Each year in early December, between holiday get-togethers and endless to-do lists, there’s one inevitable question that arises that’s always tough to answer—what should we do for New Year’s Eve? This year, jet off somewhere exciting and ring in the new year with Inspirato Pass. We’ve chosen New Year’s celebrations worthy of your bucket list in three Pass destinations around the world, perfect for ushering in 2020.
Be one of the last in the world to ring in the new year when visiting London. The Thames lights up with a grand fireworks spectacle along the Victoria Embarkment and South Bank areas, with fireworks launching from river barges and the London Eye. Although tickets sell out fast in the official staging area, you can take in superb views of the dazzling display from free spots like Primrose Hill and Greenwich Park. The streets of London are flooded with the peal of the bells from Big Ben and the clock tower at the Palace of Westminster, which chime to ring in the new year at the stroke of midnight.
The Dutch take on the new year with an invigorating ritual. The annual New Year’s Dive is a tradition in which brave men, women, and children take a short but icy dip into the North Sea on New Year’s Day. Thousands of swimmers travel to Zandvoort ann Zee, half an hour from Amsterdam, to jump into the freezing water. The tradition began in Zandvoort in 1960 with a small yet courageous crowd; now, over 51,000 people across the Netherlands take the annual plunge.
The city of Amsterdam also offers warmer annual traditions. Enjoy the Dutch classic dessert oliebollen—deep-fried dough balls—paired with champagne. Kop van Java, a scenic location along the waterfront, is the perfect spot in Amsterdam to watch celebratory fireworks displays.
A thriving Pacific Northwest metropolis tucked between Puget sound and the lush Cascade mountains, Seattle offers memorable and family-friendly New Year’s celebrations. Fairmont Olympic Hotel, a Forbes Four-Star resort located in downtown Seattle, makes a perfect home base for the festivities. During the day, take a short stroll to Pike Place, Puget Sound, and Pier 57.
The largest New Year’s Eve celebrations take place at the Seattle Center—New Year’s Eve at the Needle, the city’s most jampacked New Year’s celebration, is worth it to watch the fireworks shoot off from the top of the Space Needle. And for an earlier night, families with younger children may enjoy the Imagine Children’s Museum offers a New Year’s Eve Pajama Party, with its own New Year’s ball drop at 9 p.m.