December 31st, 2008
11:17 PM ET

How you partied last night


A Happy New Year wish from on the Grand Canyon Skywalk 4,000 up.


Victor Tate, that is his wife Tina, of Virginia, spending New Year's Eve in Times Square for the first time.


The power went out tonight and Lisa DiDomenico took pictures of her children - Michael, 12, Zoe, 10, and Robby, 8, playing Monopoly. The power came back on and they're waiting for the ball to drop.


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AC360° mini fans!

Zachary Wand, 3, and his younger brother, Carter, 1, are ringing in the New Year at a party in their home in Brooklin, Ontario, Canada.

Their mother, Wendy Wand, says, "We're just really big fans of Anderson Cooper, watch it all the time."

They've been watching for four years. Happy New Year!

Selling 2009 sunglasses: Robin Savage of San Juan Capistrano, California, visits the Irving Spectrum and interviews a Turkish sunglasses vendor. She wanted to help him send New Year's wishes across the water to his distant family.
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Rachel Sumner and her dog, Toby (the Shih-Tzu) wish you a Happy New Year!

London rings in 2009 with fireworks over Big Ben.

From Taipei Ciety
From Taipei Ciety

Neal Moore

I've traveled the world from New York to Cairo to Cape Town to the jungle trains of South East Asia, but no other city's New Year's Eve celebrations have captured my heart like Taipei.

This is most definitely one city that knows how to ring in the New Year in style! And it's not even Chinese New Year yet! But that doesn't stop the celebrations.

With Taipei 101 as the city's centerpiece, the world's tallest occupied building, the inventors of all things firecracker light up this part of the world. They light up the entire city of Taipei and this, the Far East, shines!

Tonight on the streets surrounding Taipei 101 we heard well-wishes from quite literally all walks of life. Taiwanese, Chinese, the Japanese, from foreign expatriates from all over the globe. They're all here, they're most certainly all smiles, and wherever you are, we're wishing you well!

From Taipei with love - Happy New Year and all the best for 2009!


Ringing in 2009...on a plane. Trevor Dougherty of Ithaca, New York, will spend his New Year's Eve on a plane. He sent this video from the plane this morning as the last dawn of 2008 arrived.


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Jv Abellar of Quezon City, Philippines, sends pictures of how he's been celebrating the New Year (also known as Medya Noche).

Filed under: iReport • New Year's Eve 2009
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Karen - Ohio

    Love you Anderson and Kathy! Thanks for keeping it real with Kathy - gives it a lot of color on a big night! Minus the big dancer in hawaii its all good and all the were all the people outside having a contest on the ugliest hats they could find to report with????

    HAPPY 2009!

    January 1, 2009 at 2:28 am |
  2. Melisa from Rio Grande Valley

    Happy New Year 2009 from the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. I love Anderson and on new years even better. I like Kathy, but she does not let Anderson talk, haha!
    Be safe and Be happy!

    January 1, 2009 at 2:20 am |
  3. Alphonso Oliver

    I love Cathy, but please don't invite her back next year. I love your segments on CNN, but she over-shadowed you. I can't stand someone who talks to much. It's about you, not her.

    January 1, 2009 at 2:13 am |
  4. Chris

    Love you Kathy!


    Happy New Years!

    January 1, 2009 at 1:06 am |
  5. Kathleen Valdes

    Happy New Year to my son and his family in Singapore from Cathi/grandma in Santa Fe, NM.

    January 1, 2009 at 12:59 am |
  6. Laura from Northwestern Ontario

    Happy 2009,Anderson and Kathy! Watched the celebrations on CNN,and the dropping of "the ball" from Times Square.
    Now I know that the Chinese have the year of the "rat",the year of the "horse", etc., but after watching the show, I didn't realize that 2009 is the year of the Toshiba(sp?). (I'm referencing to the fact that all I could see under the big ball was the name– !Toshiba! ).Let me guess–Toshiba is the proud sponsor of the world's "biggest light-up ball"......

    January 1, 2009 at 12:31 am |
  7. maureen kelly

    Shout out to NYPD keeping us safe tonight!

    January 1, 2009 at 12:30 am |
  8. Ryan Davis

    Happy new years from northern afghanistan we are watching you via AFN and it really is a morale booster to see the country we fight to defend enjoy a safe and happy new year

    January 1, 2009 at 12:13 am |
  9. lisaonline

    no party – no pictures – but life is good.

    happy new year

    -LisaLJL -Canada

    December 31, 2008 at 11:56 pm |
  10. Donamari

    Hey Anderson and Kathy!!

    Ok Kathy, I'm a big 'D List' fan and I remember watching the episode from last year's New Year's Eve broadcast where your staff did shots every time you called Anderson, 'Andy'... so I gotta ask... are this year's magic words "Ryan Seacrest"?


    December 31, 2008 at 11:51 pm |
  11. susan smith

    Please show Paris fireworks for Andrew and Ashley from their Mom in far Northern CA. We have the giant redwoods here (to whom another year means less than nothing) but no fireworks on New Year's Eve! God love ya! (not you, Kath! 🙂

    December 31, 2008 at 11:47 pm |
  12. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Happy New Year!! I am just watching you from Germany!!Take care for you.All the best for the year 2009.A big hug. Martina from Germany

    December 31, 2008 at 11:43 pm |
  13. daryn cheney

    first let me say i'm no relation to the vice president nor did i vote for him..i'm bringing in the new year watching the coop and drinking some excellent new york state wine

    December 31, 2008 at 11:38 pm |
  14. Jani

    From a military family in Germany missing friends & family all over the world tonight. Happy New Year and stay safe.

    December 31, 2008 at 11:29 pm |
  15. The Schultz Family

    Happy New Year Anderson! From the Schultz Family in Spokane,WA

    December 31, 2008 at 11:27 pm |
  16. Teresa Johns, San Francisco, CA

    Happy New Year Anderson!!!!

    December 31, 2008 at 11:23 pm |
  17. Jim Payne ( Arkansas )

    Anderson and Kathy ,

    I'm enjoying my New Years watching you guys !! Your both having way too much fun !!


    Jim Payne

    December 31, 2008 at 11:11 pm |
  18. julie ,p.i.

    Three cheers to you in the Big A ANDERSON COOPER!

    December 31, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  19. Debbie, Louisiana

    I'm ringing in the the new year by watching my LSU TIGERS play better than they've played all season. GEAUX TIGERS!!!!!! Jordan Jefferson is awesome.

    December 31, 2008 at 9:11 pm |
  20. +Miss Autumn Song Cha

    Dear Sanjay Gupta, Anderson Cooper, Lisa Ling and Planet in Peril,

    I feel the endangerment of the mountain gorillas are scaring many citizens. I hope the mountain gorillas reproduce bountifully and have their area safe for them to roam.
    I think the great white sharks are strongly elegant as well. Luckily, nothing happened to you, Anderson. I think the elephants should be trapped wisely. I think there should be a few gone at a time for ivory if necessary. I think that would suffice as far as money goes.


    +Miss Autumn Song Cha

    December 31, 2008 at 9:09 pm |
  21. KIm

    Happy New Year ! To Cute !

    December 31, 2008 at 7:46 pm |