This year’s London New Year’s fireworks will be replaced by a “spectacular broadcast” and Trafalgar Square event after the show was scrapped due to Covid uncertainty.
The broadcast will be shown exclusively live on BBC One and BBC iPlayer, and the broadcast will celebrate the capital and highlight the crucial moments of 2021.
The program will include a special live choir and look forward to the best of 2022 – including London, which hosts UEFA Women’s Euro 2022, among other things.
For the first time ever, Trafalgar Square will be the setting for a ticketed event, including live music, performing artists, food stalls and a large screen showing the live broadcast.
Tickets for the New Year’s Eve event, which are subject to approval of the license application, will be awarded to applicants through a lottery or ballot system.
The uncertainty caused by the pandemic, especially around mass gatherings, has meant that London’s usual fireworks event was canceled.
But the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is urging people to make the most of the city’s bars, clubs, restaurants and other attractions to call in the new year.
The capital’s bridges, buildings and trees will be lit along the South Bank – as part of the Mayor’s Let’s Do London Winter Lights’ Season – and the city’s famous Christmas lights, ice rinks and festive markets will also be open.
Khan said: “This year, as well as a brand new gala event in Trafalgar Square, we can look forward to a spectacular live broadcast that will showcase our magnificent city on BBC One.
“London is simply magical in these winter months, and despite all that we have endured as a city, we have every reason to celebrate as we look forward to the new year.”