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Times Square New Year's Eve 2012
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- New Year's Eve Entertainment
- New Year's Eve Ball Trivia
- Times Square Tips/Best Viewing
- Wishing Wall
New Year's Eve Celebration
and Ball Drop in Times Square
Times Square is world-famous for its annual New Year's Eve celebrations and the "lowering
of the Ball" to ring in the New Year.
The Times Square New Year's Eve Ball is raised to the top of
the flagpole at One Times Square (Broadway at 43rd Street) at 6pm
EST, where it is lit. At exactly
11:59pm EST, the Ball slowly drops... and at the stroke of midnight,
millions of revelers celebrate the New Year.
Times Square's New Year's Eve celebration features
live entertainment from world-class performers. Over a million
revelers flock to Times Square each year for this FUN event — and
millions more around the world watch the celebrations on TV.
New for 2012
This year's festivities will feature Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen, Neon Trees and Psy performing live in Times Square. Event will be televised at 8pm (ET) on ABC.
New Year's Eve Ball Trivia
The ball was first dropped in 1907 to celebrate the New
Year. Back then, it was made of iron
and wood. It weighed
700 pounds and was lit with 100 25-watt bulbs. Since then,
five other versions of the ball were designed. In 1999, the "crystal"
Times Square Tips
As you can see from the pictures above, the New Year's Eve crowds
can be overwhelming — so if you plan on being in Times Square
for this fun event, get there as early as possible for
views. NOTE: The best viewing areas fill up early in the afternoon
on Dec. 31st.
The Times Square New Year's Eve Ball descends
from a flagpole at the top of One Times Square (Broadway at 43rd
St). Best views are along Broadway, from 43rd St
to 50th St, and along
7th Ave, as far north as 59th St.
sound system is set up where Broadway and 7th Ave cross. Video
screens (where the
Ball is lowered) are
Add'l screens are set up along Broadway at 50th, 52nd,
54th and 58th Streets.
Dress warmly (it's usually very cold
on New Year's Eve) and leave your backpacks and large bags at home.
Book your hotel rooms early because they fill
up fast, esp at this time of the year. Some hotel restaurants (like
the Marriott Marquis) offer great views.
NOTE: Save money by booking
a hotel outside the Times Square area.
New Year's Eve
Make a wish for the New Year — Your Hopes, Dreams and New Year's Resolutions will be added to the confetti that flutters down at the stroke of midnight in the heart of Times Square on New Year's Eve.
Make a Wish Online
Preview of the Official
New Year's Eve Ball
The "100-Year Anniversary" New Year's Eve Ball was on
Macy's main New York Store during November and December 2007 — the
first time that the Ball had been available to the public for a close-up viewing.
Year-Long Display in Times Square
— New Year's Eve
— Valentine's Day
— Fourth of July
In the past, the Times Square Ball was kept in a vault 364
days a year. After December 2008, it became a permanent fixture
The bigger, brighter crystal ball is displayed "all year"
other Holidays besides New Year's Eve, including Valentine's
Day, the Fourth of July and Halloween.
New Year's Eve Ball
On Dec. 31, 2007, a new Waterford Crystal Ball (with LED bulbs)
was designed to celebrate the 100-Year Anniversary of the famous
event (see pictures below):
NEW Times Square Ball Designs
In December 2008, the new Times Square
Ball was Bigger, Brighter and Heavier — at 12,000 pounds,
it was twice the size and had triple the LED lights than previous
ball "triangles" also featured
a new design — "Let There Be Joy" depicting
an angel with uplifted arms.
In December 2009, nearly 300 Waterford crystal triangles were
installed on the giant ball, featuring an interlocking ribbon pattern,
a Celtic knot to illustrate the theme for 2010 — "Let
There Be Courage."
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