New Year celebrations kick off as people all over the world usher in 2017

With a few hours to the New Year in Kampala, Uganda, world-famous fireworks have already ushered people in 2017 elsewhere.

Fireworks explode over the Sydney Opera House during an early evening display in the lead up to the main New Year’s Eve fireworks

Australia is already in 2017 as countries across the globe bring in the New Year.

More fireworks will be let off in Sydney as the clock ticks towards midnight in the city

While we Ugandans still have half a few hours to go until we welcome in 2017, countries around the world are already kicking off their New Year celebrations – with the first being the small Pacific island of Tonga.

Thousands watched as the sky across the city was lit up by a dazzling display

Festivities are beginning across the globe as each country celebrates at different times and in its own way.

In Kampala, fireworks celebrations are expected at Sheraton Kampala Hotel, Kampala Serena Hotel, Hilton Aya Hotel, Golf Course Hotel, Namboole Stadium, Legends Bar Lugogo, Nexus Lounge Najjera, Trendz Lounge, Club Play Street Jam and several other hangouts and worship centres. Revellers are already in celebration mood as they say goodbye to 2016.

Here are the pictorial moments as 2017 kicks off in style;

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