2018: New Years Eve Around The World

2018 New Years Eve Around The World

Have you wondered what they do for New Years Eve around the world? And by “they” we mean many other countries and the seven billion people with whom you share the planet?

We take a break from politics to bring you a look at every time zone on Earth, when they cross the threshold into the future (midnight, obviously), and what’s happening locally. New Year’s Eve can be fun, assuming you won’t be at home alone and watching Hoarders until you fall asleep at 9pm with a TV dinner on your stomach; your t-shirt stained with gravy and shame. If that’s your idea of a simmering night, however, then go wild, but you may want to keep that to yourself.

The first knowledge drop: there are more than 24 offsets from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), and we’ve got them all. Please note: this article features a number of links to outside sources. While we have done our best, we cannot vouch for the security or integrity of any of them. Their privacy policies may also differ from ours. Please exercise caution if visiting any outside links.

New Years Eve Around The World: UTC+14

Midnight In… In Sydney In Athens GMT In NYC In LA
UTC+14 9pm 12/31 12pm 12/31 10am 12/31 5am 12/31 2am 12/31

Key Locations: Kiribati (Line Islands, Christmas Island); Apia (Samoa)

The first place in the world to welcome in 2018 is Kiribati in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Christmas Island, also known as Kiritimati, is due south of Hawaii, but they will exit 2017 a full day earlier. Here, you might find traditional celebrations among the natives.

New Years Eve Around The World: UTC+13:45

Midnight In… In Sydney In Athens GMT In NYC In LA
UTC+13:45 9:15pm 12/31 12:15pm 12/31 10:15am 12/31 5:15am 12/31 2:15am 12/31

Key Locations: Chatham Islands (New Zealand)

If you’re one of the 600 people on the Chatham Islands reading this, good for you.

New Years Eve Around The World: UTC+13

Midnight In… In Sydney In Athens GMT In NYC In LA
UTC+13 10pm 12/31 1pm 12/31 11am 12/31 6am 12/31 3am 12/31

Key Locations: New Zealand; Fiji; Tonga
New Zealand will be among the first nations in the world to celebrate 2018, and the first of the countries to which we pay attention on this site. Auckland’s Sky Tower will feature its usual stunning fireworks display. For those who will be local, information can be found here on the best places to view it. If you won’t be around New Zealand for the holiday, you can catch some still frames from a Sky Tower webcam, at least until the video makes it to the internet.

New Years Eve Around The World: UTC+12

Midnight In… In Sydney In Athens GMT In NYC In LA
UTC+12 11pm 12/31 2pm 12/31 12pm 12/31 7am 12/31 4am 12/31

Key Locations: Marshall Islands; Tuvalu; Kamchatka (Russia)

There won’t be much going on in Kamchatka except volcanic outgassing, but international visitors will pop into nations like Tuvalu for the local celebrations.

New Years Eve Around The World: UTC+11

Midnight In… In Sydney In Athens GMT In NYC In LA
UTC+11 12am 1/1 3pm 12/31 1pm 12/31 8am 12/31 5am 12/31

Key Locations: Sydney; Melbourne; Magadan (Russia); Solomon Islands; Vanuatu

If you haven’t seen the Sydney Harbour Bridge at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day, you’re missing something special. Like the Sky Tower in nearby New Zealand, Australia puts on a show all its own at a famous landmark. For my money, were I spending any, it’s one of the best New Year’s fireworks presentations in the world. You can watch it live at the Sydney New Year’s Eve website.

Melbourne, Australia’s second city, sets off its own fireworks. More on Melbourne’s NYE can be found at their special website.

New Years Eve Around The World: UTC+10:30

Midnight In… In Sydney In Athens GMT In NYC In LA
UTC+10:30 12:30am 1/1 3:30pm 12/31 1:30pm 12/31 8:30am 12/31 5:30am 12/31

Key Locations: Adelaide

It’s summer in Australia, and summer means fireworks. (At least, it does in America.) Adelaide is no different; visitors to South Australia’s capital can see the show at three different places in the Adelaide metro.

Speaking of South Australia, this is an election website, after all, and there’s a vote coming up in early 2018. Will Nick Xenophon roar to power and end Labor’s 16 year run?

