This year many of us did the same thing on New Year’s Eve. We watched the ball drop with friends and family and toasted at midnight. But if you were one of the fortunate few who was in Vienna, your night was a little different.
In Vienna, Austria, the entire city turns into a party to celebrate the coming of a new year. The streets are alive with music and everyone from all over the world are in their homes and hotel rooms putting on their tuxedo’s and ball gowns getting ready for a night they shall never forget.
Palaces host the most extraordinary night. Everyone is dressed in glittering gowns and tuxedos. The women will have spent the day getting their hair just right and the makeup perfect. Their gowns will be dressed up with their best jewels.
As the night begins, champagne toasts start the evening. Ballet dancers in unique costumes come on to the dance floor and perform throughout the evening. Delicious multi-course meals are served with assorted flavors of coffee. Cocktail areas in different rooms have the latest music to dance into the early hours. Rooms are transposed into dance floors with people waltzing the night away to live orchestras. As the night draws to a close, fireworks are set off to welcome the coming year. Afterwards, breakfast will be served and the night continues until the sun rises.
This year as I watched the ball drop I imagined putting on my to do list for next year: find a ball gown and Cinderella shoes, and book my flight to Vienna for next New Year’s Eve.