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Travel experts reveal best places to see in the New Year

Large TownTravel experts Lonely Planet have revealed the best places to see in the New Year, which include Las Palmas, Hangzhou and New Orleans.

Compiled by the largest travel guide book publisher in the world, the list covers seven of the hottest destinations, ranging from glitzy rooftop parties in Australia to the wild carnivals on the streets in the Bahamas.

The list of the hottest destinations starts off with Matera, Italy, which is expected to become the European Capital of Culture in 2019.

A range of open-air celebrations and festivals, as well as some draw-dropping scenery, make this the perfect place to see in the New Year.

There is also the Presepe Narrante Di Matera, a live nativity scene spread over three miles, which features 150 costumed performers.

Next on the list is New Orleans, USA, as live music and its party atmosphere in Jackson Square bring a unique flavour to the celebrations.

Additionally, the St Louis Cathedral serves as the ideal backdrop for an impressive firework display over the Mississippi River.

Unsurprisingly, there are two Australian cities that made the list – Sydney and Melbourne – who both offer exciting new year experiences.

Sydney is widely seen as the golden child for New Year's Eve in Australia, due to the assets located on Sydney Harbour, whilst the arrival of midnight introduces an eruption of pyrotechnics from no less than seven barges dotted along the harbour.

As for Melbourne, any one of the city’s renowned rooftop bars makes the perfect destination to take in some fireworks and catch some picturesque views.

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, also featured on the list, where travellers can converge with locals on the marvellous city beach Playa de las Canteras to see fireworks light up the sky.

Nassau, the Bahamas, is in a class of its own for New Year's Eve parties in the Caribbean, according to the travel experts at Lonely Planet.

Junkanoo is the Bahamas’ biggest, flashiest street carnival, and while it takes place multiple times a year, the largest celebrations happen on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Hangzhou, China, finishes the list, with its idyllic scenery seen as the perfect setting for those looking for a peaceful way to see in 2017.

If you’re thinking of travelling abroad this year, be sure to organise your worldwide travel insurance in advance

Date Created: 21 December 2016

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