Las Vegas Takes One of the Top Spots for Best NYE Celebrations
Times Square stands out as one of the most popular choices for ringing in the new year in the U.S., but it can also be one of the pricier options. Many destinations across the country tend to raise their prices when large crowds gather for major events, particularly affecting hotel rates. To identify the most suitable cities for a New Year’s Eve celebration, WalletHub analyzed the 100 largest cities, considering 26 key indicators that contribute to a memorable event. These factors range from the legality of fireworks to nightlife options per capita, food affordability, and the forecasted precipitation for December 31.
The best cities for New Year’s Eve
Las Vegas clinched the fourth position in the rankings. The analysis revealed that Las Vegas has the highest number of nightlife options per capita. However, in terms of the cost of three-star hotel rooms, the city registers as one of the most expensive.
Other Nevada cities are featured in the list, including Reno at number 28, Henderson at number 65, and North Las Vegas at the 100th spot towards the bottom of the ranking.
Earning the top spot is Orlando, recognized not only for its New Year’s Eve festivities but also as a consistently favored destination during the holiday season. According to the ranking, Orlando excels in various aspects, including nightlife options and the availability of affordable restaurants rated 4.5 stars or higher.
The city has some of the longest fireworks displays in the country, and the allowance of consumer fireworks adds an extra layer of celebration. Additionally, Orlando leads in the number of party supply stores and holds the second-highest concentration of gourmet specialty food stores per capita.
Completing the top 5 are San Diego, CA (2), New York, NY (3), and Atlanta, GA (5). Despite New York City’s renowned ball drop event, the study emphasizes that celebrations in the city are notably less affordable compared to the top two cities.
For a detailed view of how other cities performed, check out the complete list here.