Unique places around the world to spend New Year’s Eve

New year, new places to go. Time to let go of your inhibitions and expand your horizons. Whether you plan on spending New Year’s Eve by the beach or partying at the nearest landmark, kick it up a notch at one of these more exotic places.

1. Weymouth, United Kingdom

We all have that one fancy dress or suit that we hide at the back of our closets. But what if we tell you that it’s time to bring ‘em out so that you catwalk through the bars in Weymouth?

Take part in countless stylish parties in a place where being overdressed is the only attire. The town has pubs and restaurants by waterfront areas, all teeming with live events, drinks and food to keep everyone going until sunrise. Watch the carnival clock countdown to midnight before dancing the night away.

2. Auckland/Wellington, New Zealand

Ah, New Zealand, the home of numerous sheep, exotic wine, and of course, the Lord of the Rings movie set. But New Zealand is also home to one of the earliest time zones in the world. If you’d like to be one of the first to welcome 2019 with open arms, visiting Auckland or Wellington is right up your alley.

For the best view hit up Devonport or Mt. Eden for spectacular firework displays along with the beautiful natural landscapes of New Zealand.

3. Maui, Hawaii

For those who rather spend their last day of the year with waves and alluring sunsets, we highly recommend exploring the sensational landscape of Hawaii. With legendary surf scenes and golden crescent beaches that go more than 120 miles, expect to be left open-mouthed with every viewpoint Hawaii has to offer.

Enjoy misty peaks from volcanoes and bamboo forests as you relax on top of Kaanapali’s fine sands. Or marvel at the crimson red sands of Kaihalulu that will both leave you relaxed and ready for the upcoming year.

4. Dubai

Ever wonder which exotic locale boasts the loudest and most extravagant New Year’s Eve fireworks? The answer lies in the Persian Gulf on the coast of the UAE.

Holding the record for the world’s tallest building (2,716.5 ft), the Burj Khalifa skyscraper gives you a top-notch fireworks display along with light shows to spark up the new year. But if that’s not enough to hype you up, Dubai is also known for their growing food and shopping destinations, so while you’re there, you might want to check out top-tier restaurants there such as the Cavalli Club Dubai.

5. Niagara Falls, Canada

This might come as a surprise to some, but Niagara Falls is actually one of the best places to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

Aside from hearing the soothing sounds of falling water, visit Queen Victoria Park for two amazing firework explosions – first at 9pm for those who can’t keep their eyes open at midnight. Then stay up past 9pm and check out free live music, magic shows, dances, and buffet dinners by the famous waterfall!

6. Key West, Florida, USA

Sure, New York’s famous ball drop at Times Square is probably one of the most famous places to be in the states, but what some might not know, however, is that there are other towns across the country have their own unique ball drops.

The most uncommon (and therefore most exciting) drop of all has got to be from Bourbon street pub in Key West. What makes this ball drop unusual? Well, while New York has a machine-like ball, Key West has a legendary performer named Sushi, who will be sitting in an enormous red high-heeled shoe that drops as the clock strikes midnight.

7. Tornio, Finland and Haparanda, Sweden

If ringing the new year once isn’t enough for you, you’ll be glad to hear that you can do it twice one the same night. Tornio is just a four minute drive to Haparanda and both happen to be in not only different countries, but also different time zones as well.

Start your extraordinary new year by celebrating at Tornio, then find the bridge that connects you to a different time at Haparanda, Sweden. Two new year beginnings, two firework displays, in two countries.

8. Reykjavik, Iceland

For a country that has the word “ice” in it, this place can really be a hot spot during New Year’s Eve. Visit Reykjavik and experience a place where fire meets ice. You can get lit anywhere with warming bonfires and booming fireworks all around the capital.

A version of this article first appeared on KKday here.