1. Reykjavik, Iceland
Best things about it: Bonfires to warm up to in all the neighborhoods, bars are open till 5 a.m., and the Northern Lights blow any fireworks show out of the water.
2. Whistler Valley, British Columbia, Canada
Best things about it: A breathtaking landscape, skiing, and the awesome sight of fireworks reflected on the snow.
3. Byron Bay, Australia
Best things about it: Warm weather and beautiful beaches, The Falls Music & Arts Festival, and the bragging rights for being one of the first people in the world to see the sunrise in the New Year.
4. Marfa, Texas
Best things about it: Wide open spaces, great art, great people, peace and quiet with a great relaxed bar scene at night.
5. Chiang Mai, Thailand
Best things about it: Gorgeous architecture, warmer weather, and the once-in-a-lifetime sight of thousands of sky lanterns against a fireworks-lit sky.
6. Prague, Czech Republic
Best things about it: Evening river cruises, live music in the old town square, tasty winter food markets, and the fireworks aren’t too shabby, either.
7. Varkala, India
Best things about it: All the beauty and cultural delights of nearby Goa, without the crowds of tourists.
8. Savannah, Georgia
Best things about it: River boats, beautiful old homes available for vacation rentals, masquerade balls, oodles of Southern charm, all at an affordable price.
9. Bratislava, Slovakia
Best things about it: Famous fireworks display around the Bratislava Castle and a night of live music and other festivities starting off at midnight, when the city unofficially turns into “partyslava” for a few hours.
10. Cape Town, South Africa
Best things about it: The New Year’s Day carnival and Christmas band performances, and the breathtaking view from Table Mountain as the New Year dawns.
11. Taipei, Taiwan
Best things about it: The gigantic fireworks display from Taipei 101, the plentiful karaoke places, and the city concerts.
12. Punta del Este, Uruguay
Best things about it: The fireworks along several miles of the coast, beach parties, and mild weather.