Winter is the season when time flies by. One day you’re preparing your signature dish for Thanksgiving dinner and next thing you know, you counting down from 10 as the ball drops in Times Square.
Don’t let New Year’s Eve sneak up on you this year. If you want to celebrate the New Year in New York City, it’s time to start preparing now. Let’s take a look at one of The Big Apple’s greatest traditions: watching the ball drop in Times Square on December 31st.
As the clock approaches 12 and the ball begins descending from atop One Times Square, the whole world stops to watch. In fact, over one billion people worldwide watch the ball drop live on TV. If you’re going to be in New York for New Year’s, you don’t want to watch the ball drop on TV; you want to see it in person!
- New Year’s Eve in Times Square is a free event. You don’t need to pay, you don’t need a ticket; you just have to get there early if you want a good spot. And I mean really early, because one million other people will pack in to Times Square to see the ball drop live, too. The streets are closed down at 3 p.m. and by midnight the closest that you will get to the ball is Central Park.
- December 31st is in the middle of the winter. Since we’re still over a month away we don’t have a weather report yet, but winter nights in New York City typically get pretty cold. If you’re going to be standing outside all night to watch the ball drop, you better dress warm. Wear layers and bring hand warmers. You’re going to need them.
- Performances: Taylor Swift is slated to perform live on New Year’s Rockin’ Eve from Times Square. There is no word on when or how long she will perform. More celebrity appearances are expected to be announced in the near future.
If you are coming to NYC but don’t want to fight the crowds on Times Square, you might want to try a New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise and ring in the new year from the water (with an open bar).
For more information on New Year’s Eve in Times Square, visit timessquarenyc.com
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