Best Destinations for New Year's Eve 2020

Best Destinations for New Year's Eve 2020
 
 
 
 

Staying in for New Year's Eve seems to be the thing to do. Tesco's annual Christmas report from 2018 confirmed that two-thirds of us like to see the new year in at home. That makes sense when you consider the money you'll spend going out and the sort of weather you'll face on your way to and from your destination. But what about going away and celebrating the New Year in another country? You could be singing Auld Lang Syne outside a bar in a warm climate or seeing the New Year in from a magical destination like Disneyland.

Disneyland Paris

Let's look at the sort of celebration that would be great for the whole family. Spending the Christmas and New Year's break in Disneyland Paris is affordable for most. If you've got lots of disposable cash, go to Florida or California. If not, the Paris alternative offers the right amount of magic to wow the little ones and their parents. Your evening will include the New Year's Parade in which your kids' favourite Disney, Marvel, Star Wars and Pixel characters will feature. It'll end with a massive firework display that lights up Sleeping Beauty's Castle.

New York

If you're considering the ultimate New Year celebration, New York has to be on your wish list. The New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square is among the biggest in the world. The world-famous "ball drop", which marks the New Year with a 60-second descent along a specially constructed pole, is the highlight of an evening that normally attracts one million visitors. If you're going, wrap up warm as the temperature normally reaches zero at midnight.

Cape Town

You might find a winter break in the heat of Cape Town a little difficult to adjust to but it's a massive attraction. You won't find a massive communal celebration in South Africa's coastal town but there are plenty of places to see in the New Year including the V&A Waterfront, which hosts possibly the biggest New Year's party in South Africa. You might want to celebrate in style with a New Year's Eve concert at Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden or laugh into the New Year at the Cape Town Comedy Club.

Hong Kong

You might find a winter break in the heat of Cape Town a little difficult to adjust to but it's a massive attraction. You won't find a massive communal celebration in South Africa's coastal town but there are plenty of places to see in the New Year including the V&A Waterfront, which hosts possibly the biggest New Year's party in South Africa. You might want to celebrate in style with a New Year's Eve concert at Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden or laugh into the New Year at the Cape Town Comedy Club.

London

Let's also give you a UK option in case you don't want to stray too far from home. The fireworks display is an all-ticket event but with Big Ben and the London Eye in the background, this is a pyrotechnic display you won't forget in a hurry. If you'd rather be inside when the clock ticks over to midnight, why not book tickets for the Candlelight Club's New Year's Eve bash? There you'll feel like you've walked into the 1920s thanks to the jazz music and period cabaret.

To Consider Before Your Purchase

If you're going to be standing outside at midnight, make sure you're wearing the appropriate clothing as the temperature will drop.

Our Notes

  • If you want to watch the ball drop in New York, you'll need to get there several hours before. Booking a hotel with a view is a better option.
  • You need a ticket to attend the Mayor of London's New Year's Eve Fireworks. Book soon as they're always in high demand.

What Do They Say on Other Sites

“I had a great time and the atmosphere was fantastic.” (Richard T reviewing London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display on Tripadvisor)

“Awesome fireworks, but extremely crowded.” (Menachem A reviewing Hong Kong New Years on Tripadvisor)

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