New Year’s Eve 2020 LIVE: London and Edinburgh lead the way as UK ushers in new decade

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Around the world, New Year’s Eve is celebrated with lavish firework displays, traditional songs and indulging in festive treats. London and Sydney light up with huge firework displays, and New York residents and tourists gather in Times Square to witness the famous ball drop.

Samoa was the first country to ring in the New Year, celebrating the start of 2020, 14 hours ahead of the UK.

The UK still has a little while to wait until midnight, but we will soon be celebrating the New Year.

Follow Express.co.uk’s live blog below for updates from across the globe this New Year’s Eve.

All times below are in GMT.

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New Year’s Eve 2020 LIVE: Celebrations have begun as the New Year is welcomed across the world (Image: GETTY)

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New Year 2020 London (Image: BBC)

Countdown blunder: Rachel Riley's huge mistake after replacing Carol Vorderman exposed

New Year 2020 Edinburgh (Image: BBC)

12.14am update: Happy New Year!

The UK ushers in the new decade with parties and firework displays throughout the country. In London and Edinburgh spectacular firework displays were witnesed by thousands of revellers. 

11.48pm update: Atmosphere growing in London and Edinburgh

Crowds are gathering to watch the firework displays. In London around 2,000 fireworks will be let off from near the London Eye. Mayor Sadiq Khan has promised the best ever firework display London has ever seen and a Euro 2020 theme.

In Edinburgh, some 3.3 tonnes of fireworks will be consumed in the festive display. Later, Mark Ronson will headline the Hogmnnay party at Princess Street Gardens

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New Year 2020 Paris (Image: BBC)

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New Year 2020 Berlin (Image: BBC)

11.12pm update: Thousands celebrate the New Year across Europe

In Paris people gathered on the Champs-Elysees to watch a spectacular fireworks display, with the Arc de Triomphe illumintaed with 2020

In Berlin huge crowds saw in the New Year by the iconic Brandenburg Gates

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New Year’s Eve 2020 LIVE: Fireworks explode at the Burj Khalifah, the world’s tallest building (Image: AFP via GETTY IMAGES)

10.35pm update: The iconic Acropolis is illuminated by fireworks

Greece has now officially entered 2020. 

Pictures have now been released of the ancient Acropolis lit up with fireworks in Greece’s historic capital of Athens.

10.20pm update: Thousands gather in London to watch the fireworks

Photos show thousands of people gathering to watch the famous London New Year’s Eve fireworks.

Police are warning people not to attend New Year celebrations on the River Thames in London without a ticket.

More than 100,000 tickets have been bought for the now sold-out fireworks display.

10pm update: Dubai dazzles as New Year’s pictures released

Fireworks displays in Dubai have lit up its impressive skyline.

Snaps from the event show the Burj Khalifah, the world’s tallest building, lit up with fireworks.

Thousands gathered to watch the show and ring in 2020.

9.45pm update: London Mayor Sadiq Khan promises the “best fireworks London has ever seen”

Speaking in the city centre ahead of the celebrations on Tuesday night, Mr Khan told the PA news agency: “Hand on heart, these are going to be the best fireworks London has ever seen.”

Thousands are already gathering in London to watch what is touted to be a spectacular firework display.

The city skyline will be lit up with lights, illuminating landmarks such as the London Eye and The Houses of Parliament.

8.15pm update: Hogmanay celebrations begin in Edinburgh

Scotland have been celebrating Hogmanay, with thousands taking to the streets of the capital.

Performances from Idlewild, Rudimental and Marc Almond will take place on stages throughout the city centre.

DJ Mark Ronson will usher in the new year, creating a new soundtrack ahead of the clock striking midnight.

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New Year’s Eve 2020 LIVE: Thousands gather in London to watch the fireworks at midnight (Image: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire)

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New Year’s Eve 2020 LIVE: Singapore welcomed the New Year with a vibrant firework display (Image: GETTY)

7pm update: People gather in Times Square, NYC

Crowds have already started to gather in Times Square for New Year’s Eve.

Thousands are expected to witness the traditional New Year’s ball drop in Times Square this year.

New York rings in 2020 at 5am GMT.

6.15pm update: Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan greet 2020

At 6pm Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan celebrated the launch of another year.

Celebrations have begun in Bangladesh’s capital of Dhaka, Kazakhstan’s capital of Almaty and Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek.

Nepal also celebrated the new year at 6.15pm.

5.15pm update: Much of Indonesia and Thailand welcome in the New Year

At 5pm Thailand and much of Indonesia greeted 2020. 

The hour before, Singapore welcomed the new decade with a vibrant firework display. 

The next regions to celebrate the New Year are Myanmar and the Cocos Islands at 5.30pm. 

4.40pm update: Protests continue in Hong Kong on New Year’s Eve

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters began staging New Year’s Eve rallies around the city on Tuesday urging people not to give up the fight for democracy in 2020.

One attendee of a rally told Reuters: “Liberate HK, Revolution of our time is my New Year wish.

