December 19, 2011 17:07 ET Gets Ready for 2012 With Its Top 10 Places to See in the New Year

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA--(Marketwire - Dec 19, 2011) - As the New Year creeps upon us,, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, sets its sights around the world to discover how 2012 will be greeted in places like Germany, Las Vegas, Venice, New York and right here in Sydney, among many other iconic destinations.

"One of the best things about New Year's Eve is getting a glimpse of the celebrations from every corner of the world," says Oonagh Shiel, senior editor for "From dramatic fireworks displays to fun local traditions, various cities around the world each have their take on this festive holiday."

"We've picked our favourite spots for ringing in 2012," adds Shiel. "These are all great places that, while fun to watch on the telly, offer a new level of experience to those joining the revelry in person."

Here we explore five of Cheapflights' Top 10 New Year's celebrations around the world:


It's one of the iconic sights, fireworks fizzing and popping off the Harbour Bridge. If you are planning to see in 2012 in Sydney you'll need to pick your spot carefully -- unless you've already paid hundreds of dollars to be in the Sydney Opera Bar that is. The most popular places to view the sight -- on the south side of the harbour -- are Mrs Macquarie's Point, Sydney Opera House and Macquarie Street Lawns. To the north, Cremorne Point Reserve and Bradfield Park are the good, free places. Turn up as early as you can; sardines have nothing on these crowds on the 31st. Search and compare cheap flights to Sydney.

Las Vegas

America's Party takes place on The Strip. The sky-bleaching firework spectacular -- more than 56,000 explosions will light up the Nevada sky for nearly ten minutes -- will launch from the roofs of Caesars Palace, the MGM Grand, Aria, Tropicana, Planet Hollywood, Treasure Island, the Stratosphere and The Venetian. The four-mile stretch will be closed from about 6pm, turning the usually car-clogged area to a huge pedestrian mall. Another way to see in 2012 in Vegas is at the Fremont Street Experience, where tribute bands such as Led Zepagain, Fan Halen and Red Not Chili Peppers, will rock away the night. Search and compare cheap flights to Las Vegas.

New York City

While the rest of the world gets ready to watch the Waterford Crystal ball drop in Times Square, another tradition catches our eye. The Emerald Nuts Midnight Run takes place in Central Park in the final hour of the year. Registration is open until 26 December so there is still time to enter the fun run, but being a cheerful spectator is free. As the runners make their way around the 4m track, fireworks light up the night sky and afterwards the Nuts and their supporters party their way into 2012. Search and compare cheap flights to New York City.


There's a huge party at Brandenburg Gate on Silvester (the feast of Pope St. Sylvester), but in homes across Germany an altogether quieter tradition -- Bleigiessen -- is practised. A small piece of lead is melted, in a special spoon, over a candle, and when molten, it is dropped into a glass of cold water. The form it takes foretells what the new year will bring for that person -- an egg shapes means an addition to the family, a triangle means your fortunes will prosper, an angel means that good will come your way. Search and compare cheap flights to Germany.


The Lagoon City is as magical on New Year's Eve as you'd expect. Venetians and visitors gather in the centre on St. Mark's Square, in the shadow of the bell tower, to see in the new year. By kissing someone. Love in Piazza San Marco has been running for the past few years, beefing up the city's credentials as one of the great capitals of love. The next day, headache worn off, hardy souls head to the beach near to the old Hotel des Bains for the chilly Polar Bear Swim. Search and compare cheap flights to Venice.

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