IN PHOTOS: New Year 2015 Fireworks & Celebrations Around The World

Sydney takes pride in being one of the first major cities in the world to welcome each new year, and has marked 2015 in its trademark glittery fashion; a tropical-style fireworks display featuring shimmering gold and silver palm tree pyrotechnic effects.

1100GMT – Auckland, New Zealand: Fireworks over the city’s Sky Tower

1300GMT – Sydney, Australia: Fireworks at Sydney Harbour

1500GMT – Tokyo, Japan: Monks ring traditional bells to welcome New Year
1600GMT – Hong Kong: Fireworks at Victoria Harbour

2000GMT – Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Celebrations and fireworks display over the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building
2100GMT – Moscow, Russia: Russian President Vladimir Putin address, thousands are expected to brace cold near Red Square
2200GMT – Istanbul, Turkey: Thousands expected in Taksim Square
2300GMT – Berlin, Germany: Celebrations at Brandenburg Gate to mark New Year
January 1, 2015
0000GMT – London, UK: Celebrations along the River Thames to mark New Year
0200GMT – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Hundreds of thousands will gather at Copacabana beach to see the fireworks and celebrate the New Year
0500GMT – New York, US: Thousands gather in New York’s Times Square to watch the traditional New Year’s Eve Ball drop at midnight
0600GMT – Mexico City, Mexico: Several thousand people gather along Mexico City’s Reforma Avenue for an outdoor concert and a countdown to midnight on a large screen