This blog post was updated on December 29, 2021.

New Year’s Eve has become synonymous with fireworks. Invented by the Chinese in the 7th century, fireworks have become an exciting option for any and all celebrations. And what bigger celebration than New Year’s Eve? While many countries welcome in the New Year on different dates, many nations around the world celebrate January 1st as the start of the New Year. So on the night before, cities from around the world launch hundreds of blue, green, and golden fireworks. If fireworks are your thing, here are the world’s best and most unique firework shows that you can check out on December 31st.

Sydney, Australia

New year's fireworks in Sydney

Every year, Sydney hosts one of the world’s biggest and most luxurious New Year’s Eve celebrations. The show is multi-tiered with a variety of pyrotechnic displays, with the final, impressive, “Midnight Fireworks” to top it all off. The fireworks usually last 15 minutes and draw millions of viewers both in person and on TV. As the fireworks explode above the wings of the Sydney Opera House and rain onto the Sydney Harbor Bridge, you’ll surely be ready to forget the past and step into the New Year fresh and ready to go.

Las Vegas, USA

New Year's fireworks in Las Vegas

Like all the magic in Vegas, fireworks are launched from the Strip. The biggest resorts including the MGM Grand, Caesars Palace, and The Venetian all launch impressive amounts of fireworks from their rooftops. The result is a spectacular and one-of-a-kind display that dazzles. To best see the fireworks, you’ll want to find a spot perched up high somewhere.

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Mexico City, Mexico

New Year's fireworks in Mexico City

The best place to be in Mexico City to kick off the New Year is the Zócala. Mexico city’s main square, the Zócala is where kids set off firecrackers, parents get together to laugh and drink, and Mexico City’s elaborate fireworks display is launched. The square is filled with traditional music and vendors selling sweet treats. Best of all? Mexico City comes at half the cost of most major European destinations.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

New Year's fireworks in Dubai

No list about the biggest and the best would be complete without mentioning Dubai. The city might as well be paved with gold and the attention to detail the UAE gives all its projects is admirable. That attention and love of glamour is also seen in Dubai’s New Year’s Eve celebrations. The gem at the center of it all is the Burj Khalifa. The Burj Khalifa is Dubai’s iconic destination and also the world’s tallest structure—it stands at an impressive 829.8m. During their New Year’s Eve celebrations, not only does Dubai’s bay explode with fireworks, but the sides of the Burj Khalifa make it rain golden rockets. It’s truly one of the wonders of the modern world.

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San Francisco, USA

New Year's fireworks in San Francisco

The Bay Area is beautiful on any day of the year, but it turns into a fairytale during the New Year. The show takes place on the water and the fireworks can be seen from a variety of different places. The best views come from firework cruises, the Bay Bridge, or anywhere along the waterfront. With plenty of grass for picnics and cute restaurants tucked into the nooks and crannies of San Francisco’s many piers, you’re sure to find a spot to tuck in for the night and enjoy the spectacular view.

Toronto, Canada

New Year's fireworks in Toronto

If you can muscle up and face the cold, downtown Toronto’s New Year’s celebration is definitely one for the books. The entire night is spent in Nathan Phillips Square with live entertainment, ice skating, and plenty of opportunities for dancing. With a wonderful view of the CN Tower that act as a backdrop for all of the firework festivities, you’re guaranteed an experience that is not only 100% light extravaganza, but 100% Canadian.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

New Year's fireworks in Spectacular New Years Fireworks in Rio de Janeiro

There’s truly no place like Rio. Though there might not be snow or hot fires to welcome those arriving on cheap New Year’s flights to Rio, there’s something even more exotic and enticing as drinking champagne while gazing at the showers of silver and red fireworks raining down on Brazil’s long sandy beaches. Not only do the Brazilians know how to party, but the warm weather and the favorable exchange rate make Rio an ideal destination to view some of the world’s biggest and best fireworks at a fraction of the price of cities like New York. As the snakes dance into oblivion, you can see their reflections in the soothing waves of Brazil’s most beautiful waters.

London, England

New Year's fireworks in London

While some may say that Paris is the most romantic city in the world, London, with its classic spires and slow-moving London Eye has a charm to it that attracts tourists from all around the world. On New Year’s Ever, when trying to pick a place to party, London will offer a display that is old meets new. The sizzling and sparkling rain of fireworks falling like glitter onto buildings built in the 16th century will make you feel like you’re in Pride & Prejudice movie and the boom and bams of fireworks will remind you of musket-fire from a bygone era. For a historically beautiful and significant firework show, London is the place to be.

Athens, Greece

New Year's fireworks in Athens

If you really want to feel like you’re going back in time then check out the fireworks show in Athens. The modern feel of light explosions dancing across the night sky above the ancient Parthenon is breathtaking. Though the show is not as big and as long as most other major cities, the location makes up for that absence. After the buzz and bustle of the loud fireworks finish, tourists will be treated to lovely Greek chants and chorals. For a musical and magical night, Athens definitely has the most unique fireworks show.

Did we miss your favorite fireworks show? Do you have a tradition for New Year’s Eve? Let us know what it is in the comments below!

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