About Us San Francisco Bay Area U.S. Travel International Travel Contact Us Search

 

|


Home

U.S. Travel

New York

NYC Fun Top 20

New York Tours


Attractions

Broadway Shows

Lodging

Meetings

Restaurants

Entertainment

Transportation



Back to Main
Times Square Page


Click here to see "Live Picture" of Times Square in New York City

 

U.S. Travel — New York
New York City

New York City Attractions
Times Square New Year's Eve 2013

 

Ring in 2014!

- 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.

Live Entertainment
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.

Top



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" ball was introduced to welcome in the new millennium.


Times Square Tips
" Best Viewing Areas
"
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 the best 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.

The sound system is set up where Broadway and 7th Ave cross. Video screens (where the Ball is lowered) are easily visible. 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. Enjoy!

NOTE: Save money by booking a hotel outside the Times Square area.

Top


New Year's Eve
Wishing Wall

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

Top


Preview of the Official
"100-Year Anniversary"
New Year's Eve Ball

The "100-Year Anniversary" New Year's Eve Ball was on display in 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
to Celebrate Other Holidays:
— New Year's Eve
— Valentine's Day
— Fourth of July
— Halloween
In the past, the Times Square Ball was kept in a vault 364 days a year. After December 2008, it became a permanent fixture in Times Square.

The bigger, brighter crystal ball is displayed "all year" atop the building at 1 Times Square in New York City to celebrate other Holidays besides New Year's Eve, including Valentine's Day, the Fourth of July and Halloween.


Back to Times Square

The Naked Cowboy

Back to main Attractions page to select another fun attraction in New York City


More Info on Time's Square
New Year's Eve Celebration and Ball Drop

 

Top

New York City Times Square Ball - New for 2008  Credit "Times Square Alliance"

New York City Times Square on New Years Eve  - Credit "Countdown Entertainment, LLC"

New York Times Square New Years Eve - Credit "Countdown Entertainment, LLC"

NYC New's Year Eve Ball on Display at Macy's  Credit "Countdown Entertainment/Times Square Alliance"

New York Times Square New Years Eave - Credit "Countdown Entertainment, LLC"


New Year's Eve Ball
"100-Year Anniversary"

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):

Credit "Times Square Alliance"

Credit "Times Square Alliance"

Credit "Times Square Alliance"

Credit "Times Square Alliance"

Credit "Times Square Alliance"

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 years. The 2,700 Waterford Crystal 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, woven into a Celtic knot to illustrate the theme for 2010 — "Let There Be Courage."


New York City New Years Eve Ball on Display in Macys Credit "Countdown Entertainment/Times Square Alliance"

 

 

Sign In Privacy Home Page Love to Eat and Travel