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Eyes to the skies for Bonfire Night


Remember, remember the fifth of November. In honour of Bonfire Night, we take a look at fantastic firework displays around the world.

People watching a fireworks display

Fireworks on Bonfire Night

On the weekend of 4-5 November, Great Britain’s skies will be aglow with dazzling displays of fireworks in honour of Bonfire Night. The annual tradition is celebrated across the country, from London to Edinburgh, Cardiff to Southend, and in a number of commonwealth countries, too.


If you love pyrotechnics, the fifth of November is hardly the only date in the global fireworks calendar. Here, we celebrate spectacular displays around the world.


Las Fallas, Valencia

Held over several days in March, Valencia’s annual Las Fallas festival celebrates the arrival of spring and the city’s patron saint, St Joseph. In true Spanish spirit it’s a treat for all the senses, with high-energy parades, live music and the burning of large wooden puppets, known as ninots. There are nightly fireworks displays, too, all culminating in the nit del foc (night of fire), an electrifying pyrotechnic extravaganza held on the final day of celebrations before St Joseph’s Day, when hundreds of thousands of revellers gather to ooh and aah at the brilliant skies above.


New Year’s Eve

The new year is always cause for celebration, and cities around the world pull out all the stops to ring it in with displays of colour and light. Madeira’s end-of-year display is considered one of the best in the world, renowned for its scale and creativity – in fact, the island once held the Guinness World Record for the largest fireworks display. Luckily, the perfect spot to watch it is from the sea – specifically the deck of Ventura on our 14-night cruise in 2017 and 2018. Alternatively, spend New Year’s Eve in Tenerife on a 16-night Oriana cruise in 2017 or 2018. The Spanish island’s annual festivities are famous for their party atmosphere, so get dressed up, pop a bottle of Champagne and celebrate in style.


Elsewhere, New York City is well known for its annual fireworks and ball drop in Times Square, for which revellers queue for hours in the cold to attend. For something a little warmer, Sydney is the ticket. As one of the first cities in the world to ring in the New Year, it takes its pioneering position seriously with a jaw-dropping show in Sydney Harbour. Dubai is another good warm-weather bet – watching fireworks shoot out from the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.


International Fireworks Festival, Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo is known for its beauty and elegance, so it’s no surprise its annual fireworks festival would live up to the same standards. The international contest is held across four dates in July and August. It combines music and incredible pyrotechnic displays, attracting thousands to view some of the most beautiful and original fireworks around as pyrotechnic experts from all over the world go head-to-head to create the most spectacular displays across the port.


National Day, Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s skyline is dazzling on any given night, but each year on 1 October, it’s taken to the next level. The annual National Day fireworks display is part of celebrations commemorating the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949. Barges on Victoria Harbour host the glittering displays, and past shows have seen fireworks in the shape of hearts and moons. Panoramic views of the action can be enjoyed on land from Kowloon or Hong Kong Island, up high in a skyscraper or up close from a boat in the harbour.