Travel Picks: Top 10 places to celebrate New Year's eve

Mon Dec 27, 2010 8:39am EST
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NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Break out the party favors and the bubbly it's almost time to ring in the New Year.

To avoid another night in with the television, Men's website ( offers its top 10 list of New Year's destinations for travelers keen to find fun out of town. Reuters has not endorsed this list:

1. Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro

As something memorable, a New Year's Eve beach party in Brazil is hard to beat. Beautiful people, fireworks, a carnival atmosphere, an incredible setting on the most famous beach in the world, and you have all the ingredients you need to have the most incredible New Year's experience of your life. Known locally as "Reveillon," the entire beach turns into an all-day party, with several musical stages, dancing, and everyone dressed in white (it's tradition). Over two million people turn up along the four km of sand, making this the ultimate New Year's party, which you simply mustn't miss.

2. Times Square, New York City

Of course, this is the most famous New Year's Eve event in the world. The big ball descending in Times Square is watched by a million people in the flesh, and a billion more around the world. Star-studded musical performances, pyrotechnics and myriad bars and clubs in close proximity make this as big a party as they come. It is so firmly etched into popular culture that many people feel it is something which has to be experienced at least once in your life. Times Square is always throbbing with energy, and on New Year's Eve it could power the entire Eastern seaboard.

3. Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Australia

As one of the first major cities to celebrate New Year's Eve, Sydney ensures that the rest of the world has a tough act to follow. With a midnight fireworks display witnessed all around the world, the "Harbour of Light" parade and plenty of drinking establishments combine to make this a world famous event. It starts at 1 p.m., with the first firing of the harbour cannon, and goes on into the early hours of January 1st. Over a million people are expected to attend this year, and given it is summer in Sydney, you won't have to wrap up to stay warm.

4. Frenchmen Street, New Orleans   Continued...

<p>Fireworks explode above Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro January 1, 2010. REUTERS/Luiza Garcia</p>