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The biggest New Year’s Eve celebrations around the world

November 30, 2017 / US
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It’s almost time to ring in the new year and start fresh in 2018. And while the clock strikes midnight at different times (hello, 39 local time zones) this holiday is something the entire world has in common. We put together a list of the cities around the globe that are known for their epic celebrations. Who knows, perhaps you’ll find some inspiration for your own NYE party.


Sydney, Australia

Time at Uber HQ in San Francisco: 5am

This part of the world is one of the first regions to ring in the new year. And in Sydney, they don’t hold back. Known for their incredible fireworks display, Sydney is home to the 2nd largest celebration in the world, with over 1 billion viewers tuning in to see the show. Are you in Australia for the new year? Head to their official website to plan your evening. And if you’re looking for a way to get around while you’re out on the town, here’s everything you need to know about catching a ride in Sydney.

London, England

Time at Uber HQ in San Francisco: 4pm

Fireworks over the Thames followed by an endless array of parties to choose from? Sounds like a great way to start the year. If you happen to be in London for the holiday, check out Time Out’s great New Year’s Eve guide. And while you’re busy planning your night, make sure you map out how you’re getting around the city. We’ve got you covered—here’s more information on how to catch a ride in London.  

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Time at Uber HQ in San Francisco: 6pm

It’s no surprise that Rio is home to the largest New Year’s Eve celebration in the world. While it’s the height of winter in the northern hemisphere, it’s the summer holiday for the folks down south. Which means when Brazilians ring in 2018, they’ll be on the beach in tank tops and shorts watching the huge fireworks display. Head to Copacabana beach for live music and dancing and don’t forget to wear white—a custom in Rio on NYE to bring you luck for the new year. Looking for a ride to the beach? Here’s everything you need to know about catching an Uber in Rio.

New York City, USA

Time at Uber HQ in San Francisco: 9pm

Watching the ball drop in Times Square is one of the most iconic ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the United States. If you’re brave enough to deal with the massive crowds, head to Time Square and celebrate 2018 with thousands of excited strangers. If you’re not into dealing with the masses, New York is full of other great celebrations and activities for a memorable evening. If your night includes Uber, here’s how to catch a ride in NYC.


Whether you’re ringing in the new year from the comfort of your couch, an intimate gathering, or a huge party, we hope you have an excellent (and safe) New Year’s Eve.