10 Spots for New Year's Eve 2006
Germany: Party into the Wee Hours
Open End is the oddly named New Year’s Party
that stretches nearly two miles long, past the Brandenburg
Gate. More than a million people turn out for a
night of celebration featuring international music
stars and a roster of DJs. Choose among the eight
party tents and three stages for live bands, and
take in the action on eight super-sized video screens.
Look for the light and laser shows and, of course,
midnight fireworks. And don’t worry about
this evening ending too early: Berlin has a well-earned reputation as a party city, so
the music and dancing will go on until the wee hours.
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Fireworks Spectacular Down Under
sites around the city offer perfect views of a pair
of fireworks spectaculars, one at 9:15 p.m., and
the other at midnight, both with booming soundtracks
of contemporary music. Take in the shows at any
of half a dozen or more sites, but look to Birrarung
Marr park for al fresco movies (from "Ghostbusters"
to "Men in Black") and bands for the younger
crowd, and Federation Square for world music performances
by Latin and African bands.
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Hawaii, USA: Aloha Spirit Meets New Year’s
Aloha Tower Marketplace offers waterfront dining
and live entertainment as well as front row views
of the city’s midnight fireworks spectacular
over Honolulu Harbor. It’s the perfect night
to sample traditional Japanese New Year’s
foods, including ozoni (mochi soup) and kuromame (black beans with chestnuts),
whether at a restaurant in the Marketplace, or from
a street vendor nearby. Afterwards, observe the
Japanese tradition of visiting a Shinto shrine after
midnight on New Year’s Eve to express gratitude
for blessings of the past and to pray for guidance
and protection for the New Year.
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Bahia, Brazil: Get Down With Your Inner
to the beaches with tens of thousands of locals
and tourists, and remember to dress in white
and bring flowers. Reveillon (New Year’s
Eve) also serves as a time to honor Iemanjá,
the Goddess of the Sea and Mother of the Waters,
so heave your flowers into the water and make
a wish. If they are pulled out to sea, Iemanjá
will grant your wish. Move to the Farol da Barra,
a picturesque old lighthouse, for performances
by some of Brazil’s top musicians in a
party that goes on for hours. Or join the festivities
in Boa Viagem, near the beach at Itapagipe,
for the Festa do Senhor Bom Jesus dos Navegantes,
where the ship Gratidao do Povo (Gratitude of
the People) carries an image of the saint into
the ocean, followed by dozens of other boats.
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Rico: Sea-labrate Aboard a Cruise Ship
on the Regent Seven Seas Navigator,
and you’ll spend New Year’s Eve
at sea as the ship departs San Juan, Puerto
Rico, at 11 p.m., heading for the capital
of the Virgin Islands, Charlotte Amalie on
St. Thomas. The luxurious Navigator, which
has a maximum capacity of less than 500 guests,
hosts its own party, a “Black and White”
New Year’s Eve, with black and white
formal attire, live music, dancing and a midnight Champagne toast.
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USA: Fireworks And Fun at the Space Needle
up and down the 605-foot-tall Space Needle will
serve as a launch site for hundreds of fireworks.
The midnight extravaganza, choreographed to
music, is free to the public and can be seen
for miles around this Seattle landmark. But for a close-up experience, watch
from inside at a pair of parties, one on the
Observation Deck ($125 per person) with a funk
band, the other at SkyCity at the Needle ($250
per person) with a six-course gourmet meal.
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A "Whale" of a Year
may seem like a relic of childhood, but not
at the Vancouver Aquarium, where you'll ring in the New Year
with 70,000 of your closest animal friends.
Activities include an exclusive behind-the-scenes
tour and a special late-night aquatic show featuring
a shark dive and beluga whales. A gourmet dinner
buffet kicks off the evening, and don't even
think about leaving before the lavish breakfast
the next morning.
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The Most Romantic New Year’s in Europe
a midnight waltz high above the Danube this
New Year’s Eve on board the restored Majestic
Imperator luxury train in Vienna.
Enjoy the city by night—and by rail—as
you’re treated to a formal black tie dinner
followed by a New Year’s Ball. During
the last moments of 2006, the train will come
to a stop on a bridge over the famed river to
allow guests to view the city’s magnificent
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See The Nation’s Capital in a New Light
from your perch aboard the Spirit of Washington as fireworks explode over the Potomac River
in a scene that calls to mind "the bombs
bursting in air" from the country's National
Anthem. Guests of this historic waterfront cruise
will enjoy dining, dancing, live entertainment
and splendid views of the nation's capital in
a patriotic setting.
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