After all the festive frivolities in the run-up to Christmas, it might be a struggle to prise yourself off the sofa for a New Year party, but watching the countdowns on TV just doesn’t compare to witnessing the gongs and goodwill first-hand. We pick out the best cities to chime in 2011. New York
The Big Apple
for New Year may be a tad clichéd, but it's so festive that it has to be experienced at least once in a lifetime. Millions brave the chilly weather to congregate in Times Square to watch the iconic ball drop to welcome in each year. Just make sure you pack your thermals, and perhaps a high-visibility jacket, to combat the cold and the crowds.Click here
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The City of Light lives up to its name on New Year's Eve with fantastic firework displays the length of the Champs-Elysées. Get there early to find a good spot to watch the impressive Eiffel Tower light show and lap up the double kisses being bestowed on friends and strangers alike come midnight.
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If you fancy your festivities with a slice of sunshine, head to Sydney where – along with over a million others – you can welcome in 2011 while sporting shorts and flip flops. Head to the harbour to watch fireworks lighting up the iconic skyline of the Opera House framed by the Harbour Bridge – a definite Kodak moment.
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The UK capital is also arguably the New Year party capital of the world. Whether supping mulled wine in Trafalgar Square, toasting the chimes of Big Ben or cosying up in an old-man’s pub, there’s a celebratory drink to be had on any street corner. Blow the hangover cobwebs away by stepping out for the epic New Year's Day parade.
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The Japanese know how to throw a party, with celebrations for New Year's Eve starting on 29 December and carrying on right through to 5 January. While there may not be fizz and fireworks in abundance, the locals take a more spiritual approach, flocking to shrines and temples to purchase lucky charms and hear the bells ring in the New Year.Click here
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