7. New York City: One of a Kind
The Times Square celebration is synonymous with Best Places to Celebrate New Year’s Eve. If you want to be a part of the classic ball drop, you’ll have to get your 2016 started early and bring warm clothes so you can stand around for hours thinking (or drinking) your 2015 away. There are performances on the two stages, starting at 6 p.m., when the ball gets lit. One Direction, Macklemore, and Taylor Swift are among the dozen performers scheduled before the fireworks later that night. If navigating the 1 million-person crowd sounds like a lot of work, you can also go to virtually any club or restaurant in the city. The next morning, jump into the freezing water off Coney Island to get your 2016 started off with a splash.