I always find the week around Christmas to be a bit confusing and disorientating. It isn’t because of the hallucinations you get from eating so much food for so many days in a row, but because you sort of lose the sense of what day of the week it is.
I often find that everything begins to sort itself out though when you see New Year’s Eve on the calendar. It does more to reset your body clock/calendar (if it is such a thing) than New Year’s Day does.
Now this year I won’t be doing anything particularly special for New Years, but that doesn’t mean you can’t. I’ve had a look online to see some of the most extravagant spots you can go and ring in 2020. There are some caveats of course. It needs to be someone high that has a good view. It has to be somewhere you’d have to travel to make it feel special. And it has to be somewhere you have a fancy drink at hand to cheers with.
Fancy places to ring in New Year’s Eve:
- Canary Wharf in London
- The other Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas
- 40 floors up in Dubai
- Gravity Bar at Guinness Storehouse in Dublin
- Millennium Hotel at Times Square New York
Canary Wharf in London
Anywhere high enough with a good view on New Year’s in London is a great idea, especially if you can cater it all yourself. A growing trend is to forgo having to freeze your fingers and toes off down by the Thames and instead rent out a hotel room for the night that has an unspoiled view.
Fraser Place Canary Wharf is a hotel with serviced accommodation rather than hotel rooms. This means that instead of panicking over how to open a little bit of the bubbly and pouring it in plastic cups, you have a quasi-apartment with fully fitted kitchen and all the mod cons.
If you’re a sucker for a romantic surprise over New Year’s and don’t have the time to go abroad, get a suite like this and bring your favourite tipple.
The other Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas
One of the most famous sights in Las Vegas, the replica tower at the front of Paris Las Vegas isn’t just for show. You can go there and take a lift up to the top and see the view for miles. Usually, it costs $25 for the privilege, but on New Year’s Eve, things get quite fancy.
The hotel hosts an NYE party that costs $300 per person. That includes an open bar, appetisers and midnight Champagne toast watching the fireworks from the top of the tower. If you don’t mind being 460 feet high on a coldish night (Vegas is in the desert after all) it’s a very fancy way of celebrating the new year.
40 Floors up in Dubai
Speaking of deserts, you could always head east and take part in celebrations that are getting bigger and bigger every year. Dubai now takes New Year’s Eve quite seriously, turning the Burj Khalifa into one giant fireworks display that everyone wants to get the best view of.
Again, just like London, without having to worry about what party to go to and what you need, you can book a private suite and watch festivities unfold at your own pace. Luxury hotel apartments in Dubai are a great idea if you’re thinking of jetting to Dubai over the New Year’s period for the post-Christmas sales.
As long as you get a suite facing the water, you can see everything and never have to worry about how you’ll get back to your room in the wee hours.
Gravity Bar at Guinness Storehouse in Dublin
So this idea of a bit of a cheat as the bar isn’t open at night. If you’re the type of person who always has to have a little trip to treat yourself after Christmas, there’s nowhere friendlier than a Dublin pub at 12 am to have the craic.
The reason I’m mentioning the Guinness Storehouse is that they usually have a party of sorts during the day as a bit of build-up. Recent years have seen dance groups and gospel choirs performing in the bar in the afternoon and around sunset, which is about 4 pm. Many people go as a warmup party for the big night ahead, and tickets sell out in advance.
And if you’ve never been before, it’s one of the best views of Dublin by far.
Millennium Hotel at Times Square New York
New Year’s Eve and Times Square is arguably the epitome of NYE celebrations. But when you have up to a million people packed into a space like that with not many toilets, temperatures around zero and not even a suggestion of a glass of something sparkling in sight, the fun of watching the big ball drop-down can quickly vanish. Instead, you can celebrate in style at a hotel which is just around the corner from Times Square that has direct views of the big ball.
The Millennium Hotel hosts some very exclusive events when you head straight to the top. They have a black-tie party on the 51st floor with a five-hour open bar and buffet, with tickets starting at $999 just for admission and going up to $3299 per person for a private couple’s VIP experience. And that doesn’t include the even more private party on the penthouse roof where the couple’s packages go up to $3699 per person for seats at a table overlooking the festivities out on the street.
It’s the way to celebrate if you’ve always wanted to go all out for New Year’s in a magical spot like Manhattan.
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