Another year is coming to an end. But will London be ringing 2022 in with fireworks? Here’s everything you need to know about how the city is celebrating New Year
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Covid meant many New Year events, including London’s annual fireworks display was cancelled last year. But as we welcome 2022, some traditions look set to return.
While this year has been just as difficult as 2020 due to continuing coronavirus concerns, things really took a turn for the worse over the past month with the emergence of the Omicron variant.
With the super mutant Covid strain spreading across the UK, many New Year plans were thrown into limbo – and sadly some of them have been cancelled for a second year in a row.
However, there might be some good news for those who look forward to seeing the stunning fireworks display in London at the end of every year.
Will there be any firework displays in London on New Year’s Eve?
Unfortunately many of the bigger fireworks displays and New Year’s Eve events in London have been cancelled due to fears of Omicron spreading.
London’s famous riverside display is one of events that has been cancelled for the second year running. Normally, thousands of people gather around Victoria Embankment to see a spectacular display with fireworks, lights and music.
A celebration at Trafalgar Square with live music, stage performers and food stands was also cancelled just before Christmas.
However, some smaller displays in London may still be going ahead. If you’d like to attend any, it’s best that you take a look at individual websites for the events as there might be restrictions or limited capacity.
Besides fireworks, bridges, trees and building will also all be lit in the capital along the South Bank as part of the mayor’s Let’s Do London Winter Lights’ Season.
Big Ben will finally bong again this New Year, after years of restoration. Not only will Christmas lights, festive markets and ice rinks be open until late for the celebration, but the return of nightclubs means you can dance your way into 2022.
What other New Year events have been cancelled this year?
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In other parts of the nation where restrictions have been tightened, several New Year’s Eve events have been cancelled.
For instance, in Scotland, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations have been cancelled – with the usual outdoor street party, concerts, and fireworks no longer going ahead.
The Loony Dook, which is a morning dip in a river, has also been cancelled.
However, in Wales, celebrations seem likely to go ahead, with Cardiff Depot making a return with cocktails, street food, and fireworks accompanied by showband SALUT. But you do need to show proof of vaccination or a negative lateral flow test to enjoy these festivities.
Northern Ireland typically rings the New Year in with events at Ballygally and Killeavy castles, and fireworks at Fratelli in Belfast.
Given the country’s current restrictions including a ban on nightclubs and other indoor events, there is no confirmation for now that these events will be going ahead.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.