New Years Eve Around The World: UTC+10

Midnight In… In Sydney In Athens GMT In NYC In LA
UTC+10 1am 1/1 4pm 12/31 2pm 12/31 9am 12/31 6am 12/31

Key Locations: Brisbane; Port Moresby; Vladivostok

By the way, Queensland of UTC+10 fame just had an election. They’ll ring in 2018 an hour after Sydney to the south. More fireworks, with these being over South Bank.

New Years Eve Around The World: UTC+9:30

Midnight In… In Sydney In Athens GMT In NYC In LA
UTC+9:30 1:30am 1/1 4:30pm 12/31 2:30pm 12/31 9:30am 12/31 6:30am 12/31

Key Locations: Darwin; Alice Springs

Darwinians may spend their first moments of 2018 on the warm waterfront of Australia’s northern shore. For those in the red center of Australia, checking out 2018’s first sunrise at Uluru is the bucket list item you never knew you had.

New Years Eve Around The World: UTC+9

Midnight In… In Sydney In Athens GMT In NYC In LA
UTC+9 2am 1/1 5pm 12/31 3pm 12/31 10am 12/31 7am 12/31

Key Locations: Tokyo; Seoul; Yakutsk; Dili

New Year’s Eve is more subdued in Japan than elsewhere in the world, but the locals may find themselves watching Kōhaku Uta Gassen. This “Red and White Song Festival” is a sing-off tradition in Japan that can be viewed in the US and Canada, in the highly unlikely event you have this channel.

New Years Eve Around The World: UTC+8:45

Midnight In… In Sydney In Athens GMT In NYC In LA
UTC+8:45 2:15am 1/1 5:15pm 12/31 3:15pm 12/31 10:15am 12/31 7:15am 12/31

Key Locations: Eucla (Australia)

Only a handful of small towns along the Great Australian Bight rest in this unofficial time zone. Eucla, a municipality of fewer than 100 people, can get as hot as 121F (49C) this time of year. It won’t be nearly that sultry this New Year’s Eve, however, with an average high of about 26C.

New Years Eve Around The World: UTC+8:30

Midnight In… In Sydney In Athens GMT In NYC In LA
UTC+8:30 2:30am 1/1 5:30pm 12/31 3:30pm 12/31 10:30am 12/31 7:30am 12/31

Key Locations: Pyongyang

I’m sure something will be going on, but don’t expect a webcast.

New Years Eve Around The World: UTC+8

Midnight In… In Sydney In Athens GMT In NYC In LA
UTC+8 3am 1/1 6pm 12/31 4pm 12/31 11am 12/31 8am 12/31

Key Locations: Hong Kong; Perth; Kuala Lumpur; Beijing

Victoria Harbour over Hong Kong will be full of brilliant light at 12:00am on January 1. And, you know, several other times in the preceding hours.

New Years Eve Around The World: UTC+7

Midnight In… In Sydney In Athens GMT In NYC In LA
UTC+7 4am 1/1 7pm 12/31 5pm 12/31 12pm 12/31 9am 12/31

Key Locations: Jakarta; Bangkok; Hanoi; Novosibirsk

Assuming nothing has changed since last year, there’s plenty to do in Bangkok on New Year’s Eve.

New Years Eve Around The World: UTC+6:30

Midnight In… In Sydney In Athens GMT In NYC In LA
UTC+6:30 4:30am 1/1 7:30pm 12/31 5:30pm 12/31 12:30pm 12/31 9:30am 12/31

Key Locations: Yangon

Myanmar will have New Year’s celebrations, for example, at Kandawgyi Park in Yangon.

New Years Eve Around The World: UTC+6

Midnight In… In Sydney In Athens GMT In NYC In LA
UTC+6 5am 1/1 8pm 12/31 6pm 12/31 1pm 12/31 10am 12/31

Key Locations: Omsk; Almaty; Dhaka; Bishkek

There will be fireworks in Kazakhstan for 2018, as there are every year. Meanwhile, Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan has a parade, and they’ll party the night away in Bangladesh’s largest city. The Omsk Oblast is the only Russian federal subject in UTC+6.

