A Dubai NYE is a blast!

Watch this sparkling festivity from the ground or on one of the many luxury cruises or private yachts available for hire. Book yourself in for an indulgent dinner, endless supply of drinks and elegant affair at one of Dubai’s luxury hotels, bars or restaurants like a gala dinner complete with fire dancers and copious amounts of champagne at Madinat Jumeirah.  

Alternatively, dance the night away with a special performance by Robbie Williams at the Atlantis Palm. You can even spend the most exciting evening under the stars on an exclusive desert safari, complete with dinner and belly dancing.


Party like a Queen by ringing in 2022 in London. Though some of the festivities are temporarily on hold, celebrations normally include spectacular fireworks display on the Southbank over the Thames. These are magnificent to watch from the London Eye observation wheel.

I’ve got my eye on London for 2022

This year, after a long restoration, Big Ben will ring in the new year at midnight. For (prehistoric) party animals, attend the Natural History Museum’s annual NYE party with outdoor ice skating and a dance floor set up underneath the skeleton of the Hope blue whale; the largest creature ever to have lived. New this year is the Tobacco Dock’s first all-night music festival, London’s only indoor most exciting NYE music festival!  

New York City

There’s no place like NYC to ring in NYE. New York City is where to head to watch the iconic Times Square Ball Drop, and fireworks in Central Park. One of the most exciting places to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city is from the observation deck of the Empire State Building. take in a show on Broadway, bar hop in Soho or walk across the Brooklyn Bridge; there’s just nothing in the world quite like NYC for NYE.

For a decadent end to 2021 book tickets at the McKittrick Hotel for live music, an open bar and all the champagne you can drink. For the ultimate New York experience, the cast of Hamilton will be performing in the greatest city in the world at the SUMMIT One Vanderbilt, and includes the show followed by access to the rooftop bar with a DJ to work the dancefloor until dawn.

NYC on NYE is good Times Squared!

Wherever you end up seeing out the last drops of 2021 and the new life of 2022, we wish you good times to celebrate in the here and now. All of us at JourneyHero wish you a happy, successful and, most importantly, healthy New Year in 2022. Join us for good times and excitement!





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