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Smartphone Light Shows, Live Music, Fireworks? Uncovers Five Unique New Year's Eve Experiences

Ring in the New Year with some of the most distinct celebrations around the world

DALLAS, Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- 3…2…1….Happy New Year! Want to launch the New Year with a large, distinctive experience?® has compiled a list of five of the most diverse New Year's Eve celebrations around the world for travelers to enjoy either this year or in the future.


"New Year's is a fun and festive time to travel and also a great time to resolve to travel more," said Taylor L. Cole, director of public relations and social media, North America at "Whether looking to book a last minute getaway for New Year's Eve, vowing to unwind on a spa weekend getaway or promising to hit the slopes during a ski vacation, wants to help you fulfill your travel resolution in the upcoming year and find the perfect place to do it." 

Most Interactive Celebration

As one of the first cities to celebrate the New Year, Sydney, Australia, is known for going above and beyond to ring in the New Year. This year the city of Sydney is inviting revelers to download an app and participate in smartphone-generated light shows coordinated with one of the largest firework celebrations in the world - 11,000 shells, 100,000 phyrotechnic effects and 25,000 shooting comets.

Largest Open-Air Celebration

Known as one of the biggest open-air New Year's Eve party in the world, Berlin's New Year's festivities attract over one million travelers. With the Brandenburg Gate as the backdrop, partiers can enjoy over two kilometers of party fun between the Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column. Enjoy live music and DJs, bars, laser shows, international food vendors, and dance floors. The best part? The party does not require a reservation or a name on a list to attend; it's open to the public!

Highest Firework Celebration

Standing 160 stories tall, the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, in downtown Dubai plays host to the world's tallest pyrotechnic displays. The extravagant firework show commences at the stroke of midnight and is broadcasted live to over two billion homes globally. This year, guests can see Snoop Dogg in concert with Faithless, Gorillaz and Armand Van Helden. The Queen Elizabeth 2 will also be docked in Dubai and play host to a New Year's Eve Gala Dinner.

Most Expensive Celebration

Are diamonds, champagne and caviar your style? Then consider kicking off the start of 2013 in South Beach at the club WALL. Costing $700 per ticket, travelers can enjoy an exclusive live performance by world-renowned artist OTTO KNOWS, gain general admission to the club, WET, and enjoy the live New Year's Eve countdown.

Longest Celebration

Hogmanay, the Scots word for the last day of the year, is a three day New Year's Eve celebration in Edinburgh, Scotland, packed with live music, carnivals, torchlight processions, film screenings, a New Year's Day triathlon and Dogmanay (dogsled racing). On New Year's Eve, join 80,000 of your closest friends on the streets below the famous Edinburgh Castle for live music and entertainment, DJ's, outdoor bars and food vendors and the Midnight Firework display.

Find the latest hotel deals and seasonal sales in these fabulous destinations by adding them to your wish list in the Deals For You app on Facebook. To book your last minute New Year's Eve getaway or to get started on your New Year's travel resolution, visit, call 1-800-2-hotels, use our mobile apps.

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Taylor L. Cole, APR North America
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