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WATCH LIVE: New Year celebrations around the world

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File photo: Fireworks at the Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand

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Schedule of major events

  • 5 a.m. ET: Samoa and parts of Kiribati are the first places in the world to welcome the new year. (No live feed)
  • 6 a.m. ET: New Zealand. Fireworks display at the Sky Tower in Auckland.
  • 8 a.m. ET: Sydney welcomes the new year with one of the largest firework displays in the world.
  • 10 a.m. ET: Tokyo, Seoul, and Pyongyang welcome the new year. Live feed from Pyongyang.
  • 11 a.m. ET: Hong Kong will have a virtual countdown, starting one hour before midnight. Also at midnight, Taiwan will ring in the new year with a fireworks display at the Taipei 101 skyscraper.
  • 3 p.m. ET: Dubai. A firework and light show will take place at the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.
  • 4 p.m. ET: Russia. Putin will deliver his New Year’s address shortly before midnight. It is followed by a fireworks display in Moscow.
  • 6 p.m. ET: Large parts of Europe will welcome the new year. Most of the major events have been canceled.
  • 7 p.m. ET: The fireworks display in London has been canceled, but Big Ben will chime at midnight. Live feed expected.
  • 12 a.m. ET: New York City rings in the new year.
  • 7 a.m. ET: Baker Island and Howland Island are the last places to enter the new year. Both are uninhabited (no live feed)

Other events

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may deliver a New Year’s speech, although this hasn’t been confirmed. In previous years it took place at 12 p.m. local time (10 p.m. ET).

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