Break tradition: Celebrate the New Year in a unique way

By: Jennifer Pretty Dec 25, 2012
New Year 2013

Wasn’t it just a few months ago that we were getting ready for the holidays and thinking about ringing in 2012? Where did the year go? Well, never mind about pondering that philosophical question because it’s here and that’s that. But frankly, what’s of much more concern is, what am I going to do this New Year’s Eve? I had planned on doing what we usually do – celebrate with close friends and family. You too? Well, here are more extravagant, off the wall places to spend New Year’s Eve.

New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas, Baby!

Seriously, other than travelling to New York City’s Time Square, is there anything that screams the epitome of New Year’s Eve more than going to the tackiest and glitziest place on earth? I think not! Along the strip, all the major hotels shoot off fireworks at the exact same time, so even if you aren’t inside watching a performance by a musician, comedian, magician or Cirque du Soleil, you are fêted with fireworks the way only Las Vegas can display them!

The Year of the Dragon

For those who celebrate the Lunar New Year, their calendar follows the phases of the moon, vs. revolutions of the earth around the sun. Although it is celebrated by most Asians, many people refer to it as the Chinese New Year. What attracts me are the elaborate costumes, fireworks and the parades in the streets. This year Lunar New Year falls on January 23 and it is the year of the Dragon. Extra points if you actually go to Hong Kong to celebrate!

Put the Sizzle Back inYour Winter

Why not get your party on and go to a hot climate to ring in the New Year? Can you honestly think of a sexier place to spend the New Year than Rio de Janerio? I have always wanted to go for Carnival but I’d “settle” for Rio on New Year’s Eve. Can you picture yourself celebrating with over 2 million of your closest friends from around the globe? Festivals, dancing in the streets, eating exotic food and all of this while in a costume are just a few reasons to spend New Year's in Rio.

If travelling the globe isn’t in your budget, check out the diversity in your own backyard. Ask around and see what’s going on in the various neighbourhoods in your city or the next one over.

Whatever you do, wherever you go, and I don’t mean to sound like a public service announcement, please don’t drink and drive! See you next year!


Until next time,

Peace, love and vitamin C!


Jennifer Pretty began her career as the director of artist development for a well-known Canadian music label. Branching out on her own, she then started her own PR business “Pretty Media Management” planning and hosting various charity, entertainment and fashion events. As a dance and fitness class enthusiast Jennifer is a firm believer in the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle. She also loves to cook, travel, spend time with family and friends and most importantly living life to the fullest!