NYC is the epicenter of all New Year’s celebrations, with millions of people watching from all over the world. It is where the party begins and ends, whether it’s late at night or early morning, the city that never sleeps knows how to keep the celebration going. New Year’s travel can be a little chaotic if you don’t plan your time well. That’s why travel companies that can set up transportation, accommodations, hotels, and activities for you are real lifesavers. Whether you’re at the ball drop, spending a luxurious night in a hotel, or visiting friends, the excitement and wonder of the New Year is hard to beat. From the first moment of the ball drop to the sunrise on the new year, every NYC New Year experience can be one for the books.
Times Square Ball Drop
Every year at 11:59 p.m., the ball in Times Square begins its descent to ring in the new year. With it comes the anticipation of new adventures, resolutions, and joy. The very first New Year’s Eve Ball dropped in 1907, and ever since, seven versions of the New Year’s Ball have continued the legacy.
The way to see the ball drop from the best view is to get there early and know where you are going. The ball can be seen along Broadway from 43rd to 50th streets and 7th Avenue from 43rd to 59th streets. In any case, the lower the street number, the closer you are to Times Square, and ultimately, the ball drop.
New Year’s Eve Times Square Ball Drop Gala Party
The New Year’s Eve Times Square Gala party boasts exceptional indoor views of Times Square and the ball drop as well as fireworks in Central Park. Guests can eat their fill of a selection of buffet and dessert stations as well as hors d’oeuvres. But the night isn’t just about the food and the view; there will be music, magicians, photo booth opportunities, and plenty of flatscreens to watch the network specials. Book here.
New Year’s Eve Times Square Experience
If you’re interested in the ultimate New Year’s travel experience, try dancing the night away with fantastic food, live music, and cocktails to bring you into the new year. Guests will be escorted to a private viewing area in the center of Times Square as the time winds down to midnight. You’ll be in the center of the action as the ball drop announces midnight, with fantastic views of the parties and celebrations from all directions. Book here.
New Year’s Eve Fireworks
The best way to end an evening of celebration is fireworks lighting up the sky. While there are no fireworks in Times Square, there are other locations all over the city that host spectacular fireworks. In Prospect Park, the best places to see the fireworks are The Brooklyn Museum Steps, Grand Army Plaza, and West Drive in Prospect Park. Another popular location for New Year’s Eve fireworks is in Central Park, with the best views being Bethesda Fountain, Sheep’s Meadow, and the New York Road Runners’ annual Midnight Run. Coney Island is the last stop on the New Year’s Eve fireworks tour, where you can watch the celebration from the Brighton Beach boardwalk and the Coney Island boardwalk.
If you’re looking for a luxurious experience, try a dinner cruise on the Hudson complete with a buffet and view of all the fireworks across the city. Book here. New Year’s Travel is about the adventure and the people we surround ourselves with as one year changes to the next. No matter which experience you choose, whether you’re one of the thousands lined up behind the barricades or getting the VIP treatment, being in Times Square as the New Year rolls in is a night you won’t easily forget.