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All around the world, different cities have their own New Year traditions, each with a different twist on this global celebration. This year, why not think outside the box, and start your new year in a country you have never visited before.

New Year’s Eve in Vienna

For those travellers who like their New Year celebrations to be refined and glamourous, Vienna is the obvious choice. Those who wish to be part of the street scene should congregate in the Silvesterpfad (New Year’s Path) right in the heart of the city. There it is customary to drink delicious mulled wine and feast on toffee apples while absorbing the merry atmosphere. The celebrations start mid-afternoon and continue long into the night. At midnight, the famous Pummerin bell rings out from the top of St. Stephen’s cathedral tower, and the sky is lit up with a vivid firework display. Alternatively, why not hop aboard the wonderful Imperator train, a locomotive that takes its passengers into the New Year in a truly luxurious fashion. The dress code is black tie and the rain stops at midnight on the Danube Bridge, where the view of the fireworks is simply stunning. For a more relaxed evening, head down to City Hall to see a projection of the party on a massive screen. Don’t forget to stock up on Glucksschwein, (good-luck pigs), which you’ll find in many guises, from traditional suckling pork to pig sweets made from marzipan.

New Year’s Eve in Sydney

Sydney is of course the first major world city to see in the New Year. It is also the location of one of the biggest celebrations - with over one million people flocking to the city’s waterfront to celebrate in style.

The party in Sydney lasts from dawn ‘til dusk, and is designed to be great fun for people of all ages, including kids. Highlights include a water and air show that features death-defying aerial stunts, plus and an impressive fire tug water demonstration, a flotilla of over fifty boats float, lit up, through the mighty harbour, and there are not one but two huge firework display over the course of the evening.

New Year ’s Eve in Hong Kong

Hong Kong boasts what is surely one of the most pyrotechnic shows in the world on New Year’s Eve, and has to be seen to be believed. The city also pays homage to New York traditions, with a countdown and ball drop in its own Times Square. For a great view of the fireworks in Victoria Harbour, just hop on a boat. If you prefer to be on dry land though, there is plenty going on over at the Avenue of Stars in Kowloon’s Tsim Sha Tsui district. Alternatively hit one of the plethoras of great bars in Hong Kong’s ‘party central’ area Lan Kwai.

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