The best destinations to attend a New Year’s Eve party around the world

Do you want to usher in the New Year with a bang?

Here’s a list of the top five party destinations around the world that go all out to ring in the new year in style.

These are listed in no particular order and have all been chosen for their party-making ability.

New York

Although Times Square lights up year-round, it looks like it might have a special glow on New Year’s Eve. There is a particular event called the Ball Drop.

Basically, a ball descends a specially designed flagpole, starting at 11:59 PM and resting at midnight to signal the start of the new year. It’s a free-to-attend event as dozens of people flock to the venue to join in the fun.

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Rio de Janeiro

It’s Samba City, so naturally there are parties all over town.

But Copacabana Beach is definitely the place to be for the big firework displays as everyone takes advantage of the warm New Year’s Eve weather the city is blessed with.

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Speaking of fireworks, the one held in Sydney, Australia at the Sydney Opera House every year on NYE is truly a sight to behold.

Crowds flock to the site well in advance to camp out in the open spaces in anticipation of the grand display.

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If street parties are your thing, then a trip to the Netherlands for NYE should be on your bucket list.

On December 31, almost the entire city turns into a street party, as the bars and clubs in the area fill up and spill out onto the sidewalks and walkways.

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Beach party! This is how they start the New Year in Goa, India.

The coastline along the coast of Goa attracts thousands of tourists who are in a party mood and ready for a long, warm drink and dance.

The energy really picks up around 9 p.m., when the countdown to the New Year begins.

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