Watch: This is how people in Europe spent New Year's Day

Walter Schirra, dives into the Tiber River from the Cavour bridge in Rome
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Europe tends to be cold in January — in some places even freezing. So it's perhaps surprising that so many New Year's Day traditions involve plunging into icy water — from Rome's Tiber river to Berlin's Oranke Lake; the Netherlands' North Sea to Ireland's Atlantic Ocean.

Back on dry land, other traditional celebrations include the Pope's New Year Mass at the Vatican and London's New Year's Day parade.

Take a look at our selection of some of the top New Year's Day celebrations from across the region by clicking on the player above.