Bundle up for City of Austin New Year's Eve celebration

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Close to 10,000 people are expected downtown for the New Year's celebrations Sunday night, despite the bitter cold.

At the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, people around the world can expect to see one thing, fireworks.

In the Australian city of Sydney, more than an estimated one million people gathered to watch a spectacular fireworks display in the harbour. "There'll be a billion viewers out there watching".

Yes, this man's hair is on fire.

Are you planning to celebrate in Sydney or Melbourne city centre this New Year's Eve?

Pyrotechnician Rusty Johnston said Melbourne put on a bigger show than Sydney.

"In relation to the CBD itself, we basically lock down the centre of the city", Mr Crisp said.

Timelapse Brisbane's New Year fireworks
Where to watch New Year's Eve 2017 fireworks in Austin

Expect to see increased security in and around the harbor, as well as vehicle restrictions near the events. Sydney mesmerized an approximated 1.6 million of its party animal who were wide awake to celebrate the auspicious night with their allies.

Elsewhere, major global cities also prepared to welcome the New Year.

But this year, several of the open vistas along the waterfront are fenced off.

Festival director Brooke Webb said the vibe was great.

He said there was consultation with a number of people before the decision was made to continue with the outdoor festivities.

Finally, our sibling site Eater Austin has the scoop on the best restaurants, bars, and parties for ringing in the New Year, from dinner spots to midnight bashes to the next day's brunch. Police have mobilized more armed officers and sniffer dogs than a year ago.

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