15 Best New Years Eve Fireworks in the World

By Seema Nande on Dec 27, 2018
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Nothing demonstrates the excitement, glee and novelty of an upcoming year, as extravagantly as fireworks! Strike midnight and every aisle has at least one firecracker bursting all its exuberance juxtaposing the ornateness of the much fancier, life-sized firecracker shows across cities, countries and continents, illuminating the earth, one zone at a time! Small or big, firecrackers cannot go unnoticed and in our opinion are the most definite source of a New Year’s Eve. And so, we bring to you the best New Years Eve fireworks in the world that chime in the new year on this intercontinental journey. 

1. Sydney harbor, Australia

You will find the whole of Sydney at the waterfront to ring in the New Year’s Eve. The iconic Sydney Harbor Bridge and adjoining buildings ignite at midnight displaying one of the world’s most spectacular fireworks productions. Along with the fireworks is a breathtaking light parade. Make sure you grab tickets for one of Sydney’s best events with a view. The Royal Botanic Gardens or the La Bohme gala at the Opera House, are creme places to watch Sydney New Year Fireworks in our opinion. And if that’s a lot of work you can also rent a boat, bring your own bubbles and start the countdown early. To make it even dreamier, motoring out to the Cockatoo Island to set up a moonlit picnic in preparation for the show, is perfect! A great place for camping enthusiasts, make sure you book a spot in advance. The show is a great mélange of various effect like bridge, waterfall and the birthday cake effect! Further the bridge effect has fun new themes every year; the City of Color, Awaken the Spirit, Embrace are some that have been remarkable ones till date. This year’s theme is "Welcome to SydNYE"! The best way to get the most out of this show is getting on a cruise. Prior reservation required.
Tickets for cruises start from - Normally Adult $275, Child (4-15yrs) $225
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2. Eiffel Tower, Paris

Already popular as the ‘City of Lights’, Paris, on a New Year’s Eve comes alive as though infused with some magical charm. The sky bedazzles with striking fireworks, from the Eiffel Tower, making a dreamy backdrop against the Seine river. This year especially, the tower, for the first time in history will be holding a light show, that will have a palette colors dancing in front of your eyes! The show will commence at 11 pm. To catch a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower fireworks are thousands lining the Champs-Élysée, with a bottle of Champagne in hand. Other good spots to catch views of these spectacular fireworks include the steps of Sacré-Couer church and the Trocadéro. 
There are no specific tickets to watch the NYE fireworks, however, you can make a reservation at either of the restaurants on the tower for the eve.
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3. Chicago river, Chicago

While the Windy city light up from every corner, the Navy Pier offers some exceptional views of fireworks. This is Chicago’s only lakefront midnight fireworks show. Hopping aboard one of the Pier’s great cruise boats too is a great idea, to bring in the new year’s differently, unlike the usual partying and boozing. This year the Chi-Town Rising concert is especially looked forward to with live entertainment, parties at multiple venues, a massive firework display and a countdown that'll mesmerize the crowds and all this free of cost! If you choose to cruise, however, prices may vary. These crusises have various themed celeberations, dinners and are mostly all-inclusive. 
Fireworks Cruises starting from - $139.90
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4. London eye, London

When you think of New Year's Eve in London, you are bound to think about the London Eye's contribution to the city's extravaganza. Much to your delight, this is one place where Londoners turn up in huge numbers, to witness the remarkable fireworks show from the iconic Ferris wheel. The Trafalgar square too is abuzz with great energy, the music here only gets the crowd happier. While you can be a part of the crowd gathered at the Thames riverfront, to enjoy a luxurious experience, making a reservation at the Riverside rooms is a good idea. These, provide spectacular views of the Westminster Palace and the London Eye itself. Keep in mind, if you can see the London Eye, you can see the fireworks too (mostly from Central London). Other good locations to watch the fireworks are the Victoria Embankment, South Bank, Westminster Bridge and Waterloo Bridge.
Tickets for Riverside start from - £260
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5. Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro

The free-spirited Rio promises some great New Year's Eve celebrations indeed. With all the small roads up the hills bursting firecrackers, what remains to be the main event on the New year's Eve is the Reveillon. this event has locals gathering at the Copacabana beach to celebrate. This is a sight to watch with everyone being dressed in all-white, as they praise the goddess of the sea - the Yemanja. Post midnight this celebration turns into one happening party of the town.
Being a free event on the beach, there are no tickets for this.
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6. Calton Hill, Edinburgh

Edinburgh's Hogmanay is acclaimed to be one of the biggest and best New Year celebrations. On the eve of New Year’s thousands crowd the city streets with torches, as if a bunch of fireflies fluttering from the historic Royal Mile, further proceeding towards son et lumiére. The fireworks finale on Calton Hill completes this popular New Year's Eve stroll. Taking this grandeur to another level is the fantastic backdrop of the Edinburgh Castle. What more you ask? Brilliant live music and entertainment from the headlining band Biffy Clyro, coupled with world-famous DJ’s, screens that are literally larger than life, groovy outdoor bars and of course, the world-famous Edinburgh Hogmanay Midnight Fireworks on the castle ramparts will rapture you.
Tickets for Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party start from - £ 25.00
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7. Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong

