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Cape Town has secured a coveted spot on a prestigious list of the top 50 global destinations to celebrate New Year’s Eve 2023! And we made the top 12!!!!


Global (21 December 2023) – As the calendar pages flip towards the end of December, anticipation is building for that magical night when we bid farewell to the old year and welcome the new.

This year, Cape Town has earned itself a sparkling spot on Big 7 Travel’s coveted list of the Best Places to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in 2023. And it’s not just a fleeting mention; it’s a spot in the top 12, beating illustrious locations like Dubai, Dublin, and Las Vegas.

Big 7 Travel says that its methodology is robust, combining feedback from its social audience of 1.5 million with fresh, exhilarating events on the horizon. They considered affordability, the grandeur of events, and the diversity of entertainment. And Cape Town? It shines brightly across all these criteria.

Why Cape Town?

Well, when it comes to welcoming the New Year, Cape Town knows how to pull out all the stops. The city becomes a kaleidoscope of colour, sound, and jubilation. From lighting up iconic Table Mountain to pulsating street parties that resonate with local rhythms, there’s something for everyone. And let’s not forget the scenic beauty; how many cities can boast a backdrop as breathtaking as Cape Town’s?

And while the parties are undeniably spectacular, Cape Town also offers a rich selection of experiences. Whether you’re looking to indulge in delectable cuisine, explore the vibrant arts scene, or simply soak up the sun on its pristine beaches, the city promises an unforgettable experience. Families can enjoy a host of family-friendly festivals, while those seeking a more laid-back vibe can opt for toes-in-the-sand beach parties.

Earning a place on this esteemed list alongside world-class cities like Sydney, Rio de Janeiro, and Paris highlights Cape Town’s distinctive mix of natural beauty, cultural vibrancy, and uplifting spirit.

In Good Company

For those curious souls who want to explore the full list of top destinations, you can see the top 25 below or you can find the complete rankings here.

1. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2. Sydney, Australia
3. Bangkok, Thailand
4. Reykjavík, Iceland
5. Taipei, Taiwan
6. Edinburgh, Scotland
7. Vienna, Austria
8. Paris, France
9. Athens, Greece
10. Bali, Indonesia
11. Goa, India
12. Cape Town, South Africa
13. London, England
14. New York City, USA
15. Berlin, Germany
16. Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan
17. Auckland, New Zealand
18. Mexico City, Mexico
19. Las Vegas, USA
20. Valparaíso, Chile
21. Buenos Aires, Argentina
22. Barcelona, Spain
23. Kingston, Jamaica
24. Singapore
25. Queenstown, New Zealand

As the countdown begins and the excitement builds, Cape Town is ready to offer a New Year’s Eve celebration like no other. Its inclusion on Big 7 Travel’s prestigious list is a nod to its unparalleled beauty, warmth, and festive spirit. So, whether you’re a local or a visitor, make your way to Cape Town this December and experience a New Year’s Eve that promises to be nothing short of magical.

Cheers to 2023 in Cape Town!

Sources: Big 7 Travel 
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