Top 10 Free and Festive Ways to Ring in the New Year Worldwide

Cities around the world will be ringing in the New Year come December 31, but participating in all the festivities can get pricey. To help you close out the end of this year in style without breaking the bank, we’ve pulled together free festivities and experiences to take advantage of in popular cities around the globe, from stunning light displays and dazzling firework shows to free concerts and tours.  Vote for your favorite New Years celebration destination, add your own to the list, and come back to see which one wins the vote!

#1 Amsterdam

Whether you’re in search of bustling parties or romantic experiences to close out the holidays, you’ll find it in Amsterdam.
1. Stroll through streets filled with firework displays.
Fireworks abound in the city, with crowds gathering in areas that include Dam Square, Museumplein, and Rembrandplein, and Noordermarkt to celebrate.
2. Catch views of fireworks and glimmering lights at the Skinny Bridge.
Head to the Magere brug (Skinny Bridge) to catch magnificent views over the firework displays. The wooden drawbridge’s narrow frame has given it its famous nickname, with it being so narrow years back that two pedestrians wouldn’t be able to cross it at the same time. At night, it comes alive with thousands of illuminations to offers a romantic setting.
3. Walk through themed light installations at the Amsterdam Light Festival.
Be sure to check out the Amsterdam Light Festival, running until January 22. The festival brings in designers, artists, and architects from around the world to create breathtaking light installations alongside two routes within the city.
Each route has its own theme, with this year’s areas including the Water Colors route and Illuminate, a walking route. While boat tours are available, both routes are also free to explore via foot.
4. Take a free tour through the city.
Finish off your trip with a free walking tour of the city. Sandeman’s New Amsterdam walking tour provides free tours of the city on a daily basis, taking visitors through famed landmarks like the Royal Palace and the Anne Frank House, hidden churches, and quirky attractions like Amsterdam’s widest and smallest bridges.

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#2 Boston

During New Year’s Eve, Boston hosts its First Night and First Day festivities, bringing art performances, ice sculptures, and a variety of events to enjoy throughout New Year's Eve and New Year's day.
This year, the festivities will continue to be open to the public, giving you a chance to explore the city and take part in holiday-themed activities all day long.
1. Catch up on rare Shakespearean works.
Boston’s recently added exhibit, “Shakespeare Unauthorized” kicks off the first day celebrations, remaining open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. At the exhibition, visitors will find first and early editions of popular works that include “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Hamlet,” and “The Merchant of Venice.”
2. Take a free art and architecture tour.
While at Boston Public Library, take a free art and architecture tour showcasing some of the hidden gems and historic artifacts within the 19th century building.
Tours departs every 15 minutes from 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
3. Watch ice sculptures being made in Copley Square.
Head to Copley Square, where you can see artists putting together ice sculptures that will later be illuminated in bright colors in the evening. Artists tend to start working around 9 a.m. and go up until about 2 p.m. or so to create the impressive works.
Plus, according to Boston’s tourism agency, the sculptures don’t’ stick around for much longer than the first day, making the 31st the ideal time to go.

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#3 London

While those looking for ticketed events will find a slew of parties and river cruises taking place around the city, London also has plenty of free celebrations and attractions to offer.
1. Start the day with the New Year’s Day Parade.
The New Year’s Day Parade brings in more than 8,000 performers and around 500,000 audience members who come to the parade route, running form Green Park Tube station to Parliament Square from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., to watch the display. This year, the theme of the parade is “Lights, Camera, Action,” featuring displays and acts based on popular movies and shows, with large-scale balloons, music, and confetti to go along.
2. Next, head to the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.
Bring the youngsters to Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland, running from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., where you can peruse through Christmas markets, take the kids into Santa Land for a final meet and greet with Santa and his elves, catch live stage performances, and engage in everything from ice skating to riding on a giant observation wheel. The event is free, though some activities, like ice skating and the observation wheel, require a paid-for ticket.
3. Wander through unforgettable museums.
Some of London’s top museums, including the Victoria and Albert Museum (open since 1852 and home to 4.5 million objects) and the Natural History Museum (where you’ll find everything from animatronic dinosaurs to giant sequoia trees and gem collections) offer free admission.
You can also check out more quirky stops like the Horniman Museum, where visitors can pick up, try on, and play with some of the museum’s historic artifacts, including many of the thousands of musical instruments in its collection.

