Times Square New Years Eve

Known around the world as one of the most renowned New Year's celebrations, the Times Square New Year's Eve celebration attracts approximately one million people to New York City and nearly one billion enjoy the show on their home televisions every year. The celebration lasts for several hours, featuring a variety of performers and the party concludes with the world-renowned ball drop.

new york city times square new years eveThe Ball Drop

Watching the famous ball drop is a tradition in millions of households across the globe as a countdown to the New Year. Suspended 400 ft. above the city year round, the descent of the giant globe marks the end of the year and the beginning of a new. Periodically, the shape, size, and design of the ball changes, but the one that has been hanging in Times Square since 2008 measures 12 ft. in diameter and weighs 11,875 lbs. Since 1907 the ball has become a symbol of New Year's celebrations and contributes to the countdown, arriving at the ground at the moment one year ends and another begins.

This Year's Celebration

Taking place on December 31, 2011 , rain or shine, the celebration will begin at 7 p.m. EST and end around 3 a.m. on January 1, 2012. The Times Square New Year's Eve event will, of course, be held in Times Square in New York City, located at the junction of Broadway and 7th Avenue. This year you will have the opportunity to watch Lady Gaga perform, along with many other celebrity artists who have yet to be determined.

Attending the Event

This event is free to the public but space fills up fast, so you will want to arrive several hours early and remember to wear appropriate clothing. Many people begin arriving late in the afternoon, but Times Square is usually full before 6 p.m. After that you will be directed to nearby areas where viewing is difficult, so it is highly recommended you show up early. Avoid arriving in your own car, as limited parking is available, but use public transportation instead. For an affordable and comfortable stay during your trip to the city, book a Manhattan vacation rental nearby Times Square or public transit.

What to Do at Times Square New Year's Eve Celebration

There is plenty to do not only in Times Square, but at the celebration and on the surrounding streets. Shopping, dining, and clubbing are all available within the immediate area and you can enjoy celebrity performances while attending the celebration. This is a great event to experience entertainment, excitement, and pleasure with family and friends and begin the New Year with them as a ton - literally - of confetti pours over the audience at midnight.

Additional Information

If you have further inquiries, here are a few items to take note of:
  • There are no public restrooms.
  • Alcohol is not allowed, including Champaign and other beverages.
  • Bags and backpacks are not permitted.
  • Restaurants in the area may be having their own private parties, which may require tickets, so plan ahead for dining.
  • Food vendors will not be available, but you will have to dine at a restaurant instead.
 

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