Don't Drop the Ball

December 27, 2018


Stephanie Goraczkowski



Make it a tropical party by ringing in the new year in paradise. Attend the Waikiki Starlight Luau at Hilton Hawaiian Village. At Aloha Tower Marketplace, you’ll find the annual New Year’s Eve “Party of the Year” with rides, food trucks, and live music leading up to the fireworks display at midnight. Or get out on the water on a cruise ship to get a new view of the fireworks.

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Los Angeles

In a big city like L.A., there are plenty of parties and want to suit whatever type of celebration you want. The biggest event is at Grand Park, with food trucks and live music on several stages until 1 a.m. Or check out Prohibition at the historic Union Station, a Roaring '20s-themed party with burlesque dancers, live jazz music and an open bar.

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San Francisco

Say goodbye to this year alongside 200,000 fellow San Franciscans for an annual tradition of waterfront midnight fireworks. You can get the best view near the end of Market Street at The Embarcadero. In true San Francisco fashion, you can enjoy a New Year's Eve late afternoon picnic in Dolores Park. Show up at sunset with champagne to toast the end of the year while enjoying the gorgeous city views.

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas is known for its shows and entertainment, so it’s no surprise that this city takes the limelight with a stunning display of fireworks on New Year’s Eve. There’s also a long list of clubs to choose from, so you can party your way into a new year… the Vegas way.

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The Mile-High City has an event list a mile long for this end of the year holiday. Concerts, fireworks, family-friendly events and more have given Denver the name of one of Travel + Leisure's top cities to spend New Year's Eve. 

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The ultimate Texas nightlife event is 33 floors up at the NYElectric event. Altitude gives you all the views of a beautiful city while sipping and dancing the last hours of the year.

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New Orleans

Bourbon Street isn’t just for Mardi Gras. The Quarter is packed with partygoers eager to count down the new year. For the biggest party in the city, head to Jackson Square.

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Take this Midwest celebration to the waterfront with the annual Chicago Resolution Gala. Or, you can always attend a fantastic hotel party and end the night with fireworks back at Navy Pier.

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Nashville’s New Year’s Eve celebrates in style with Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight. What’s a better way to party than free live music from some of the hottest bands in the country?

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The signature Peach Drop is the Atlanta equivalent to the NYC ball drop. A 362-kilogram peach drops at Woodruff Park. Prior to the midnight drop, you can enjoy local food, drinks and entertainment.

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Is there a better place to experience the magic of New Year’s than one of the most magical places on Earth? Walt Disney World know about magic, and they know how to throw a great New Year’s Eve party. They offer unique packages at various Disney hotels to accommodate the New Year’s experience you’re looking for.

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A whole variety of yacht parties await you in “Magic City” this New Year’s Eve. If you prefer to stay on dry land, you can hang your hat on beach party and ring in the new year.

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Since 1975, Boston’s First Night has been celebrating New Year’s Eve with artistic performances and entertainment. Head to Copley Square or Back Bay to be in the center of it all. Don’t forget the midnight fireworks display over Boston Harbor.

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New York City

You can’t go wrong with a classic. Times Square in NYC is one of the biggest New Year’s celebrations to attend. The list of celebrations is too long to list, so just browse the “learn more” link to make your plans.

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Whether you're near one of these party cities or somewhere else altogether, enjoy your celebration. Cheers to a great new year!

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