Cities Around the Globe Ring in 2011

BY News Desk  December 31, 2010 at 2:30 PM EDT

Sydney, Australia and major cities in Asia were among the first to celebrate the arrival of 2011 with fireworks and festivities. In the U.S., New Yorkers are preparing for the annual Times Square ball drop amid melting snow and slush across the Big Apple.

Below is a look at some of the early celebrations: