Published: December 29, 2020 | Updated: January 5, 2021 | Posted by: Rouselle Isla | Lifestyle
New Year in the Philippines is known around the world to be such a visual (and loud) spectacle. However, it will be very different this year because of the ongoing pandemic. With health and safety protocols still in place and strict rules regarding firecrackers and fireworks displays, it looks like it’s going to be a quiet and uneventful New Year’s eve countdown in the Philippines.
Well, not really. Because you can still watch and join different online parties, concerts, and events to welcome the New Year in the Philippines and other parts of the world. Here are just a few we found:
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December 31, 2020, 7 pm, live pay-per-view on KTX.ph
Price: PHP 600 to PHP 2,000
Let’s face it. Our New Year countdown won’t be complete without some great live music from the country’s top performers. Welcome the new year on a musical high with Resorts World Manila’s grand countdown virtual concert entitled “New Year. New Hope. New Thrills.”
Enjoy a premium concert experience in your own homes while being serenaded by Morissette, Jona, Jed Madela, Jon Santos, and special guest acts from the L.O.V.E Project. This virtual NYE concert will be hosted by Nicole Laurel Asensio and Jon Joven.
You can still purchase your e-tickets on KTX.ph. General Admission tickets (show access only) cost PHP 600 and Special Tickets (show access + chance to win big prizes) cost PHP 2,000. If you wish to join the Holy Mass celebration before the show, you can also live stream it at 6 pm.
Would you like to revel in NYE virtual festivities while helping people in need? The Manila Hotel is holding a virtual New Year’s eve countdown so you can party your heart out safely at home.
Every single-receipt transaction worth PHP 3,500 from The Manila Hotel, whether food takeout or dine-in (Delicatessen, Cowrie Grill, Roma Salon, Lobby Lounge, or Cafe Ilang-Ilang), FIT room bookings, promo purchase, or Prestige card membership, entitles you to 1 raffle ticket and a Zoom party invitation.
The major raffle prize is an overnight stay in the MacArthur Suite (a night stay is worth a whopping PHP 500,000!). Furthermore, a portion of the proceeds will go to Bag of Hope, an initiative by Manila Bulletin to help Filipino families who have been displaced by the pandemic.
For more details about 2021 Countdown With A Cause Virtual New Year Party , contact 8527-0011 or 0998-9501912.
December 31, 2020, live stream starting 10:30 pm via Twitch TV
If you’re wondering where to spend New Year in Manila, Okada will hold an online New Year’s Eve party at Cove Manila. NYE 2021  will be headlined by DJs Marc Marasigan, Migs Santillan, DZ SVG, and Everyday People. Follow Cove Manila’s official Facebook page for the link to the live stream.
January 1, 2021, 7 pm, Central Park, SM by the Bay
Witness a grand fireworks New Year display set to festive music at SM by the Bay on the first day of 2021 . Admission is free but face masks and full face shields must be worn at all times, and social distancing will be strictly enforced. New Year’s Eve in Manila to welcome 2021 can still be a bright and festive affair, as long as you stay safe!
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Because we are all relegated to our homes this New Year’s Eve, it means partying in our pajamas without any makeup on but still having a great time. If you’re done watching the fireworks in the Philippines and still have a lot of party energy left, why not party with the rest of the world? There’s an exciting and star-studded New Year’s Eve party happening everywhere, and we’ve handpicked the best ones for you.
December 31, 2020, starts at 8 pm on Facebook Live
Unfortunately, we can’t go to our favorite pubs and clubs to drink and party just yet. But this does not mean that our year end celebrations need to stop as well!
Enjoy an epic New Year countdown to 2021 from the safety and comfort of your own home, Heineken style! Join the Heineken Starclub New Year’s Eve Live online and enjoy the good vibes dished out by Blink, BATE and Saint Kylo, just to name a few.
December 31, 2020 on YouTube
Why limit yourself to a New Year countdown to 2021 in the Philippines when you can join NYE parties from other parts of the world?
Hello 2021 YouTube gives you the chance to join not one, but five, NYE virtual countdown specials and round-the-world parties on YouTube. Aside from the best and most notable YouTube videos of 2020, enjoy amazing musical performances and exciting celebrity appearances. Check out the schedules here and make sure to set your alarms to the right time zones.
Hello 2021: Americas from 10:30 pm (New York Time)/ January 1, 2021, 11:30 am (Manila Time)
Hosted by Juanpa Zurita and Storm Reid, with guests Matthew McConaughey, Demi Lovato, and RuPaul, and performances by Dua Lipa, J Balvin, and more.
Hello 2021: UK from 10:30 pm (London Time) / January 1, 2021, 6:30 am (Manila Time)
With guests Behzinga, Big Narstie, and Katherine Ryan.
Hello 2021: Japan from 11:45 pm (Japan Time) / 10:45 pm (Manila Time)
With guests Tokai On Air, Puritto Channel, and Emirin, to name a few.
Hello 2021: Korea from 11 pm (Korea Time) / 10 pm (Manila Time)
Hosted by Sechan Yang and Jesung Hwang, with guests Tester Hoon and Balming Tiger.
