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New Years Eve In Montego Bay
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by Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer

Ringing in the New Year is like hitting the reset button on life; doing it Jamaican style adds that extra vibrancy and joy.

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Whether you do this with friends and family, at home, or at a lively party venue, the countdown is filled with anticipation. As the seconds tick away, you can feel the energy building and finally, the stroke of midnight is heralded by a chorus of cheers, hugs, and fireworks lighting up the night sky.

More than just a change of numbers on the clock, it's a moment of collective celebration of life, new opportunities and turning over a new leaf.

New Year's Eve in Montego Bay is nothing short of spectacular. Similarly to Grand Market Night, the street is lined with vendors and everyone is out looking forward to ringing in the new year.

You’ll find many people, adults and children walking around buzzing with excitement. And of course, there is no celebration without food, so the jerk chicken vendors are out in their numbers.

Where to watch the fireworks in Montego Bay?

Fireworks are a universal symbol of celebration, and in Jamaica, they're a big part of welcoming the New Year. From organized displays at popular venues to impromptu fireworks on the beach, the sky becomes a canvas of colours and lights. It's a breathtaking sight that adds a touch of magic to the festivities.

Unfortunately for us in Montego Bay, there aren’t that many places to view the fireworks, but it’s not much of an inconvenience since you can pretty much catch a good view of the fireworks as long as you are anywhere on the hip strip.

However, if you want an up-close view of the fireworks, the place to be is Pier 1 for their annual Twist, New Year's Eve Party.

Speaking of parties, we know that across the globe, a New Year’s Eve party is the way to go to ring in the new year and it’s no different here in Jamaica. The dress code can range from laid-back island chic to glamorous and elegant. cocktail dresses, vibrant colours, and a lot of bling are all part of the style. It's a chance to express yourself, feel good, and step into the new year with confidence and flair.

First, you will need to know where to go and lucky for you I have a list of the top places to go in Montego Bay for New Year's Eve.

  1. Harmony Beach Park- first off and most importantly this is a free event and you can get out with your entire family, including the babies! The event is organized by the Urban Development Corporation (UDC). Live entertainment and several family-friendly games and competitions will be available at the fireworks celebration. You can anticipate rich, well-executed family entertainment.

    The children can get their faces painted in the kiddies' village. They have access to rock climbing, rock climbing, and amusement park rides. They have food, of course, and they can do all these amazing things.

    It is recommended that attendees register in advance at www.udcja.com to retrieve their complimentary electronic tickets and obtain the latest information regarding security protocols and the park-and-ride shuttle service that the Jamaica Urban Transit Company will provide.

  2. Pier One- An incredible celebration to ring in the new year is guaranteed at Pier 1 in Montego Bay's “Twist” New Year’s Eve party every year. The "Moulin Rouge - A Night in Paris" event, which has as its theme for 2023, allows attendees to fully experience the opulent and seductive atmosphere of one of Paris's most famous sites.

    Visitors will be taken back in time to the splendour and glamour of the renowned Parisian cabaret as soon as they enter Pier 1. The décor will feature a stunning combination of red and gold, together with plush textiles and sparkling lighting to create an opulent yet welcoming atmosphere. But the highlight of the event? Live Fireworks at Midnight.

  3. Margaritaville- If you're looking for a New Year's Eve bash that's all about fun and a lively atmosphere, Margaritaville is the place to be. Right in the heart of Montego Bay's hipstrip, this spot is known for its high-energy vibe. They may not have their own fireworks display but from there you will have amazing views of the fireworks from Harmony Park and Pier One, and even the Secrets Resort.

If you are in Montego Bay, then you have quite a few options to celebrate the new year. 

Happy New Year from the entire My-Island-Jamaica team!

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No matter where you end up celebrating in Montego Bay, make sure to capture the moment. Whether you're dancing the night away, indulging in a fancy dinner, or at home with your family, the most important thing is to welcome the new year with good vibes and a positive spirit.

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References & Sources For New Years Eve In Montego Bay

  1. The full entertainment lineup for fireworks on the Waterfront (2023) Entertainment | Jamaica Gleaner. Available at: https://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/entertainment/20231230/full-entertainment-lineup-fireworks-waterfront (Accessed: 31 December 2023).
  2. ‘Twist’ New Year’s Eve party " Pier1 Jamaica (2023) Pier1 Jamaica. Available at: https://pier1jamaica.com/event/twist/ (Accessed: 31 December 2023).
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