Hot chocolate and bon fires, barbeques and bakes, eggnog with plum cakes, the laughter of friends and family - we really couldn’t paint a happier picture if we tried. If you want a peaceful, cosy New Year with just friends and family, why not do it right? Gather all ye’ vacation days and book a trip to one of these picturesque destinations to welcome in the new decade with some peace and tranquility.
New York, New York
No New Year’s eve list can begin without the mention of the glittering Big Apple. But don’t get caught in Time’s Square watching the ball drop surrounded by strangers in varying levels of sobriety. We were thinking of something less chaotic. Most places in Manhattan is surrounded by the Hudson, the East River, and the Atlantic Ocean and there’s no dearth of water-front parks and rooftops with sweeping views of the water reflecting the city of stars. So find yourself a spot in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, by the water overseeing the Manhattan skyline and ring in the new year in style.
Havelock, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
A hotspot for snorkeling, diving and exploring coral reefs, Gandhinagar beach is a secluded paradise for those looking to spend their year’s end eve by the ocean, away from the hustle bustle of beach-side partygoers.
Koh Phangan, Thailand
Have some freshly-caught grilled seafood for dinner in 2019, and go for a swim at dawn at Sunset Beach in 2020!
When you’re trying to keep the wine flowing to welcome the new year in high spirits, what better place than the heart of wine country? Food, spas, ski resorts, Burgundy will give you an evening of the simple joys, often irreplaceable.
Rann of Kutch, Gujarat
This white salt desert stands in contrast with the rest of colourful Gujarat. You can partake in the Rann Utsav, or have your own quiet festivities against the backdrop of one of India’s most unique landscapes.
Rood Creek Park, Georgia, USA
If you’d like an evening in nature that doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket, this is one of the few free campsites in the state of Georgia, a short drive away from the Providence State Park—better known as the Little Grand Canyon. Have a night around a bonfire with some bonhomie, food and drinks in tow. Don’t forget to bring your kayaks along as the clear waters of the lake make a perfect start to a perfect year.
Experience the Ganga in a different light with a trip to Rishikesh this New Year’s eve. Friends, family and the young roots of the holy river is all you need to facilitate an auspicious beginning to an auspicious year.
The land of chocolates and cheese already sounds like a great idea to start the new year, but Bern has something more to offer. Indulge in art, culture and the outdoors and take in the quiet charm of this little European gem.
Tornio, Finland, and Haparanda, Sweden
Set on two different time zones, and two different countries a short walk from each other, you get to share midnight’s kiss under the fireworks twice here!
Feel like royalty while ringing in the new year among the majestic palaces of Shekhawati. This desert town is full of tranquil charm to make your new year quintessentially you.
This gorgeous Mediterranean escape is exactly the R&R the doctor ordered this season. Beaches, coves, cliffs, food and drinks, we really have nothing left to add!
Clean beaches, blue waters, colourful corals, need we say more?
Queenstown, New Zealand
Be one of the first to welcome the new year in the second time zone in the world, nestled in the country’s beautiful landscapes.
Carriage ride your way through this historic town while drinking some ice wine this New Year’s eve for an off-beat celebration.
Ooty, Tamil Nadu
This popular honeymoon destination has all you need to make for the perfect New Year’s eve getaway. Rolling hills, chilly breeze, and cosy bakeries. Sounds pretty perfect to us.
Go to the theatre, attend concerts, and end the year with a magical experience of a lifetime with a star-filled night sky. If you’re lucky, you might even catch the heavens bursting in celebration with the Aurora Borealis.
Relax in the lap of nature with gorgeous waterfalls, mesmerising lakes, and the perfect escape from city life.
Mount Takao, Japan
Just an hour away from Tokyo by train, hike up Mount Takao for a glimpse of a glorious sun rising to welcome the new decade. Be a part of a festival to welcome the lights by local priests, and know true tranquility in their chants.
Hide out in a resort surrounded by powder-white snow and ski into the new decade this year!
Göhren, Rügen, Germany
Göhren is home to a unique New Year’s eve tradition known as “beach chair New Year,” where people simply relax on beach chairs by the ocean and watch the fireworks light up the sky.