Trafalgar Square to host live New Years Eve event to replace usual fireworks

This year’s London New Years fireworks display will be replaced with a ‘broadcast show’ in Trafalgar Square after the show was abandoned due to Covid uncertainty.

Scheduled to be broadcast live exclusively on BBC One and BBC iPlayer, the show will celebrate the capital and highlight the defining moments of 2021.

The program will feature a special live choir and look to the best of 2022, including London hosting the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022, among other highlights.

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For the first time ever, Trafalgar Square will be the setting for a celebratory ticketed event, featuring live music, performers on stage, food stalls and a big screen showing the live broadcast.

Tickets for the New Year’s Eve event, which are subject to license application approval, will be allocated to applicants through a lottery or ballot system.

The uncertainty caused by the pandemic, especially around mass gatherings, has resulted in the cancellation of the usual London fireworks display.

However, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is encouraging people to make the most of the city’s bars, clubs, restaurants and other attractions to celebrate the New Year.

The capital’s bridges, buildings and trees will be lit up along the South Bank – as part of the Mayor’s Winter Lights Season Let’s Do London – and the city’s famous Christmas lights, ice rinks and festive markets will be also open.

Mr Khan said: “This year, along with a brand new celebratory event in Trafalgar Square, we can expect a spectacular live broadcast which will feature our beautiful city on BBC One.

“London is simply magical during these winter months and after all that we have endured as a city we have every reason to celebrate as we look forward to the New Year.”

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