For a less hectic experience, station yourself on a canal bridge and enjoy the glittering reflections in the water. Eat Oliebollen They may not be free, but oliebollen (a kind of raisin-filled doughnut) won’t break the bank, and this is what all the Dutch eat eat on New Year’s Eve. Ideally, enjoy with a glass of champagne for the full Dutch New Year experience. Regis Aspen Resort in the Shadow Mountain Lounge, there is a free party with a DJ beginning at 5 p.m., and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Watch the Fireworks at Smuggler Mountain The best seats in the house for fireworks viewing is atop Smuggler mountain. Or visit the free exhibit, "The Legacy of Herbert Bayer" at Aspen Meadows' Resnik Gallery. Start your New Year off on a healthy note with an early morning or afternoon "skin" or hike up Buttermilk or Snowmass mountain, and then ski or ride the chairlift down for free.
Every year for two weeks at the end of December, during Aspen's winter "high season," the small mountain town of Aspen, Colorado swells from a population of 6,700 residents to approximately 27,000 people covering its mere five-block downtown. Snowmass Festivities Aspen's neighboring town of Snowmass Village celebrates New Year's Eve with a torchlight parade at p.m., followed by fireworks with musical accompaniment at 10 p.m. Join dozens of other outdoor enthusiasts for the 45-minute hike (dress warmly; poles and traction devices for boots recommended) to the Smuggler viewing platform. Outdoor Winter Wonderland The Aspen Recreation Center's outdoor Winter Wonderland features the "Whoa Nelly" Sledding Hill and outdoor skating rink, the ARC-tic Pond, free to use with your own gear. Later in the evening on New Year's Day, after hiking up Snowmass Ski Area to Elk Camp restaurant, join a naturalist from the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies for a free Ullr Nights Snowshoe Tour, a one-of-a-kind nighttime exploration of the snow-covered forest under a brilliant winter sky. You don’t have to spend a pretty penny to have a peachy time here.
To enjoy both on a shoestring budget, here are our top tips. Get Walking This is the perfect night to take a stroll along the canals. Pay a Visit to the "Skinny Bridge" It’s best to view Amsterdam’s most romantic bridge, the Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge) at night, when it’s beautifully illuminated. And Museumplein is another good firework-viewing spot for after midnight. Hit the Water The free ferry from Amsterdam Central Station to Amsterdam Noord is like a micro-cruise, with expansive views twinkling with glittery lights by night.
Later on, you’ll have little option other than to walk, anyway, as public transport stops at around 8 p.m. Come straight back with the next boat, or stay and explore the city’s up-and-coming north neighbourhood for a while—but don’t forget that service is reduced on New Year’s Eve. Midnight: Firework Frenzy At midnight, Amsterdam explodes with fireworks, pretty much all over the city. The best places to watch them in a crowd are the city’s squares, including Dam Square, Museumplein and Rembrandtplein.
Many come here for the swank parties, or the Champagne powder, but even the rich and famous—and certainly the locals—are amenable to a freebie now and then. Wagner Park Celebration On New Year's Eve in the city's downtown Wagner Park, there is a free outdoor party with a bonfire and DJ, followed by two displays of fireworks over Aspen mountain: one at 8 p.m. Skiers ages 8 and older are invited to take part in the illuminated parade, in which skiers hold torches while descending downhill in the dark. After all, you’ve already endured the one-two punch of holiday shopping and peak-season traveling; give yourself—and your wallet—a break with these free diversions. Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl Parade Whether or not you care about college football, you won’t want to miss this popular New Year’s Eve Day parade through downtown Atlanta.
Fortunately, the wealth of holiday cheer here is spread around with a variety of free activities on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Expect huge floats, classic cars, marching bands, dance troupes, and lots of cheering revelers. Watch the Sunset From Stone Mountain Kiss 2015 goodbye with a New Year’s Eve trek to the summit of the world’s largest exposed granite monolith.
Of course, you can spend a lot of money to go to an exclusive party, but New Year’s in Amsterdam is best enjoyed outside, on the street. Pre-midnight, when it can be preternaturally quiet (everyone is inside until then), you can feel almost as if you have the canals to yourself; and post-midnight, all hell breaks loose. Selfie Time It’s a bit of a cliché, but taking a photo on top of or in front of the giant “I Amsterdam” sign on Museumplein has become a real tourist must-do.Whether you’re spotting the fireworks far from Chicago’s Navy Pier crowds or the dropping of the conch shell at Sloppy Joe’s in balmy Key West, you’re sure to make 2016 memorable with these fun things to do.Read on for our list, or skip to the city of your interest: Amsterdam; Aspen; Atlanta; Chicago; Dallas; Hamburg; Houston; Key West; Madrid; Melbourne ; New York City; Philadelphia; San Francisco; Shanghai; Toronto; Vancouver; and Washington, D. There’s nowhere quite like Amsterdam on New Year’s Eve (or Oud en Nieuw, as they call it here).The C3 Art Spot allows visitors to create take-home treasures based on inspiration gathered during their tour.The International Pop Cinema screens the self-titled film daily, which showcases a variety of works from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s that are rarely compared side by side. You can also explore one of the country's largest collections of African American folk art at the African American Museum of Dallas.
As the fireworks continue for an hour or more, you can visit a few different locations.