Cities around the world will be ringing in the New Year come December 31, but participating in all the festivities can get pricey. Thankfully, some of the top New Year’s Eve celebrations and events in popular cities can be enjoyed completely free of charge, whether you’re in New York City, Vienna, or Sydney. To help you close out the end of this year in style without breaking the bank, we’ve pulled together free festivities and experiences to take advantage of in popular cities around the globe, from stunning light displays and dazzling firework shows to free concerts and tours. From Berlin to New Orleans, here are 49 festive ways to say hello to 2017.
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It's not all about the ball drop.
New Year’s Eve is the last hurrah of the holiday season, the last blow-out before the credit card statements and cumulative hangovers push through the happy, cinnamon-scented haze. That means, very often, the dinner you have on December 31 is the last opulent meal you have for a while. New Year’s Eve comes after a marathon of rich eating, the final float in a parade of honey-baked hams, sugar cookies, eggnog, and hot toddies. At this point, the weaker of us may be feeling sort of fatigued from all the richness. This list of the best dinners to enjoy on the last day of the year is not for those people. At these places, New Year's Eve dining is elevated to an artform well worthy of the extra hot yoga class you'll feel compelled take the following week. Embrace it.
From fireworks over Boston Harbor to museum-worthy ice sculptures, there's plenty to do in the historic city.
It’s the biggest (and often most expensive) party night of the year. Make sure you get your money’s worth.
New Year's Eve means something different for everybody: a reason to throw a party for all of your loved ones, a reminder to try new things, an opportunity change your habits, and, of course, an extra day off and excuse to take a vacation. If you're one of those people obsessed with starting a new year on the right foot, exploring a new destination could be the perfect way to do so. Whether you're looking for the fireworks show of a lifetime or a bash with a thousand of the best strangers around, there's a perfect celebration somewhere on this planet. Not convinced yet? We paired 15 inspirational travel quotes with the best photos of New Year's Eve celebrations to get you inspired. Read on, and start planning that end-of-year trip.
New Year, New You: you’re either inspired by it or tired of hearing it already. But there’s no denying the power of new beginnings, and January is prime time for embracing them. Plenty of us are still feeling the effects of 2015 and the festive holiday season, so if healthy living is on your brain, you’re in good company. Even better news: your wellness resolutions don’t need to be threatened when you travel or go on vacation. Hotels are increasingly pumping up their fitness offerings; pay-per-class studios are at peak popularity; and trends toward healthy eating and juicing are fairly universal by now. So you can plan and prepare before your next trip, we’ve scoured 14 popular destinations to uncover the best ways to detox in each—all insider tips straight from a local. Whether it’s undertaking a new fitness experience, ensuring you can eat the way you need to while you’re away, or locating the spa or treatment that will leave you most zen, you’re in luck. Some of our discoveries might surprise you: Miami, a notorious party town, also excels in hotel-based spa and detox programs and even offers the chance to work out with a celebrity trainer. In New York, you can spin to the latest Broadway tunes; Denver has a brand-new, 1,200 square foot aerial yoga studio; in San Francisco, it’s common to use the city’s own landscape as your personal outdoor gym. No matter the location or time of year, it seems, these destinations give you no excuses for getting off track. For those of you hitting the road soon, we’ve also included current programs and packages on offer, but this list is meant to be saved: you can refer to it again. You’ve got twelve months to reach your goals, after all—now you’ve got the tools to spend them wisely. —Corina Quinn
Kick off 2016 with a very special cocktail—crafted just for your New Year's Eve celebration.
One of the best things about New Year's Eve (in addition to the fireworks and copious amounts of champagne) is that it’s the one time the entire globe celebrates together. From donning brightly colored underpants to curling up on the couch with loved ones, everyone has their own tradition for ringing in the New Year (and some strange hangover cures for the morning after). For 2015, we’ve layed out when the clock strikes midnight around the world in Eastern Standard Time, so grab the party poppers and start your countdown at 6 a.m.! Who knows, maybe next year you’ll find yourself celebrating in someplace new.
Our list of fun ways to ring in 2016 around the world—without spending a dime.
That's almost twice the number of bookings on last New Year's Eve.
Let’s face it: it’s not difficult to give in to sloth. That’s especially true in the Caribbean, where sleeping in, lying on sugary white-sand beaches, and lounging in hammocks is practically a requirement. Then, of course, it’s easy for gluttony to take over, as you roll right into an extravagant dinner and a long night of drinking. But what’s wrong with that? After all, this year was a year of scrimping and saving, of working harder and playing less. Just as we began living more socially and environmentally responsible lives, we also took fewer vacations, rarely shopped, and seldom opted for dinners out. It’s time to blow off some steam, and New Year’s Eve—the most hedonistic of holidays—is the best chance to do it. So to set you off down the path of indulgence, we’ve put together 10 New Year’s getaway ideas inspired by the seven deadly sins. Related: America's Best Cities for New Year's Eve Sinful getaways may not exactly be a trend—after all, more and more travelers are seeking out authentic, local experiences. In our trends report, for example, we see dining at underground supper clubs and shopping for everyday items to take home as souvenirs becoming more popular—hardly extravagant activities. That’s even more reason to make a sinful statement this New Year’s. So where to go? Certain destinations naturally emerge as sinful winners. For that slothful beach bumming, try the Grenadines. These Caribbean islands are far removed not only from any urban bustle, but from any bustle at all. In fact, they offer little more than exclusive hotels and miles of powdery white sand. Where sloth leads, gluttony easily follows. And while there’s nothing new about celebrating the New Year with a cocktail in hand, food and wine lovers might want to ring in 2010 with a decadent tasting tour of California’sNapa Valley. Drop by the omnipresent tasting rooms for samples from some of America’s best vineyards, then make gluttonous stops at Michelin-starred restaurants like French Laundry or newcomer Bottega. After all that eating and lounging, though, it may be tough to take pride in your appearance. For that, we recommend heading to the newest outlet of wellness resort Canyon Ranch, in Miami. You’ll need to look good—the city is home to America’s best-looking people. But after a few days of personal training and high-tech spa treatments, you’ll blend right in with South Beach’s poolside model contingent. Related: Best Places to Spend New Year's Of course, life can’t be all about hedonistic pleasures. So with each of our sinful getaways, we offer a suggestion on how to atone—after all, there’s no need to start the New Year with a guilty conscience.