If you haven’t made plans for New Year’s Eve, check out our top five cities to spend the last hours of 2018 and the first few of 2019!  From the shores of the good ole US of A to the heart of France, this list is sure to have you singing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ in no time!

#1 New York City, New York

New York City—the metropolis of metropolises—is perhaps the most important city in the world.  Renowned for its cultural multiplicity, lively theatre scene, innovative architecture, and more, the Big Apple is . . . well . . . BIG in every sense of the word.  And as if it couldn’t get any bigger, this major U.S. city is home to the largest New Year’s Eve celebration in the world!

Having received its name after the New York Times moved its headquarters there in 1904, Times Square (formerly known as Longacre Square) has become the epicenter of NYC, especially on New Year’s Eve.  From its famous ball-drop to its plethora of star-studded concerts, and mouth-dropping firework display, it’s no wonder why this gargantuan end-of-the-year bash is witnessed in person by more than one million people and an additional one billion people around the globe via televisual airwave.  So, if you’re up for a late night in the City that Never Sleeps and are willing freeze your tushy off, get to NYC this New Year’s Eve and knock something off your 2018 AND 2019 bucket lists! 

LGBT-friendly hotels in NYC: 11 Howard, Hotel Indigo Brooklyn, Hudson New York, Arlo SoHo, and Arlo NoMad

#2 Paris, France

According to Audrey Hepburn, “Paris is always a good idea.” So, say bonjour to the City of Lights this New Year’s Eve, and experience a celebration unlike anything you’ve experienced before!  Venture toward the Arc de Tiomphe and join the official New Year’s Eve party on the Champs-Élysées, where you will be inspired by a spectacular midnight light show.  Or—if you prefer—check out the not-so-official festivities lining the Champ de Mars, as you bask in the glory of the landmark of landmarks: THE Eifel Tower.  If you want to be a little less mainstream, just wander over to the world-famous and wonderfully eclectic Moulin Rouge, where you will be dazzled by talented cabaret performances, feather and jewel embellished costumes, and more!  But no matter what you choose to do in Paris, you can’t go wrong.

LGBT-friendly hotels in Paris: Hotel Bel Ami and Novotel Paris Les Halles

#3 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Dreaming of July this December?  If you find yourself craving a dose of sunshine and a dip in the pool, Buenos Aires is the city for you!  From the overabundance of street parties to the host of rooftop pool fiestas, there is nothing quite like starting the next trip around the sun in your bikini, right?  In need of a little time on the dance floor?  No worries!  If your hips are achin’ to get to shakin’, journey deep into city’s lively nightlife.  But whatever you do, just make sure to not have too much fun!

LGBT-friendly hotels in Buenos Aires: Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel & Convention Center

#4 London, England

Set your eyes on the London Eye on New Year’s and join the masses along the banks of the River Thames as you marvel at what could very well be the most enchanting New Year’s Eve fireworks display in the world!  Due to the growing popularity of this event, however, it is important to note that you will need a ticket.  So, if discover yourself unable to snatch one up, don’t worry!  There are countless other ways to witness the all the glitzy grandeur!  For example, make plans to attend the highly anticipated Southbank Centre’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular and explore five floors festive delights, as well as a first-class view of London’s fireworks from the various outdoor spaces. And if you consider fireworks to be “so 2017,” shatter the mold and hit the streets to uncover the city’s energetic nightlife, including a dynamic gay scene.  For a New Year’s Eve as big as Big Ben himself, get to London today!

LGBT-friendly hotels in London: The Chesterfield Mayfair, The Montague on the Gardens, The Milestone Hotel, and The Rubens at the Palace

#5 Miami, Florida

Bringing it back home for our last—but certainly not least—favorite New Year’s destination, it’s time to travel to Miami, THE place to be gay on New Year’s Eve!  Bursting with a vast range of bars, nightclubs, and bashes galore—not to mention its series of rooftop gatherings, concerts, and innumerable opportunities to show off your karaoke skills—this hot little melting pot by the sea is the ultimate party! So, make like the birds and head south for the winter, because there’s no place like Miami to ring in 2019!

LGBT-friendly hotels in Miami: Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay, Element Miami Doral, Aloft Miami Doral, and The Gates Hotel South Beach

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