The Fourth of July may reign supreme when it comes to fireworks, but fans of pyrotechnics shouldn’t overlook New Year’s Eve. Many cities splash out with free displays to welcome 2019, and many also host free or low-cost block parties with plenty of food, music, and fantastic people-watching. Parallel celebrations with the best views, dinner, and champagne toasts are also plentiful, though often costly. Here’s where the action is, across the country and beyond. So let the countdown begin. Here are great places where you can travel for a New Year’s Eve you’ll never forget:
- 1 SYDNEY NEW YEARS EVE 2019 FIREWORKS LIVE STREAM IN AUSTRALIA
- 2 NEW YORK TIMES SQUARE BALL DROP LIVE STREAM NEW YEARS EVE 2019 FIREWORKS IN USA
- 3 HONG KONG NEW YEARS EVE 2019 FIREWORKS LIVE STREAM IN CHINA
- 4 EDINBURGH NEW YEARS EVE 2019 FIREWORKS LIVE STREAM IN SCOTLAND
- 5 COPENHAGEN NEW YEARS EVE 2019 FIREWORKS LIVE STREAM IN DENMARK
- 6 BARCELONA NEW YEARS EVE 2019 FIREWORKS LIVE STREAM IN SPAIN
- 7 BANGKOK NEW YEARS EVE 2019 FIREWORKS LIVE STREAM IN THAILAND
- 8 DUBAI BURJ KHALIFA NEW YEARS EVE 2019 FIREWORKS LIVE STREAM IN UAE
- 9 BERLIN NEW YEARS EVE 2019 FIREWORKS LIVE STREAM IN GERMANY
- 10 AMSTERDAM NEW YEARS EVE 2019 FIREWORKS LIVE STREAM IN NETHERLANDS
- 11 LISBON NEW YEARS EVE 2019 FIREWORKS LIVE STREAM IN PORTUGAL
- 12 MOSCOW NEW YEARS EVE 2019 FIREWORKS LIVE STREAM IN RUSSIA
- 13 CAPE TOWN NEW YEARS EVE 2019 FIREWORKS LIVE STREAM IN SOUTH AFRICA
- 14 LONDON NEW YEARS EVE 2019 FIREWORKS LIVE STREAM IN U.K.
- 15 RIO DE JANEIRO NEW YEARS EVE 2019 FIREWORKS LIVE STREAM IN BRAZIL
- 16 KOH PHANGAN NEW YEARS EVE 2019 FIREWORKS LIVE STREAM IN THAILAND
- 17 NEW YORK NEW YEARS EVE 2019 FIREWORKS LIVE STREAM IN U.S.A
- 18 NIAGARA FALLS NEW YEARS EVE 2019 FIREWORKS LIVE STREAM IN CANADA
SYDNEY NEW YEARS EVE 2019 FIREWORKS LIVE STREAM IN AUSTRALIA
Sydney, Australia, is the first major international city to greet the New Year at midnight. The major fireworks display takes place at Sydney Harbour with the Opera House and Harbour Bridge providing a spectacular backdrop. Islands in the harbor or family-friendly parks on either side offer great views. A bonus for Sydney: Summer’s just started there, and you can also take advantage of the city’s beaches, including Manly, Bondi and Bronte.
NEW YORK TIMES SQUARE BALL DROP LIVE STREAM NEW YEARS EVE 2019 FIREWORKS IN USA
Times Square in Manhattan. It’s synonymous with New Year’s Eve across the United States. Even if you aren’t there in person, there’s a good chance you’ve watched the famous ball drop on television. (The ball made its debut in 1907 and has been dropped each year since then, except for two years during World War II). If you don’t feel like jamming into Times Square with around 1 million other folks, here are some other options: — Head to Grand Army Plaza, which is just off Prospect Park in Brooklyn, for fireworks and fun. You need to arrive early for the best views. If you’re 21 or older, try your luck at Resorts World Casino, the only casino in the city. Near JFK Airport, it traditionally throws a blow-out NYE party.
HONG KONG NEW YEARS EVE 2019 FIREWORKS LIVE STREAM IN CHINA
A spectacular pyro-musical display lights up Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour at the stroke of midnight with lasers, fireworks and choreographed LEDs exploding across this frenetic city’s famous landscape. Our tip: forget joining the crush on the waterfront.
Instead, watch the show from a traditional junk on the water, or one of HK’s many world-class rooftop bars. The dramatic skyline in Hong Kong provides a sight visitors never forget, and New Year’s Eve fireworks just up the ante. The fireworks that illuminate stunning Victoria Harbour are set to music. You might catch the dazzling display from one of Hong Kong’s many hotels with great views, including Hotel Icon and Park Lane. Crowds gather a couple of hours early at Star Ferry Pier (Tsim Sha Tsui) for some theater, dance and circus performances. While you’re in Hong Kong, you may also want to take in Ocean Park, a favorite amusement area.
