5 Best Places to Celebrate New Year in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur Events & Festivals

New Year in Kuala Lumpur is one of the most celebratory occasions of the year and Malaysia’s bustling capital city is hailed as one of the best cities in Southeast Asia for an exciting New Year's Eve party.

Every end of year is marked with colourful fireworks, massive parties, and bustling street fairs held in accompaniment to the countdowns that are attended by thousands of people, tourists and locals alike.

From booze-filled parties in swanky rooftop bars to live concerts against the Petronas Twin Towers backdrop, our 5 Best Places to Celebrate New Year in Kuala Lumpur promise fun-loving crowds, cheery ambience, great entertainment, and, of course, jaw-dropping firework displays as you usher in the New Year.

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KLCC Park, situated within walking distances from Suria KLCC shopping centre, is a tranquil and family-friendly locale for the most part of the year. However, it transforms into a massive New Year’s Eve concert venue with live music performances by local and international acts which ends with a great round of fireworks. The 50-acre park consists of Lake Symphony, a 10,000sqm manmade lake with a 43-metre bridge that cuts across it, plenty of greenery, fountains with water features, and patterned footpaths. Aside from offering the best view of magnificent fireworks displays against the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, you can also take a short stroll to neighbouring bars, pubs, and restaurants while you wait for the midnight hour to arrive.

Train: LRT - KLCC

Changkat Bukit Bintang is one of the city’s most happening nocturnal boulevards, where one can find numerous bars, pubs, and lively restaurants with unique dining concepts in a single street. During weekends, Changkat Bukit Bintang is alive with bright lights, rowdy yet good-natured crowds, and ever-flowing drinks until the wee hours of morning. For the end of the year celebrations, the watering holes take it up a notch with unique themes, special New Year’s Eve promotions, as well as resident deejays spinning a mix of house, electro-dance, pop, trance and hip-hop tracks for late night revellers to usher in the New Year. For those staying in the city centre, the easiest way to get to Changkat Bukit Bintang is via monorail: alight at the Bukit Bintang stop and head north along Jalan Bukit Bintang.

Train: Monorail - Bukit Bintang

Rooftop Bars

Rooftop bars in Kuala Lumpur is very popular amongst late night revellers for many reasons – classy yet laidback ambience, impressive food-and-beverage offerings, live entertainment, and of course a spectacular vantage point of Kuala Lumpur. Nestled atop high-rise structures and five-star hotels, these rooftop bars in Kuala Lumpur are suitable alternatives to the overcrowded and rowdy bars in the city centre. Those who prefer an intimate dinner as they anticipate the countdown time can savour sumptuous French, Italian, Greek and Spanish cuisine at Troika Sky Dining while Sky Bar’s glamorous lounge is a great option if you want to sip on a glass of champagne while watching several fireworks displays around the Kuala Lumpur city centre. Read More...

Merdeka Square

Similar to KLCC Park, Merdeka Square offers an impressive and free New Year celebration in the city centre. Set in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, the iconic landmark consists of a giant field with perfectly manicured green lawns and a centrepiece of the Malaysian flag displayed on a 95-metre tall flagpole. On New Year’s Eve, Merdeka Square hosts a number of choreographed traditional dances, singing acts, marching bands and a spectacular fireworks display in the parade grounds. Visitors can just sit back and relax on the grassy field, but most prefer standing to enjoy a better view of the festivity. Merdeka Square is a 14-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur city centre, though we recommend taking the monorail as traffic can get rather congested due to road closures. Alight at the Raja Chulan stop and take a five-minute stroll towards the Sultan Abdul Samad Building.

Train: Monorail - Raja Chulan

Every December 31, the Curve Shopping Mall in Petaling Jaya hosts a massive, free street party and fireworks display at The Street, a spacious al fresco walkway in the mall. Featuring live performances by local bands and dancers, it is usually packed with hundreds of attendees from 18:00 onwards. During this time, swanky bistros, cafes, bars and restaurants situated along The Street offer special NYE and happy hour promos, perfect for those who want to wine and dine as they usher in the New Year. To get to the Curve Shopping Mall, a free shuttle bus that runs three times a day from Royale Bukit Bintang Hotel is available. Alternatively, you can take the LRT from KL Sentral to Kelana Jaya and hop on to a free shuttle bus that heads to

The Curve. Train: LRT - Kelana Jaya

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