(CNN)Throngs of revelers packed cities around the globe to usher in 2018 with public celebrations and fireworks, despite fears of terrorism and frigid weather in some places.

In New York, hundreds of thousands of people packed Times Square in the 9-degree Fahrenheit weather, with a wind chill of 4 degrees below zero, to watch the 2018 ball drop and confetti rain down on the street. The frigid temperature made it the second coldest New Year’s Eve ball drop on record in New York. The coldest ball drop still holds at 1-degree Fahrenheit in 1917.Law enforcement agencies had added additional security measures, including extra checkpoints, police dogs, street closures and undercover officers.”You will see a stronger police presence out there than we’ve seen, even than what we’ve seen in recent years. And that’s prudent, given the terror events we have seen and studied around the world as well as the three incidents here in New York over the past 15 months,” said NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill before the East Coast clock struck midnight.Revelers awaiting New York's New Year's Eve celebrations bundled up as they gathered in Times Square.Revelers awaiting New York's New Year's Eve celebrations bundled up as they gathered in Times Square.Revelers awaiting New York’s New Year’s Eve celebrations bundled up as they gathered in Times Square.Around the world, cities celebrated the New Year with spectacles of fireworks. Read MoreMore than a million people lined the harbor in Sydney, Australia, to watch a 12-minute fireworks show over the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Across Asia, people crowded into waterside viewing areas to see fireworks burst over Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong and other cities. Fireworks explode over Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on Monday, January 1, 2018.Fireworks explode over Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on Monday, January 1, 2018. Photos: New Year's 2018 celebrations around the worldFireworks explode over Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on Monday, January 1, 2018.Hide Caption 1 of 24Confetti falls over the crowd as the clock strikes midnight in New York's Times Square.Confetti falls over the crowd as the clock strikes midnight in New York's Times Square. Photos: New Year's 2018 celebrations around the worldConfetti falls over the crowd as the clock strikes midnight in New York’s Times Square.Hide Caption 2 of 24Celebrations take place by the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Celebrations take place by the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photos: New Year's 2018 celebrations around the worldCelebrations take place by the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Hide Caption 3 of 24Maasai tribe members perform a traditional dance on Nungwi Beach in Zanzibar, Tanzania.Maasai tribe members perform a traditional dance on Nungwi Beach in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Photos: New Year's 2018 celebrations around the worldMaasai tribe members perform a traditional dance on Nungwi Beach in Zanzibar, Tanzania.Hide Caption 4 of 24Fireworks light up the sky over the London Eye in central London.Fireworks light up the sky over the London Eye in central London. Photos: New Year's 2018 celebrations around the worldFireworks light up the sky over the London Eye in central London.Hide Caption 5 of 24Festivities take place by the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.Festivities take place by the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Photos: New Year's 2018 celebrations around the worldFestivities take place by the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.Hide Caption 6 of 24Fireworks explode over the Kremlin in Moscow.Fireworks explode over the Kremlin in Moscow. Photos: New Year's 2018 celebrations around the worldFireworks explode over the Kremlin in Moscow.Hide Caption 7 of 24People take photos during celebrations at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.People take photos during celebrations at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. Photos: New Year's 2018 celebrations around the worldPeople take photos during celebrations at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.Hide Caption 8 of 24Lights and fireworks are seen at the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.Lights and fireworks are seen at the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. Photos: New Year's 2018 celebrations around the worldLights and fireworks are seen at the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.Hide Caption 9 of 24Fireworks explode over downtown Beirut, Lebanon.Fireworks explode over