Fireworks Show Celebrates as New Year’s Bell Rings

Ringing in a New Year, fireworks and light shows will herald the New Year in cities around the world.

It’s  probably no coincidence that the best party towns in the world put on the world’s best New Year celebrations and 2009-2010, by all accounts, will be no exception.

These are 10 of the best. If you are lucky enough to go there, just enjoy the great festival feast of grand fireworks.

Las Vegas

In Las Vegas they party every night of the year but save the best one for last.Closed to traffic, The Strip is packed with party-goers and the city’s legendary casinos, strip clubs, nightclubs and ritzy lounges are brimming.

There’s also a huge party downtown at Fremont Street Experience, a pedestrian mall of outdoor snack shops, vendor carts and colourful kiosks with wine-tasting, concerts with big-name rock groups and massive fireworks display and a five-block-long illuminated canopy 30m overhead with state-of-the-art sound and light shows.


New Year’s Eve in Prague is a movable feast. Czechs circulate around the many bars, clubs and restaurants to celebrate and lubricate before lining the banks of the Vltava River for the fireworks over water display with the magnificent backdrop of Prague Castle and the medieval Charles Bridge.

There’s a more do-it-yourself approach around Wenceslas Square and the Old Town Square where large crowds gather to risk life and limb setting off their own bungers in a fireworks free-for-all.


The Lord Mayor’s Fireworks Display at the London Eye on the South Bank starts soon after Big Ben strikes midnight. Celebrating its 10th year, the giant ferris wheel becomes the launchpad for a visual and sonic onslaught of more than 100,000 pyrotechnics.

Thousands gather on the Tower, Westminster, London and Blackfriars bridges to witness the spectacle or watch it on the big screens in Trafalgar and Parliament squares. The next day, the New Year’s Day parade leaves Westminster at noon and weaves through the city to Green Park.

Rio de Janeiro

Second only to Carnival, Rio de Janeiro’s most popular party is New Year’s Eve (Reveillon) when between two and three million people descend on Copacabana’s 4km beach for drinks, samba schools, 30 minutes of fireworks and bands that celebrate African, Christian and indigenous traditions.


On New Year’s Eve in the City of Light the Eiffel Tower explodes with sparkling coloured lights, people flock into the streets and the illuminated Champs Elysees gears up for the fireworks display above the Arc de Triomphe.

Away from the mayhem, the scene in artsy Montmartre is of crowded bars and clubs where the Sacre Coeur Cathedral plaza offers spectacular views of the fireworks over the city. For a quieter experience, book a table on a bateau-mouche (riverboat) dinner cruise on the Seine.


One hundred thousand people are about to descend on Edinburgh for five days of Hogmanay to sing, drink, dance, hug, kiss and celebrate the New Year below the spectacular backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

There’ll be dancing, the River of Fire torchlight procession led by Vikings through the city with the burning of a Viking longboat on Calton Hill, Hogmanay Carnival, fireworks and the huge street party along Princes St, George St and the Royal Mile, with live music and theatre.

New York City

One minute before midnight, as the famous New Year’s Eve Ball descends from the flagpole atop One Times Square in New York City, an estimated one million people will be watching and counting in a ceremony that dates back to 1906.

This is the world’s largest street party when Manhattan rocks with balloons, confetti drops and star-studded musical events televised live to millions nationwide and more than a billion around the world. The 2m-wide Waterford crystal ball contains 504 crystal triangles, 696 multi-coloured light bulbs, 96 high intensity
strobes and 90 rotating pyramid mirrors.


After celebrating the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall this year, Berliners are already in New Year mode and more than a million people are expected to mark the German Silvester (New Year) with an open-air party along the Party Mile (June 17 St) between the iconic Brandenburg Gate and Victory Column.

Almost 2km long, the 80,000sq mof revelry will include dance floors, live music performances, DJs, laser light shows, video screens, bars, food stands and a midnight fireworks extravaganza.


Thais love a decent party and celebrate New Year three times, on December 31, the Chinese New Year (March) and the Thai New Year (Songkran) in April.

Central World Plaza in Bangkok is South-East Asia’s largest shopping mall and venue for Thailand’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebration, with raucous street parties, concerts, fireworks, beer gardens, food stalls and some 200,000 revellers for the ‘‘HANDS Bangkok Countdown’’ at midnight when the 20m-high Greeting Ball Tower does its light and sound show.


But, some will argue, the world’s best New Year knees-up happens in Sydney, with live music and theatre, street entertainers, food and drink stalls, about one and a half million revellers and, this year, some $5 million worth of

There’ll be pre-show entertainment from early afternoon, the spectacular 9pm family fireworks, the
Harbour of Light Parade and the massive midnight fireworks and Harbour Bridge light show, some 15 months in the planning. This year expect more than three tonnes of exploding pyrotechnics fired from barges on the harbour and the bridge.

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