Hong Kong has to its credit, one of the world’s spectacular skyline. And to see this skyline glaring with enormous fireworks, getting better year by year, is a one-of-its-kind experience. And being Hong Kong, there must be a dash of orientalness, which is fulfilled at the finale of New Year's eve fireworks. And so you have a pyrotechnic dragon captivating you, no less than a real one. The Times Square here too refuses to let go off its American twin's tradition of the ball drop! And so replicating the same, you can witness one right here in the land of dragons! Another popular destination for the New Year Eve's celebration is the Victoria Harbour, with several fun activities. This is where the city's elite party the night away on private yachts and terrace roofs. To bask in the magical views of this illuminate city, the Avenue of Stars in Tsim Tsa Shui is the place to be!
All public viewing areas are free of cost.
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8. Anjuna, Goa

Goa, the party capital of India has evolved to be a favorite for all kinds of tourists. Having a strong Portuguese background, this state has influenced culture that is still very well preserved today. From Christmas carnivals to the new year’s, no state in India celebrates the way Goa does. December is one month, when visitors flock the state, to ring in the new years as well as enjoy popular music festivals, that take place around the year end. While some say that Goa’s party scene has been changing, there still can be no beat to dancing in saree sequined skirts and jolly locals on the soft sand! The whole of Goa’s coast illuminates with a massive display of fireworks. The best places for New year celebrations in Goa, however, remains to be the a-buzzing Anjuna and the quieter and serener Palolem!
You can watch fireworks on the Anjuna beach absolutely free of cost.
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9. Teufelsberg and Viktoriapark, Berlin

Oh, dear Europe, that never ceases to be the best of all! Berlin has its biggest party taking place at the Brandenburg Gate. While the Teufelsberg and Viktoriapark are great vantage points from which to watch the fireworks. Enthralling and captivating, bringing in your new year in Berlin is an exclusive experience, to say the least. Be a part of the one million visitors that come out to bring the New Year’s in style. Scrumptious traditional treats, fun stages for shows, party tents, light and laser shows and mouthwatering drinks, make up for the New Year’s Eve scene in Berlin. As people start clicking glasses, the fireworks start showering overhead!
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10. Strip, Las Vegas

How can the ‘City of Sin’ possibly be missed in a list that talks about fireworks and New Year’s Eve! This is one place where the options will leave you spoilt for choice. The entire city is a sight to watch on this eve, with firecrackers rupturing from atop the popular hotels. One place, however, is noteworthy to watch the best of fireworks - the Strip. With a high concentration of resorts, hotels, and casinos, this place assures a larger-than-life experience. 
Being just a location, the strip particularly does not have tickets.
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11. New York Harbor, New York

Probably the epitome of a perfect New Year’s Eve, NYC has the world competing to its ball drop, massive confetti play, almost blinding fireworks and world-class parties! As the clock near midnight, the whole world has its eyes on the Times Square to watch the famous ball drop. If you are not too fond of the crowd, you could even consider booking a reservation at one of the many restaurants overlooking the Times Square. For a completely different experience and the best view of the midnight fireworks you could also consider a nighttime boat ride on the New York Harbor.
With a lot of things to do, tickets may vary as per what you choose to do. From dance cruises, rock yachts to exclusive NYE fireworks cruises, you certainly are spoilt for choice. 
Book a New Year’s Eve Times Square Ball Drop Party  in advance to avoid the crowded places.
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12. Wiener Prater fair, Vienna

Famous for its New Year’s Eve Grand Ball, the atmospheric city of Vienna’s new year’s celebration is elegant. Hosted at Hofburg Palace, as the New Year’s Eve draws closer the Christmas markets of Vienna transform into a more fascinating New Year’s fair. You will find revelers crowding the Silvesterpfad - New Year’s Path as the clock draws closer to strike midnight. Mulled wine remains to be the backbone of this party, that starts at 2 pm and goes on to past midnight. Fireworks take place over the Wiener Prater fair.
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13. Rembrandtplein, Amsterdam 

This is perhaps the only place, where you will find firecracker shows starting a day or two prior to the New Year’s Eve! With the number of bridges and canals in the city, the bridges prove to be the best spot to watch fireworks in Amsterdam. Its squares are where all the action takes place, so if you are keen on getting really close to the experience, visiting the main squares of Rembrandtplein, Nieuwmarkt, Museumplein and Dam Square is a good idea. All these squares also hold parties, that are most likely to turn into a street party as the spirit catches up!
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14. Bayfront Park, Miami

Known for its world-class nightlife, Miami is a got to choice for many across the world. The entire city is a-buzzing with activities throughout. However, what remains to be a notable event are the activities at the Bayfront Park. The whole of Miami and even those from outside gather here to witness the celebrations. There is dance, there are drinks and then there is the spectacular display of fireworks. The private parties' fireworks too, add to the illumination of the city sky.
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15. Victoria & Albert Waterfront, Cape Town

Spanning not one or two but whole of three days, New Year’s celebrations in Cape Town, are indeed extraordinary! But if you are a fan of fireworks then head to the Victoria & Albert Waterfront, which hosts midnight fireworks display and a live music concert. For unobstructed views of the fireworks, go straight to the Table Mountain. The city additionally has some other great events and activities lined up for the eve, but this one’s exclusively about fireworks!
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So, there you have it, a plan for the upcoming New Year’s Eve! Because some said You Only Live Once! 
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