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Best Places for New Year's

Times Square in New York City is synonymous with New Year celebrations. But here’s a little secret that’s not so secret: it’s not very enjoyable. It’s unbelievably crowded, it’s cold, it’s expensive, good luck finding a bathroom, and even after enduring all of these indignities, you still might not have a view of the ball drop.

However, since New York is a given, let’s turn to the cities spanning the rest of the globe that are earning reputations for hosting fetes that aren’t too shabby.

Whether you like your year-end fireworks with a side of debauchery, rock and roll, tradition, religion, as a family affair, or perhaps you’re seeking some combination of the above, there are world-class celebrations that may be up your alley.

So, which cities provide excellent celebration destinations for New Year’s fun-seekers? Click ahead to find out.

By Colleen Kane
Posted 7 Dec 2010

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