Three couple with sparklers enjoying New Year's Eve outdoor party in the city street at night and with a lot of lights on background.

Top 9 Cities in the U.S. to Visit for New Year’s Eve

Every New Year’s Eve, the world gathers to celebrate the end of an old year and the beginning of a new year full of new opportunities. This celebration is especially memorable when you visit a city that celebrates New Year’s Eve in style. 

Below, we’ve collected our favorite cities in the U.S. to visit on New Year’s Eve. They are located across the United States, so you have options no matter where you live or where you want to visit. Whether you travel to these cities or you are lucky enough to call one of them home, you will enjoy fabulous celebrations and an exciting start to the new year! 

New York City, New York 

New York City is full of big lights, large parties, and an endless supply of good cheer. There are hundreds of parties and events throughout the city and countless places to eat and celebrate with your friends and family.  

Also, you can always gather in Times Square to watch the Time’s Square Ball Drop with millions of people. The Ball Drop is viewed by hundreds of millions of people all over the world, so New

York City is truly a top destination for anyone who wants to be at the center of it all.  

Chicago skyline on the night

Chicago 

The Windy City is the perfect place to celebrate if you want a classic night out. There are lots of hotel packages available to make your stay all-inclusive, and the nightlife of Chicago roars with a special fervor on New Year’s Eve. There are firework shows throughout the city, so you have the option to watch from most anywhere.  

Plus, this is a great city for families to visit. Throughout the day, you can busy yourself with museums and parks, and then enjoy celebrating New Year’s Eve safely from a towering hotel room or out at the Navy Pier. Whether you’re enjoying the holiday alone or with a family, Chicago is a great place to be.  

Denver, Colorado 

Colorado offers some of the most stunning landscapes the U.S. has to offer. This is especially true in the winter, when the mountains are frosted with snow and the slopes are cascading blankets of white.  

Denver offers a great central location for anyone wanting to spend more time outdoors for New Year’s Eve. There are nearby ski slopes in almost every direction, and you are in constant company with the towering Rocky Mountains to the west. And, when you’re done with your snowy adventures, you can enjoy the culture of a major, international city. So, for a unique blend of both urban and outdoor excitement, try spending your New Year’s Eve in Denver, Colorado! 

Los Angeles, California 

Los Angeles knows how to party. It is a sprawling city lit with lights, blazing live music, and teeming with excitement and a flare for the dramatic. The diversity of Los Angeles guarantees that anyone can have a memorable holiday. 

Of course, there is an endless list of clubs and restaurants for those who want to celebrate with a crowd of carefree partiers. But there are also quiet, secluded places around the edges of the city to celebrate New Year’s Eve.  Climb to the hills outside the city for a view of the hustle and bustle from afar or go to the beaches to watch the waves roll in at midnight. No matter what you’re looking for, Los Angeles has it. 

fireworks for a national holiday in DallasDallas, Texas 

Part of one of the biggest metroplexes in the United States, the Dallas/Fort Worth area offers an endless supply of places to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Dallas is one of the best places to visit if you’re looking to grab an enjoyable meal and then head out to party for the night.  

If you’re looking for a coordinated celebration, you can head to Victory Park to enjoy live music and fireworks! The party goes from early in the evening to past midnight. And, if you want more than that, you can always find one of the many other districts that will be celebrating long after midnight. 

Orlando, Florida 

Orlando is one of the hottest New Year’s Eve destination in the United States. Incredible weather gives everyone a break from the winter cold, and the iconic Walt Disney World offer the best entertainment available to celebrate. 

Here, the December and January averages are in the 70s, so you can get a break from the cold if you are visiting from the north. The city itself lights up with the buzz of New Year’s Eve. And, if you want to give your family a New Year’s Eve spectacle they will never forget, go to Walt Disney World. At the end of the night, when the clock strikes midnight, they put on one of the most amazing fireworks displays you’ve ever scene. 

Las Vegas, Nevada 

This city is already a non-stop party all-year-round, but that doesn’t keep Las Vegas from appearing on this list. Every single restaurant, hotel, casino, and club goes all-out to give the most vibrant New Year’s Eve spectacle possible. The music line-up throughout the night at each venue is unbelievable, and the cacophony of sound and color is unlike anywhere else in the US. 

The Las Vegas strip closes to traffic and a block party ensues for the entire night. Fireworks, neon lights, and crowds of hundreds of thousands of people help make this one of the most spectacular places to celebrate New Year’s Eve. 

Atlanta, Georgia 

For those that want to experience something new, Atlanta’s Peach Drop might be exactly what you’re looking for. Atlanta’s take on the New York icon is an 800-pound peach lowered over the historic Underground Atlanta, a shopping and entertainment district in Five Points.  

One of the largest cities in the south, Atlanta also has plenty of other events to offer. Live music, light shows, tons of public and private parties, and family friendly events like ice skating and concerts can be found throughout the city. For a new take on New Year’s Eve, check out Atlanta! 

Nashville, Tennessee 

Nashville is one of the music capitals of America, so they know how to celebrate New Year’s Eve the right way. There are concerts and live music throughout the city all night, and most of the clubs and event spaces put on private parties that are perfect for a swanky New Year’s Eve date. 

The Nashville food scene blows up on New Year’s Eve. It is already a city worth visiting for the food alone, but they know how to turn it up for the holiday. A countless array of local restaurants put on special New Year’s Eve meals that provide a unique experience for anyone that wants to celebrate the holiday with class. 

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