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Unique and Creative Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve

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By , December 26, 2014 6:55 pm

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.

Photo credit: labnol Asia

Photo credit: labnol Asia

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.

Photo credit: Nana B Agyei

Photo credit: Nana B Agyei

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!

Winter Festivals To Check Out Across America

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By , December 18, 2014 11:18 am

Most of us think of summertime as festival season in America, but lots of cities host amazing events throughout the winter months and all year long. The upcoming holiday season will be over before we know it, so why not start planning something else exciting to look forward to in the new year?

Instead of letting the winter blues drag you down, embrace the spirit of the season and experience a new festival to kick off 2015. These are some of the best winter festivals to check out across America.

Winter Festivals in Austin, Texas

All throughout the year, Austin maintains its reputation as one of the most amazing festival cities in America. There’s still time to catch the Trail of Lights, a December festival, which invites locals and visitors to take a 1.25-mile walk to see holiday lights while sampling local cuisine and listening to music. February is also a great time to visit Austin to check out the winter festival scene. Carnaval Brasileiro is one of the biggest one-night carnival celebrations outside of Brazil, and the Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival is a family-friendly event that features down-home Texas-style music. Another February festival is Jugglefest, which celebrates all things circus in an indoor space.¬†To learn about more exciting festivals in Austin, check out Homecity’s The Definitive Austin Festival Guide.”

Photo credit: Teresa Boardman via Flickr

Photo credit: Teresa Boardman via Flickr

Winter Festivals in St. Paul, Minnesota

Who in his right mind would travel to Minnesota in the winter? Hardcore festival lovers…that’s who! The St. Paul Winter Carnival runs from late January to early February and attracts around 350,000 visitors each year. This the largest and most established cold weather festivals in America, with dog sled racing, ice sculpture carving, floats, and even a scavenger hunt.

Winter Festivals in Saranac Lake, New York

Nestled in the Adirondack Mountains in New York, the Saranac Lake Winter Festival is less than an hour from the Canadian border. The lake provides a beautiful backdrop for a variety of winter sport contests, including alpine skiing, curling, broomball, snowshoeing, and even snow volleyball. This festival has a new theme every year and features a festive parade and fireworks for the whole family.

Winter Festivals in Breckenridge, Colorado

Head west to experience the International Snow Sculpture Championships, which takes place in mid-to-late January each year. Breckenridge is best known for its top-notch ski and snowboard resort, but there is lots to see and do in the quaint downtown area as well. Ice sculptors travel here from all over the world to show off their skills, inviting locals and visitors stroll through the park to marvel at their masterpieces. Ullr Fest, a Viking-inspired week of competition, takes place in Breckenridge from January 11-17 this year as well.

Photo credit: Alyssa L. Ochs

Photo credit: Alyssa L. Ochs

Winter Festivals in Anchorage, Alaska

Winter celebrations are a way of life in the northern wilderness of Alaska, and one of the best times to visit is in late February and early March. Fur Rendezvous is an exciting dog sledding event in Anchorage that also lets visitors play snowshoe softball and view snow sculptures. Stay a little bit longer to experience the epic Iditarod dog sledding race.

For more inspirational ideas to get out and active this winter, browse through FunSherpa’s experiences by city or theme!

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