People love to celebrate events and it doesn’t take much for a group of friends to find an excuse to head out to paint the town red. So it should be of no surprise that every year, hordes of people head out to clubs, bars, homes and more for the dual celebration of the end of yet another year, and the birth of a new one!

Manila always pulls massive crowds for NYE, street parties, fireworks and house parties. Make plans now so you don’t miss out on the fun. Here are some of the more exciting ways that you can enjoy the end of year festivities in Metro Manila!

New Years’ Fireworks in Manila

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Manila is keen to ring in the new year with a bang. There are firework displays everywhere you go with many partygoers setting off firecrackers on the streets.

The 2km waterfront promenade known as the Baywalk is a popular spot for families and groups to gather each year to check out the fireworks. Roxas Boulevard and Rizal Park are other popular spots and certain hotels and rooftop bars offer an unobstructed view. Parties can spill out into the streets and people will be out on the streets clanging pots and making noise to chase away lingering evil spirits.

1. Resorts World Manila

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The opulent Resorts World Manila throws a massive, lavish bash. The hotel’s myriad of entertainment options offer special year-end activities and the hotel hosts a Grand Countdown in their ballroom. Each year, they also host a great party featuring music acts such as Martin Nievera, Charice, Zsa Zsa Padilla and many other celebrities.

Their Grand Ballroom where they hold many of these events is capable of hosting 4,000 people making it the largest ballroom in the country and some memorable parties have been hosted there. If you are looking to spend your NYE in style, than Resorts World Manila’s yearly NYE bash is exactly what you’d be looking for.

2. Quezon Memorial Circle

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If you are willing to venture out a little farther out of central Manila, the Quezon Memorial Circle is a favourite New Year’s Eve destination. Many of you will remember the massive NYE street party to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the city. Planners wanted to ensure that the party was one that could rival parties held in cities such as Paris, London and New York. The party was one for the ages with 3D mapping shows, a killer fireworks display and local celebrities who graced the event.

3. SM Mall of Asia

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The Mall of Asia always has an amazing celebration each year. Visitors and revellers of all interests can look forward to pyrotechnics, celebrity appearances and performances, bands, sales at many of their stores and more. Keep an eye out on their social media channels to find out what they have in store this year as they always know how to show their guests a good time.

4. City of Dreams Resort

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For an absolute ultra luxurious experience, the City of Dreams resort is where you want to be. Dine at one of the best Japanese restaurants in Manila, Nobu then party until the countdown starts at the Chaos nightclub renowned for their great DJs and lively atmosphere.

If nightclubs are not your thing, then head down to Centerplay, an entertainment destination featuring stage performances, great food and some of the best cocktails in Manila made by their talented team of mixologists.

5. “SHANGHAI NIGHTS” Gala Ball and Dinner at Peninsula Manila

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So maybe raucous, rambunctious and chaotic street parties or crowded nightclubs are not your things. Maybe something a little more elegant, classy but still exciting will fit your year-end mood. The Peninsula Manila is hosting a chic gala ball and dinner this year that you shouldn’t miss.

Boasting a bar and lounge designed to look like the Old Shanghai, its a more low key party that boasts of 4 private rooms where you can enjoy excellent cocktails, champagne and handcrafted coffee on their lounge as the new year rolls in.

6. Dusit Thani Hotel

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The Dusit Thani is one of the best and most prestigious hotels in Manila, the Dusit Thani offers an amazing buffet dinner each night and this year, a special crossover dinner and countdown party is being planned.

Guests will get to savour delicious food from across the globe and indulge in drinks and cocktails till the party starts properly at 10 PM. This is a family-friendly affair where children are able to enjoy the food and vent their energy in the spacious areas around the hotel while parents can have a quiet meal and wind down with drinks before everyone can participate in the countdown event to ring in the new year.

7. Bonifacio Global City

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Every Friday in the month of December is a special one at Bonifacio Global City. Grand fireworks, performances and a rowdy street party promises for a great time. On the 31st of December, they are hosting a grand celebration with food, fun, live performances from KZ Tandingan and Jessica Sanchez. And what countdown party does not have their own fireworks display? Bonaficio is keen.

Where do you want to spend your New Years’ eve celebration? Wherever the place, enter in 2019 with a great party!

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