New Year’s Eve is a defining moment in New York City, serving as a beacon for the world as locals and visitors collectively reflect on the previous year and welcome the next. As more than one million visitors prepare to celebrate across the five boroughs, the City’s hotels and attractions are ready to welcome the next decade in only-in-NYC fashion.
Below is a roundup of Times Square activities, hotel parties and New Year’s Eve events throughout NYC that will emphasize the City’s reputation as the most iconic destination to ring in the new year.
While the iconic Ball Drop is certainly the center of the festivities, visitors can celebrate the holiday days in advance of the event viewed around the world.
Seven-foot tall numbers “2” and “0” will be displayed in mid-December and available for a pre-NYE photoshoot in various Times Square Plazas until they are hoisted atop One Times Square as celebratory décor, the week leading up to the big event.
On December 28, from 12-1 pm, locals and travelers are invited to enjoy Good Riddance Day at the Broadway Plaza in Times Square where bad memories are eliminated via a giant shredder.
From December 1-29, visit the Wishing Wall in Times Square Plaza to share your hopes and dreams for 2020, which will be dropped as confetti when the clock strikes midnight. Electronic wishes can be submitted here or on social media using #ConfettiWish.
The nearly 6-ton ball, covered with 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles, is capable of lighting up the night from One Times Square, with more than 16 million different colors.
Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rocking Eve will broadcast the Times Square festivities globally with the help of performances by superstar performers (to be announced) and host Ryan Seacrest.