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New Years Eve is a unique time of year to visit a new place, and we aim to travel to as many as we can.

We've already visited some of the main ones: Paris, Sydney, London and Edinburgh but have the ambition to get to as many of the others listed on this site as we can.

We hope you find our listings useful in finding the best NYE fireworks, parties, hotels, concerts, restaurants, cruises and events wherever you are!



Pittsburgh New Years Eve 2015

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, PA, 31 December 2014, Midnight

Pittsburgh Bridge and River with skyline view

Pittsburgh often falls behind Pennsylvania's other major city of Philadelphia when people are considering their travelling plans at any time of year, and new year is no exception, but for those prepared to take a chance on a slightly less predictable option then Pittsburgh won't let you down, with friendly locals and an inclusive atmosphere helping add to the appeal.

This is another US city that have embraced the tradition of a First Night event to mark the end of the old year and arrival of the new, and here it has been taking place each year since 2002 and is organised annually by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, a nonprofit organisation focused on the development and ongoing regeneration of the city's downtown area.

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The main event is the Highmark sponsored First Night Pittsburgh celebration, a range of events centred around the downtown Cultural District and featuring live performances, plentiful food and drink options and of course the fireworks display at midnight. which is preceded by a ball raise (like it sounds, a ball drop in reverse basically!) featuring an illuminated orb made entirely from recycled materials and weighing in at 100 pounds. As the 20th anniversary of the event the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust organisers are determined to make this year's party especially memorable. The headline act for this year, leading the countdown to midnight, has been announced as Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires.

The event starts at 6pm and you do need to buy "buttons" which act as passes to most of the attractions. One of the main features is the First Night Parade at 8pm, the theme for which this year is "Special Delivery". Entertainers this year include the Holden Puppets, Silk Screen Zang Tae Kwon Do demonstrations and music from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

This year the Equitable Gas Sing-Off will also be returning to the First Night celebrations for a 4th time, an X factor style search for singing talent from the local student population. There is also a fanstastic sounding Ice Labyrinth, a giant walk through ice maze with LED lighting.

For those with younger children who may not be willing or able to stay up until the climax of the main party at midnight, the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will be holding a family fun event with music and kid-friendly entertainment prior to an early new year countdown at the unorthodox time of 8.45pm.

Elsewhere in town, the bars and clubs of Pittsburgh will be doing their bit to keep the younger crowd going into the small hours with a wide selection of NYE parties. Places to look out for are the Stage AE, Cavo, Static, MiXX Lounge, AJ Palumbo Center and the increasingly pervasive NYE Til The Ball Falls Bar Crawl - get tickets for all these venues here.

For live music fans, Florida punk rock band Against Me! will be in Pittsburgh this new years, performing live at the Altar Bar. Tickets are likely to sell out fast, so get yours quickly here.

With a setting at the conjunction of 3 different rivers - the Ohio, the Monongahela river and the Allegheny - then as you would expect there are water-based choices for the new year here too. The city's famous Gateway Clipper Fleet of riverboats host new year parties including a New Year's Eve Dinner Cruise with buffet, live DJ and champagne that looks like a great night out.

For your new year dining options then Pittsburgh has plenty to choose from too, with highly regarded venues such as Nine On Nine, Tamari Inc, Spoon, Point Brugge Cafe, Legume and Centi Anni Alla Famiglia. See the full range of eateries, with reviews and online booking here.

Streaming, Webcams & Video


Places to watch live online - there are several live webcam feeds of the city that you can access online, including some skyline views that should capture the midnight fireworks nicely:

Pittsburgh webcams

Hotels & Accommodation


If you're planning on visiting Pittsburgh over the New Year period, then the local hotels and guest houses tend to fill up very quickly, so an early reservation is strongly recommended. You can search, check availability and book local hotels here.

Comments & Reviews


We would love to hear feedback from anyone who has visited Pittsburgh for New Years Eve and would like to share their experiences.

Also if you know of any events or parties we don't yet have listed, whether it's something you're attending or organising, please let us know and we'll be happy to update the page.

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