Put some sparkle into your group travel plans

Date Posted: 01/11/2012

New Year's Eve in Rio - Put sparkle into your group travel plans

Pictured: New Year's Eve in Rio means fireworks and one huge party - not for the faint hearted.

To celebrate the 5th November, take a look at this tempting list of firework displays, all renowned for wowing the crowds worldwide.

With Guy Fawkes’ night around the corner on 5th November, most thrill-seekers will be travelling to watch some fireworks in the UK.

Many Londoners will flock to the Blackheath’s famous display, those in the south east may head to Leeds Castle’s annual ‘Spooktacular’ event, whilst those in Wales might visit what organisers claim to be the biggest firework event in the UK –‘Sparks in the Park’, in Cardiff.

But what if fireworks once a year just isn’t enough? Take a look at these fantastic light shows in some amazing places. Any excuse to travel, really...

1. New Year’s Eve at Copacabana: 31st December annually

Over two million people each year watch the impressive New Year’s fireworks at the Brazilian beach, named in honour of Our Lady of Copacabana.

For those in your group with music and passion always the fashion, Copacabana is the place to be on NYE with colour and concerts aplenty.

Rio de Janeiro is a glamorous destination with other beautiful beaches such as Ipanema. Overlooked by the instantly recognisable statue of Christ the Redeemer on the peak of Corcovado mountain, it’s a city of contrasts with captivating colonial buildings and contemporary skyscrapers.

2. Kentucky Derby Festival: 15th April – 2nd May 2013

The pyrotechnic masterpiece - part of the annual Kentucky Derby Festival in Louisville, Kentucky, is widely considered the largest firework show in north America.

Head to the festival to catch other fun events - such as the Great Balloon Race, Great Steamboat Race, and Pegasus Parade.

If taking a group holiday to Kentucky, expect rolling bluegrass-covered hills of legendary Horse Country and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

Sydney Harbour at New Year - Put sparkle into your group travel plans

Pictured: Wonderful fireworks leaping from the Harbour Bridge in Sydney.

3. Madeira Fireworks Festival: 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th June 2013

Every year Madeira hosts its own Fireworks Festival, and on every Saturday in June a pyro-musical show fills the bay of Funchal with light and colour. Funchal claimed the title for ‘the largest fireworks display in the world’ in 2006, and has yet to be challenged.

Discovered by the Portuguese in 1418 and often described as a ‘floating garden’ due to the beautiful blooms that flourish in its warm climate, Madeira has an enduring old-fashioned charm. Funchal is a pretty red-roofed city on the south coast, where you can take a cable car, visit a wine lodge, and hurtle down the hill into town on a wicker toboggan.

4. Macy’s New York show: 4th July 2013

Each year, to celebrate US independence, millions of people gather near the Hudson River, to view the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks show, in New York City.

In recent years, the illuminating spectacle has been launched from six barges along the river, with over 40,000 shells exploding over a thousand feet into the air, above peering crowds.

There’s always so much to see and do in New York, and if you seek help from a specialist group travel operator or the tourist board, there’s also a few surprises to be had by exploring a little further. The boroughs beyond Manhattan are well worth a look, and for a fantastic view of the city skyline, visit the Top of the Rock observation deck as an alternative to the Empire State Building.

5. New Year’s Fireworks on Sydney Harbour, 31st December annually

Lastly, Australia is home to possibly the most well-known global firework event, held annually on New Year’s Eve at Sydney Harbour.

With 1.5 million spectators, the array of fireworks can easily be seen from the inner west Gladesville Bridge, to the famous headlands, forming the entrance to the harbour in Sydney Harbour National Park.

As a city, Sydney has it all. Arguably the world’s best harbour, an array of beaches (don’t just hit Bondi), a vibrant city centre, as well as cosmopolitan neighbourhoods. Plus, the Blue Mountains and the Hunter Valley wine region make great day trips.

This list was from www.momondo.co.uk, which is website with great offers on flights and hotels.

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