Although it may have a bad rap for being the most overrated holiday of the year, saying goodbye to one day and hello to a New Year doesn’t have to be a bust — you just need to know where to do it.
Whether or not your idea of a good time includes live music, a champagne toast or even a run through the park, no matter what you decide to do at least you know the night will end in fireworks.
Where: New York City
Why: The Big Apple keeps buzzing through the night, long past Ryan Seacrest counting down the ball drop in Times Square.
What to do: You can always be a part of the city’s biggest tradition and catch live musical performances and fireworks in Times Square, but plan to arrive early (afternoon early) to score a prime viewing position. For those who don’t enjoy waiting in the cold, skip the hat and mittens and head to the East Village for drinks. You’ll find more than enough options. Prefer to skip the hangover? Participate in the Emerald Nuts Midnight Run through Central Park. Once the clock hits midnight, the gun goes off and the fireworks start. Thankfully it’s only six kilometres — give or take.
Where: Buenos Aires
Why: You don’t need to bundle up in order to enjoy the outdoor festivities for one and with one Canadian dollar equaling about three Argentinean pesos, your fun money will go far.
What to do: A holiday that’s typically reserved for family time, you won’t tend to find many locals crowding the bars, that being said if you don’t have a reservation, you’ll be out of luck. If you are going to wing it, head over to the Puerto Madero area along the waterfront. There are tons of restaurants looking to fill their last seats with most including a three-course meal, drinks and dancing. And if you can’t get in there is also a large outdoor food stand where you can purchase fast food and beer, so you can at least tide yourself over until the fireworks start. The best part is you’ll have front row seats.
Why: Full of history and culture, this charming New England city doesn’t press pause on the entertainment during the last night of the year.
What to do: Take part in one of Boston’s oldest and largest events — First Night Festival. The first of three days starts on December 31, at 1 pm with midnight fireworks and more than 250 indoor and outdoor locations to enjoy music, theatre, dance and film productions, plus plenty of family-friendly activities. Arrive early and plan backup options in case your first choice is full, as everything runs first come, first serve. For $18 USD a person (kids under four are free) each button supports a non-profit organization.