New Year’s Eve in NYC

What is New Year’s like in the famous times square?


Avery Vance, Contributor

Watching up in the sky, a brilliant glistening ball decorated with thousands of crystals hangs high. All around you, you hear a hundred voices shouting out, “5, 4, 3, 2, 1” Then, the ball drops! Sounds like you’re in Times Square at midnight at the famous ball drop ceremony.  

New York City (NYC) is a home to a large, celebratory New Years Eve party that offers live music, hourly countdowns from various sponsors, live commentators, performances from local businesses and to top it off, the ball raising and dropping ceremonies to welcome in the new year. 

The ball drop is the most memorable part of the whole night. The hanging orb is called the Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year’s Ball. It is a “geodesic sphere” weighing a whopping 11,875 pounds (about twice the weight of an elephant). In 1907 the ball made its debut drop only 3 years after New Year’s was widely celebrated in Times Square 

At the 2022-23 New Year’s celebration, many big companies sponsored for press including, Carnival Cruise, Sino-American Friendship Association (SAFA), Kay Jewelers, KIA, and Planet Fitness. Many of those companies also give hourly countdowns to fans watching abroad. Companies also offer many New Year’s specials and products that are handed out to the accompanying guests. 

Now, if you’re thinking of going to see the ball drop live in NYC, you may expect these things: 

  • Huge crowds- the Ball Drop is one the most popular celebrations in NYC. 
  • Good Riddance celebrations- good riddance is where people let go of their major fails and embarrassments to step into the new year on a clean slate. 
  • Wishing Well- attendees write their New Year’s wishes on paper to be thrown out as confetti. 
  • Live Commentators- the ball drop is streamed to thousands of homes, and hosts interact with watchers to pass the time until the big finale. If you’re part of the lucky few, hosts will ask you questions and let you participate in some New Year’s fun.