The 6 Best Places to Party on New Year’s Eve!

The 6 Best Places to Party on New Year’s Eve!

Ready to ring in 2019? Don’t start the new year with the same old celebration! Why not take a trip for New Year’s Eve? Instead of watching the ball drop on TV (or battling the crowds in Times Square), here are 6 different places to party!


Image Courtesy Chi-Town Rising

Image Courtesy Chi-Town Rising

Welcome the new year with a totally new celebration! Chicago is kicking off 2019 with a brand new event dubbed Chi-Town Rising. This downtown party will showcase the Chicago River and Lake Michigan with the main event featuring fireworks and performances by American Authors and (appropriately enough) the band Chicago. At midnight, instead of a ball dropping, a giant illuminated Chicago Star will rise 36 stories up the tower of the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

And you don’t have to stand in the cold all night to be part of the celebration! Spend the evening at the Grand Ballroom on Navy Pier for the Resolution Gala, with a buffet, cocktails, and perhaps the best view of the fireworks and the Rising Star with the incredible Chicago skyline as a backdrop.

Getting to Chicago: Start off 2019 in Chicago with a trip from Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Detroit, Indianapolis, and many more places around the Midwest and across the country!


Courtesy of Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation

Courtesy of Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation

Music City celebrates New Year’s Eve in its signature style – with free live music all night long! Keith Urban will headline the Music City Midnight event, and Peter Frampton, Brett Young, Judah & The Lion, Caitlyn Smith, and Devon Gilfillian will also perform for all the revelers. At midnight, a 15-foot tall music note will drop to start a glorious fireworks show and welcome 2019!

Plus, the party is not just on New Year’s Eve! Nashville will be rocking the week leading up to the new year with a Battle of the Bands on December 27 and the Music City Bowl on December 28.

Getting to Nashville: Make your way to Music City with a ticket from Louisville, Atlanta, St. Louis, Cincinnati, and beyond!


Photo Courtesy The Drake Hotel

Photo Courtesy The Drake Hotel

Mark the new year with a new stamp in your passport by spending New Year’s Eve in Toronto! Head to the cool Queen West neighborhood for a building-wide bash at The Drake Hotel.

You can explore all the entertainment (and sip a glass of champagne), be a part of the Strolling Underground Cocktail Party for delicious food and live music, or book a reservation for a 4-course feast in the Lounge or the very cool (literally and figuratively) rooftop Sky Yard. No matter how you do it, the soirée at The Drake will send you into 2019 in style!

Getting to Toronto: Enjoy a Canadian celebration with a trip to Toronto from BuffaloNew York CityPhiladelphia, and lots of other locations, too!


Photo by ruben i / Flickr

Photo by ruben i / Flickr

On New Year’s Eve, you can welcome 2019 with a fabulous fireworks display in Miami Beach. Just show up early to the beach at 9th Street and Ocean Drive and stake out a spot on the sand.

If that’s not something you crave, head to Downtown Miami to enjoy a dance party, live music and a countdown to midnight as the “The Big Orange” (a 35-foot neon orange icon with sunglasses) ascends to the top of the InterContinental Miami hotel.

Getting to Miami: It’s easy to get down to Miami from Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, Atlanta and more places, too!


Photo by Wonderlane / Flickr

Photo by Wonderlane / Flickr

The Space Needle is the centerpiece for Seattle’s New Year’s Eve celebration! Fireworks are set off from the Space Needle starting just before midnight, and you can see them from locations all around the city for free!

You can also party while you wait for the pyrotechnics at Spectra 2019 at the Pacific Science Center. Boasting the best view of the fireworks, the Spectra celebration features DJs from KEXP, signature cocktails and craft beers, and even live science demonstrations. Or you can actually party atop the Space Needle itself at the Observation Deck Dance Party!

Getting to Seattle: Snag a ticket to Seattle from Portland, Vancouver, San Francisco and so many more places!


Photo by Matt Stanley

Photo by Matt Stanley (Courtesy Delaware River Waterfront)

Get funky in Philadelphia with a groovy celebration at FringeArts! Dance in the alternative performance space, enjoy a beer garden featuring fire pits to keep you toasty, and get a fantastic view of the fireworks over the Delaware River from Cherry Street Pier, then get re-entry into FringeArts to finish the night – and start 2019 – on the dance floor!

Getting to Philadelphia: Book a ticket to Philly from New York (to get away from the Times Square crowds), Washington, DC, Boston, and beyond!

Book a ticket on Wanderu and start 2019 off right with a New Year’s Eve adventure!

Kate Sedrowski is on a mission to spread delight while inspiring and encouraging people to travel. Her favorite travel companion is her teddy bear, and her favorite souvenir is the scar from the broken nose she got in a snowball fight in Québec City.