downtown Beirut, Lebanon. Photos: New Year's 2018 celebrations around the worldFireworks explode over downtown Beirut, Lebanon.Hide Caption 10 of 24People in Kim Il Sung Square watch fireworks light the sky above the Taedong River in Pyongyang, North Korea.People in Kim Il Sung Square watch fireworks light the sky above the Taedong River in Pyongyang, North Korea. Photos: New Year's 2018 celebrations around the worldPeople in Kim Il Sung Square watch fireworks light the sky above the Taedong River in Pyongyang, North Korea.Hide Caption 11 of 24The Parthenon temple is seen during New Year's celebrations in Athens, Greece.The Parthenon temple is seen during New Year's celebrations in Athens, Greece. Photos: New Year's 2018 celebrations around the worldThe Parthenon temple is seen during New Year’s celebrations in Athens, Greece.Hide Caption 12 of 24New Year's celebrations take place in Edinburgh, Scotland.New Year's celebrations take place in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photos: New Year's 2018 celebrations around the worldNew Year’s celebrations take place in Edinburgh, Scotland.Hide Caption 13 of 24Fireworks illuminate the sky in Baghdad, Iraq.Fireworks illuminate the sky in Baghdad, Iraq. Photos: New Year's 2018 celebrations around the worldFireworks illuminate the sky in Baghdad, Iraq.Hide Caption 14 of 24New Year's fireworks are seen above the Opera House and Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia. Over a million people gathered around the harbor to watch the 12-minute celebration for the start of 2018.New Year's fireworks are seen above the Opera House and Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia. Over a million people gathered around the harbor to watch the 12-minute celebration for the start of 2018. Photos: New Year's 2018 celebrations around the worldNew Year’s fireworks are seen above the Opera House and Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia. Over a million people gathered around the harbor to watch the 12-minute celebration for the start of 2018.Hide Caption 15 of 24Fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour during New Year celebrations in Hong Kong.Fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour during New Year celebrations in Hong Kong. Photos: New Year's 2018 celebrations around the worldFireworks explode over Victoria Harbour during New Year celebrations in Hong Kong.Hide Caption 16 of 24Celebrations take place in Singapore's financial district.Celebrations take place in Singapore's financial district. Photos: New Year's 2018 celebrations around the worldCelebrations take place in Singapore’s financial district.Hide Caption 17 of 24Fireworks illuminate the city's skyline during New Year's celebrations in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.Fireworks illuminate the city's skyline during New Year's celebrations in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Photos: New Year's 2018 celebrations around the worldFireworks illuminate the city’s skyline during New Year’s celebrations in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.Hide Caption 18 of 24Tourist guides wearing 2018 New Year's glasses attend a celebration at Slender West Lake in Yangzhou, China, on Sunday, December 31, 2017.Tourist guides wearing 2018 New Year's glasses attend a celebration at Slender West Lake in Yangzhou, China, on Sunday, December 31, 2017. Photos: New Year's 2018 celebrations around the worldTourist guides wearing 2018 New Year’s glasses attend a celebration at Slender West Lake in Yangzhou, China, on Sunday, December 31, 2017.Hide Caption 19 of 24A woman prays in front of lanterns to celebrate the New Year at Jogyesa Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea.A woman prays in front of lanterns to celebrate the New Year at Jogyesa Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea. Photos: New Year's 2018 celebrations around the worldA woman prays in front of lanterns to celebrate the New Year at Jogyesa Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea.Hide Caption 20 of 24Swimmers take the plunge during the traditional San Silvestre Swim at La Comandancia beach in Tarragona, northeastern Spain.Swimmers take the plunge during the traditional San Silvestre Swim at La Comandancia beach in Tarragona, northeastern Spain. Photos: New Year's 2018 celebrations around the worldSwimmers take the plunge during the traditional San Silvestre Swim at La Comandancia beach in Tarragona, northeastern Spain.Hide Caption 21 of 24Performers parade through the streets as part of the annual Joburg Carnival in Johannesburg, South Africa. Many of the costumes are hand-made each year for the event.Performers parade through the streets as part of the annual Joburg