“As we have been protesting for such a long time, but the government still refuses to listen to us.

“If we don’t join the protest, we are in debt to our comrades who have already been jailed.”

4pm: Live blog taken over by Katie Sewell.

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New Year’s Eve 2020 LIVE: Crowds are gathering in Times Square, NYC (Image: AFP via GETTY IMAGES)

3.47pm update: What does Auld Lang Syne mean?

Auld Lang Syne itself roughly translates to ‘old long since’ and is a reflection on times gone by.

This is perhaps what makes it such a perfect New Year’s song, as many people reflect on the year that has gone, as well as the year to come.

This New Year may be more of a time for reflection than most, as not only do we welcome a New Year but a new decade.

3.08pm update: Happy New Year to Japan, Korea, Seoul and Pyongyang!

The clocks have tolled midnight in Japan, Korea, Seoul and Pyongyang meaning it is now 2020 for those countries. 

1.26pm update: Hong Kong activists stage New Year protests as fireworks cancelled

Hong Kong protesters made long human chains and marched through shopping malls on New Year’s Eve, urging people not to give up the fight for democracy in 2020.

Authorities have cancelled the popular midnight fireworks for the first time in a decade, citing security concerns.

A “Symphony of Lights” is planned instead, involving projections on the city’s tallest skyscrapers after a countdown to midnight.

1pm update: HAPPY NEW YEAR SYDNEY!

Syndey, Australia welcomes in the new year with a cascade of fireworks over the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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New Year’s Eve 2020 LIVE: People celebrating the New Year in Metro Manila, Philippines (Image: REUTERS)

12.18pm update: The emergency services in the UK are preparing for their busiest night of the year

Emergency services in the UK are preparing for their busiest night of the year.

The Metropolitan Police have advised ticket-holders for tonight’s London Mayor’s fireworks show to pack lightly and only bring essentials, with no backpacks or suitcases allowed into the event. 

The fireworks will be broadcast on BBC One for those who were unable to buy a ticket.

11.33am update: Who is next to enter 2020?

Sydney will enter 2020 at 1pm GMT, but elsewhere in Australia will welcome the New Year later.

Queensland will enter 2020 at 2pm and the Northern Territory at 2.30pm.

Western Australia will celebrate at 3.15pm.

After that, Japan, South Korea, Tokyo, Seoul and Pyongyang will enter the New Year at 3pm.

There are 38 different local times which takes 26 hours for the New Year take hold of all time zones.

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New Year’s Eve 2020 LIVE: A glowing sign in Seoul, South Korea welcomes the New Year (Image: REUTERS)

11am update: New Zealand welcomes the New Year

New Zealand has hit midnight, meaning they are ringing in the New Year.

This is 13 hours ahead of the UK.

10.51am update: How to say ‘Happy New Year’ in 10 different languages

  • French – Bonne Année
  • Spanish – ¡ Feliz Año Nuevo!
  • Welsh – Blwyddyn Newydd Dda
  • Italian – Buon anno
  • German – Frohes Neues Jahr
  • Dutch – Gelukkig Nieuwjaar
  • Icelandic – Gleðilegt nýtt ár
  • Norwegian – Godt nytt år
  • Turkish – Mutlu yıllar
  • Finnish – Hyvää uutta vuotta

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New Year’s Eve 2020 LIVE: Sydney’s 9pm show is aimed at families (Image: GETTY)

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New Year’s Eve 2020 LIVE: Fireworks explode from the Aucklands Waitemata Harbour and Sky Tower in Auckland (Image: REUTERS)

10.35am update: Stunning images show Sydney’s fireworks over Harbour Bridge

Breathtaking photos show the slightly delayed 9pm firework display lighting up the sky over Harbour Bridge in Sydney.

The stunning explosions can be seen reflected in the ocean as they burst into the sky.

10.20am update: Despite a delay, Sydney’s 9pm fireworks go ahead

The 9pm (10am GMT) fireworks over Sydney Harbour faced a last-minute delay due to high winds, going off at 9.15pm.

The stunning spectacle lit the sky above the Sydney Harbour Bridge. 

This display at an earlier time is aimed at families, with a further round of fireworks when the clock strikes midnight in Sydney – 1pm GMT.

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New Year’s Eve 2020 LIVE: Stunning fireworks light up the sky over Harbour Bridge (Image: GETTY)

10.01am update: Samoa rings in the New Year

A staggering 14 hours ahead of the UK, Samoa has already entered 2020.

The clock struck midnight in Samoa at 10am GMT, meaning the Samoan Islands are the first to ring in the New Year.

9.54am update: Fireworks to go ahead in Sydney despite raging bushfires

There were calls for Sydney to cancel its world-famous fireworks display amid raging bushfires across the country.

However, the display will go ahead after the city was granted an exemption to a total fire ban.

The popular celebrations are expected to attract one million people to Sydney Harbour’s famous foreshore and generate 130 million Australian dollars (£69 million) for the state’s economy.

An estimated one billion people worldwide watched last year’s display on television.


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