Known as the land of fire and ice, the city lifts its ban on fireworks for one night only and creates a fireworks show like no other. There are no organized fireworks, however, the locals take care of that for you. Walking down the street you will see a magnitude of fireworks and a show you won't forget anytime soon.
The city takes new years eve fireworks seriously and they have the parties that follow up. I think this might be my pick next year for where I want to bring in the new year. The firework’s show is often breathtaking but there is so much more to do. To follow the parties that night if you happen to visit, click here.
New York City
When it comes to iconic New Years Eve celebration, the first that comes to mind is the ball drop in Times Square. This is how I spent, New Years Eve 2014, which was probably the last time I’d do New years on Times Square for a while. (see more below) For a guide to New Year's Eve in NYC, click here.
Nathan Phillips Square is the home to a large free concert on New years eve. Equipped with DJ’s, skating and fireworks, it’s one of the more family-friendly firework shows throughout the world. Here is your guide to New Year's Eve in Toronto.
What is it like to be one of the first people to celebrate new years? I will answer that question in a few hours. I will bring in 2018 in Sydney harbor (finally off my bucket list) If you are doing the same here's a great way to plan your trip. Click here.
How I spent the last few New years,
2016- Brought in 2017 at the Maison Premiere in Brooklyn. I waited too late to secure a Times Square hotel and opted for something different. I stayed at the Marriott Brooklyn Bridge and spent the New year in a different part of New York.
2015- The expression of how you start your new year carries through the year. So, I brought in 2016 on a 737-800 AA flight #210 from NYC to Manchester. Although I was asleep it was at 38,000 ft and not a bad way to begin the new year.
2014 - I brought in 2015 in times square but not at the same vantage point of the crowd. Standing in the cold for hours has never been my thing, however, my bartending job at the time gave me a private pass to our building's rooftop on 48th and 6th where I was close enough to see the festivities and be out of the cold.
Whats your most memorable New Years' Eve?
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