Best Place to Ring in the New Year (2017)


Gather up your friends and family and head to one of these 10 American cities to ring in 2018 with ball drops, fireworks shows and all night parties. Which New Year's Eve destination is at the top of your list?

  • Nashville


    Music City's NYE bash at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park is free and open to the public, with headlining acts like Keith Urban, Maren Morris and Cheap Trick performing as crowds await the dropping of the giant music note and fireworks to ring in the new year.
    Photo courtesy of Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp

  • Santa Fe

    Santa Fe
    New Mexico

    Santa Fe hosts a truly New Mexican New Year's Eve party on Santa Fe Plaza each year, with piñon bonfires, hot chocolate and biscochitos, local live music and the raising of a Zia symbol at the stroke of midnight. 
    Photo courtesy of iStock / photoBeard

  • Key West

    Key West

    Quirky Key West throws an equally quirky party for the New Year, which includes four New Year's Eve drops–a conch shell at Sloppy Joe's Bar, a red high heel carrying the diva Sushi at Bourbon St. Pub, a key lime wedge at Ocean Key Resort & Spa and a pirate wench at Salute Key West. 
    Photo courtesy of AP Photo/The Key West Citizen, Rob O'Neal

  • New York

    New York
    New York

    Each December 31, more than a million people pack into Times Square to spot celebrities, watch the iconic ball drop, see fireworks explore overhead and get showered in some 2,000 pounds of confetti. More than a billion people across the globe tune in on TV as the world bids farewell to one year and hello to another. 
    Photo courtesy of NYC & Company / Julienne Schaer

  • Las Vegas

    Las Vegas

    For those who like their NYE parties on the crazy side, it doesn't get much better than Las Vegas. The entire Strip shuts down to traffic and becomes one giant party with 300,000 revelers counting down to midnight, when the iconic lineup of casinos launches a choreographed fireworks display. 
    Photo courtesy of AP Photo/John Locher

  • San Antonio

    San Antonio

    San Antonio's iconic River Walk sets the stage for the city's annual New Year's Eve celebration, where shops, restaurants, bars and galleries stay open late as revelers enjoy fireworks, live music and parties.
    Photo courtesy of

  • Orlando


    What's more magical than ringing in the New Year with fireworks? Ringing it in with fireworks over Cindarella's Castle! Disney, Universal and SeaWorld parks stay open late for midnight fireworks, while grownups can head to adults-only parties at Universal CityWalk, International Drive or several Disney properties. 
    Photo courtesy of Kent Phillips, photographer

  • Lake Tahoe

    Lake Tahoe
    California and Nevada

    Lake Tahoe plays host to numerous NYE events, including the popular Heavenly Holidays New Year's Eve Celebration which culminates in a gondola ball drop at midnight. Several resorts host fireworks, including Squaw Valley, Northstar and Mt. Rose, and the 21+ crowd can head to parties like the Squaw Valley Prom or Crystal Bay Club Casino NYE in Tahoe.
    Photo courtesy of nate bolt / Flickr

  • Honolulu


    New Year's Eve has a tropical twist in Honolulu, where revelers can take part in the festivities of a beachfront luau or watch fireworks explode over Waikiki Beach from a cruise. The Aloha Tower Marketplace hosts a big NYE bash, complete with food trucks, fireworks and live music on multiple stages.
    Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson

  • New Orleans

    New Orleans

    The people of NOLA know how to party, and New Year's Eve is no exception. Jackson Square is the center of the action, where crowds gather for live music as they await the fleur-de-lis drop and fireworks show above the Mighty Mississippi. The clubs of Bourbon Street and the French Quarter keep the party going well into the early morning hours, while restaurants around town host reveillon dinners.
    Photo courtesy of Bart Everson / Flickr


We asked our readers to vote for their favorites, and here are the results.

The top 10 winners in the category Best Place to Ring in the New Year are as follows:

  1. Nashville
  2. Santa Fe
  3. Key West
  4. New York
  5. Las Vegas
  6. San Antonio
  7. Orlando
  8. Lake Tahoe
  9. Honolulu
  10. New Orleans

Congratulations to all these winning destinations. Where will you be welcoming 2018? 

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