Are you tired of the same old New Year’s Eve routine? If you’re craving something other than long lines, tough reservations, overpriced drinks, there are plenty of other festive and creative ways to ring in 2015. At FunSherpa, we’re always looking for interesting takes on classic favorites, and some travel destinations have developed their own traditions that are catching on in other places. These are some of the New Year’s Eve celebrations that have caught our attention as 2015 quickly approaches.
New Year’s Eve Bash at Copacabana Beach
Although Brazil’s Carnival celebration is known as one of the biggest parties on the planet, there’s another bash brewing in Rio de Janeiro. Around two million people arrive at Copacabana Beach to listen to live music, drink champagne, and watch a fireworks show along the water. This unforgettable experience is considered to be one of the largest New Year’s Eve parties in the entire world.
Bowling in Times Square, New York
If the idea of throwing a few frames sounds better to you than fighting crowds out in the cold, check out the Frames Bowling Lounge in Times Square. This New York City bowling alley has a six-hour open bar from 7 pm to 1 am and a special live DJ performance. This is a great option for all ages and close to all the action in Times Square if you want to partake in some of the madness as well.
Visit Meiji Shrine in Tokyo
Meiji Shrine attracts millions of people to Tokyo each year during the first few days of January. This is a great place to ring in the New Year because it combines sacred spirituality with a good ole’ fashioned party. There is lots of sake around to kick the party off yet visitors listen as a bell ominously tolls, representing the number of temptations that one must overcome to reach Nirvana.
Reflect at Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa isn’t the first place most people think of when they make New Year’s Eve plans, but watching the last sunset of the year atop one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World is truly spectacular. Take a cable car to the top of Table Mountain and then head back down to Cape Town to enjoy live music along the Victoria and Albert Waterfront. After a few moments of self-reflection, you can pick back up with the party scene at the Camps Bay promenade, where there are quite a few swanky bars and lounges to choose from.
Creative Ways to Celebrate Anywhere
- Celebrate with a New Year’s Eve party at noon instead of midnight (great for kids in the family)
- Turn New Year’s Eve into a DIY craft day and make your own decorations and costumes
- Celebrate the New Year when it arrives in a different time zone
- Arrange a scavenger hunt featuring your favorite photos from 2014
- Attend a midnight yoga class to start 2015 off on a healthy foot
- Browse our winter experiences for some adventurous inspiration!