Hello 2021: India from 11 pm (India Time) / January 1, 2021, 1:30 am (Manila Time)
Performances from Dua Lipa, Tiger Shroff, Badshah, and Zakir Khan.
December 31, 2020, live on YouTube
11:25 pm (CET) / January 1, 2021, 6:25 am (Manila Time)
If a New Year celebration in the Philippines does not suffice, perhaps you’d like to take a virtual trip to the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris for a virtual concert?
“Welcome to the Other Side”  is a free and open-to-all concert for anyone anywhere in the world. Join Jean-Michel Jarre in this digital and virtual spectacle as you bid 2020 adieu right on your couch. Or bed. Basically anywhere in your house. Watch live on YouTube here.
December 31, 2020, 9:30 pm (Korea Time) / 8:30 pm (Manila Time)
Price: PHP 1,732 to PHP 2,609
What’s a new year party without our favorite K-Pop megastars? Say goodbye to 2020 and welcome 2021 with a bang with Weverse’s 2021 New Year’s Eve Live!
Wherever you are in the world, witness the stages light up with this year’s explosive line-up, which includes BTS, GFriend, Lee Hyun, Bumzu, Nu’est, Tomorrow x Together, and Enhypen, just to name a few.
Shin Hae Chul takes the Connect Stage while the Special Stages will be dominated by Halsey, Lauv, and Steve Aoki.
December 31, 2020, from 6 pm (New York Time) /January 1, 2021, 7 am (Manila Time)
It’s a century-old tradition, so don’t fret. The world-famous ball will still drop, and the New Year countdown timer will still be present at New York City’s Time Square.
It may not be the same as being right there on Times Square and exchanging New Year’s kisses with your special someone. But you can still catch all the action on your screens, with some great live musical performances, behind the scenes snippets, and celebrity interviews to boot. Did we mention that Gloria Gaynor will be performing ‘I Will Survive’ as well?
Watch the NYC Times Square New Year’s Eve 2021 webcast on the following links:
December 31, 2020, from 8 pm to 3 am (your local time)
Price: €20 (approximately PHP 1,200)
The biggest electronic dance music festival in the world is always an anticipated event. Now you have the chance to catch this EDM festival on your screens at home.
Make your countdown to 2021 more exciting and unforgettable with over 25 feature performances of the world’s best house, EDM and trap artists. Whether it’s a dance party for one, or five, dance it out to Major Lazer, Martin Garrix, DJ Snoopadelic (yes, it’s Snoop Dogg), David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, and more!
There’s a special fireworks countdown at midnight wherever you’re located, which is pretty cool. So watch from your device and enjoy the show! Purchase your Tomorrowland  tickets on their website.
December 31, 2020, 11 pm (L.A. Time) / January 1, 2021, 3 pm (Manila Time)
Your countdown to 2021 in Manila need not be over too soon because your friends and family in the West Coast can still party with you on New Year’s Day.
Grand Park’s NYELA 2021 is going global this year with its virtual dance party, featuring Steve Aoki, BIA, Aquihayaquihay, Andrekza, and 2Deep. The event will be hosted by DJ Eddie One and Jessica Flores. Tune in to Grand Park’s YouTube channel to get the party started!
December 29 to 31, 2020, 7 pm (Edinburgh Time) / 3 pm (Manila Time)
Edinburgh’s Hogmanay (Scottish for new year celebrations) will go entirely online this year, and we’ll all get the chance to watch the visually stunning moments right from our homes ― for free.
This online event series will be hosted and narrated by Doctor Who himself, David Tennant. So get cozy and enjoy the largest drone show in the UK (150 individual drones), with words by award-winning poet Jackie Kay and the music of Celtic fusion band Niteworks. See the breathtaking sights of the Highlands, the Forth Bridges, and Edinburgh, home of Hogmanay, without ever leaving your house!
December 31, 2020, from 11:30 pm (GMT) / January 1, 2021, 7 am (Manila Time)
Your New Year countdown in Manila to 2021 need not be boring and quiet. You can join Polar Beat’s virtual NYE party  which will live stream straight from Iceland! It’s free, but you will need a Snapchat account to get in and create your own Bitmoji avatar, a.k.a. your virtual self. Your avatar can walk the red carpet, strut their stuff on the dance floor, and party it out with the Northern Lights as a backdrop. Now that sounds like a bangin’ virtual party!
December 31, 2020, 7:15 pm (Pacific Time) / January 1, 2021, 11:30 am (Manila Time)
Price: PHP 1,535.47
Calling all Beliebers! Your New Year’s Eve just got a lot exciting. What do we mean? Love yourself and get that ticket to Justin Bieber’s New Year’s Eve online concert. This is Justin’s first live show since 2017, so expect something special and memorable. Purchase your tickets on the website with your credit card, debit card, or PayPal account. If you want to relive the best moments of the show, you can also watch the re-airing on the website.
This New Year’s Eve may be different from our previous New Year’s Eves. But here’s to wishing that the new year will be better, brighter, and healthier for all of us.
Rouselle is the Finance Writer at Moneymax, with over six years of writing experience in the personal finance niche. She’s also passionate about ’90s music, books, and film. Follow Rouselle on Linkedin.