9 unique ways to spend your New Year's Eve

Fed up of disappointing, anti-climactic New Year festivities? Check out these special ways that are sure to leave you with some very special memories.

Whether you’re jetting off overseas or staying local, there’s a unique experience available for everyone.

If you can’t be bothered battling the crowds to see the fireworks or being cramped in a bar, try thinking outside the box with these special experiences.

Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium - Melbourne, VIC

See the New Year in surrounded by seahorses, penguins and crocodiles.

Guests are free to wander around while enjoying beverages and you can upgrade your experience to include exclusive access to Sea Life Melbourne’s outdoor deck, which faces the Yarra River for a spectacular view of the fireworks.

Studio Sydney Tower – Sydney, NSW 

Get a unique view of Sydney’s world-famous New Year’s fireworks from 309-metres above ground level.

Guests will be treated to a six-course degustation menu with matching wines – a great way to toast the end of 2018.

Chef’s house in Florence – Florence, Italy 

If you’re a foodie why not spend the last of 2018 and the start of 2019 with some first-class food and wine?

Enjoy a unique dinner in the home of a private chef. Since this experience is limited to a small group, there will be no crowds guaranteed.

Medieval banquet – London, England 

Step back in time with this historical dinner-theatre experience as a royal guest where you can mingle with medieval and mystical characters.

A six-course banquet with drinks will be served, while you enjoy period entertainment like fighting knights and acrobats.

Concert at Charlottenberg Palace: Berlin Residence Orchestra – Berlin, Germany 

Sit back in the plush palace and let your ears feast on perfectly performed classical music, from Vivaldi to Mozart to Dvorák and more.

You’ll be treated to two hours with the amazing Berlin Residence Orchestra, all dressed in original costumes.

Flamenco party – Barcelona, Spain 

If dancing is your thing, join this flamenco party at the Palacio del Flamenco.

Feast on a gourmet dinner of Catalan cuisine, be entertained by a spectacular Flamenco performance and then hit the dance floor until the wee hours of the morning.

Times Square ball drop party – New York, USA 

Watching the ball drop in New York’s Times Square is an iconic celebration but who wants to battle all the crowds?

Well you don’t have to if you join this exclusive party. Think a luxe suite with an open bar, hors d'oeuvres and a dinner buffet shared with an intimate group.

Winter wonderland adventure – Vancouver, Canada 

If you can’t shake the Christmas spirit, ring in the New Year with a view of the world’s tallest Christmas tree.

Take a whimsical tour of Vancouver’s Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and be treated to gorgeous decorations and light installations.

There’s also some kid-friendly activities like card making and cookie decorating.

Nashville pub crawl – Nashville, USA 

For a night out on the town, you can’t go past this Nashville New Year’s Resolution pub crawl.

While away the afternoon by visiting Music City’s hot spots as you play games, buy souvenirs and get treated to some great drink specials.

For more great experiences head to TripAdvisor Experiences.

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