If you’re doing some last minute planning for New Years Eve and need some inspiration, don’t worry GAFFL has you covered no matter where you are. We’ll be covering some of our personal favourite New Years Eve Events near Bali, Bangkok, Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, New York City, Los Angeles, London, and Paris.
New Years Eve Events in Bali
Go Party Hopping
New Years Eve Events in Bali are second to none. The entire area from Kuta, Legian, to Seminyak and Petitenget will be inundated with different parties. From the wild raves in Kuta to the more higher end nightlife in Seminyak, you can experience it all by simply walking along the beach-side road.
Watch Fireworks on the Beach
Most public beaches in Bali will have parties happening, and accompanying fireworks. If you’re looking to save some money or if you’re not into the party scene, you can simply chill out with friends or family on the beach and catch a free firework show.
Enjoy a quiet night with loved ones in Ubud
Ubud is Bali’s art and culture capital, so the celebrations happening here are more toned down than by the beach. The bars and restaurants here are more intimate for families or couples looking to enjoy a quiet night out. There are also different cultural performances that you may be able to catch while dining in a Ubud restaurant.
Celebrate like a Local
Head over to Bali’s capital, Denpasar to celebrate the way locals do. The area of Puputan Badung Park, in Denpasar’s city center is a popular area where locals congregate for prayers and cultural parades. Even though it’s only about 15 minutes away from Kuta, this area is far less touristy and provides a great way to immerse yourself in local New Year’s traditions.
Other things to do
If you’re looking for more New Years Eve Events in Bali, this post from “Girl Eat World” may help you!
New Years Eve Events in Bangkok
Ring in New Years with Khao San Road’s NYE street party
If you’re on a budget this is one of the best New Years Eve events in Bangkok for you. Khao San Road is lit up for NYE and you can have a great time simply roaming the streets, meeting new people, and enjoying the electric atmosphere.
Ring in the New Year at high altitude with breathtaking views of the city’s skyline. There will be many Rooftop Parties going on for New Years Eve in Bangkok, why not indulge in a few. Vertigo and Moon Bar, Cloud 47, Ultimate Sky Bar, Octave Rooftop Lounge and Bar, Three Sixty, About Eleven are all great clubs to visit on New Years Eve.
Full Moon Party at Koh Phangan
If rooftop bars and Khao San Road aren’t wild enough for you, the Full Moon Party held at Haad Rin Beach might be what you’re looking for. Big crowds, nonstop music, warm sand on your feet, endless drinks, are just a few things you can expect from this electric rave.
Chao Phraya River Cruising
If you’re looking to do something more quiet and intimate. There are several companies who do this cruise, so even if you are looking for a more upbeat party vibe, you’ll be able to find it. As the countdown ends and midnight approaches, the sky is lit up with a truly spectacular show of fireworks which many who experience it call a once in a lifetime experience.
Other Things To Do
This city is littered with stuff to do on NYE. If what the New Years Eve Events Near Bangkok that we’ve listed don’t excite you, check out BK’s guide to events and parties in Bangkok for NYE.
New Years Eve Events in Sydney
Enjoy Fireworks from Several Different Vantage Points
There are many vantage points to view fireworks in Sydney, some are free and some do have fees. Both sides of the harbour have amazing views, so depending on where you’re staying, you’ll definitely have many options to view the fireworks show. Sydney actually has a great website listing all the different vantage points that you can use to decide on which one to visit.
Celebrating at Luna Park Harbour
Sydney’s Luna Park Harbour is home to many fun rides that are lit up during the holiday season. The tickets to the event are $99, and it’ll give you access to unlimited rides until 1am. There’s a live DJ playing the top hits of the decade, a cocktail party VIP experience for people going for something more classy, and a beautiful firework show for everyone to enjoy, what’s not to love about that?
NYE in Victoria Park
Enjoy an epic garden party when you spend New Years Eve in Victoria Park. There are loads of food trucks, alcohol, and plenty of music. With two stages blasting electronic music all night long, this is the event for you if you’re looking for a fun filled evening dancing on the grass.
Parramatta Park’s free NYE Event
If you’re looking for an event for the whole family to enjoy, this is a great one. Parramatta Park’s NYE event has live music, amusement park rides, delicious food stalls and a breathtaking firework show.
Other Things to Do
There’s so much to do in Sydney, what’s listed above is simply a few of our favourites. I encourage you to check out the full list of New Years Eve Events Near Sydney to find something that’s perfect for you.
If you’re exploring Sydney after New Years, you can also check out the Top 17 Things to do in Sydney – Central Business District and the Top 8 Things to do in Sydney – Coastal Area.