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#4 Los Angeles

Even though Los Angeles’ weather may be warmer than some of the cities on this list, you can still get in the winter spirit with these New Year’s Eve events.
1. Dance at the Grand Park New Year’s Eve LA.
Head to Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles between the Music Center and City Hall from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. for a Los Angeles’ flagship party to kick off the new year.
You’ll find everything from live music and photo booths to 3-d digital video mappings on City Hall and large floats throughout the space.
2. Try a Polar Bear Plunge.
On January 1, you’ll see people across Los Angeles beaches participating in the polar plunge countdown. Locations vary from Huntington Beach to Manhattan Beach and
3. Enjoy some art.
Several of Los Angeles’ major museums are open to the public for free. Make your way to the latest addition, the Broad, to wander through two floors of gallery space housing quirky and compelling works and stunning installations. The museum is open until 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.
Plus, you can catch the tail end of the Eyvind Earle exhibit at Forest Lawn. Open until 5 p.m. and ending January 1, the exhibit looks at the works of Earle, famous for his background illustrations in Disney’s animated films from the 1950s.

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#5 New Orleans

Already a city know for its festive celebrations, New Orleans doesn't disappoint on New Year's Eve. The city adds its own twist to typical holiday events, like the dropping of a fleur-de-lis in the historic Jackson Square.
1. View the fleur-de-lis drop.
This year, New Orleans' famed fleur-de-lis will come with a new design outfitted with lights. The Crescent City countdown will take place at Jackson Square, with this year's live music coming from the nearby Allstate Sugar Bowl Fan Fest. At the end of the countdown, the fleur-de-lis will drop before a firework procession starts over the Mississippi River.
2. Attend the Allstate Sugar Bowl Fan Fest.
The Allstate Fan Fest will be featuring live music this year from 9 p.m. all the way through midnight. Bands for the occasion are set to be announced by the end of this week, though visitors can expect top-notch names. For the first time, live segments that will be part of "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest" will include performances from the event.

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#6 Philadelphia

Philadelphia is filled with activity on New Year's Eve, hosting not one, but two firework shows along the Delaware River Waterfront. Before you make your way over, here are some other free and traditional holiday activities to check out.
1. View the Macy’s Light Show.
Head to the last day of the Macy’s Light Show on December 31 at the Macy’s in Center City, in the historic Wanamaker Building, to see more than 100,000 LED lights create holiday spectacles ranging from snowflakes and reindeer to ballerinas. The traditional event has taken place in the city since 1956.
2. Brighten your night at Franklin Square.
Also ending on December 31, the Franklin Square Holiday Festival event includes more than 50,000 twinkling lights that glisten to famous holiday tunes. In the center is a 12-foot kite in honor of Benjamin Franklin’s experiment using a kite, while areas like a beer garden help keep you refreshed.
Those with a sweet tooth can also see homemade fudge being made on-site and help decorate cookies and gingerbread houses.
3. Get mesmerized at the Comcast Holiday Spectacular.
The Comcast Holiday Spectacular is shown on the Comcast Experience video wall, which is one of the world’s largest high resolution LED displays.
Each year, the event, which displays captivating scenes from “The Nutcracker”, actors from the historic Walnut Street Theater, and dancers from the Pennsylvania Ballet, draws in over a million visitors.

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#7 Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is known for its vibrant nightlife scene throughout the year, and New Year’s Eve is no exception. Plus, one of the best parts is, those who are in ringing in 2017 in this city will be able to do it in the warmth of summer.
1. Head to the free outdoor party that broke the world record for attendance.
The city’s free outdoor concerts and fireworks display at Copacabana Beach, which overlooks Sugarloaf Mountain, is a wild event not to be missed.
In 1994, Rod Stewart put on a free concert at the beach for New Year’s Eve, taking the title for the largest attendance for a free rock concert in the world with 4.2 million participants. Starting in the evening, you can catch live music shows ranging from samba to rock, with partiers dressed in white for the occasion.
2. Wander through the world’s largest urban forest.
Part of the fact that you’ll be celebrating the occasion in the heat of the summer means you can explore some of Brazil’s stunning outdoor sights.
This includes the Tijuca National Forest, Brazil’s first national park, which is also thought to be the largest urban forest in the world. Inside, you’ll find a setting of cascading waterfalls, lush greenery, rugged peaks, and a series of hiking trails.
3. Head to a public park nestled in an incredible location.
While heading to Tijuca National Forest, be sure to see Parque Lage, a public park in the city that sits at the foot of the Corcovado Hill.
The park includes a mansion whose gardens lead into the national forest and trails leading to popular attractions like Christ the Redeemer. The spot’s stunning setting has helped it appear in music videos from artists that include Pharell Williams, Snoop Dogg, and the Black Eye Peas, according to Atlas Obscura.
4. See some of Brazil’s top exhibitions.
The Centro Cultural Bando do Brasil, which is housed in a restored 1906 building, is always free and will remain open on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The venue has everything from a cinema and multiple theaters to changing exhibits and displays showing the history of Brazil’s currency.

