Illustrative photo (Source: VNA)

Quang Nam (VNA) - A lantern festival will kick off a long night of New Year's celebrations at the Hoi An Statute Park on December 31.

City planners said the night gala will start at 8.30pm and be followed by an awards ceremony for the best Hoi An tourism video clips, a wedding photo contest and a fashion show of many designers including Papillon Noir and Chula, a dress line originally from Hanoi.

The event's organising committee said the night will include a bartender contest, break dance and flashmob, and local folk-song and dance performances.

The city will also celebrate the arrival of the 1.8 millionth foreign tourist in central Quang Nam Province.

A street dance and carnival will take place at the park before holding a prayer ceremony for world peace on New Year's Eve.
The city will also extend a kind welcome to the first tourist group to arrive in Hoi An on January 1 by hosting them on their first day in the city.-VNA