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The clock will strike midnight, the Ball will drop, kisses will be exchanged, and the promise of a New Year will light up the night sky. New Year's is a time to reflect on all that has happened, and set ambitious new goals. Of course, it is also a time let our hair down and celebrate. New York City provides many opportunities for merrymaking on the 31st. Here's where you want to be when the clock strikes 2013.
There is no minute of the year quite as exciting as 11:59 p.m. on December 31st in Times Square. The Times Square New Year's Eve Celebration and Ball Drop is easily the most famous NYE celebration in the world. A million people join together to celebrate this event, and over a billion people will watch it on television (ABC, locally.) If you’re planning to go, dress warmly, bring something to eat, and be sure to get there early (before 5pm).
Performers scheduled for this year's festivities include Taylor Swift live in New York City and Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas on the West Coast as part of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest before the famous ball drops for the 105th time. Jenny McCarthy will kick off the evening at 8pm with a special two hour tribute to Dick Clark. The Ball is a 12-foot geodesic sphere, weighing 11,875 pounds, covered in 2,688 Waterford crystals, powered by 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LED lights and capable of creating a palette of more than 16 million vibrant colors.
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square will be hosting a New Year's Eve party that the whole family can enjoy, filled with endless entertainment. Kicking off with a fire-breathing act, the evening includes an open bar and hors d'oeuvres from 8pm to 1am, a DJ dance party, champagne toast at midnight, and a great view of the live ball drop. For the kids, there will be NYC's only Mission Impossible LaseRace, scavenger hunts, cotton candy, popcorn, and more. The party begins at 8pm and ends at 1am Sunday, January 1. All children ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult (over the age of 21). For tickets and more info, click here or call 212-398-3133.
New York Water Taxi's New Year's Eve Family Cruise offers another great option for families, with Wii games, party favors, and noise makers – while the grown-ups will be enchanted by spectacular views of the glittering Manhattan skyline and fireworks celebration. Click here for more information. NYWT/Circle Line Downtown also hosts a separate fireworks New Year's cruise for couples on the Zephyr, for more information on that, click here. Spirit Cruises is hosting a Fireworks New Year's Cruise, for details, click here. *Then, click here for a 15% discount on this cruise, if you book by Dec. 23.
Hornblower Cruises is hosting its Admiral's New Year's Eve Gala, for details, click here.
Other New Year's Eve events include two great events at Lincoln Center: the New York Philharmonic's A New Yorker's New Year's Eve, featuring music by Marvin Hamlisch at Avery Fisher Hall; then, in the Allen Room, it's Ring in Swing: A New Year's Eve Dance Party. At the Metropolitan Opera, it's the annual New Year's Eve Gala, with a performance of Maria Stuarda; and Patti LuPone will be giving two special New Year's Eve performances at 54 Below.
If you want to add a little laughter to your New Year's festivities, Gotham Comedy Club has a special evening planned with Pete Correale, showtimes at 8pm and 10:30pm. For more details, click here.
Late night revelers in the mood to dance should reserve their tickets now for Highline Ballroom's New Year's Eve festivities, beginning at 9pm. DJ Lohrasp "DJ L" Kansara and famed percussionist Ami O will provide the music and keep the crowd rocking all night long, with a four hour, top shelf bar, appetizers, party favors and more. A wide variety of packages are available. For details, click here.
For more holiday fun, check out this story on Christmas events and our calendar of events. If you're looking for a great New Year's Eve dinner, click here.
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