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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

The rink at Rockefeller Center
Photograph: Courtesy Rockefeller Center

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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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