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TripAdvisor lists its top 10 extreme New Year events


December 22, 2009/12.52

Fireworks in San Francisco Bay
Above Kayaking in San Francisco Bay is one of the top 10 New Year’s events on TripAdvisor’s ‘extreme’ list.

TripAdvisor has announced its top 10 extreme New Year’s events for those seeing in 2010 in the US and Europe.
   And Tampa, Fla. is the site’s last-minute bargain destination, with hotel rates of US$139. New York, meanwhile, is the most ‘extremely’ priced, at US$619.
   1. ‘Nude’ Year’s Eve, Miami, Fla., USA. For those who can’t decide what to wear for the big night, Miami’s ‘Nude Year’s Eve’ celebration on Haulover Beach lets 500 bold travellers ditch the threads and go au naturel. Who needs a full moon to gaze at, when you’re surrounded by fellow moon-ers who dare to bare? All-inclusive tickets cost US$129.
   2. Loony dip, Edinburgh, Scotland. Part of the world-famous Hogmanay celebration, this year marks the 24th annual Loony Dook, a freezing, watery wake-up call in Edinburgh on New Year’s Day. At noon, more than 600 ‘Loonies’ parade in their fancy dress behind a band of pipers before taking a dip into the chilly waters of the River Forth.
   3. Light a torch, Girdwood, Alaska, USA. Strap on the skis, grab hold of a fiery pole, and join hundreds of intrepid skiers as they traverse down Mount Alyeska’s slopes in the darkness at 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Officially called a Torchlight Parade, this tradition is open only to participants 14 years or older who are intermediate level skiers and snowboarders.
   4. Festive freefall, Zephyrhills, Fla., USA. Travellers—or fliers to be exact—can literally get the party jumping with a midnight skydive from 14,000 ft. This year, some 600 skydivers from across the world are expected to jump over Zephyrhills as part of the Christmas and New Year’s Skydive Boogie, run out of Skydive City at the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport.
   5. Party with paddles, San Francisco, Calif., USA. To participate in a unique New Year’s Eve celebration offshore, up to 30 travellers can sign up with City Kayak, a local tour company, to paddle around San Francisco Bay while experiencing the city’s best view of the fireworks. First-time kayakers are prohibited, and tickets start at US$97 for adults and US$87 for kids.
   6. Sea of orange, Scheveningen, Den Haag, Netherlands. At noon on New Year’s Day, the North Sea off of Scheveningen Beach will take on a brighter hue, when 10,000 daring participants wearing vibrant orange hats and quirky garb descend upon Den Haag’s popular seaside resort district for the annual Nieuwjaarsduik, or New Year’s Dive. Thick-skinned swimmers will endure frigid sea temperatures for a good cause, as €1 per participant will be donated to a local charity.
   7. The other bubbly, Torrevieja, Spain. For those truly looking to soak up the New Year, Max Scuba Diving in Torrevieja plans to host an underwater dive in support of Project Aware, a foundation dedicated to conserving underwater environments. The splash down takes place after dark and is open to any level of certified diver. All proceeds for this event will go to Project Aware.
   8. Celebratory sprint: New York, NY, USA. For the über-passionate runners out there, or those just looking to work off holiday meals, the Emerald Nuts Midnight Run four-mile race through Central Park is an ideal New Year’s Eve event. With a fireworks’ show and costume parade thrown into the mix, this celebration is expected to bring out 5,000 jolly joggers beginning at 10 p.m. Entry fees range from US$35 to US$55.
   9. Pucker up, Venezia, Italy. On New Year’s Eve, more than 60,000 people will welcome 2010 by locking lips in San Marco Square as part of Love 2010, the world’s largest communal kiss. A unique way to warm up and get your heart thumping, this annual event aims to be a worldwide symbol of love, peace and brotherhood.
   10. A nose for New Year’s, Barcelona, Spain. With the goal of ending 2009 in ‘the most sporting way possible,’ the city of Barcelona expects more than 4,300 “noses” to hit the pavement for a 10 km road race on December 31 at 5.30 p.m. Called the Cursa dels Nassos, or Race of the Noses, the event is named after the man of many noses of Catalan legend who only appears on New Year’s Eve. Registration is open until December 27 and costs €12 to participate.

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