Whether you have planned to attend a big New Year’s Eve party or are celebrating quietly at home, it’s fun to see how the rest of the world welcomes in 2011. The great thing is that with a host of different time zones, the event can be enjoyed on live webcams for almost 24 hours! Checkout some of the international favourites here, with the help of our time zone guide.
Not only does New Year’s Eve display many different cultures, but New Year’s Eve webcams also show many different climates. Some views may want to make you emigrate to warmer, sunnier climes, but others seem too inhospitable to contemplate.
Here’s a rundown on what’s happening in the world on New Year’s Eve, including the all important where and when.
December 31, 2010
Sydney – 1300 GMT
One of the first places to welcome in 2011 is Sydney which always has a great fireworks display over Sydney Harbour Bridge. In fact the city has two fireworks events; a family event at 9pm and one for grown-ups at midnight. As this is one of the earliest New Year’s Day events it is one of the most watched events in the world on TV and through live webcams.
Far East and China
The next time zone to welcome in the New Year is the Far East, and China, although the Chinese prefer their own calendar and celebrations which this year are on February 3, 2011. This will be the start of the Year of the Rabbit.
London – 0000 GMT
Trafalgar Square is a big event for Londoners with thousands of revelers packing the area and generally getting a dowsing in the fountains, if they are not either frozen or emptied out. So far the forecast looks good at 38F (3C) and cloudy but dry.
However, the event on all our TV screens to mark the start of 2011 will be Big Ben striking in the new year. Had the recently exposed plot to blow up this iconic tower succeeded, it would indeed have been a very sombre welcome to 2011.
Nowhere celebrates Hogmanay quite like the Scots. Checkout this streaming webcam of New Year’s Eve celebrations in George Square, Glasgow or events on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile in Scotland’s capital city. They have such a good party, they actually have two bank holidays to recover!
January 1, 2011
New York – 0500 GMT
You may be falling asleep at your computer screen by now, but the Times SquareNew Year event with its dropping of the time ball is always a neon-lit show. In the city that never sleeps, thousands crush into Times Square to share the moment in temperatures forecast to be around 30F (-1C).
Las Vegas – 0800 GMT
OK, it may be well into the New Year in the UK but Las Vegas is only just getting around to popping the bubbly. Checkout scenes here of the sky above some of the largest and most iconic hotels in the world, in a city that knows how to party all year round!
Hawaii – 1000 GMT
Last but not least is Hawaii and the islands of the French Polynesia who are sure to be dancing in temperatures well above our own.
However you celebrate the New Year, we wish you a happy, healthy and successful year. May your New Year’s resolution be to enjoy more live webcams with us every day of the year!