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Every year as the clock nears midnight on December 31, the eyes of the world turn once more to the dazzling lights and bustling energy of Times Square. Anticipation runs high. New Year's Eve at the symbolic center of New York City has become more than just a celebration - it's a global tradition.

The world holds its breath, and cheers as the clocks strike twelve.

Watch highlights from Times Square New Year's Eve 2016:

Photos from last year’s celebration:

As the famous New Year's Eve Ball descends atop One Times Square, an estimated one million people in Times Square, millions nationwide and over a billion watching throughout the world are united in bidding a collective farewell to the departing year, and expressing joy and hope for the year ahead.

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The Times Square New Year's Eve celebration features star-studded musical performances, balloons, handouts, confetti, a colorful pyrotechnic display and about a million of your closest friends.

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Check out all of our events, fun facts, and info on our 2016 official charity partner Global Citizen and more related to New Year’s Eve in Times Square:

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Top Image Photo Credit: Amy Hart

Jessie J Photo Credit: Amy Hart