Best time to go to Chile

New Year's Eve 2024-2025

Prepare your best yellow outfit and ring in the New Year to Latino music in one of Chile's most vibrant cities

Dates: December 31

New Year's Eve

Chile has no shortage of ideas to spend New Year's Eve. Its capital city, as well as dozens of other destinations, offer NYE bashes to usher New Year with a special local vibe. We've shortlisted the best ones for you. So read on to find out your perfect option.


Let's begin with the capital of Santiago. The bustling city boasts plenty of NYE celebrations, including concerts, parties, and fireworks. But the main gathering point is still around Torre Entel, the telecommunications tower located across from La Moneda. This place is praised for some of the largest street celebrations and firework displays found across the country. Additionally, you can dance the night away to splendid DJ music in the famed nightclub La Feria, or check out Club de Jazz for a more unique experience.


The second most popular place to celebrate is definitely Valparaíso, just a 2-hour drive from Santiago. Some would bet this port city is the top choice for celebrating the last night of the year. The major attraction here is South America's largest pyrotechnic fiesta over the beach. Thousands of fireworks are launched from the boats in the ocean for about twenty minutes starting at midnight. Afterward, the festivities take to the streets.

Viña del Mar

Viña del Mar, next to Valparaíso, must be a bit quieter alternative for your New Year's Eve, still with equally impressive views of the fireworks from the curving bay of Valparaíso. If you wish for a less crowded night and would like to soak up the sun on the beach before painting the town red, Viña will surely meet these needs.

Less known locations

A bit less talked about spots for New Year's Eve include Iquique and Arica in northern Chile, and also Rancagua south of Santiago. These destinations likewise promise you a decent festive atmosphere and can best suit those who prefer something non-mainstream.

Chilean NYE traditions

Last but not least to know while planning your NYE trip to Chile is local traditions, which are quite piquant. It all starts in the afternoon of December 31, which means a great family dinner. Later on, folks flood the streets for midnight festivities. To attract good luck in the coming year, people typically wear yellow underwear (yellow clothes are also welcome), carry an empty suitcase for new adventures, and stuff their shoes with money to make bank. Another common superstition is eating lentils besides the twelve grapes tradition, borrowed from Spain. Lastly, gourmets will be delighted with the NYE menu, featuring hearty seafood, a fruit cake, and spirited cola de mono.

With such an outstanding ambiance, a NYE in Chile will inevitably be a memorable night! So book your stay in advance to ensure the most comfortable getaway.

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