There’s just a few weeks left in 2019 and then we’ll be starting a whole new decade. Can you believe it? It’s no surprise that many people are trying to find the best places for New Year’s Eve 2020. Technically, it’ll still be 2019, but you get the point! We’ll be here at home in Boise with all the kids watching the Idaho Potato Drop.
We’ve been here just three years, but I think back to the first time we saw it. We were filming the festivities with our phones, and we laughed so hard at that glowing potato that tears were streaming down our faces. Good times. Maybe in a few years, the youngest three will be big enough for us to go somewhere to ring in the new year. We kind of like being at home with them, though 🙂
If you’re one of the many who are looking for something a little more boisterous to do, we’ve got some ideas. WalletHub has released its report on 2019’s Best Places for New Year’s Eve Celebrations and it look pretty good to us! The majority of Americans spend up to $200 each on the occasion each year, but if you’re planning to travel, you’ll have to up your budget!
Best Cities for New Year’s Eve 2020
WalletHub compared the 100 biggest cities across 28 key metrics including the legality of fireworks to the weather forecast and average price of a New Year’s Eve party ticket. To view the full report and your city’s rank, check out the WalletHub website. There’s always so much useful information on there! In the meantime, here’s a list of the top 20 best places for New Year’s Eve 2019/2020:
- New York City
- Las Vegas
- San Diego
- Los Angeles
- San Francisco
- San Antonio
- New Orleans
I’ve got to say that I’ve been to most of these cities, and I can definitely see how they’d be great for New Year’s Eve. Still, I feel like New York is a little too crazy and cliché for me, but there are plenty of people who love it. While we were there recently, we saw cafés and restaurants advertising NYE tickets that provide meals as well as an incredible, indoor (warm!) view of Time Square. Pretty cool!
Countdown to 2020 — New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas
It might be third on the list, but my favorite place for any kind of celebration is Las Vegas. I’m heading there in February, as a matter of fact! One of my favorite places to stay is Planet Hollywood Casino & Resort, but for this upcoming trip, we’ll be staying at the LINQ.
Both properties are included in the Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas Resorts group, which is planning some pretty spectacular events for New Year’s Eve!
- Attend exclusive parties at the hotels.
- Countdown to 2020 with Christina Aguilera, Calvin Harris, Journey, Paula Abdul and more!
- Watch the fireworks with the best views from the High Roller Ferris Wheel, LINQ Zipline or Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck.
- Enjoy special New Year’s Eve dining at restaurants such as Giada at the Cromwell, Mr. Chow and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.
- Dance until the sun comes up at nightclubs including Drai’s, Omnia, and Chateau.
For more information or to purchase tickets and reserve packages, visit: NYEontheStrip.com. If you’re interested, we’d recommend booking as soon as possible because you don’t want to lose your spot! You’ll also want to check the site often for the latest on road closures and weather forecasts. Even if Vegas gets some freak snow storm, there’s still plenty to do indoors.
New Year’s Facts – Traditions, Spending & More
Here’s a little something just for fun. Have you ever been astonished by how much money and effort goes into New Year’s Eve celebrations? Even after spending so much during the holidays, people are still willing to splash out a little more cash on December 31st. Here are some interesting facts (more on the WalletHub site!) that you might not know about New Year’s Eve!
- $1.1 Billion – Estimated cost of New Year’s air travel, with at least 6.7 million people expected to pay an average of $165 for a round-trip ticket.
- 8 in 10 Americans – Spend less than $200 on New Year’s Eve.
- 45% of Americans plan to celebrate New Year’s Eve with family, and only 15% will attend public events or parties.
- $758 – Difference in the cost for a couple to enjoy dinner and a show on New Year’s Eve in the most expensive (New York) and least expensive (Philadelphia) cities.
- 360+ Million – Glasses of sparkling wine are drunk each New Year’s Eve.
- 17.1% of emergency room visits on New Year’s Eve are drug/alcohol related (most of any holiday).
- 49,900 – People get hurt in car crashes each New Year’s Eve Holiday.
- 0.094% – Average BAC on New Year’s Eve, making it the most drunken night of the year.
- 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February, with 22% of Americans admitting that their 2019 resolutions were the same as their 2018 goals.
Tips for Fun (But Safe!) New Year’s Eve
We want you to have the time of your life on New Year’s Eve. After all, we’re celebrating a whole new beginning across the world. It’s pretty magical, and it’s easy to get carried away. As we welcome 2020, the most important thing is that you stay safe, no matter where you are. Here are some tips having a safe and happy New Year’s Eve:
- Have a plan: Know exactly where you’re going and who you’re meeting to avoid confusion on one of the busiest days of the year. The last thing you want is to get to Times Square and not be able to find your friends. Choose a spot where people will meet if you get separated.
- Be phone smart: When big crowds gather, it can be hard to get reception on your phone. You’re also going to be using it a lot to coordinate with people and take pictures. We suggest bringing a portable WiFi device and power bank to stay connected and keep your battery charged.
- Stay warm and comfortable: Even if you’re traveling to the Vegas desert, check the weather so that you can dress appropriately. We all want to look cute when we’re partying, but when you’ve been standing in freezing temperatures for five hours, you might regret the high heels and miniskirt.
- Talk to your hotel: If you’re traveling, talk to your hotel about any additional security measures they are putting in place for New Year’s Eve. Some properties may close certain areas or limit access to guests only — especially if they are close to the action.
- Prepare for your recovery: After a night of celebrating, you might need to recover. Stash some Tylenol or Advil in your purse or pocket, and stock up on items you might need the morning after. Ginger ale and Gatorade come to mind, but you might even enjoy starting the new year with a massage.