Partying like it’s 2013

By Sergio González | 13:09

Have you made your New Year’s plans yet? Well, most people would tell you that it’s too late, that the best parties are already booked but don’t trust them; social media traveling has taught us last minute deals are usually better and sometimes even for free.

Many cities will be celebrating the 2013 arrival with live music, exhibits and performances, some classy and elegant inspired by Vienna’s tradition and others, wild and crazy fun –London is ready to offer many of the latter-.

One of the coolest places to say goodbye to 2012 –as for any other reason- is New York City. This New Year’s Eve, after the compulsory ball-dropping at Times Square, you shouldn’t miss a visit to close Bryant Park Grill , a place where celebrities such as Gwen Stephani and Anne Hathaway said goodbye to 2011.

If your partying mood is too powerful to keep it restrained until midnight, will have Armin van Buren’s techno extravaganza playing from 9 pm at Pier 36, 299 South St. Check out for more USA parties like awesome Block Party 2013 in Hollywood.

Anyone who has ever gone partying in Spain knows locals start their fiesta much later that in any other place –they usually keep the party going much longer too. New Year’s Eve in Spain starts at midnight with the centennial tradition of eating 12 grapes, each with every strike of the clock.  After the quick grape-swallowing, a parade of liquors and spirits marches in front of every single member of the family; Nochevieja is one of the first moment in your life you can drink in front of your parents without being grounded.

If you’re looking for a truly different fun kind of celebration, you should start booking a trip to Rio de Janeiro.  As for the rest of the continent, multiculturalism works wonders for parties and celebrations.  The old Catholic traditions, brought by the Portuguese, mixed years ago with local and African ones, all encircled by the cheerful spirit of Brazilian people.

So nowadays, New Year’s Eve in Rio is a major gathering at Copacabana beach -more than two million people are expected this year- where religious parades and fireworks compete to get the audience’s attention. Especially beautiful is the offering to Yemanja, Yoruban goddess of water, where tons of people dress in white deliver their wishes and hopes in the form of thousands of floating candles in the Atlantic Ocean.

 If you like fireworks, the Netherlands could be your destination. Many places will organize firework displays but what will make your experience different in Amsterdam or Rotterdam is how people, even kids, are engaged in enlighting the streets. Celebrations start before the 31st December, as soon as Dutch children get their Christmas break from school, and you should pay attention to their games while walking up and down Dutch cities.

There is not a single chance for you lose the official fireworks displays because they happen in the most touristic areas. This is the reason why you should go in advance or spend the morning looking for the best lovely bridge from which to have a good viewing spot. If you don’t want to waste two hours in the chilly Amsterdam weather, you can kill two birds with one stone and book your New Year’s Eve dinner at NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, it’s in the very Damplatz!

Nearby Nieuwmarkt area is considered  to offer the best fireworks in the city. The reason is simple: it’s also Amsterdam’s Chinatown and although Chinese New Year will not happen until February, locals have learned quite a bit from firework inventors.

Amsterdam is also one of the best European cities to go clubbing –always lively and free to do as you like- and this New Year’s Eve, it’s all about retro parties from the 50s to the 90s.  Need some friends to go out with? Try a drinking partners community to find cool people to say 2012 goodbye dancing to Elvis Presly or David Bowie!!

For those ones who have had a very stressful 2012, Denmark has the most unique tradition. You may think it’s enough to beat stress out by dancing and partying until morning but the Danes like to step it up a notch and throw dishes at their neighbors’ door.

Don’t take it wrong, it’s not that they dislike them; actually it’s the other way around. You can spot Danes counting the dishes at their doorstep on January the 1st and smiling as the number goes up because you only throw dishes at your beloved ones. Can anyone understand it? There’s no need to, New Year’s Eve parties just expect us to have the time of our life! How will you ring in the New Year? 


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