New Year’s Eve in New York 31-12-2023
Spending New Year’s Eve in New York is a dream for many. New York is famous for its parties and the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop ceremony on Times Square. Whether you’re younger or older, with friends, lovers, or your children, New York has something in store for everyone. Don’t want to stay in a bar or club all night? New York has many other options for ringing in the New Year, you can celebrate in Central Park for example, or on a boat tour!
New Year’s Eve Ball Drop on Times Square
The world-famous New Year’s Eve Ball Drop ceremony takes place every year on Times Square. Hundreds of thousands of people gather to watch a giant ball drop from the One Times Square building. As the ball lands at midnight, the crowd bursts into celebration. This looks amazing on TV, but in reality, the experience is not so impressive. First of all; as it is in the middle of the winter, it gets very cold in New York. To get a good spot, people must arrive 12-18 hours before the event. Imagine standing in the harsh cold, all day, without any toilets available. That is a lot of trouble to go to for something that lasts for 10 seconds. There’s no party afterwards (at 00:15 Times Square is empty because everyone goes looking for a bathroom), there are no fireworks on Times Square and it’s forbidden to drink alcohol on the streets. So, my advice is to skip the ceremony for some fun elsewhere.
New Year’s Eve Times Square Ball Drop Party
A regular ticket for a New Year’s Eve party in a New York bar or restaurant will cost between $250 and $500 per person. The live Ball Drop can also be seen from some parties.
Head to the AMC Empire to watch the Ball Drop from the terrace and enjoy all-night access to an assortment of movies. A more exclusive party can be found at the Hyatt Center or R Lounge. Or go to one of my favourite venues Marriott Marquis, Margaritaville Rooftop or M Social.
Best New Year’s Eve option: Boat Tours
The best way to have a good time on New Year’s Eve in New York is to take a boat tour. It won’t be a typical boat cruise, but rather a New Year’s Eve party on a boat. Enjoy the skyline of Manhattan and watch the fireworks at midnight, over the Hudson River, while sipping champagne. There are different tours to choose from, some include dinner or a live DJ, while others are more luxurious. All of them include an open bar, champagne toast at midnight and a great time, guaranteed.
New Year’s Eve parties
New York always has a lively nightlife, imagine the craziness during New Year’s Eve! For anyone who wants to see in the New Year dancing, there are an abundance of parties to choose from. I made a personal selection and categorised them based on age/group type. If you’re celebrating New Year’s Eve in New York without any plans, chances are you will end up highly disappointed. You can’t just show up last minute; if you do manage to get a ticket at all, you’ll end up paying over double. The best thing to do is make sure you secure your tickets as early as possible.
Central Park on New Year’s Eve
Families spending New Year’s Eve in New York should head to Central Park. Children of all ages can enjoy the celebrations there. Fireworks are launched at midnight from Bow Bridge-Cherry Hill, at the centre of Central Park (situated between 71st and 74th Streets), and they can be seen from most spots in Central Park.
New Year’s Eve Dinner
Most restaurants in New York close early on New Year’s Eve to get ready for their own party, especially the ones around Times Square. This makes it difficult to have an extensive dinner somewhere or to stay until midnight.
If you would like to have dinner later in the evening and celebrate New Year’s Eve there, you can book this New Year’s Eve Dinner Gala at Rockefeller Center. Redeye Grill restaurant is also hosting a Broadway Cabaret Gala with a 4-course dinner and a champagne toast at midnight.
What to expect on New Year’s Eve in New York?
Crowds. Since it’s one of the most popular times to visit The Big Apple, the city will be packed with people. Most shops, restaurants and attractions will be open as usual on the 31st of December although they close a little earlier than usual. Because Times Square begins to fill up and prepare for the Ball Drop around noon, attractions, stores and other activities in the area will not be open during the day. See here what is open on New Year’s Eve in New York.
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