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Times Square New Year’s Eve guide

Want to experience a traditional Times Square New Year’s Eve? Here’s how to see the ball drop.

Shaye Weaver
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Shaye Weaver
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An iconic Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration is not only a New York tradition, it’s a global phenomenon. An estimated one million revelers flock to the land of LED screens to witness one of the best NYC events in December, which includes star-studded New Year’s Eve parties, the inevitable surprise engagement and a chance to be featured on live television.

This year is much different and the desire to say "goodbye" to 2021 is great. Here's what you need to know about this year's Times Square New Year's Eve.

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Is the New Year's Ball Drop happening?

Yes, but only fully vaccinated people will be able to celebrate in Times Square.

According to an official statement, attendees that are five years of age or older will have to present proof of vaccination to hang out in the area. Unvaccinated minors under the age of five, on the other hand, must be accompanied by a vaccinated adult to enter the event and they will have to don face coverings throughout their stay. People that are unable to get vaccinated because of a disability will have to present proof of a negative PCR test taken at least 72 hours prior to the event and also wear a mask for the duration of the festivities.

Normally hosting approximately 58,000 people in viewing areas, this year’s celebration will host approximately 15,000 people, and visitors won’t be allowed entry until 3pm, which is much later than in past years.

When is the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration?

Friday, December 31, starting at 6pm. 

Who will be performing and what will I see during the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration?

The New Year’s Eve Ball coverage begins at 6 p.m. with live performances by KT Tunstall, LL Cool J, Chlöe, Journey, Karol G, a Planet Fitness Dance Performance with Liza Koshy, and the USO Show Troupe, as well as an array of special activities and appearances that will happen throughout the evening. 

L.A.'s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest beings at 8pm EST with performances by Ajr and Daisy the Great, Avril Lavigne and Travis Barker, Big Boi and Sleepy Brown, Don Omar, French Montana, Macklemore with Ryan Lewis and Windser, Mae Muller, Måneskin, Masked Wolf, Onerepublic, Polo G and Walker Hayes. Daddy Yankee will give a special hometown performance in Puerto Rico as well!

How do I tune in to see the ball drop?

The Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment are streaming a webcast of the 2022 New Year's Eve celebration starting at 6pm.

You can also watch the ball drop live at TimesSquareNYC.org and TimesSquareBall.net.

You can also experience a virtual Times Square New Year's Eve celebration with live music and live celebrations from around the world on VNYE.

And you can watch right here:

Times Square New Year’s Eve guide