New Year's Eve in Times Square

Laura Winfree

New Years Eve Times Square

New Years Eve Times SquareGet ready to join a million people in one of the world's biggest parties, with jaw-dropping performances and a vibrant atmosphere in the heart of the Big Apple itself. Every New Year's Eve, the famous Times Square in New York City transforms into streets overflowing with cheering crowds, celebrities and contagious excitement as the world waits for the famous ball drop to ring in the New Year.

New Years Eve Times SquareNew Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square are broadcast throughout the world to many millions of viewers, showing star-studded performances, pyrotechnic displays and immense crowds of excited partygoers anticipating midnight.

New Years Eve Ball DropThe world-famous ball drop in Times Square has been around since 1907, and the ball has become more and more impressive as the years go by. The newest one is double the size of previous years, weighing in at nearly 12,000 pounds and covered in Waterford crystals and impressive lighting for an unforgettable effect. The ball begins to drop at 11:59 pm on December 31, and one ton of confetti is released over Times Square once it has descended completely at the stroke of midnight.

To ensure a good view of the celebrations, it's important to show up as early as mid-afternoon on December 31; just keep in mind that once you have your spot, you can leave but you can't return to it. Make sure to bundle up, as well, since the holiday weather in New York City can get quite cold.

New York LoungeThose who want to keep warm during the ball drop also have a variety of options with the vibrant nightlife in New York City. Many New York City restaurants and bars, especially the ones in Times Square, host incredible New Years Eve parties every year. You can also attend chic penthouse and lounge parties at the upscale Times Square hotels in New York City, perfect for a stylish New Years Eve experience.

During your trip, make sure to experience everything this destination has to offer with fun New York City tours and a wide variety of attractions like the Empire State Building, Broadway shows, Central Park and so much more, the perfect way to kick off 2012.

Rockefeller Center Christmas

New York City is absolutely breathtaking during the holidays, with ice skating and the famous Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. There are also incredible shopping options with stunning holiday window displays, unforgettable shows and so much more, all featuring a glittering cosmopolitan backdrop in a magical setting.

This year, the New Year's Eve ball drop in Times Square promises to be one of the best shows ever, with performances by Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and many other famous artists. Mayor Michael Bloomberg will perform the honor of pressing the button at 11:59 pm for the ball drop, leading into an exciting 60-second countdown as the sparkling sphere descends 70 feet.

On December 31, join in with a million of your closest friends for hourly countdowns in a vibrant setting filled with lights and confetti, the best place in the world to celebrate the beginning of 2012 New York City!

Written by Laura Winfree