New Years Eve Around The World: UTC+5:45

Midnight In… In Sydney In Athens GMT In NYC In LA
UTC+5:45 5:15am 1/1 8:15pm 12/31 6:15pm 12/31 1:15pm 12/31 10:15am 12/31

Key Locations: Kathmandu

The Nepalese New Year begins on April 14, 2018, so chances are January 1 won’t feature much of a party. Ain’t no Gregorian calendar around those parts.

New Years Eve Around The World: UTC+5:30

Midnight In… In Sydney In Athens GMT In NYC In LA
UTC+5:30 5:30am 1/1 8:30pm 12/31 6:30pm 12/31 1:30pm 12/31 10:30am 12/31

Key Locations: Mumbai; Kolkata; Colombo

There are plenty of sizable cities in India, and you can expect some revelry in all of them. Some speak highly of Goa, a state on India’s west coast which was a Portuguese territory for centuries.

New Years Eve Around The World: UTC+5

Midnight In… In Sydney In Athens GMT In NYC In LA
UTC+5 6am 1/1 9pm 12/31 7pm 12/31 2pm 12/31 11am 12/31

Key Locations: Karachi; Yekaterinburg; Tashkent; Male

The New Year makes it through another one of Russia’s time zones at UTC+5. By now, the vast majority of the Russian Federation is in 2018, but its four of its six most populous cities are still not. Yet, Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, is, as well as other central Asian nations such as Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. New Year’s Day is an option holiday in Pakistan, but certainly someone will celebrate.

New Years Eve Around The World: UTC+4:30

Midnight In… In Sydney In Athens GMT In NYC In LA
UTC+4:30 6:30am 1/1 9:30pm 12/31 7:30pm 12/31 2:30pm 12/31 11:30am 12/31

Key Locations: Kabul

Afghanistan and its 34 million residents cross into the New Year while in the middle of the afternoon in New York. Americans at Bagram Air Base may get a special visitor or two, if past shows are any indication.

New Years Eve Around The World: UTC+4

Midnight In… In Sydney In Athens GMT In NYC In LA
UTC+4 7am 1/1 10pm 12/31 8pm 12/31 3pm 12/31 12pm 12/31

Key Locations: Muscat; Dubai; Baku; Tbilisi

The fireworks at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai have been cancelled this year, replaced instead by a light show.

New Years Eve Around The World: UTC+3:30

Midnight In… In Sydney In Athens GMT In NYC In LA
UTC+3:30 7:30am 1/1 10:30pm 12/31 8:30pm 12/31 3:30pm 12/31 12:30pm 12/31

Key Locations: Tehran

All of Iran, and only Iran, join 2018 at the UTC+3:30 midnight mark. By this point, the sun already rose in Sydney hours ago, and Europe is getting ready.

New Years Eve Around The World: UTC+3

Midnight In… In Sydney In Athens GMT In NYC In LA
UTC+3 8am 1/1 11pm 12/31 9pm 12/31 4pm 12/31 1pm 12/31

Key Locations: Baghdad; Moscow; Istanbul; Kuwait; Dar es Salaam

A large swath of populated areas hits 2018 when midnight makes it to UTC+3. From Europe to Africa, they will celebrate in Moscow, Turkey, and Tanzania. In Moscow, the Ritz Carlton will do things right, if someone is so motivated, and from there you can catch the Red Square fireworks.

New Years Eve Around The World: UTC+2

Midnight In… In Sydney In Athens GMT In NYC In LA
UTC+2 9am 1/1 12am 1/1 10pm 12/31 5pm 12/31 2pm 12/31

Key Locations: Cairo; Helsinki; Athens; Jerusalem; Bucharest; Cape Town

Another big slice of the world’s population gets to the new year here. There’s plenty to do in Cape Town as South Africa welcomes 2018. Meanwhile, fireworks at the pyramids of Giza? Sounds fun to me.

