What are your resolutions for 2011? I hope they include more traveling! You can start your resolution by checking out today’s top 10 list on the best places to ring in the new year. AskMen.com has made a list of the Top 10 New Year’s Eve Destinations and we’re counting them down.
10. Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
We’ve covered the regular attractions of Las Vegas before but now you have fireworks, light shows, more drinking and more partying to start 2011. Nelly hosts the party New Year’s Eve at Haze nightclub at Aria. Diddy hosts the New Year’s Eve 2011 bash at LAX nightclub at the Luxor. Rihanna hosts the New Year’s party at Pure nightclub at Caesars Palace. Kim Kardashian will host the New Year’s Eve party at Tao nightclub at the Venetian. Thirty Seconds to Mars performs at The Pearl at the Palms Dec. 31 at 9 p.m. Check here for more information on parties, dinners and performances.
9. Champs-Elysees, Paris, France
Arrive in this area around 9 PM with drinks in hand and party with the people in the streets. As the clock reaches midnight, you’ll have a view of a sparkling Eiffel Tower and fireworks show.
8. Central World or Sanam Luang, Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok is used to celebrating the New Year. On January 1, 2011, they celebrate the Western New Year. On February 3, 2011, they celebrate the Chinese New Year, marking the Year of the Rabbit. April 13-April 15, 2011 marks Songkran, or the traditional Thai New Year. With all these days of celebrating Thailand has learned how to welcome in a new year. Central World features concerts, food stalls and beer gardens with Bangkok Countdown 2011. Sanam Luang features the more traditional Thai experience, with dancers, musicians, singers, local foods and lit-up temples.
7. London Eye fireworks display, London, England
What better place to count down the moments to the new year than the home of international timekeeping? Nearly 1 million people head to the fireworks display here in London while more watch from homes, restaurants, rooftops and the TV. The best views come from the Westminster Bridge and the north side of the River Thames across from the London Eye. You can also take a river cruise for amazing views of the 15-minute firework show.
6. Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
The celebration here starts tomorrow and can last through January 4th. Ring in the new year in the heart of the party district, with bars and clubs open well past midnight so you can start 2011 as a dancing queen (or king!). If you want to stick with tradition, start by attending the celebration at the shrine of Meiji Jingu before hitting the clubs. You’ll also want to eat your Toshikoshi Soba, your traditional Japanese noodle thought to increase longevity.
5. The Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany
Don’t come here expecting calm, quiet celebration. Germany is known for its beers and visitors here drink plenty of it to ring in the new year. Over a million people come here to view fireworks, dance to music, watch light shows, enjoy the foods at international food stands and, of course, drink from the beer tents. “Party Mile” covers Strasse des 17th Juni (17th June Street) and you’ll find musical guests and DJs spinning music so the street turns into an outdoor disco that pauses for a fireworks show at midnight and then begins again.
4. Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
I’ve actually been in New Orleans on New Year’s and the streets were filled with people. Frenchmen Street is only steps away from the French Quarter and is where the locals prefer to go over Bourbon Street. You can barhop here without those pesky cover charges and you’ll get drinks for low prices, just remember to tip the live bands performing all over. The music wafts into the street, where brass bands join in the music and people dance all night long. Watch the ball drop in Jackson Square and stay in town to celebrate through January 4th, when the Sugar Bowl is played.
3. Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Australia
Sidney is one of the first cities in the world to celebrate the new year and they set the standard to follow. Sidney Harbour is the hub for an evening of entertainment beginning with an air show at 5 PM. At 8 PM you can observe the Indigenous Smoking Ceremony followed by a fireworks show and the Harbour of Lights parade at 9 PM. This parade is extraordinary, featuring boats instead of floats and lasting till just before midnight, when another fireworks show takes place. As a bonus, this celebration takes place in the Australian summer.
2. Times Square, New York City, New York, United States
More than a billion people around the world watch this countdown. Times Square‘s countdown to 2011 will feature Ke$ha, Taio Cruz, Avril Lavigne, Natasha Bedingfield, Jennifer Hudson, Ne-Yo, Train, Mike Posner, Willow Smith, Jason Derulo, Far East Movement, La Roux, and Drake. Ryan Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy host. Jersey Shore‘s Snookie may make a special appearance in a special way. If you can’t make this celebration, don’t worry as it will be shown around the world.
1. Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Come here for the Réveillon New Year’s celebrations and join an all-day beach party. You’ll want to come dressed in white and bring white flowers to honor the deity Lemanja, the Goddess of Sea. People also bring gifts and light candles for the goddess, in an effort to start the year with blessings. Wear your white for luck, yellow for money, green for luck, red for romance and blue for peace as the evening wears on. Avoid the bad omens of black. The celebration here is only second to Carnival and ends with a half hour fireworks show. Over 2 million people come here to celebrate. Rumors are that Madonna may be headlining this year.