4 Virtual New Year Countdown Events from Around the World to Ring in 2021

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Say adios to 2020 and usher in 2021 with these free New Year countdown events happening around the globe!

Not only have New Year’s Eve celebrations taken on a different format in Singapore but also around the world, many celebrations have gone digital. Thanks to that though you can enjoy the festivities, such as firework displays and live performances, right where you are without taking a step out of the door. 

You can put your kids to bed early and snuggle up with your partner, with a bubbly in your hand, to usher in the New Year with your pick of a countdown event! Oh, and do be sure to take note of the time difference! 

1. Times Square Ball Drop | New York City, United States

Times Square Ball Drop_New York City
Source: New Year’s Eve

Tune in: New Year’s Eve 2021
Time: 1 Jan 2021 | 7 am (SST)

Every year millions of people gather at Times Square, their eyes glued on the Waterford Crystal ball as they cheer and countdown to a New Year. This year, there will be no crowd gathering at the Square but the ball drop will go on. If you ever wanted to witness it but never got the chance to, this is your opportunity as the countdown will be live-streamed online!

2. Edinburgh’s Hogmanay | Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay_Edinburgh
Source: Underbelly

Tune in: Edinburgh’s Hogmanay
Time: 29 Dec – 31 Dec 2020 

Edinburgh’s stay-at-home Hogmanay series of shows present spectacular moments that you can marvel at from the comforts of your home. The free online event which kicks-off on 28 Dec will also be featuring appearances by David Tennant, the famed Doctor Who star, Celtic fusion band, Niteworks, and Scottish actors Lorne MacFayden and Siobhan Redmond, among others. 

3. Welcome to the Other Side | Paris, France

Welcome to the Other Side_Paris
Source: Welcome to the Other Side

Tune in: Welcome to the Other Side
Time: 31 Dec 2020 | 11.25 pm (CET)

Electronic Music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre teams with French VR start-up VRrOOm to take us into the New Year with a Live-stream trailblazing concert-spectacular set in the virtual environment of the planetary landmark, Notre-Dame de Paris. "Welcome to the Other Side" is a one-off exclusive, worldwide and open-to-all, free concert experience whose ambition, beyond celebrating the New Year in a futuristic and festive way, is to send a message of hope for 2021

4. Hello 2021: UK | United Kingdom

Hello 2021_UK_UK
Source: YouTube

Tune in: Hello 2021: UK
Time: 31 Dec 2020 | 10.30 pm (GMT)

Party it up big time with Hello 2021: UK - an unmissable New Year’s Eve with YouTube, right in your living room. There’ll be exclusive performances from Dua Lipa, Joel Corry and MNEK, Aitch and AJ Tracey, and Anne-Marie. Plus, you’ll see your favourite personalities like Behzinga, Calfreezy, WillNE, Big Narstie, and Katherine Ryan – along with some special guests.



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This article is prepared by

Malini Pannirselvam
Dedicated writer by day, avid reader by night, language fanatic all the time, and aunt to nieces and nephews every day

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