2015 Year In Review

Sweet ‘16: Cities From Sydney to New York Ring in the New Year

People across the globe from Sydney to New York welcomed in the New Year with pomp and color.

Fireworks shoot out of a building in Times Square on Jan. 1, 2016, in New York. Kevin Hagen / AP
Revelers celebrate as confetti flies over New York's Times Square after the clock strikes midnight on Jan. 1, 2016. Mary Altaffer / AP
Confetti falls from the ceiling at the stroke of midnight on Dec. 31, 2015 in Boston, MA. Eliot J. Schechter / Getty Images Contributor
A man and woman kiss in Times Square during New Year's Eve celebrations in the Manhattan borough of New York on Dec 31, 2015 CARLO ALLEGRI / Reuters
Revelers await the arrival of the new year at Times Square on Dec. 31, 2015, in New York. Julio Cortez / AP
Singer Luke Bryan performs on stage in Times Square on Dec. 31, 2015 in New York. Nicholas Hunt / Getty Images
Fireworks light the sky above the Brandenburg Gate shortly after midnight in Berlin, on Jan. 1, 2016. Markus Schreiber / AP
New York's Time Square glows during New Year's Eve celebrations seen from a New York Police helicopter patrolling the city, on Dec. 31, 2015, in New York. Julio Cortez / AP
Fireworks explode over the Rhine river in front of the Great Saint Martin Church and the Cologne Cathedral during New Year's celebrations in Cologne on Jan. 1, 2016. PATRIK STOLLARZ / AFP - Getty Images
Fireworks explode around the London Eye wheel, the Big Ben clock tower and the Houses of Parliament to mark the beginning of the New Year in London, Britain, on Jan.1, 2016. TOBY MELVILLE / Reuters
Fireworks are seen during New Year's day celebrations in Zagreb, Croatia, on Jan. 1, 2016. ANTONIO BRONIC / Reuters
Revellers gather near the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs Elysees Avenue in Paris, France, during New Year celebrations, early Jan. 1, 2016. CHARLES PLATIAU / Reuters

Fireworks explode over the temple of the Parthenon at the Acropolis hill during the New Year celebrations in Athens, on Jan. 1, 2016.

Yorgos Karahalis / AP

Fireworks light the night sky over the Kremlin's Spasskaya tower, St.Basil's cathedral and the Red square to mark the New Year in Moscow, on Jan. 1. 2016.


Fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour during the New Year celebrations in Hong Kong on Jan. 1, 2016.


Fireworks go off at the Taipei 101 skyscraper to celebrate New Year 2016 in Taipei, Taiwan, on Jan. 1, 2016. This year's cross-year firework cost 1.4 million US Dollars.


Pope Francis holds a monstrance as he celebrates a new year's eve vespers Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, on Dec. 31, 2015.

Gregorio Borgia / AP

Young women are drenched with water splashed from an office in Montevideo's old district  as a way of celebrating the end of the year, on Dec. 31, 2015. Every last day of the year, ripped pages from calendars and water are thrown out of offices' windows in the financial district of the Uruguayan capital.


People and a camel are silhouetted against the last sunset of 2015 at Clifton beach in Karachi, Pakistan, on Dec. 31, 2015.

Fareed Khan / AP

Residents light firecrackers on the street during the New Year celebrations in Mumbai, India on Jan. 1, 2016.


Fireworks explode as thousands of people gather to watch, in the main business district on New Year's Eve in Jakarta, Indonesia, late on Dec. 31,2015.

Achmad Ibrahim / AP

Fireworks explode over the Prambanan temple complex during a countdown to celebrate the New Year in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on January 1, 2016.

SURYO WIBOWO / AFP - Getty Images

A new year reveler receives sparklers as hundreds of party-goers await the first sunrise of the new year on Australia's Bondi Beach in Sydney, on Jan. 1, 2016.

JASON REED / Reuters

South Korea

Couples take selfies in front of a traditional pavilion during a countdown event to celebrate the New Year in the border city of Paju on Dec. 31, 2015.  

JUNG YEON-JE / AFP - Getty Images


Fireworks light up the harbor just after midnight on Jan. 1, 2016. 

Zak Kaczmarek / \City of Sydney via Getty Images

Hong Kong

Revelers cheer during New Year's Eve celebrations.  

Vincent Yu / AP

New York City

Revelers wait in Times Square on Thursday morning, well ahead of New Year's celebrations. One million people are expected in Times Square to ring in the new year. 

John Makely / NBC News


People release balloons to celebrate the new year at the Prince Park Tower. More than 1,000 balloons were released, carrying with them new year wishes.  

KAZUHIRO NOGI / AFP - Getty Images


A barber shaves 2016 on the back of a customer's head in Ahmedabad on Dec. 31.

AMIT DAVE / Reuters


A woman covers her child's ears while watching fireworks in front of the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur.

Joshua Paul / AP


2016 is are written in the air with a sparkler during a long exposure outside the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk on Dec. 31. 



Around 40 lifeguards of the Swiss Lifesaving Society celebrate the approaching new year by swimming in the Reuss River in Lucerne on Dec. 31.