It’s that time of year again. The pressure is upon us to have the greatest New Year’s Eve and ring in 2020 the right way. Yes, you could, in theory, just hunker down at home and watch the world celebrating on your TV, or you could give this list a quick read and make December 31st a night to remember by hitting up one of the best New Year’s Eve parties in the world this year.

Think fireworks blasting across breathtaking backdrops, raves on blissed-out beaches or an evening of old school elegance at a New York jazz bar… This list has it all.

New Year’s Eve in New York

New Year's Eve in New York

New Year’s Eve in Times Square

Most New Yorkers will tell you, Times Square is a place to be avoided at all cost, especially on New Year’s Eve. The Ball Drop only looks fun and exciting on TV. In real life, it’s a million or so people squished up against each other, and packed between police barricades, in the cold and waiting for a ten-second countdown.

A far better way to celebrate New Year’s Eve this side of the world is delicious food and drinks, and swaying to live jazz in one of the city’s most gorgeous rooms. This year, the best New Year’s Eve parties and black tie galas are happening at The Carlyle.

The Carlyle Restaurant

The Carlyle Restaurant

The hotel is having a special five-course dinner at The Carlyle Restaurant with music by Peter Duchin Orchestra and dancing in the Art Deco lobby. There is also a black tie gala happening at the Café Carlyle and an evening with the Loston Harris Jazz Trio at the legendary Bemelmans Bar. Expect an elegant, Upper East Side crowd, and drinks strong enough to knock you into 2021.

New Year’s Eve in London

New Year's Eve in London

London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks

Since 2014, the London New Year’s Eve fireworks is a ticketed show, and the tickets have now sold out. But this is London we are talking about, and there’s still plenty you can do to ring in the new year in style.

For a start, there’s the New Year’s Eve celebrations at The Savoy. The hotel is offering a variety of options to see in the New Year, with a Champagne reception in the River Room and a six-course dinner and dancing in the opulent Lancaster Ballroom. Or you could skip dinner altogether and opt for a night at the Beaufort Bar instead, with limitless Champagne and canapés. Whichever party you choose, one thing’s for sure: With the Savoy’s prime riverside setting, you’re guaranteed a fantastic view of the sky erupting at midnight.

The Savoy’s prime riverside setting is one of a kind

Another hotel hosting the ultimate send-off for 2019 is The Dorchester with a night of champagne, canapés and live music. At midnight, a feast is scheduled before the party continues with dancing well into the early hours of 2020.

New Year’s Eve in Paris

New Year's Eve in Paris

New Year’s Eve in Paris

New Year’s Eve at the Moulin Rouge is a classic, just like strolling the cobblestone streets of Montmartre and wandering along the quais of the Seine and letting the romance of Paris sweep you away.

But if your idea of the perfect New Year’s Eve in the City of Light is a Michelin-starred meal or sipping whisky cocktails in one of the city’s better looking bars, we’d check into Le Bristol. This Parisian palace at 112 Faubourg Saint-Honoré knows a thing or two about celebrating the year’s last days with an enchanting setting, unique menus designed by chef royalty Eric Frechon and cocktails by alchemist Maxime Hoerth.

Le Bar du Bristol.

Le Bar du Bristol

This year, you can choose between between the tasting menu of one-Michelin-star 114 Faubourg and three- Michelin-star Epicure restaurant, while two new creations await cocktail lovers at Le Bar du Bristol. Welcome to culinary heaven.

New Year’s Eve in Rio de Janeiro

New Year's Eve in Rio de Janeiro

New Year’s Eve in Rio de Janeiro

The great thing about being in Rio de Janeiro this time of year is that it’s practically midsummer. The other great thing is that, in two weeks or so, some two million people will be heading there to gather on the 2.5-mile-long Copacabana Beach for a night of samba, Champagne and fireworks on December 31. The busiest, and best, spot to enjoy all the action is in front of Rio’s landmark hotel, the Belmond Copacabana Palace, since it’s the location for all the main-stage concerts.

And fittingly, the best place to check-in to enjoy exclusive views of the planet’s biggest New Year’s Eve party is the hotel itself. The Copacabana Palace is also planning parties of its own at the Michelin-starred Ristorante Hotel Cipriani and in its four glittering ballrooms.

Ristorante Hotel Cipriani

The indoor-outdoor setting of Ristorante Hotel Cipriani

For more al fresco moments, the hotel has terraces that open to Copacabana Beach, or you can simply dance your way to dawn by the pool.

About Nimah Koussa

The best part about being a travel writer is bringing cities and destinations to life: their stories, secret addresses, luxurious gems and unique holiday moments. And I have been one for a little more than 10 years. From the best bars and restaurants in different cities of the world to hotels where you can check-in to get away from it all, this Magazine is all about making every trip just a bit more meaningful.

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