New Year’s Eve 2021 celebrations across the US as 15,000 revelers fill Times Square while Americans welcome in 2022

THOUSANDS of revelers have gathered in New York City’s Times Square as the United States awaits the New Year.

The Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration will go on with a reduced crowd number.

Only about 15,000 people with proof of vaccination and use of face masks are allowed to gather around Times Square in an effort to contain the spread of Omicron.

Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus is hosting a New Year’s Eve bash in Miami, Florida, and in Nashville music stars such as Lady A are performing in a concert at the Big Bash Bicentennial National Mall State Park.

The UK has already welcomed in 2022 with a spectacular fireworks and pyrotechnics display that lit up London’s famous spots to mark the end of a tough 12 months.

The fireworks “spectacular” took a tour through London to mark midnight, and ended with a traditional rendition of Auld Lang Syne performed by the West End musical choir.

Fridays stunning displahy was powered by lights, drones and fireworks as it marked the biggest moments in Britain over the last 12 months.

To celebrate we’ve been bringing you live updates from celebrations around the world, from fireworks in Sydney and Beijing, to parties in London, New York, Rio de Janeiro and everyone in between.

Read our New Year live blog below to follow all the latest action…

  • London celebrates the New Year

    A large crowd party and celebrate by the London Eye on December 31, 2021 in London, United Kingdom.

    The fireworks “spectacular” took a tour through London to mark midnight, and ended with a traditional rendition of Auld Lang Syne performed by the West End musical choir.

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  • The Edinburgh scene

    Princes Street is seen deserted on December 31, 2021 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

    In Scotland, a maximum of 500 people can attend outdoor events where physical distancing of one metre is in place meaning the traditional Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations have been canceled.

    The rule-of-six in regulated premises, such as bars, restaurants, cinemas and theatres, was reintroduced in Wales on Boxing Day along with the closure of nightclubs. In England, the government has not introduced any new measures.

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  • New York City countdown

    The hourly countdown is seen during the New Year’s Eve celebrations in Times Square, as the Omicron coronavirus variant continues to spread, in the Manhattan borough of New York City.

    The Times Square New Years Eve celebration will go on with a reduced crowd number.

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  • Parisians celebrate

    Despite a surge of Covid cases across the world, Parisians celebrated the New Year on the Champs Elysees avenue, in Paris.

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  • New Year in Paris

    A couple is seen kissing on the Champs-Elysees Avenue in Paris shortly after welcoming the New Year at midnight.

    Europe has welcomed the New Year already, while the Americas are still in 2021.

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  • Big Ben marks midnight

    Minutes after Big Ben strikes 12 0′ clock, a few fireworks are let off on January 01, 2022 in London, United Kingdom.

    The countries that make up the UK have differing covid measures in place over the festive period. In Scotland, a maximum of 500 people can attend outdoor events where physical distancing of one metre is in place meaning the traditional Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations have been canceled.

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  • New Year over the Thames

    Pyrotechnics go off to mark the start of the year 2022, just after midnight, by the Millennium Bridge going over the River Thames, backdropped by the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

    The usual New Year’s Eve London firework display by the London Eye ferris wheel was cancelled for the second year running to stop crowds gathering during the UK’s current coronavirus outbreak.

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  • Edinburgh castle rings in the New Year

    Edinburgh Castle and the Balmoral Clock at midnight at the bells on New Year’s Eve Edinburgh as the limit on the number of people who can take part in events has seen New Year’s Eve street parties cancelled, including the one planned for Edinburgh.

    In Scotland, events have one-metre social distancing and are limited to 100 people standing indoors, 200 people sitting indoors and 500 people outdoors, with one-metre physical distancing in place in all indoor hospitality and leisure settings.

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  • Portugal receives the New Year

    The image below shows fireworks illuminating the Funchal bay during the New Year celebrations in Madeira island, Portugal, on January 1, 2021.

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  • Lights over St Paul’s Cathedral

    People watch a light display to mark the New Year over St Paul’s Cathedral and the Millenium Bridge, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease pandemic, in London, Britain.

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  • Drone show over London

    Drones illuminate the night sky over the Old Royal Naval College in London after the capital’s normal New Year’s Eve fireworks display was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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  • The London scene

    A laser show illuminates on the Millennium Bridge as people celebrate the arrival of the year 2022 on January 1, 2022 in London, England.

    While Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland face tougher Covid-19 restrictions over the New Year period, England has chosen to permit social gatherings but has cancelled some events, such as the planned celebrations in Trafalgar Square. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

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  • Madrid’s Puerta del Sol celebrates

    People pose for a selfie as they enjoy the atmosphere at Puerta del Sol Square on New Year’s Eve during the sixth wave of the coronavirus pandemic on December 31, 2021 in Madrid, Spain.

    Whilst most European cities have cancelled traditional New Year’s Eve festivities, Madrid’s celebration of the grapes on New Year’s Eve in Puerta del Sol has been maintained with protocols of social distancing, the use of face-masks and 60% reduction of capacity.

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  • London lit up with pyrotechnic and firework display

    Organisers said there would be no fireworks this year to keep crowds away.

    But there’s a huge fireworks display taking place above the Thames, set to the backdrop of Greenwich Park, Millennium Bridge and the O2.

    There’s even a nod to the World Cup!

  • Happy New Year!!!!

    London has counted down and it’s now 2022.

    The capital’s landmarks have been lit up!

    Happy New Year to all Sun readers.

  • UK to celebrate New Year in five minutes time

    Brits will countdown to midnight shortly.

    Olly Alexander and his band Years & Years are performing live in London with Kylie Minogue.

    Happy New Year one and all!

  • Revellers are packing out London’s Leicester Square

    Brits are out and about celebrating in England tonight – with the capital absolutely rammed with revellers desperate to forget about 2021.

    The picture below shows party people packing out Leicester Square in the very centre of London.

    Some revellers can be seen wearing face masks as they wait for the countdown.

  • Feliz 2022 from Madrid as Spain celebrates New Year

    Spain how now officially seen in the New Year.

    The bells of the clock tower of the Real Casa de Correos, located in Puerta del Sol, announce the New Year 2022 with fireworks, in Madrid.

    Dozens of people gather around the Plaza de Sol, in front of the clock tower, prior to the chimes.

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  • Germany welcomes in New Year

    Germany has welcomed in New Year.

    Pictured below is a the New Year’s firework display behind the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.

    It was a televised display, with no crowds due to Covid restrictions.

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  • Happy New Year from Warsaw, Poland

    It’s officially January 1st in Poland!

    The pic below shows fireworks over the city of Warsaw as crowds gather to celebrate the New Year.

    Just over half an hour to go until Big Ben chimes in 2022 here in the UK.

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  • Fireworks light up the skies above the Acropolis in Athens, Greece

    Fireworks explode over the Ancient Acropolis in Athens during the New Year’s Eve celebrations.

    Next up, Germany and France are set to see in 2022.

    Stick with us for all the latest updates and images from around the world.

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  • Daniel Craig and Joanna Lumley among those on New Year’s Honours list

    Joanna Lumley has said she is “astonished, thrilled and touched beyond words” at being made a dame in the New Year Honours.

    James Bond star Daniel Craig has been made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George, the same honour given to 007.

    Songwriter Bernie Taupin, best known for his long-running and fruitful collaboration with Sir Elton John, has been made an OBE in the New Year Honours.

    And director Horace Ove has said his knighthood is “testament to how far we have come and in many respects how far we still have to go” after being recognised in the New Year Honours

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