When ringing in the new year, its important to do so in a place that is special and that makes the evening a memorable one. According to Big 7 Travel, the Mother City is one of the best places in the world to do so.

The online publication listed the 50 best places across the globe to do your countdown, and was compiled by 1.5-million readers who voted on the places they would most like to celebrate New Year’s Eve, while taking into account each city’s festivities and awards for the final ranking.

At this point, it comes as no surprise that Cape Town made it into the top 10, for our high level of festive cheers as well as our bustling V&A Waterfront which is described as “brimming with magic and wonder well into the New Year”.

Among our best celebratory attributes are the live performances on offer, fun characters to behold, delicious food and all the colour and light waiting to be enjoyed.

Cape Town outranked destinations such as Edinburgh, Bali, Stockholm and even Dubai, proving that we truly are one of the best locations in the world to welcome a new year.

Here’s the rest of the top 10:

10. Cape Town, South Africa

9. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

8. Prague, Czech Republic

7. San Juan, Puerto Rico

6. Vancouver, Canada

5. Valparaíso, Chile

4. New York City, USA

3. Sydney, Australia

2. Koh Phangan, Thailand

1. Reykjavik, Iceland

We may not have scooped top spot this year, but the Mother City’s festive and celebratory offering is increasing at an impressive rate. By next year or the year after Reykjavik may get a run for its money for the best destination in the world to ramp up to the new year, even though it already has the top spot in our hearts.

Also read: New Years events in Cape Town

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