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#8 Sydney

Since midnight arrives to Sydney earlier than it does in most major international cities, you can get an early starting on counting down to 17 here.
1. Take part in the famous fireworks show.
Sydney’s popular fireworks display will take place again this year at the Sydney Harbour, with various free viewing points available throughout the harbor to catch the show. Those with kids can head to the earlier display, which will take place at 9 p.m., while another fireworks show will occur at midnight.
2. Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Located at the Sydney Harbour as well, the Museum of Contemporary Art gives visitors a chance to wander through some of the cities top contemporary art collections, with free daily tours available to introduce you the museum and its various collections.
3. Take the Bondi to Coogee walk.
To see some of Sydney’s best views, including its top beaches, parks, cliffs, bays, and rock pools, try this cliff top coastal walk, which takes a total of roughly two hours. If you get tired along the way, the many beaches and parks you’ll see along the route offering prime resting tops, while taking in all the breathtaking coastal views.

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#9 Tokyo

One of the most stunning parts of being in Tokyo during New Year’s Eve is catching a glimpse at all the magnificent illuminations displaced throughout the city, from rivers lit up in pink to a mesmerizing walk through thousands of blue lights.
1. Take in the views of the Meguro River Illumination.
Each year, the river in Meguro comes alive with more than 400,000 pink LED lights that illuminate the water in a sparkling glow. The lights, in combination with the cherry blossoms that line the river, make for an incredible site that you can enjoy up to January 9.
2. Step inside the “Blue Cavern”.
The At no Dokutsu or “Blue Cavern” illumination transforms the streets of Shibuya into an enchanting blue paradise, thanks to the thousands of blue LED lights that form reflections around their surroundings to make you feel as though you’re walking through a bright blue cave as you explore the area’s back streets. The illumination will also be open until January 9.
3. Celebrate at Tokyo Tower.
The soaring Tokyo Tower, a radio tower built in 1958, puts on special illuminations that change depending on the season and events. New Year’s Eve is no different, with crowds gathering to countdown as they gaze at the 180 different lights that make up the tower’s impressive designs.
4. Participate in Hatsumode.
In Japan, a popular tradition is hatsumode, where locals head to their beloved shrines and temples to ring in their first visit in the new year. Festivities can often be seen at the shrines and temples during the first few days of the new year, giving you the chance to both take part in a local tradition and explore the beauty of the ancient structures.

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#10 Washington, D.C.

In Washington D.C., you can spend the day exploring some of the areas famed historic sites and entertainment venues and keep the celebrations going into the night.
1. See the National Zoo lit up in LED.
Thousands will head to ZooLights, part of a free annual event running from November 25 to January 1 at Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Over half a million LED lights encompass the zoo from the entrance to the exit, with live music, holiday shopping stands, and wintertime treats like gingerbread and mulled cider, helping create a marvelous winter wonderland.
2. Tour a brewery.
Take a free brewery tour at DC Brau, which is the first brewery to operate in the District of Columbia since 1956, according to NBC. The brewery offers free tours on Saturdays at a first-come, first-serve basis and will be open on New Year’s Eve, with tours running from 1 to 4 p.m on an hourly basis.
3. See a historic neighborhood come to life.
If you’re in Washington, D.C. around the end of December, you’ll still have time to catch Georgetown Glow in what is D.C.’s oldest neighborhood. Thanks to its success, the previous 10-day event is running for an entire month this year, with works around the neighborhood lighting up from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
4. Wander through the United States Botanic Garden.
From Nov 24 through January 2, the U.S. Botanic Garden will be running its “Season’s Greenings” annual holiday show. Inside, a model train exhibit runs through more than 50 plant-based creations of iconic national parks and historic locations throughout America.
Plant recreations include everything from Mount Rushmore and the Statue of Liberty to the Grand Canyon and Gateway Arch.

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