New Years Eve is quickly approaching and it’s about that time you start deciding where you want to ring in the year 2018. Whether you are looking for a massive street party jammed full of live entertainment and other party goers, or you are looking for a family friendly event, cities all across the nation compete to see whose celebrations can outdo the others. Head to Vegas for the massive block party, or watch the ball drop in New York City, or take the kids on vacation to Hawaii where you can ring in the new year- luau style. Whatever it is you desire, here are seven places you should consider ringing in the new year in America.
5. New York City, New York
The city of New York is one of the most popular New Years Eve destinations and the city’s iconic public square- Times Square, is where most head to watch the ball drop. New York City boasts over 100,000 places to have a drink and ring in the new year. Many choose to bundle up and brave the elements in Times Square where you can purchase an official party pass and glide right past the velvet ropes and onto premium open bars. Other popular places in the city to party include STK Rooftop where a live DJ spins the hottest tracks and the bar overlooks the Hudson River, or the Monarch Rooftop Lounge which boasts awesome views of the Empire State Building. Wherever you choose to ring in the new year here, we promise its going to be epic.
4. Los Angeles, California
From mammoth street parties to black tie affairs to all night clubbers, this city has a New Year’s Eve celebration for every taste and budget. LA loves to keep things close to their heart and often doesn’t release their party info until the last minute. Club crawls have become a popular way to spend New Years Eve, where one purchased ticket gets you past the velvet rope at multiple clubs. The annual Cleopatra’s New Year’s Eve Ball at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood is always a hit where a DJ spins the hottest tracks, an LED light show takes place and a balloon drop and confetti blast kick off the new year. One of the free events taking place in the city covers Grand Park and beyond where numerous stages are set up with live entertainment, along with numerous food vendors throughout.
3. Chicago, Illinois
Chicago comes loaded with things to do on New Years Eve, including dinner ideas, parties, firework cruises and family friendly events. Nay Pier is one of the best places to head, especially if you have kids in tow. Here you will find all the entertainment, rides and attractions you can handle, along with a kaleidoscope of colorful fireworks that are perfectly synchronized with music, that burst over Lake Michigan. The Chicago Resolution Gala is another place to head if you plan on mingling and dancing the night away. Here you will find over 30 bars, buffet stations and access to the Grand Ballroom and the Lakeview Terrace. Or head to one of the many hotels that host awesome parties with superb entertainment. Yes, it will be busy and crowded, yes it will be loud and yes it will be an epic time.
Santa Fe may not be a wild weekend spot, but its old-world charm and cultural scene captivate all who visit. The city is usually defined as peaceful and quiet, so those looking to celebrate NYE can head to Santa Fe Plaza to find a bonfire and hot chocolate. Plus, there are tons of museums, galleries, vintage and antique stores, and cool boutiques.
2. Las Vegas, Nevada
Vegas on New Years is sure to be one heck of a party with over 300,000 fellow party-goers who descend on the city to take part in the festivities. The entire strip is shut down to all traffic and transforms into one giant block party. At midnight the casinos launch a choreographed fireworks display that puts the Times Square ball drop to shame. Inside the club’s rock with the hottest entertainment, party-goers are dressed to the nines and everyone from average joes to celebrities are dancing the night away. There is no shortage of places to party here, just make sure to book early and buy any tickets that you may need, as this is one busy place. Splurge and stay at the Skylofts at MGM Grand which gives awesome two-story panoramic views of the strip. Eat, drink and plan to party for days when you hit up this city on New Years Eve.