Top 5 best places to celebrate New Year’s Eve

We’re only two days away from the new year! As we say goodbye to 2015, let’s take a look at some of the best places to celebrate New Year’s Eve across the world.

1. Chicago

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We’ll always be partial to our hometown, but Chicago is definitely upping it’s New Year’s Eve game this year with its Chi-Town Rising event along the Riverfront downtown! There’s big lineup of celebrity guests and musical acts set to perform, including the rock band Chicago! There’s also a countdown to midnight planned and big fireworks display too.  Talk about a great way to ring in the new year in the Windy City!

2. London

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Across the pond? Ring the new year to the chiming of Big Ben at midnight! Hundreds of thousands gather every year along the River Thames for a light show and firework display! The fun continues on New Year’s Day with a HUGE parade across town.

3. Sydney

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Be one of the first in the world to welcome 2016 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney puts on the largest firework display in the world for it’s NYE celebrations, as well as a big waterfront show. More than a million people come out each year to see it!

4. Rio de Janiero

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Rio de Janiero hosts the LARGEST NYE party in the world. More than two million people come to celebrate the new year with live musical and dance performances and a mesmerizing fireworks display.

5. New York City

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C’mon, you didn’t really think we’d make a NYE checklist without the Big Apple, did you? The annual Times Square event is one of the biggest in the world. Everyone should bring in the new year here at least once!

YOUR TURN: Are we missing a great spot to celebrate NYE? Let us know in the comments!

The Top 5 Places You Need to Visit During the Holidays

The holidays are traditionally the time of year when most people spend time with family. But instead of packing everyone in the SUV on a road trip to grandma’s house next year, consider these 5 great holiday travel destinations instead:

1. Key West, FL

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Escape the cold December weather and head to Key West, there’s plenty of holiday fun to be had! Be sure to check out the annual lighted boat parade, the Holly Jolly Trolley or catch a performance of The Nutcracker!


2. New York, New York

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Kevin had the right idea in Home Alone 2. Staying at The Plaza. Seeing the holiday tree at Rockefeller Center. Taking in some holiday music at Carnegie Hall. New York is the perfect place to get in the holiday spirit!

3. Puerto Rico

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Another trip for the cold adverse traveler. Be warned though, Puerto Rico really knows how to celebrate; holiday festivities in Puerto Rico start in late November and can continue until mid-January!

4. Nuremburg, Germany

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What better place to visit than the home of the original Christkindlmarkt? You can get lost in all the market has to offer for days!

5. Chicago

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We may be biased because Percipia is located in Chicago, but The Windy City is our favorite place to spend the holidays! There’s plenty of indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks, The Joffrey Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker, ZooLights at the Lincoln Park Zoo, and America’s very own Christkindlmarkt. (Check out our blog post on Chicago’s Christkindlmarkt here)

15th Annual Chicago Polar Plunge

On March 1st, 2015 the 15th Annual Polar Bear Plunge will commence. Last year more than 3,000 people jumped in Lake Michigan for the Polar Bear Plunge. Participants have the option to go knee high, waist high or even take the full plunge. The event has no registration fee; however participants are required to raise a minimum of $75 on their fundraiser page. Participants will receive a link which they can send around to family and friends so that they can make secure online donations. In 2014, more than $2.1 million was raised by more than 7,300 plungers.

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Jimmy Fallon and Mayor Emanuel  participated in the Plunge last year. Fallon promised Emanuel that he would do the event with him and kept his word. Fallon should up in a suit, while Emanuel wear a green Chicago Public Library T-shirt and shorts.

Participants will enter the water in waves (10:30am, 11:00am, 11:30am). Costumes are encouraged. All fundraisers will receive a long sleeved t-shirt and a commemorative towel when exiting the water. All are invited to our post event “Melt Down Party” (11am-2pm) which takes place inside the boat house and in adjacent large heated tents. Music, food, cash bar and more!

Tweet @Percipia1 if you are attending or observing this years event!

Things To Do – Chicago

As the temperature drops in Chicago one would think that the number events would drop as well. Chicago in the summertime is always a blast. With every weekend having an event you would never get bored. Chicago winters are exactly the same.

We recently read an article on that shared 39 things you could do in Chicago.

Things To Do

Starting out on January 1st, the New Year’s Day 5K gave Chicagoans and visitors a chance to start out their resolutions on a high note. The race coordinators estimated nearly 1,500 runners to attend and about a third to walk. The course route travels north along the lakefront bike path to Diversey Harbor before returning to the North Avenue Field House.

Jan 8: The Original Mother’s honors the 80th birthday of the late, hip-shaking crooner withs its annual Elvis Fest.

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Jan 11: Strip down to your skivvies and draw befuddled looks from clueless CTA riders during the annual No Pants Subway Ride. This event has no rhyme or reason, just to have a little fun. The No Pants Subway Ride is actually a multi city event, featuring in more than 50 cities around the world.

If you are in the Chicago area, here is the Facebook page of the meeting location!

WHERE: The meeting point is at the roof deck of the parking garage at 1210 W Arthur above the CVS. There is a staircase and an elevator entrance on Arthur past the CVS. We want to leave the venue as clean as we found it and there are limited trashcans at the site. please plan accordingly.

Event Info Here

Jan 16–18: The perpetually cursed Wrigley Field residents will showcase management and players at the annual Cubs Convention.

Jan 17, 18: Wanna get away? Plan your next excursion, near or far, at the Chicago Travel & Adventure Show.


If you are attending any of these events, lets us know how they went!