New Years Eve Around The World: UTC+1

Midnight In… In Sydney In Athens GMT In NYC In LA
UTC+1 10am 1/1 1am 1/1 11pm 12/31 6pm 12/31 3pm 12/31

Key Locations: Rome; Paris; Brussels; Berlin; Lagos; Warsaw; Stockholm; Tunis

The possibilities are endless at UTC+1 midnight. Paris may or may not light up the Eiffel Tower with fireworks, but if they do, it will be spectacular. Stockholm will be warmer than New York City, so hey, maybe they can get outside. Rome will have a show at the Circus Maximus in addition to their festivities around the city.

New Years Eve Around The World: UTC+0

Midnight In… In Sydney In Athens GMT In NYC In LA
UTC+0 11am 1/1 2am 1/1 12am 1/1 7pm 12/31 4pm 12/31

Key Locations: London; Dublin; Abidjan; Reykjavik; Dakar; Lisbon

Greenwich Mean Time? Means we’re about halfway through. Though the events in the United Kingdom will be under the watchful eyes of security forces, expect to see fireworks over the center of the city. If you haven’t gotten your tickets, however, you’re out of luck. The skies over Iceland will be as bright as the daytime, but you can catch a more subdued bonfire as well.

New Years Eve Around The World: UTC-1

Midnight In… In Sydney In Athens GMT In NYC In LA
UTC-1 12pm 1/1 3am 1/1 1am 1/1 8pm 12/31 5pm 12/31

Key Locations: Azores; Cape Verde

Now we’re over the Atlantic Ocean, with smaller areas like Portugal’s Azores crossing the threshold in UTC-1. Get ready to party if you’re in Cape Verde.

New Years Eve Around The World: UTC-2

Midnight In… In Sydney In Athens GMT In NYC In LA
UTC-2 1pm 1/1 4am 1/1 2am 1/1 9pm 12/31 6pm 12/31

Key Locations: Sao Paulo; Rio de Janeiro

Thanks to Daylight Saving Time, Brazil’s population centers are the first places in the Americas to enter 2018. Copacabana Beach will be rocking down in Rio with fireworks and live entertainment.

New Years Eve Around The World: UTC-3

Midnight In… In Sydney In Athens GMT In NYC In LA
UTC-3 2pm 1/1 5am 1/1 3am 1/1 10pm 12/31 7pm 12/31

Key Locations: Buenos Aires; Montevideo; Nuuk; Recife; Santiago

More of South America makes the new year here, but so does Greenland. Expect temperatures in the single digits Fahrenheit in its largest city. Elsewhere, you can do a tango in the ever-beautiful Buenos Aires. On the other coast, Chileans will eat well and clean up later.

New Years Eve Around The World: UTC-3:30

Midnight In… In Sydney In Athens GMT In NYC In LA
UTC-3:30 2:30pm 1/1 5:30am 1/1 3:30am 1/1 10:30pm 12/31 7:30pm 12/31

Key Locations: St. John’s (Newfoundland)

It’s so great, it has its own time zone. The approximately 500,000 Newfies are the first Canadians to enter 2018. Their friends up in Labrador get there half an hour later.

New Years Eve Around The World: UTC-4

Midnight In… In Sydney In Athens GMT In NYC In LA
UTC-4 3pm 1/1 6am 1/1 4am 1/1 11pm 12/31 8pm 12/31

Key Locations: Caracas; San Juan; Halifax; La Paz; Manaus; Grand Turk

From the rocky beaches of Atlantic Canada to El Morro in San Juan, midnight creeps almost all the way over the Atlantic Ocean. The people of Puerto Rico are still recovering from the summer’s devastation, and we wish them all the best as they continue rebuilding in 2018. Nearby, you could do a lot worse than spending the winter on Grand Turk; forget what they do on New Year’s Eve.

New Years Eve Around The World: UTC-5

Midnight In… In Sydney In Athens GMT In NYC In LA
UTC-5 4pm 1/1 7am 1/1 5am 1/1 12am 1/1 9pm 12/31

Key Locations: New York; Boston; Toronto; Havana; Port-au-Prince; Lima; Panama City

Oh yes: Mariah Carey is back this New Year’s Eve. You may remember her for her disastrous performance last year; if her lip sync were judged by RuPaul, Mariah would have sashayed away.

