Watch 2023's New Year's Eve Firework Displays From Around the Globe
As we eagerly await the arrival of New Year's Eve 2024, let's journey back to New Year's Eve of 2023 and revisit the awe-inspiring firework displays that illuminated the skies across the globe.
Join us as we relive the best displays from some of the most iconic landmarks across the world, as we collectively said goodbye to 2022 and hello to 2023.
Whilst Auckland, New Zealand is the first major city to celebrate New Year's Eve, their firework display from the Auckland Sky Tower isn't a patch on Sydney's.
New Year's Eve 2023 was the first time Sydney had put on an unrestricted display since the pandemic and it didn't disappoint. Over 1m people gathered to watch fireworks being launched from Sydney's Harbour Bridge, Opera House and several barges in the famous harbour.
At almost 12 minutes long, Sydney never fails to disappoint with their New Year's firework displays and 2023's was no different.
Marina Bay, Singapore
Fireworks lit up the sky over Marina Bay for the first time since the pandemic started and it's safe to say they made up for lost time!
Ras Al Khaimam, United Arab Emirates
This was a world record breaking event, setting not one but TWO world records, claiming the record for the ‘largest number of operated multi-rotors/drones with a simultaneous fireworks display’ and setting a brand-new world record for the ‘largest aerial sentence formed by multirotors/drones’.
The 12-minute display was an insane display and it makes you wonder what they're going to do to beat it this year!
2023's New Year's Eve display was the city's biggest display in a while. 2019's was cancelled due to violent social unrest and it was then scaled back in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.
But that was in all the past, when tens of thousands of people gathered near the city’s Victoria Harbour after Hong Kong lifted limits on group gatherings and put on a fantastic New Year's Eve display.
Thailand welcomed 2023 with a spectacular fireworks show stretching 1.4 km along the curve of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, encompassing the renowned Wat Arun, or Temple of Dawn. Orchestrated by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the festivities featured an impressive display of 500 fireworks, captivating spectators for over 5 minutes.
Despite two years of Covid cancellations, a million people flooded the Champs-Élysées in a Parisian "renaissance." Expected at 500,000, the diverse crowd, including global tourists, gathered for a massive fireworks display around the Arc de Triomphe. Following the midnight spectacle, the densely packed, mask-free crowd was evacuated amid heightened policing.
London, United Kingdom
In the UK, despite chilly weather, over 100,000 people congregated on the River Thames Embankment in London for the midnight display, enduring blustery showers. The fireworks honored the late Queen Elizabeth II, featuring the royal cypher ER and a transforming portrait on a coin to an outline of King Charles III. The show also acknowledged events such as the Ukraine conflict, England's women's football team European championship victory, and the 50th anniversary of Pride.
Dubai, Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi joined Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah in hosting a record-breaking firework display to mark the arrival of 2023, as reported by WAM. The Sheikh Zayed Festival in Al Wathba attracted over one million visitors, celebrating the New Year with a spectacular firework showcase and drone performance that set four Guinness World Records.
Dallas Texas, USA
Reunion Tower in Texas marked the onset of 2023 in a spectacular fashion, showcasing an extraordinary display that truly encapsulated the Lone Star State's spirit. The grandeur of the celebration was evident through the deployment of nearly 15,000 pounds of fireworks and over 200 drone lights seamlessly choreographed with the fireworks.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil