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Staying IN is the new Going Out

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Staying In is the new Going Out

If you decide braving the crowds and going out on Old Year’s Night (New Year’s Eve) might be too much to handle, you are not alone: ‘staying in’ seems to be the new ‘going out’. However, if you still want to ring in the New Year in grand style, you can do so quite comfortably from the comfort of your sofa, get some sparklers and enjoy festivities with thousands worldwide via the Internet on your phone or tablet or smart TV. Be prepared to be thrilled as some can last for at least 10 – 30 minutes on the stroke of midnight. Listed below are some of the places that do so in a spectacular fashion. If you happen to be at any of these locations in person, send us a pic! We’ll be sure to post it!!!!

Sydney, Australia. Due to its location and time zone, this has got to be first on the list. Each year most locals and visitors to Australia, gather for the fireworks on the beautiful Sydney Harbour. The night’s line-up starts early in the evening with a thrilling air show followed by a traditional Aboriginal welcome ceremony by Gadigal Elders. At the stroke of midnight, the pyrotechnic display illuminates the sky from firing points on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and harbour barges.

Burj Al Arab Hotel – Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This hotel makes for one of the city’s most impressive frames in the night skyline, as the fireworks illuminate the hotel’s distinct architecture against the backdrop of the Arabian Sea.

London – United Kingdom. People will be lining Victoria Embankment, South Bank, Westminster Bridge and Waterloo Bridge and other famous landmarks to witness fireworks hosted by the Mayor of London at London City Hall. The iconic Big Ben’s countdown coupled with the London Eye fireworks and barges is not to be missed. 

New York City – United States of America. Although there is a burst of fireworks from One Times Square, every hour from 6pm - 11pm, the Glitter Ball is the highlight at midnight. Be sure not to miss it! Apparently, along with the entertainment this year, the first New Year’s Eve wedding will be held in the square.

Hong Kong – China. Hong Kong is said to have one of the most impressive displays in the world, with pyrotechnics designed by an award winning fireworks maker. Barges floating in the middle of Victoria Harbour, in front of Hong Kong Convention Centre and Exhibition Centre provides a vantage point for everyone.

Barbados - Although there are no public fireworks shows, a number of hotels and establishments have displays that can be seen from various coastlines. Along the south coast, the Hilton Hotel is the most popular for locals who convene very early, particularly by Drill Hall beach. Sandals, Ocean Two (close to St Lawrence Gap) and other hotels in The Gap are sure to have displays that can be viewed from The Gap area. Hastings Boardwalk should also provide a great viewing along the south coast.

Over on the west coast, Sandy Lane Hotel and Waves Resort usually have displays. 1st Street in Holetown hosts the biggest street party and with access to the beach you can watch the Fireworks at Midnight along the west coast.

Happy new year to you, where ever you are, whatever you do, get there early with food, blankets and drinks to secure your vantage point! See you in 2019 with more exciting/informative blogs from the sunny isle of Barbados.

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