6 virtual New Year's Eve events to ring in 2021

Lisa Walden
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Photo credit: alvarez - Getty Images

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Many New Year's Eve celebrations to ring in 2021 have moved online in the form of virtual dance parties, live performances, comedy nights and firework displays. From Sydney to Edinburgh, there are plenty fun-filled free virtual events for everyone to enjoy from the comfort of their own home.

Take a look at some of our favourites below to help you wave goodbye to 2020...

1. Jean-Michel Jarre live from Notre-Dame

Get comfortable at home and tune into this unmissable composer perform virtually from the Notre-Dame in Paris. In partnership with the City of Paris, and under the patronage of UNESCO, Jean-Michel has teamed up with VR start-up VRrOOm to provide a must-see live stream on New Year's Eve. Set in the virtual environment of the French landmark, expect a spectacular performance to ring in 2021.

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2. The Times Square Ball Drop

If you're dreaming of being in New York, then don't miss this must-see celebration. While it will feel quite different this year without gleeful crowds celebrating, the event will provide those tuning in with fun performances and fireworks live from the famous square. It's the perfect way to welcome 2021...

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3. Edinburgh's Hogmanay

This free online series of shows promises never-seen-before, visually-spectacular moments for all to enjoy at home. Featuring appearances by Doctor Who star David Tennant, expect fun for all the family. From 29th December, simply tune in and cheers to the New Year.

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4. Virtual fireworks, London

Each year, thousands gather in London to watch their famous firework display on New Year's Eve. And, while this year we won't be able to gather in person, there are still plans for the stellar display to go ahead virtually.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the Mayor of London said: "We are currently working up plans to ensure that we usher in the New Year in London in a spectacular but safe way. An announcement will be made in due course."

Photo credit: Ali Majdfar - Getty Images
Photo credit: Ali Majdfar - Getty Images

5. Virtual fireworks, Sydney, Australia

Much like London, Sydney is also planning a smaller, scaled-back event for people around the world to watch at home. In a statement, the City of Sydney said: "The City has agreed to a NSW [New South Wales] Government proposal that they take temporary
custodianship of Sydney's New Year's Eve celebrations.

"The Lord Mayor is encouraging people to watch this year's display in the comfort of their own home or at a COVID-secure venue."

While it has not been made public as to what form this will take in comparison with previous years, there are hopes we could have something to look forward to this week.

6. Just The Tonic comedy club

On the hunt for something a little different to ring in the New Year? Well, Just The Tonic is hosting a fun-filled night of comedy for households to enjoy at home. Comedian Romesh Ranganathan will be hosting the live stream, so expect surprise performances and a good belly laugh, too. The evening will begin at around 20:00, so grab yourself a tasty tipple and enjoy!

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