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by Jade Jackson (subscribe)
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Published May 24th 2017
See the Ball Drop at Times Square
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Times Square, New York. Photo by Jade Jackson Photography.

Spending New Year's Eve in Times Square, watching the ball drop is iconic and surprisingly, it costs nothing.

If you want to get a good spot to see the ball drop, plan to arrive early. The police start closing off the streets surrounding Times Square from about 3pm, and if you haven't made it inside the cordoned off area by late afternoon, you won't be allowed in, no matter how charming or sweet you are.

Check the Times Square FAQ's for specific road closures and timings.

There's no alcohol allowed on the street and you won't find any public toilets either. So be prepared for hours of standing around, with some low key entertainment for around ten minutes of crazy fanfare when the ball drops at midnight and fireworks announce the new year.

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Other side of Times Square, New York. Photo by Jade Jackson Photography.

However, it's an amazing sensation being surrounded by tall buildings, all lit up, seeing the ball drop, with confetti falling from the sky, and thousands of people calling out "Happy New Year!"

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Times Square Ball which drops to mark in the New Year. Image courtesy of

If standing around isn't your idea of fun, there's a number of restaurants and bars that offer Times Square New Year's Eve packages; some with views of the ball dropping, which need to be booked in advance. These include T.G.I Fridays, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co and Ruby Tuesdays.

Would you prefer to party with Hollywood elite? Then Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum offers a Party with the Stars event for New Year's Eve. Sip champagne as you snap a selfie with Brad Pitt, Ariana Grande, and Tom Cruise (wax models of course but they look incredibly realistic).

If you're not fussed about seeing the ball drop, there is a big selection of New Year's Eve parties across the city, in bars and pubs (most requiring pre-purchased tickets) but many including alcohol and food.

There are plenty of private New Year's Eve parties, If you happen to know any New York locals who can get you in or you can always use dating apps like Tinder or put an add on Craigslist to meet people to party with.

Even if you don't get to see the ball drop, New Year's Eve in New York is a vibrant and exciting place to be with fireworks, parties galore, and confetti falling like snowflakes.

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New Years Eve in Times Square, New York. Image courtesy of
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Why? New Year's Eve in New York is iconic
When: Dec 31 Every year.
Phone: (1) 212 768 1560 Times Square Alliance
Where: Times Square Manhatten, New York
Cost: Free if you get to Times Square early and secure a spot.
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The dropping of the ball is an iconic event, known worldwide. Great to see the tradition continuing.
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|6212) 71 days ago
It'd be an amazing place to spend New Year!
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