Carnival in Johannesburg, South Africa. Many of the costumes are hand-made each year for the event. Photos: New Year's 2018 celebrations around the worldPerformers parade through the streets as part of the annual Joburg Carnival in Johannesburg, South Africa. Many of the costumes are hand-made each year for the event.Hide Caption 22 of 24Pope Francis kisses the Christ Child upon his arrival to preside over the Te Deum prayer in St, Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.Pope Francis kisses the Christ Child upon his arrival to preside over the Te Deum prayer in St, Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. Photos: New Year's 2018 celebrations around the worldPope Francis kisses the Christ Child upon his arrival to preside over the Te Deum prayer in St, Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.Hide Caption 23 of 24A child walks on numbers reading "2018" in Allahabad, India.A child walks on numbers reading "2018" in Allahabad, India. Photos: New Year's 2018 celebrations around the worldA child walks on numbers reading “2018” in Allahabad, India.Hide Caption 24 of 2409 New Year's 2018 Brazil18 New Year's 2018 New York10 New Year's 2018 Malaysia12 New Year's 2018 Zanzibar06 New Year's 2018 London RESTRICTED13 New Year's 2018 Germany11 New Year's 2018 Russia07 New Year's 2018 Kenya08 New Year's 2018 France01 New Year's 2018 Lebanon03 New Year's 2018 North Korea02 New Year's 2018 Greece04 New Year's 2018 Scotland05 New Year's 2018 Iraq06 new year celebration07 new year celebration 03 new year celebration 17 new year celebration 11 new year celebration RESTRICTED 02 new year celebration10 new year celebration RESTRICTED 12 new year celebration RESTRICTED 16 new year celebration 13 new year celebration RESTRICTED In Moscow, revelers filled special New Year’s subway trains decorated with winter scenes. And Pope Francis led his annual Te Deum prayer at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.Pope Francis incenses the Christ Child during the Te Deum prayer in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on December 31, 2017. Pope Francis incenses the Christ Child during the Te Deum prayer in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on December 31, 2017. Pope Francis incenses the Christ Child during the Te Deum prayer in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on December 31, 2017. After a year marred by mass shootings and deadly terror attacks, many celebrations unfolded amid heightened security.In London, officials deployed armed officers as part of a security plan they “developed and reviewed following the tragic incidents that have occurred throughout the year,” Metropolitan Police Superintendent Nick Aldworth said. Armed police officers stand guard in Westminster, ahead of New Year's celebrations in central London.Armed police officers stand guard in Westminster, ahead of New Year's celebrations in central London.Armed police officers stand guard in Westminster, ahead of New Year’s celebrations in central London.After a spate of sexual assaults marred New Year’s Eve events in several German cities in 2015, officials in Berlin this year set up a special “safe zone” for women who feel harassed. Berlin, Cologne and other German cities also added hundreds of extra police.In Paris, 1,850 police officers were assigned to the Champs-Elysées amid a “double perimeter of security,” Interior Minister Gérard Collomb told BFMTV.A firework explodes in Paris over the Arc de Triomphe, where spectators rang in the new year by watching images projected on the famed landmark.A firework explodes in Paris over the Arc de Triomphe, where spectators rang in the new year by watching images projected on the famed landmark.A firework explodes in Paris over the Arc de Triomphe, where spectators rang in the new year by watching images projected on the famed landmark.And almost a year after a gunman opened fire on 2017 New Year’s revelers in an Istanbul nightclub, Turkish police raided a suspected ISIS cell last week to help thwart potential attacks during the holidays.And in Las Vegas, where a gunman killed 58 people at a music festival in October, officials installed extra security — including National Guard officers and snipers on rooftops — along the famed Las Vegas Strip. Las Vegas adding snipers, extra security for New Year's Eve Las Vegas adding snipers, extra security for New Year's Eve Las Vegas adding snipers, extra security for New Year's EveAcross North America, New Year’s celebrators grappled with record low temperatures, as the holiday was expected to be 20 to 40 degrees colder than usual in many places. Of the lower 48 US states, only 10 aren’t under a wind-chill alert.

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