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Top Destinations to Welcome 2023 

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Lynn chapter.

As we all know, New Year’s Eve is a time for celebration, reflection, and setting fresh resolutions, but it’s also a great opportunity to explore new destinations, countless places around the world offer unforgettable experiences to welcome the new year. Here, we’ll take a look at some of the top New Year’s destinations that promise a memorable start to 2023. 

1. Sydney, Australia: Sydney is well-known for its iconic New Year’s Eve fireworks display, centered around the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. The vibrant fireworks light up the sky and are visible from various vantage points around the harbor, making it a breathtaking spectacle. With its warm summer weather, Sydney is a fantastic choice for those who want to celebrate the new year in style. 

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2. New York City, USA: Times Square in New York City is famous for its ball drop ceremony, where a massive crystal ball descends as the world watches. The city that never sleeps hosts a massive gathering of a crowd of people to welcome the new year, and enjoy live music, celebrity performances, and the electric atmosphere in the heart of Manhattan. 

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3. Edinburgh, Scotland: For a more traditional and culturally rich New Year’s celebration, consider the Scottish capital, Edinburgh. Their Hogmanay Festival is a multi-day event filled with concerts, street parties, and the iconic Torchlight Procession. The city’s unique traditions, including “first-footing” and singing “Auld Lang Syne,” make it a one-of-a-kind experience. 


4. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Brazilians know how to throw a party, and Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach is the place to be for a lively New Year’s celebration. Known as “Reveillon”, the event features stunning fireworks, live music, and locals dressed in white, symbolizing peace and renewal. 

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5. Tokyo, Japan: Tokyo offers a captivating blend of ancient traditions and modern festivities. The city celebrates the New Year with “Hatsumode,” the first shrine or temple visit of the year. The atmosphere is serene, and visitors can enjoy traditional rituals, delicious food, and appealing light displays. 

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6. Reykjavik, Iceland: If you’re seeking a unique and offbeat New Year’s experience, Reykjavik is a fantastic choice. The Icelandic capital celebrates with massive bonfires and a spectacular fireworks display. With the possibility of witnessing the Northern Lights, Reykjavik provides a truly magical start to the year. 

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7. Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Dubai is known for its extravagant New Year’s celebrations, featuring incredible firework displays, laser shows, and light projections on iconic landmarks like the Burj Khalifa. It’s a city that spares no expense when it comes to ringing in the new year. 

8. Berlin, Germany: Berlin’s New Year’s Eve party at the Brandenburg Gate is one of the largest open-air celebrations in Europe. With live music, DJ sets, and spectacular fireworks, it’s a memorable way to welcome the new year in the heart of the German capital.

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Hello, my name is Esther. I am from Panama City and currently living in Boca Raton, Florida. I love going out, working out, going to the beach and hanging out with my friends. A fun fact about me is that I speak three languages.