EDINBURGH NEW YEARS EVE 2019 FIREWORKS LIVE STREAM IN SCOTLAND
The Scottish capital’s famed three-day Hogmanay extravaganza kicks off on 30 December, with a Viking-style torchlight procession along the Royal Mile. The big night itself includes Franz Ferdinand headlining Concert in the Gardens, which wraps in time for gig-goers to catch unequalled views of midnight fireworks over Edinburgh Castle. An adjoining street party dances on into 2019 with the help of acts such as Judge Jules. Celebrations continue on New Year’s Day with live music and the traditional fancy-dress dip in the freezing Firth of Forth (known as ‘the Loony Dook’). For more information on the many events taking place, visit
COPENHAGEN NEW YEARS EVE 2019 FIREWORKS LIVE STREAM IN DENMARK
When the clock strikes 12, the ordinarily restrained Danes gather at Town Hall Square for a rowdy, BYO bacchanal of popping champagne corks, whooshing rockets and fizzing Roman candles. For a slightly more orderly take, twinkly Tivoli Gardens lights up the sky with its own Firework Festival; its restaurants are all serving New Year’s dinners; and the roller coasters are open – plus, plenty of glögg stalls serve liquid courage.
BARCELONA NEW YEARS EVE 2019 FIREWORKS LIVE STREAM IN SPAIN
Barcelona is a city of night owls, so the revelry doesn’t really start gearing up until about 11pm. That’s when crowds gather at Plaça d’Espanya to watch the midnight pyrotechnics on Montjuïc, the hill just above. A few yards from here, Poble Espanyol, the open-air architectural museum, hosts a huge dance party until 6am.
BANGKOK NEW YEARS EVE 2019 FIREWORKS LIVE STREAM IN THAILAND
Bangkok often tops roundup lists of Asia’s best nightlife cities. So of course, it’s a natural place to ring in the new year if you like crowds, noise and revelry.
Bangkok’s answer to Times Square, CentralWorld Plaza is one of the main gathering spots for celebrations. Another popular gathering spot is the Asiatique shopping and entertainment area along the Chao Phraya River.
You may want to continue the celebration at one of Bangkok’s stunning bars such as Red Sky or a sky-high restaurant such as Sirocco.
DUBAI BURJ KHALIFA NEW YEARS EVE 2019 FIREWORKS LIVE STREAM IN UAE
The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is one of the most attention-grabbing skyscrapers in the world, and it’s only more so at New Year’s Eve. As it brings in 2019, the Burj Khalifa holds the record for world’s tallest building (2,716.5 feet), and throngs gather at the footsteps to welcome a new year with an amazing fireworks show. Not too far away, Burj Plaza is a little quieter and popular with families.
Dubai is building a reputation as a major food destination, so you may wish to indulge in top-tier restaurants such as Cavalli Club Dubai while you’re there.
And if you have shopping in mind, check out Dubai Mall, one of the world’s largest.
BERLIN NEW YEARS EVE 2019 FIREWORKS LIVE STREAM IN GERMANY
Berlin’s anything-goes energy is well and truly buzzing at this massive open-air party between the Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column. One of Europe’s largest outdoor celebrations, this jamboree sees around a million people gathering along the event’s 1.6-mile stretch. Better still, it’s free of charge and keeps pumping until 3am. Expect live music, DJs, laser shows, food and, of course, fireworks.
AMSTERDAM NEW YEARS EVE 2019 FIREWORKS LIVE STREAM IN NETHERLANDS
Conveniently compact and always-down-to-party Amsterdam is an amalgam of impromptu street frolics on 31 December, but if there’s one reliable place to be at midnight, it’s the Magere Brug (‘Skinny Bridge’). Here, merrymakers gather to watch countdown fireworks bursting over the River Amstel, then continue their festivities all across town. Nieuwmarkt (Chinatown), in particular, is known for its rambunctious atmosphere.
LISBON NEW YEARS EVE 2019 FIREWORKS LIVE STREAM IN PORTUGAL
The big blowout in Europe’s new capital of cool is at Praça do Comércio, the main square right on the Tagus River. In typically Portuguese fashion, the fiesta runs late: live music starts up at around 10pm and continues after the midnight fireworks. Plenty of locals – armed with their own fizz and plastic cups – can be found drinking and dancing in the heart of the action, so it doesn’t feel like a tourist trap.
MOSCOW NEW YEARS EVE 2019 FIREWORKS LIVE STREAM IN RUSSIA
Historic Red Square in Moscow provides one of the coldest but also one of the most visually appealing settings for a New Year’s Eve fireworks display.
While you’re there, you may want to see one of the world’s most visited tombs, that of communist leader Vladimir Lenin, or take a tour of Cold War relics from the Soviet era.