The ball drop at Times Square is one of the most recognizable New Year’s Eve events in the world. For those who can’t make it to the crossroads of the world, EarthCam has 24/7 video. It’s supposed to be a cold night in Manhattan for NYE 2018, with a low temperature of 11F (-12C).

Outside of New York, the Eastern Time Zone has plenty to do. Boston will have its annual First Night celebration, while Toronto will shoot off fireworks at Nathan Phillips Square.

New Years Eve Around The World: UTC-6

Midnight In… In Sydney In Athens GMT In NYC In LA
UTC-6 5pm 1/1 8am 1/1 6am 1/1 1am 1/1 10pm 12/31

Key Locations: Chicago; Houston; Winnipeg; Mexico City; San Salvador; Managua

North America’s Central Time Zone is UTC-6, and Chicago is one of the places to be. Those who are old and culture-oriented will remember the time when Conan O’Brien’s show rang in the Eastern Time new year and then drove out to Central Time in Gary, Indiana to do it again. Team Coco doing it big.

New Years Eve Around The World: UTC-7

Midnight In… In Sydney In Athens GMT In NYC In LA
UTC-7 6pm 1/1 9am 1/1 7am 1/1 2am 1/1 11pm 12/31

Key Locations: Denver; Phoenix; Calgary; Las Vegas; Salt Lake City

2018 gets Rocky Mountain High here, and you bet Las Vegas is going to have a huge party. Like they need an excuse. From the Hard Rock to Britney Spears, Vegas will be crazier than usual. Up in Calgary, you can find plenty of galas.

New Years Eve Around The World: UTC-8

Midnight In… In Sydney In Athens GMT In NYC In LA
UTC-8 7pm 1/1 10am 1/1 8am 1/1 3am 1/1 12am 1/1

Key Locations: Los Angeles; Tijuana; Vancouver

America’s second city celebrates the arrival of 2018 so late, that it’s dinner time on January 1 in Sydney. Some people will be rolling out of December 31 dinner by then. Los Angeles will have fireworks at Marina del Rey, among other events. There’s also fun to be had south of the border in Tijuana.

New Years Eve Around The World: UTC-9

Midnight In… In Sydney In Athens GMT In NYC In LA
UTC-9 8pm 1/1 11am 1/1 9am 1/1 4am 1/1 1am 1/1

Key Locations: Anchorage; Fairbanks

One thing I know about New Year’s Eve at midnight in Barrow, Alaska is that the only light will be artificial. That goes for every time of day for about two months.

New Years Eve Around The World: UTC-9:30

Midnight In… In Sydney In Athens GMT In NYC In LA
UTC-9:30 8:30pm 1/1 11:30am 1/1 9:30am 1/1 4:30am 1/1 1:30am 1/1

Key Locations: Marquesas Islands

About 8,600 people live on the Marquesas Islands, southeast of Hawaii and part of French Polynesia. Bonne année, tout le monde!

New Years Eve Around The World: UTC-10

Midnight In… In Sydney In Athens GMT In NYC In LA
UTC-10 9pm 1/1 12pm 1/1 10am 1/1 5am 1/1 2am 1/1

Key Locations: Honolulu; Tahiti

Holiday paradise Hawaii will feature much to do for revelers. From partying on the beach to hanging at poolside at a resort, you really can’t go wrong. Why didn’t I buy a plane ticket?

New Years Eve Around The World: UTC-11

Midnight In… In Sydney In Athens GMT In NYC In LA
UTC-11 10pm 1/1 1pm 1/1 11am 1/1 6am 1/1 3am 1/1

Key Locations: Pago Pago; Niue

The last inhabited areas of the world to get to 2018 are in the South Pacific. A time zone west, it’s still December 31, but in Kiritimati, it’s already January 2. That International Date Line is a funny thing.

New Years Eve Around The World: UTC-12

Midnight In… In Sydney In Athens GMT In NYC In LA
UTC-12 11pm 1/1 2pm 1/1 12pm 1/1 7am 1/1 4am 1/1

Key Locations: Baker Island; Howland Island

Nobody lives here, not even Amelia Earhart. Maybe.

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