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The Top Destinations to Ring in New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is the perfect way to close out the season, and of course the year, which is why people go all out. Here are the best places to celebrate.

Montreal, Canada

Before you start those New Year’s resolutions, party it up in Canada’s most European-feeling city. If you want to get right in the middle of the action, Montreal’s Old Port has you covered. The family-fun events include fireworks, ice-skating, and outdoor performances. If you’re looking to dress up and dance, check out the Wiggle Room’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Burlesque party—live music, a burlesque show, and a festive cocktail menu offer a night you won’t forget. No passport? Here are the small towns in the U.S. that will have you feeling like you were magically transported across the pond.

Cook Islands

Situated close to New Zealand, the Cook Islands are one of the last places on the planet to ring in New Year’s Day since they’re located in the South Pacific on the opposite side of the International Date Line. If you’re in the mood to relax, check out Little Polynesian Resort in Rarotonga. Here, you’ll find beachfront bungalows, hammocks on the private beach, and shaded loungers by the infinity pool. Still, there are plenty of bars and some nightclubs for you to put on your party outfit and head out for a night of Champagne and dancing. Check out these photos of beaches with the clearest water in the world to help get you in the mood.

Oahu, Hawaii

Hawaii is best known for its relaxing, laid-back vibe, but if you want to spend time frolicking in the Pacific waters by day and partying by night, that’s absolutely a possibility. Come New Year’s Eve, there are various activities to take advantage of among a gorgeous setting. Go to Waikiki Beach for fireworks with the family, or head to downtown Honolulu for the Aloha Tower New Year’s Eve party, which features live music, dancing, and fireworks. Here are all the insider secrets you need to know before booking your Hawaiian vacation.

Austin, Texas

This city (one of the healthiest in the country) is undoubtedly thriving all year long, but on New Year’s Eve, it goes all out. The Auditorium Shores and Vic Mathias Shores (both city parks) offer live music, art displays, food vendors, and incredible fireworks shows. You can also dress up for the masquerade ball hosted at the Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum. For the most upscale event in the city, count down to 2018 in style at the Omni Austin Hotel with a Gatsby-themed party. 

New York City

Can you really talk about New Year’s Eve and not mention the Big Apple? Year after year, it’s a hot spot for New Year’s Eve thanks to the gathering of a million people in Times Square to see famous musicians perform and the even more famous ball drop. And if you really want to do this, but don’t want to get sucked into the crowds, enjoy watching the 12-foot-wide crystal ball descend among the square by way of a bar or restaurant that overlooks the area. Staying in? Watch one of these classic movies that takes place on New Year’s Eve.

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