Top 10 destinations for New Year's Eve

Fed up with sitting on the couch to watch the New Year's Eve ball in New York's Times Square drop on the stroke of midnight? Join in on the fun!

Yahoo Travel has come up with a list of the top 10 New Year's Eve destinations based on hotel searches on its website by people who want to hit the road to ring in 2008.

Here is Yahoo Travel's list of the top 10 most popular New Years Eve destinations:

1. Las Vegas, USA
Las Vegas bills itself as the world's party capital and on New Year's it hold back no stops. With The Strip filled with revelers, fireworks explode over the hotels and the casinos are packed. The showrooms are filled with entertainers including magician David Copperfield and The Doobie Brothers while nightclubs are hosting a list of celebrities such as Paris and Nicky Hilton and Britney Spears' ex-husband Kevin Federline.

2. New York, USA
On New Year's Eve, hundreds of thousands of revelers crowd Times Square for the famous ball drop from the top of one of the neon-lit buildings which has been a tradition dating back to 1906. Get there early – and don't expect to be able to leave until the party really is over.

3. Boston, USA
First Night 2008 offers a list of events with New Year's Eve activities taking place from 1pm to midnight on Monday, Dec 31 at over 40 indoor and outdoor venues. Popular attractions include a Family Festival at the Hynes Convention Centre, gigantic ice sculptures, a fireworks display, and a Mardi-Gras style procession that sweeps through the streets of Boston.

4. Orlando, USA
Trust Walt Disney not to miss a party. The Walt Disney World Resort rings in 2008 with street parties, longer hours and fireworks galore.

5. Paris, France
Pack a bottle of champagne and some plastic champagne flutes to join the crowds along the Champs Elysees from where you can get a good view of the Eiffel Tower as it explodes in light at the stroke of midnight while other fireworks explode around the city.

6. Cancun, Mexico
For people who love sun, dancing and a lively crowd, Cancun is billed as a top destination for New Year's Eve.

7. Miami, USA
As Miami grows in popularity as a vacation destination, it is becoming a party city at all times of year. A major benefit is the weather outside can be as warm as the party inside.

8. Honolulu, Hawaii
Enjoy a warm celebration in Honolulu where most hotels host big parties.

9. Manila, Philippines
Manila ushers in the New Year with a bang, quite literally, and with parties everywhere. Firecrackers and fireworks begin on New Year's Eve and continue over midnight with the noise, based on Chinese belief, supposed to drive off evil spirits and bring in good luck.

10. Sydney, Australia
New Year's Eve on Sydney Harbour is a spectacular event with boats galore out on the water and crowds holding picnics around the water waiting for the 12 minutes of intense fireworks at midnight. This year audiences will get a display involving 30 000 effects, six barges located across the harbour, eight City buildings and, of course, the famous arches and roadways of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Where are you planning to spend your New Years? Tell us in the comment box below.

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