A lit sign showing "2021" arrives in New York's Times Square on December 21.

New Year's Eve fireworks are on in some places, but they'll look a lot different this year

Updated 0133 GMT (0933 HKT) December 31, 2020

(CNN)New Year's Eve celebrations around the world will look very different this year as cities take precautions against the spread of Covid-19.

The best view of most major cities is going to be from your couch. Most of the large traditional displays of fireworks and celebrations globally have been canceled and replaced with smaller televised or streamed events.
Here are the places still holding events and where to watch the downscaled favorites.


London's iconic fireworks show over the River Thames is canceled this year, and much of England is now under tough stay-at-home restrictions. But there will be a special broadcast on the BBC for people to enjoy while they're inside.

New York

A countdown clock is seen behind the 2020 New Year's Eve numerals on December 21, 2020 in New York.
Yes, the ball will be dropping in Times Square and there will be some celebration, but the events are closed to the public. The show is going on for the annual national broadcasts on several stations, so even though no one is waiting for hours in the freezing cold, you can still see the events unfold as we count down to midnight.

Los Angeles

There will be no public fireworks this year in Los Angeles, which is under a stay-at-home order. But residents can tune in to a virtual countdown party headlined by DJ Steve Aoki, billed as "the biggest virtual NYE dance party on the West Coast."

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

New Year's fireworks celebrations are seen above the Dubai skyline with the Burj Al Arab (R) and Burj Khalifa (L), the world's tallest building, on December 31, 2019.
Everything is a go in Dubai to ring in the new year. There are at least 11 places to watch the sky light up on December 31, and everyone who comes from out of town to view them must be Covid-19-negative.

Rio de Janeiro

Rio has canceled fireworks displays and is restricting access to its beaches -- including the party hot spot of Copacabana -- in order to avoid crowds. Instead, there will be an online broadcast of celebrations.