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STUDY: The top 10 destinations to celebrate New Years

Just in case you’ve got a last-minute jaunt overseas on your mind for New Years, we’ve got just the thing to get you on your way.

Wego has compiled a list of trending destinations its customers are choosing to kick off 2020.

Here’s where the online travel marketplace reckons will have the best New Years celebrations this year:

Rovaniemi, Finland

Proclaimed to be the official hometown of Santa Clause, Rovaniemi gives travelers the opportunity to rejoice one of a kind Christmas. Spotting the reindeer on the winter streets of Lapland is a perfect way to cherish this joyous occasion. An ideal winter landscape surrounded by snow-capped mountains; the giant Christmas trees decked with shimmering gifts is a sight to behold.

London, England

The second trending festive destination is London. Whether enjoying the city’s colorful illumination at the Regent Street or spotting the giant Christmas tree at the Trafalgar Square, these celebrations add charm to London. Each year Hyde Park hosts the Winter Wonderland with attractions like outdoor ice rink, fairground rides, circus and Christmas market. The most iconic New Year celebration happens by the Thames River with live music and endless fireworks.

Paris, France

Paris is always revered to be the best romantic destination to welcome the New Year with your loved one. The City of Lights brims with joy and merriment where the architectural landmarks like Champs-Elysees Avenue and the Eiffel Tower are lit up in all their glory. On New Year’s Eve, thousands of people gather at the Arc de Triomphe to enjoy the firework display at midnight followed by a light show projected on the Arc de Triomphe.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai comes forth with great splendor. Christmas in Dubai is equally enchanting with its winter garden market at Habtoor’s Palace. A fun galore for kids where the snow zone, holiday carols, and festive food treats will leave even the adults entertained. New Year Eve celebration is incomplete without cascades of spectacular fireworks including the palm-shaped firework at the Palm Jumeirah. Groove to the latest tunes as Dubai hosts some of the best parties with enthralling VIP performances, amazing food, and great nightlife.

Istanbul, Turkey

Turkey might be the best option for a European winter vacation with a milder temperature. Turks welcome the New Year in a unique tradition where Baba Noel, the Turkish version of Santa Claus visits children and leaves gifts under the tree.

Tromso, Norway

Travelling further north towards the Arctic Circle will take you to the breathtaking Norwegian city of Tromso, which is considered to be the sixth best place to enjoy the natural beauty of Northern Lights also called the Aurora Borealis. Spotting the neon green ribbons and swirls of Aurora is surreal and once in a lifetime experience.

Indonesia

Indonesia is one of the trending destinations and the seventh trending destination to spend the holidays. On Christmas, people gather at the churches and offer prayers followed by a grand celebration with bright and noisy crackers. Adding joy to this occasion, Sinterklass (referring to Santa Claus) also distributes gifts and chocolates to all children.

New York, US

Travelling to more festive cities by the West, New York in the USA has a reputation for its sleepless nights and Rockefeller’s enormous Christmas tree decorated during Christmas and is the eighth in the list. Every year on New Year’s Eve, the celebration begins at Times Square where millions of people come to see the musical performances and the iconic ball drop.

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn is one of the trending and sought after festive cities for winter vacations in 2019. Adding to the real charm of Christmas festivity, skate in the Old Town, taste the rich mulled wine or visit the medieval churches that bring out the nostalgic memory of this joyous celebration.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Always dreamt of ringing the New Year on the beach? Then head straight to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. New Year’s Eve party at Copacabana Beach is one of the most iconic celebrations attracting over 2 million tourists. It is one of the wildest and largest parties held on a beach that stretches to over two and a half miles. Take part in the musical and dance performances and witness the colorful fireworks display overlooking the ocean.

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