More than two million lights brighten up the zoo in near entirety with multicolored displays, allowing visitors to catch a glimpse of the animals at night—something normally not allowed at the 35-acre property.
It doesn't have to cost a ton to have a great celebration. The theme brings families to New Year's celebrations around the world through activity stations designed around each culture.
Try these four free things to do in Chicago on the last day of the year. Chi-Town Rising Chi-Town Rising, Chicago's newest festival for New Year's Eve, hosts a free family event from 3 p.m. The main (adult) party along the Riverwalk charges for admission, but start out at this free event, then find a lookout over the Chicago River to hear live music, watch a giant star make its way up 360 feet into the sky (directly opposite of that tired old Times Square dropping routine), and catch the fireworks timed with Navy Pier's display at the end of the night. People-Watch on Public Transport Miller Lite is once again enacting its Free Rides program this year, offering fare-free trips on the CTA from 10 p.m. Join in the pre- and post-parties on the train, or just ride along and revel in the revelers.
To enjoy both on a shoestring budget, here are our top tips. Get Walking This is the perfect night to take a stroll along the canals. Pay a Visit to the "Skinny Bridge" It’s best to view Amsterdam’s most romantic bridge, the Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge) at night, when it’s beautifully illuminated. And Museumplein is another good firework-viewing spot for after midnight. Hit the Water The free ferry from Amsterdam Central Station to Amsterdam Noord is like a micro-cruise, with expansive views twinkling with glittery lights by night.
Later on, you’ll have little option other than to walk, anyway, as public transport stops at around 8 p.m. Come straight back with the next boat, or stay and explore the city’s up-and-coming north neighbourhood for a while—but don’t forget that service is reduced on New Year’s Eve. Midnight: Firework Frenzy At midnight, Amsterdam explodes with fireworks, pretty much all over the city. The best places to watch them in a crowd are the city’s squares, including Dam Square, Museumplein and Rembrandtplein.
After your one-mile climb (which is more taxing than it sounds) you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the sunset—and the shimmering Atlanta skyline in the distance.
Note: Your climb is free, but unless you have someone drop you off, it’s for a parking pass. Party Like a Tenenbaum Bar Margot, a groovy Midtown watering hole named after Gwyneth Paltrow’s character from The Royal Tenenbaums, welcomes walk-up guests with no cover on New Year’s Eve.The brewing company has run this program in Chicago for four years now, helping residents and tourists alike get home safely after a night out celebrating. See the Zoo Lights Lincoln Park Zoo is always free, and on New Year's Eve, visit for the Zoo Lights experience.This popular annual event shows the animals among twinkling lights, sparkling ice sculptures, and rollicking live local music.It's that magical time of year when guests flock to Dallas to make holiday memories with friends and family.While these trips no doubt leave hearts and stomachs full, the same cannot always be said about our bank accounts.It's one of the best vantage points in the city, and best of all, not as crowded.