Trending places for December 2018

Party hats on: dnata Travel’s resident globetrotter Emily Williams knows the best places to welcome in 2019

Travelling to Scotland’s historic capital has never been easier with the launch of direct flights from Dubai to Edinburgh with Emirates. In winter, when the nights are longer, the city bursts into life with festive market stalls and a torch-lit procession that kicks off its famous Hogmanay celebrations for New Year’s Eve, culminating in a vivid finale that illuminates Edinburgh Castle. Turn to page 26 to read our locals’ guide.

The weather is perfect in Hong Kong in December, the last month of its traditional high season, making it a great time to go hiking in the hills and valleys. Its dramatic city skyline attracts visitors to see its spectacular countdown to the New Year, which concludes with a dazzling pyrotechnic dragon dancing across the sky.

New York City transforms into a magical winter wonderland at this time of year. Take a walk through Central Park where the frozen lake becomes an ice rink – you can even go sledging there. More than one million people gather at Times Square for its atmospheric New Year’s Eve celebrations. A boat ride on New York Harbour is an alternative experience, offering the best view of the firework display at the Statue of Liberty.

It’s summer in Sydney and therefore a great time to enjoy the beach life with the locals. To fully appreciate the scenery, try the coastal walk from the beaches of Bondi to Coogee. Due to its location, Sydney is one of the first major world cities where the clock strikes midnight to mark the New Year and the firework display at the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House is sure to impress.