New Years Eve Events in Melbourne
Find the Perfect Vantage Point for Fireworks
There are typically two sets of fireworks shows that happen in Melbourne which is perfect for people with small children. There’s an earlier show which you can catch around 9:30 at Yarra Park, Richmond, Jolimont Stations, Footscray Park and Footscray Station. Midnight showings can be found at Kings Domain, Flinders Street Station, Treasury Gardens, Parliament Station, Flagstaff Gardens, Flagstaff Station, Docklands, and Southern Cross Station. Show up about 2 hours before the fireworks to get the full experience of the evening’s entertainment.
Ring in the New Year on a Cruise
There are cruises along the Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay on New Year’s Eve. The Yarra River cruise is about $240 AUD per person, which gives you access to unlimited booze and food for the entirety of the 4 hour cruise. If you’re looking for a great party on the water, you won’t want to miss Victoria Star. This ship is two stories with dance floors on both and is $175 per person but does not include drinks. Both cruises provide great vantage points for the eventual midnight fireworks extravaganza.
New Year’s Eve Warehouse Party at Rubix Warehouse
This event is one of our favourites. With non stop Afro beats playing all night and confetti flying every which way, this $30 party is great for people looking to dance all night on a budget.
SEA LIFE fun for the whole family
If you’re with young kids for NYE, enjoying a night at SEA LIFE is something you can all enjoy. There are two party packages, a family package from 7-10pm which gives you access to Coral Atoll zone in time to catch the 9.30pm fireworks. You’ll also get access to the aquarium after-hours. Tickets are $39 per child and $79 per adult.
Other Things To Do
There’s a lot to do in Melbourne for NYE and if the the events listed above don’t excite you, I strongly encourage you to check out Finder’s Melbourne NYE checklist to for more inspiration.
New Years Eve Events in Auckland
Sky Tower Fireworks
The Sky Tower fireworks are a must see for anybody visiting Auckland for New Years Eve. You can hike up One Tree Hill or Mount Eden to get the best views of the show. If you’re looking for an area with bars and restaurants that also has a clear view of the fireworks show, Devonport is the place for you to be.
AUM NYE Festival
One of the coolest NYE activities that Auckland has to offer is the AUM NYE Camping Fesitval. This fesitval is just a 45 min drive out of town. There will be live DJ performances, a plethora of food stalls, children’s entertainment, and other nature-based activities for the whole family to enjoy. Tickets for the event are about $200, and you can book them on the AUM New Years Eve website.
Britomart Block Party
Downtown Auckland is transformed into a giant street party at Britomart Block Party. This event is spread across three venues, the Caretaker, AV Club and 1885 with several different musical acts scheduled to perform. This block party is an amazing way to ring in the New Year in Auckland.
Bar Hop in Ponsonby
Beside the city centre is Ponsonby, home to several bars, restaurants, nightclubs that cater to people with a variety of different tastes and budgets. If you’re looking for different options this New Years Eve, Ponsonby is the place to be.
Other Things to Do
The Culture Trip lists some other great events in the Auckland area for you to check out this New Years Eve if the above suggestions aren’t to your liking.
New Years Eve Events in New York City
Times Square Ball drop
Whenever we hear about New York City, Times Square is one of the first destination that comes to our minds. So why not head to Times Square to celebrate with thousands of other people who gather here to start their new year with the drop of the time ball? You can use GAFFL to find travelers and locals going for New Year’s Eve ball drop and connect with them.
The time ball descends down a flagpole located in the roof of One Times Square at 11:59 pm on New Year’s Eve and rests at the bottom at midnight to indicate the start of the New Year. From live music and performances, to a count down, the Times Square Ball drop should definitely be on your bucket list if you are in New York or planning to go there for New Year’s Eve. They have a schedule of events that are to take place this NYE.
You can get the best view along Broadway, from 43rd Street to 50th Street, and on Seventh Avenue, till 59th Street. Over 1 ton of confetti is dropped in Times Square to welcome the new year, among which some of the confetti includes wishes from the “wishing wall” where people write their wishes and place them. Oh and they have fireworks too! So dress warm, and get ready to welcome the new year with the drop of the ball! It’s completely free!
This is an amazing piece with lots of information about the ball drop!
Take in the Fireworks Show
Central park: Even though Cherry Hill, Bow Bridge, and Belvedere Castle Plaza at Central Park will be closed, you can still see fireworks from different parts of the park. The fireworks will go off from Bow Bridge- Cherry Hill. It’s best to go early and take your spot.
Prospect Park: The skies around Park Slope will light up with fireworks for New Year’s Eve this year. There will be live entertainment at Grand Army Plaza and you can get the best views from Grand Army Plaza, inside the park on West Drive and from Prospect Park West between Grand Army Plaza and 9th Street. It is one of New York’s most attractive celebrations, and you can start the year off with thousands of others.
