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Welcome the New Year in, in style

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Written by Emma Ward

New Year’s Eve is one of the best excuses of the year to celebrate. Whether you like to be at the heart of a massive party, or prefer to see in the new year snuggled up to a loved one, it is one of the most important nights of the last 12 months. If you are tired of doing the same thing and attending the same parties, make 2013 the year you jet off somewhere fun or exotic to see how New Year’s Eve is marked in other countries around the world.

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New Year’s Eve is one of the best excuses of the year to celebrate. Whether you like to be at the heart of a massive party, or prefer to see in the new year snuggled up to a loved one, it is one of the most important nights of the last 12 months. If you are tired of doing the same thing and attending the same parties, make 2014 the year you jet off somewhere fun or exotic to see how New Year’s Eve is marked in other countries around the world.

Here are six places that are well worth considering.

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1. New York City

Head to New York City to experience the greatest New Year’s Eve party on earth. Thousands gather in Times Square to watch the rising of the NYE Ball and to celebrate in the countless bars, restaurants and clubs in the vicinity

2. Sydney

The first large city to see in the new year, the celebrations start in Sydney Harbour with aerial and water displays, fireworks and parades. More fireworks follow at midnight, after which the party carries on into the early hours of New Year’s Day.

3. Christmas Island

Another place that gets a head start on seeing in the new year is Christmas Island in the central Pacific Ocean. Residents claim it is the first place in the world to see the sun rise on a new year. With just over 1,000 residents and spectacular, far reaching landscapes, you will certainly be guaranteed a peaceful New Year’s Day.

4. Edinburgh

Closer to home, fans of tradition will love New Year’s Eve in Edinburgh. From traditional Scottish dancing to serene, candlelit concerts, there is something for everyone – even a traditional dip in the freezing cold river Forth.

5. Disney World Orlando

Give the children a day to remember at one of America’s top theme parks, which opens early (7am) on New Year’s Eve to make the most of the special day. Guests can enjoy live entertainment throughout the day, with fireworks after dark and parties for the grown ups until 1am.

6. Hawaii

For a more relaxing experience, opt for Hawaii – one of the last places on earth to welcome in the new year. Beautiful beaches, fantastic fireworks and a genuine welcome await on this island paradise.

However you choose to welcome in 2014, we hope you have a fantastic time doing it!

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About the author

Emma Ward

Emma Ward - Senior Blogger, Holiday Square - Emma's expertise lies in copywriting for printed and online resources alike. She regularly writes magazine columns, newsletters, press releases, SEO-friendly website content, blogs and online advertisements