Top cities around the world celebrated the New Year with countdowns to midnight followed by dazzling firework displays. Sydney, London, Auckland and Dubai rang in the start of 2019 with impressive and colourful fireworks. These were captured in stunning images and videos.
In London, the annual London Mayor’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display catapulted the decorative explosions along the capital’s Southbank and from the iconic London Eye.
They were accompanied by music from popular ska band Madness, who themselves are from London.
The London firework display lasted for around 15 minutes and was comprised of 70,000 individual fireworks.
In Sydney, there were two firework displays – one being at an earlier time for families.
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Both the 9pm (local time) and midnight displays lit the sky over the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
Auckland, New Zealand followed suit sending hundreds of fireworks into the air from both the Sky Tower and their own Harbour Bridge.
The Auckland Sky Tower is 328 metres tall and images show fireworks shooting from it’s rooftop.
In Paris, thousands lined the streets of the Chantelise to see dazzling light displays.
The Arc de Triomphe was lit up to welcome the New Year, coloured red, white and blue to match the French flag.
Meanwhile, Berlin illuminated the Brandenburg Gate with their fireworks display.
In New York, crowds gathered in Times Square to witness the famous ball drop.
Entertaining the masses were Christina Aguilera, Florence and the Machine and Bastille who sang as confetti fell on revellers.
Despite the incessant rain, partygoers were not deterred, with some queuing for hours to stand in the world famous Times Square.
Stunning images show the Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking a magnificent display in Brazil.
Thousands of residents crowded the beaches in Rio de Janerio for the New Year’s Eve fireworks.
The famous beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana were lit up with stunning fireworks displays as onlookers cheered the new year in.