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Times Square New Year's Eve
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The best New Year’s Eve events in NYC

Don’t drop the ball on the city’s craziest holiday—check out the best New Year’s Eve events in NYC to ring in 2021.

By Will Gleason, Jennifer Picht, Shaye Weaver and Collier Sutter

It's been a very long year and now we all have the opportunity to leave the bad of 2020 behind and start fresh, we need to start it off right with the best New Year's Eve possible. No matter how you’re hoping to ring in 2021—sloppy, sober, laid-back or nuts—we’ve got the NYE celebration for you. So don your festive getups and get ready for a night of New Year’s Eve fireworks, amazing dinners and more first-of-the-year festivities with this roundup of the best attractions and events for ringing in the New Year.

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New Year’s Eve events in NYC

pier 17 the greens winter cabins
Photograph: Courtesy The Howard Hughes Corporation/Giada Paoloni

2. The Greens at Pier 17

Restaurants Pier 17, Financial District

The Greens at Pier 17, known for its Instagram-ready, reservable mini lawns, has transformed with 28 individual 12’ by 10’ winterized dining cabins will be up for reserving. Each cabin will be able to fit up to 10 guests and will be decorated with fun winter décor and amenities including virtual fireplaces, electric heating, cozy banquettes and, of course, jaw-dropping, floor-to-ceiling views of NYC from its prime location on the East River waterfront. For NYE, its offering packages for up to eight people. There will be two seatings: 2-5pm and 6-10pm with multiple menu options, from prosecco and light bites to a delicious five-course tasting menu and a live DJ bumping the soundtrack.

The rink at Rockefeller Center
Photograph: Courtesy Rockefeller Center

3. The best places to go ice-skating in NYC

Things to do

NYC has plenty of indoor and outdoor rinks where you can glide and practice your toe jumps. Why not do it on New Year's Eve to celebrate? To help narrow down your options, we’ve ranked the top places to go, from the iconic Rink at Rockefeller Center or lower-key rinks at NYC parks like Central Park. You can even make a full-day out of it when you shop at one of the city’s best holiday markets, followed by sipping hot chocolate and skating on The Rink at the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park. If you'd rather stay warm while on the ice, there are many all-weather indoor rinks, including spots that offer roller skating.


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