Coney Island: As the fireworks shoot up from coney Island and decorate the night sky in different colors, it casts a reflection on the water below- a view quite hard to beat! You can embrace the new year with fireworks at Coney Island this year.
Times Square: Times Square not only has the Time Ball, but fireworks too! Watch the Ball Drop and welcome 2020 with colorful sparkles all over the sky as the fireworks are set off.
New Year’s Eve on the Brooklyn Bridge
Walk around the Brooklyn Bridge and take a look at the Manhattan Skyline. Arrive a little early to see the fireworks near Liberty Island. You can also get a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge and the Chrysler Building from the bridge. The Empire State building will also light up in different colors to celebrate the occasion. You can read this article to learn more about walking the Brooklyn Bridge.
NYC New Year’s Eve rooftop parties
Party like it’s the last day of the year! Attend a New Years Eve party at some of New York’s best rooftops with views of the fireworks and the Manhattan Skyline and dance the year away! This article gives a great glimpse on some of the best rooftop parties in around Times Square!
New Years Eve Events in Los Angeles
The Disneyland theme park will have special showings besides their regular fireworks for the New Year. Not only that, you can dine at their restaurants and enjoy special events and menus. The timing for the fireworks will be 9:00pm and 11:59pm. So you can start the new year with Disney this time!
New Year’s Eve at Universal Studios Hollywood
Ride your way into 2020 at Universal Studios Hollywood for just $119! The rides will be open till 2 am and the event will include music, dancing and a countdown to the New Year, and end with three firework shows. So get ready to party at hollywood! You can also watch the fireworks from CityWalks for free or at a very cheap price.
Marina del Rey is hosting a glow party on New Year’s Eve. There will be two fireworks shows at 9pm and at 11:59pm . The fireworks will go off from Burton Chace Park. It will be visible from most of the restaurants around the area but you can watch it for free along the water side.
Watch the skies behind City Hall sparkle with fireworks, at Grand Park in Downtown LA. There will also be live performances, 3D projections, DJs, food and drinks to accompany you as you make it to the New Year. Enjoy the natural views of the park along with the event, and welcome 2020 with open arms.
New Years Eve Events in Paris
Attend the Champs-Elysées Festivities
Gather at the what is often described as ‘the world’s most beautiful avenue’’ for a fun filled night. There is a midnight light show projected onto the Arc de Triomphe, and a countdown to the new year which attracts people from all over the city. Not just that, fill your tummies with food from amazing restaurants around and go bar hopping or dancing since there are plenty of places to do that around the area.
Montmartre Neighborhood Paris NYE 2020
The Montmartre street party is anything but boring. If clubbing and fancy dinners are not your thing, this will provide you with a pretty relaxing way to celebrate New Year’s. You can also explore plenty of bars, cabarets and clubs in the area and watch the beautiful Paris Skyline from the Montmartre Neighborhood if the weather favors you. To know more, you can check out this guide on What to do in Paris on New Year’s Eve 2019 – 2020.
Dine with views of the Eiffel Tower
What’s one of the first image that pops up in our minds when we hear Paris? The Eiffel Tower, right? So why not celebrate the New Year with views of the Eiffel Tower while you dine at one of the many restaurants which remain open for New Year’s and provide special menus? You can find a list of New Year’s Eve 2020: Restaurants with views of the Eiffel Tower here.
Dinner Cruise along the Seine
You can book a dinner cruise along The Seine River and indulge in views of the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre and the Orsay museum as you sail through the beautiful city while enjoying your dinner. Beautiful illuminations of the capital city takes place at the bottom of the Eiffel Tower at midnight on New Year’s eve.
If none of the above mentioned excite you, you can get some ideas on What to do in Paris on New Year’s Eve 2019 – 2020 here.
If you are looking for other travellers to accompany you in Paris, or a local who can guide you, you can connect with them on GAFFL.
New Years Eve Events in London
NYE cruises with views of the fireworks
Go on a river cruise on the River Thames and get ready to welcome 2020 with live entertainment, dinner, champagne and fireworks lighting up the sky as you pass by some of London’s most iconic landmarks. They also have DJs onboard so that you can dance the night away! You can read more about New Year’s Eve tours and cruises in London here.
The London Eye is one of London’s most iconic attractions. The New Year’s Eve fireworks display which takes place here every year presented by The Mayor of London can be viewed from all over Central London . However, since 2014, it has become a ticketed event. If you can’t get your hands on a ticket, you can watch the fireworks from outside the ticketed areas opposite from the London Eye such as Westminster Bridge and the north bank of the River Thames. In 2020, its 20th birthday will be celebrated.
Bid this year farewell and welcome the new year with laughter and giggles at the New Year’s Eve Comedy Carnival taking place at Leicester Square and Clapham where some of the top comedians of Britain will perform.