If you want to celebrate in truly grand style with Russian flair, the Ritz-Carlton in Moscow may be for you. It’s centrally located and has a rooftop bar.
CAPE TOWN NEW YEARS EVE 2019 FIREWORKS LIVE STREAM IN SOUTH AFRICA
Cape Town is one of the most beautifully situated cities in Africa — and the world. New Year’s Eve fireworks make it all the more spectacular. The mother of all celebrations in the Mother City is on the V&A Waterfront, where there’s everything you could possibly require in one handy spot: dinner, live music, dancing, fireworks. Plus, there are views of Table Mountain and the Atlantic shore. It’s spectacular – but if you want a party with a more local flavour, you have to head for the sand.
If you’re looking for a place with delicious food and a view of the festivities, check out MAReSOL, which specializes in Portuguese cuisine. If you’re in the mood for a party, Cape Point Vineyards is one of many places to consider.
Make the most of your trip by visiting South Africa’s renowned vineyards around Cape Town. (Like Sydney, Cape Town is just entering summer).
LONDON NEW YEARS EVE 2019 FIREWORKS LIVE STREAM IN U.K.
Stately London along the Thames always provides a remarkable backdrop for New Year’s Eve fireworks. Tickets sell out fast for the official staging area, but you may be able to see the fireworks for free from hilltops such as Primrose Hill, Parliament Hill on Hampstead Heath, Greenwich Park and Alexandra Palace. One great vantage point is a river cruise on the Monsoon Clipper or other boats. A perfect way to greet the prospect of a new year is to settle down in one of London’s oldest pubs, such as the Old Bell
Tavern, serving up adult beverages since 1670. While there, fans of British royalty may want to visit sites such as Kensington Palace, where Queen Victoria was born.
RIO DE JANEIRO NEW YEARS EVE 2019 FIREWORKS LIVE STREAM IN BRAZIL
If you want to greet a new year with about 2 million other souls in a warm beach resort, head to Rio de Janeiro. The main gathering at Copacabana Beach traditionally features a variety of musical acts and fireworks.
If you want to party in classic Rio style, pay a visit to Jobi Bar. It’s a social institution in the city, having been open since the 1950s. For samba and choro music, head to Carioca da Gema.
Looking for a great view? Swing over to the Vista Chinesa, a small Chinese pagoda perched to provide a fantastic panorama. It’s practically midsummer in Rio de Janeiro this time of year, which is why many partygoers shun sweaty indoor clubs and take the party to the beach instead. A whopping two million people gather on the 2.5-mile-long Copacabana for samba, Champagne and fireworks on New Year’s Eve – to find a good spot, start staking your place from 10pm. Note that it’s busiest in front of Rio’s landmark hotel, Copacabana Palace, as this is the location for main-stage concerts. It’s customary to wear white in Rio on NYE – said to bring luck for the New Year. But perhaps leave your favourite clothes at home, unless you don’t mind getting doused with
Champagne, sprayed F1-style by rapturous crowds.
KOH PHANGAN NEW YEARS EVE 2019 FIREWORKS LIVE STREAM IN THAILAND
There are parties on the beaches of Thailand’s islands all year round, but the wildest of them all is New Year’s Eve on Koh Phangan, home to the world’s most famous full-moon party. Revolving around Sunrise Beach in Haad Rin, the maelstrom starts as soon as it gets dark and romps on well beyond sunrise and into the following afternoon.
NEW YORK NEW YEARS EVE 2019 FIREWORKS LIVE STREAM IN U.S.A
The Times Square ball drop might be the most iconic way to experience New Year’s Eve in New York City, but rubbing elbows with a million tourists isn’t for everyone. Fortunately, the city doesn’t skimp on fireworks, either. Two of the best-known displays
light up the skies over Central Park and New York Harbor — but don’t forget Brooklyn. Head to Grand Army Plaza to enjoy music and hot cocoa before the midnight show, one of the Big Apple’s many free entertainment options.
CHICAGO NEW YEARS EVE 2019 FIREWORKS LIVE STREAM IN U.S.A
The heart of Chicago’s New Year’s Eve beats at Navy Pier, where fireworks dazzle onlookers over Lake Michigan promptly at midnight. Visitors can celebrate all day at the Winter WonderFest ($20 for adults, $10 for kids online), which boasts family-friendly
indoor attractions, including an ice skating rink, rides, and giant slides.
NIAGARA FALLS NEW YEARS EVE 2019 FIREWORKS LIVE STREAM IN CANADA
Queen Victoria Park, on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, hosts a massive New Year’s party every year. The bash includes a fireworks display at midnight and a free concert featuring four bands. Other can’t-miss events include a Floral Showhouse, open during the day, and the Winter Festival of Lights, which illuminates a 5-mile route through the park and beyond.