Learn about popular places that welcome the New Year.
Billions of people celebrated the beginning of the New Year. They marked that day in different ways. Some cities had huge fireworks and loud cheers while others were a bit quieter. Keep reading to learn about 5 of the World’s Best Destinations for a Perfect New Year’s Eve.
Burj Khalifa, Dubai – United Arab Emirates
One of the youngest structures in the world yet earned its place on top of our list. As the tallest building in the world at over 2,716.5 feet and the highest number of floors in the world with more than 160 stories, Burj Khalifa is solid science infused with extraordinary vision and a lot of funding of course.
Burj Khalifa had been a tourist attraction with its luxurious moments, exquisite activities, culinary wonders and welcoming atmosphere. But on New Year’s Eve, Dubai takes the eyes of the world with jaw-dropping pyrotechnics and a breathtaking laser show.
The UAE said “Happy New Year” on 2022’s eve with a world-breaking record of 177,958 kg of dazzling fireworks, 274 light fixtures and 60 laser light projectors. The show was full of pure euphoria and joy along with Instagram-able views. It’s truly the perfect place for a farewell to a passing year and a welcome to another.
London Eye Ferris Wheel – England
Welcome to Europe’s biggest and highest cantilevered observation wheel and England’s most famous cultural fingerprint. This Millennium wheel has an overall height of 443 feet, this was the world’s tallest Ferris wheel from 1999 when it was first built, but The London Eye lost the title in 2006 when it was surpassed by the Star of Nanchang in China. New Year’s event started at the London Eye on the last day of 1999 to celebrate 2000.
Unfortunately, Public New Year’s Eve festivities in London have been suspended since 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but this didn’t stop the English gentlemen from taking the celebrations online, with a colorful pre-recorded 2 minutes light display to memorable moments from the past year.
The unique virtual light show was a way of recognizing and remembering the moments in 2021 that made an impact on the English lives as they enter into a new year. The shining blue was a hooray for the NHS’s resilience and hard work throughout the pandemic. The pink and blue colors represented the arrivals of four royal babies. Finally, the lights were turned off in a tribute to Prince Philip’s passing in April. It was a breathtaking show to stay home and enjoy!
Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop, New York – USA
Of all the ways we could be celebrating the coming New Year, countless people stood in Times Square and throughout the world to watch a big ball descend above Times Square in New York.
New Yorkers began celebrating New Year’s Eve in Times Square in 1904, but it was in 1907 that the New Year’s Eve Ball made its maiden descent from the flagpole atop One Times Square. The Ball has been lowered annually since 1907, except during World War II when the ceremony was cancelled.
On New Year’s Eve, the Ball began its descent at 11:59 p.m. as millions of voices united to countdown the final seconds of the year and express joy and hope for the year ahead.
Hasedera Buddhist Temple – Japan
The Japanese traditional way of celebrating the New Year is entirely different from the buzzing lights and the loud fireworks. Japanese families join together in visiting and even staying in a shrine or a temple on New Year’s Eve.
At the Hasedera Temple, They lit candles and start praying with the monks for good luck, fortune, health and wealth within the New Year. When it’s midnight, the monks start to bang the giant bells of the Temple in a rhythmic peaceful way. This experience is for people who are looking for something new and out of the ordinary, and for anyone in quest of communication with their spiritual side.
Red Square, Moscow – Russia
In the heart of Moscow lies this UNESCO world heritage site with its famous Saint Basil’s Cathedral which was built between 1555 to 1561. The Red Square is the most famous landmark in Russia, especially around New Year’s Eve. It’s that time when Moscow is covered in snow and the whole Red Square and the Cathedral are decorated with lights.
When it’s midnight, the dazzling crowds witness a night of a lifetime when the fireworks burst from every inch in the Red Square and the Cathedral bills don’t stop ringing for about a continuous hour. New Year’s Eve in Russia is a remarkable visual treat for the tourists, and that’s why this place is often referred to as the Winter Wonderland. Unfortunately, celebrations were cancelled for 2022’s eve due to covid-19 but we will be looking forward to enjoying it again next December.