New year's eve London
Fireworks explode above the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye on 1 January 2015 Getty

There are just days to go before New Year's Eve celebrations are go, with spectacular firework displays planned across the UK. In London, the South Bank will light up at midnight with the annual display over the River Thames. Hogmanay is also set to be a dazzling night of live music, entertainment and torchlight processions, all finishing off with a firework display over the city's historic castle.

Ahead of the 31 December, we look at some of the best firework displays to ring in 2016.


Unfortunately, tickets for London's New Year's Eve fireworks display on the River Thames have sold out – but there are various prime locations to catch a glimpse of the display for free. Click here to find out more. If you don't want to brave the crowds in central London, there are other smaller displays, including around Primrose Hill.


Tickets for Scotland's world-famous New Year festival are selling out fast, and this year promises to be one of the biggest celebrations yet – with a new "street party" experience, a new stage and some of the most spectacular fireworks ever seen, not to mention live bands and DJs. You can buy tickets here.


This year's fireworks display was in doubt over funding – but it has been confirmed that the celebrations will go ahead. The display will take place in Albert Square, after an unexpected tram on the lines at Piccadilly Gardens last year meant 2015 was actually welcomed in at 12.04am.

People watch fireworks following a torchlight procession through Edinburgh for the start of Hogmanay Getty


The main New Year event will take place in Centenary Square in the heart of the city, with a midnight firework display, a big wheel and an ice rink. It attracts thousands, so get there early for a good spot.


Hogmanay takes place at George Square in Glasgow, with live music, highland dancing, crafts and traditional Scottish food and drink, followed by a stunning firework display. This year's celebrations will finish at 10pm. Bars and restaurants tend to host their own fireworks – and Ruchill Park is a great spot to catch a view of the action.


Head to the Winter Wonderland for ice skating, live music, funfairs and ring in midnight with a fantastic firework display. Book tickets here.


Go to Quayside to the bars and restaurants for parties and events, before the Quayside midnight fireworks display rings in 2016. The fireworks are free, but it is a short display.


Nottingham Castle will play host to a free night of live music and entertainment and a spectacular firework display on the Castle Green at midnight. For more information, visit this website. There is also a children's fireworks display starting at 9.15pm, which will be choreographed to a Disney-themed soundtrack.