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NYC New Years Eve 2015

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Times Square, NYC, New York City, USA, 31 December 2014, Midnight

Times Square live!

Well 2014 was the year we finally made it to new York City and visited the incredible Times Square, as you can see from the picture at the top of the page! OK so it wasn't new year's eve when we visited but even in mid July the place was buzzing with an energy all of it's own - finally we can see what al the hype is about! To actually get to see in new year in NYC is now officially right at the top of the bucket list! I've put some more pics from our visit further down this page, just couldn't resist!

Well, this is the big one! If Sydney and the fireworks over the harbour bridge are what gets New Years Eve started, then New York's Times Square hold the party everyone waits up for! The fireworks and the ball drop are the obvious highlight but there are events going on throughout the day - turn up nice and early (you'll need to!) and be treated to a full day of entertainment including live music, celebrity guest appearances, comedy acts and dancers.

I'm not generally a big fan of large crowds, or indeed waiting around for a long time but I guess when it comes to new years in Times Square I'm going to have to be a little more flexible than usual! I would love to hear personal experiences from anyone who has actually attended, especially with hints and tips on the best way to go about it, please use the comments form at the bottom of the page if you can help!

Fireworks, Events, Cruises & Party Listings


Times Square is the major component of the New Year's Eve celebration, where huge crowds gather to wait all day for the world famous ball drop, and new year 2014-2015 will be no exception. The Waterford crystal ball is located on the roof of One Times Square and begins it's slow descent at precisely 11:59 pm, triggering fireworks at the stroke of midnight when it finally reaches the bottom.

Toshiba's Times Square billboard screen also displays a timer of the countdown with the crowd joining in to count out the final ten seconds.

If you're heading to Times Square then we heartily recommend the Balldrop Pass - it's going to set you back in the region of $250 but includes admission to parties in multiple venues in Times Square and the surrounding area, featuring the top party DJ's in NYC, plus many of the venues have free food and drink, and the pass also gives you access to a raft of special offers and deals valued at up to $1000 - seems rude not to! There is also a Family Pass option.

The Times Square fireworks and ball drop are immediately preceded by the iconic Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year with Ryan Seacrest, where massive stars perform for the crowds and the same worldwide viewers on TV and online. We'll have the full list of performers as soon as they're announced.

The CNN coverage live from Times Square on New Year's Eve will again be hosted by Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin - the pair have been doing this so long now the show is actually named “New Year's Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin”

An Official Charitable Partner for the ball drop 2015 has been announced for the first time - it will be the International Rescue Committee (IRC), being recognised for their work helping displaced persons and refugees in countries around the world.

Away from the hubbub and general chaos in Times Square, there is also a big fireworks display in Prospect Park, across in Brooklyn. There is entertainment throughout the evening at the Grand Army Plaza, followed by the pyrotechnics come midnight.

For live music, there is always plenty to choose from in NYC. For starters, Skrillex and Diplo will be performing live at Madison Square Garden - this is an 18+ event, tickets are available here.

In a huge development, pop legend Elton John is also in New York this year, playing what will amazingly be his first ever new year's eve concert! The show is at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and if you want to get to this one you'll need to act fast - ticket details here.

There is always plenty in the way of live music to choose from in NYC - The Disco Biscuits have now also confirmed they will performing for 3 nights from the 29-31 December at the Best Buy Theater on Broadway - ticket sales here.

Southern rockers Gov't Mule are also in town this new year, playing the 30th & 31st December at the Beacon Theater, with the NYE shoe also featuring Myles Kennedy. Get your tickets here.

Emo band Rainer Maria will be reforming just in time to play in the new year at the Bowery Ballroom - tickets here.

Disclosure will be greeting the new year down on Pier 94 with their "Disclosure Presents: Wild Life New Year’s Eve" show, also featuring Claude VonStroke, electronic duo Dusky, Kyle Hall, Isaac Tichauer Ten Walls. Ticket sales here.

There will be, as always, a huge range of parties in New York for the new year, just in the Times Square area itself there are dozens of noteworthy venues, especially at Planet Hollywood, Carmine's Guy's American Kitchen and Bar, Dallas BBQ, TGI Fridays NYC, BB King's Blues Club, Madame Tussauds, Chevys, Copacabana, Culture Club, Espace or how about watching the ball drop from the ultimate viewing spot, the XVI Rooftop Lounge. Ticket details to follow.

For culture vultures the New York Philharmonic Orchestra hold their annual new year party - full show and ticket details to follow.

Streaming, Webcams & Video


Times square night lightsPlaces to watch live online - this is one place you're going to have no trouble finding live coverage of no matter where you are in the world - why not try getting a taste of the atmosphere throughout the day on the live streaming web cam feeds on the excellent Earthcam site, which has a special section dedicated to the event, with live streaming views all around Times Square

Times Square live webcams

The full event is also webcast live online here:

Ball Drop Live Stream

There is also an official Ball Drop app that brings all the latest from Times Square including live coverage of the ball drop itself direct to your mobile phone, tablet, Ipad, whatever! This year's app is even more user friendly and interactive than the previous version, alowing among other things Tweets between users:

Ball Drop NYC app

Hotels & Accommodation


If you're planning on visiting New York over the New Year period, then it will be beyond busy so early reservation is very strongly recommended - click Here for the best New York hotel deals

Comments & Reviews


We would love to hear feedback from anyone who has visited New York for New Years Eve and would like to share their experiences.

Also if you know of any events or parties we don't yet have listed, whether it's something you're attending or organising, please let us know and we'll be happy to update the page.

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