Times Square NYE 2022 will safely invite revelers back to Times Square to watch the Ball Drop in person, with proof of full vaccination and valid photo identification. The highly anticipated festivities will also be broadcast for television and internet audiences, and will include a virtual multi-media experience.

Whether you're looking for more details on how to safely enjoy the festivities on the big night or just have other questions about the event and the Ball Drop, you can check out the list below of frequently asked questions about everything you need to know.

You can also head to our What's Happening page to learn more about events going on throughout the month. On social media, you can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to be part of the journey as we count down to the new year, and be sure to tell us how you're celebrating with Times Square New Year's Eve by using #BallDrop in your posts!


Will the Ball drop this year?

Yes!  The Ball will descend and there will be a large celebration in the heart of Times Square.

Can I come to Times Square for New Year’s Eve this year?

Yes! We are once again inviting revelers back to Times Square to watch the Ball Drop in person, with proof of full vaccination and valid photo identification.

What is the vaccine policy for NYE 2022?

The Times Square New Year’s Eve organizers will require full vaccinations for all in-person revelers. “Fully vaccinated” means that on the date of December 31, 2021, a reveler is at least 14 days after their second dose of a two dose COVID-19 vaccine OR at least 14 days after their single dose of an approved single dose COVID-19 vaccine.

Attendees who are age 5 or over must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter the event. Proof of vaccination must include a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO) approved COVID-19 vaccine. These are Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca/Oxford, Sinopharm or Sinovac. 

Unvaccinated minors under the age of 5 must be accompanied by a vaccinated adult to enter the event. The vaccinated adult must present proof of a Food and Drug Administration or World Health Organization approved COVID-19 vaccine. These are Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca/Oxford, Sinopharm or Sinovac.  Face coverings are required for unvaccinated minors who are medically able to tolerate a face-covering.

Persons who are unable to get vaccinated because of a disability will be required to:  

  • Present proof of a negative COVID PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test taken within 72 hours prior to the event; and  
  • If medically able to tolerate a face-covering, wear a mask for the entire duration of the event. 
Will there be performances? What is the schedule for the New Year's Eve celebration?

Yes, there will be performances. Keep an eye on our webpage for more details as they’re released.

The full schedule for Times Square New Year’s Eve 2022 will be released in December 2021.

Can I watch the celebration online?

Yes! Join us online at 6pm on December 31 to enjoy the NYE 2022 celebration. Visit TimesSquareNYC.org to enjoy the LIVE, six-and-a-half-hour, commercial-free webcast from your computer or from mobile devices like a tablet or smartphone. If you have the Livestream app on your mobile device, you can also use that to connect to the webcast.

Additionally, Jamestown, the owner of One Times Square – home of the iconic New Year’s Eve Ball Drop Celebration – will bring back its virtual New Year’s Eve experience with the VNYE app. Through the VNYE app, people from across the globe can explore the virtual world of Times Square, play games, and livestream New Year’s Eve celebrations in Times Square and around the world. In 2020, the VNYE app reached more than 3.7 million people worldwide.

For details on how to share the webcast on your own website or blog, visit the Live Webcast page.

Are tickets needed for this event? Can I purchase a ticket to see the Ball Drop?

No. The Annual New Year’s Eve celebration is a free event open to everyone on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are no public viewing spaces available for sale. However, for the upcoming New Year's Eve celebration, please note that you will need to show proof of vaccination.

Some private parties are held in many of the restaurants and hotels in Times Square and tickets are required in advance. Under Key to NYC regulations, these parties will also require proof of vaccination.


There are companies that offer Multiple Venue/Pay-One-Price/All Access passes which advertise access to Times Square on New Year’s Eve that is actually not possible. These companies advertise this pass as allowing the holder to visit numerous venues throughout Times Square on New Year's Eve. Such Multiple Venue/Pay-One-Price/All Access passes presume the holder will be able to get past police security lines. In years past, such pass holders were refused access beyond police check points, leaving the holder frustrated and without a place to go. It is reasonable to assume that the police will take the same stance this year.

Additionally, the Alliance has been informed that scalpers sold these passes on the street for exorbitant prices and in some instances the passes were counterfeit. The Times Square Alliance works very closely with the New York City Police Department and Times Square businesses to allow access to individual establishments. For a list of parties hosted by Times Square businesses visit our website.

What streets will be closed for the celebrations?

In the past, vehicle traffic from 45th through 48th Streets in Times Square has been closed by the early morning. By 3pm, the streets are closed from 42nd to 49th Streets between 6th and 8th Avenues. The exact times that blocks close to pedestrian and vehicular traffic will depend on when revelers begin arriving.

Certain subway access is also altered in the TImes Square area. More information about street closures and subway access will be released later this year.

If you are planning to come to Times Square and join in the festivities, you will need to enter from 6th or 8th Avenue. The blocks will be closed off as they fill up northward, street by street, as the police deem necessary.

Where is the Ball lowered? Where is the best view?

The Times Square New Year's Eve Ball descends from a flagpole at the top of One Times Square. It can best be seen along Broadway, from 43rd Street to 50th Street, and along Seventh Avenue, as far north as 59th Street.

The sound system is set up in the Bowtie area (where Broadway and Seventh Avenue cross), and the video screens on One Times Square (where the Ball is lowered) are easily visible. There are additional screens set up throughout the event.

When should I get there? When does the celebration begin?

Revelers typically begin to gather in the afternoon on New Year’s Eve, December 31. Keep an eye out for more information on this year’s event as fall progresses.

The celebration will begin shortly before 6:00pm EST. At approximately 6:00pm EST the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball will be raised to the top of the pole at One Times Square (Broadway at 43rd Street). At exactly 11:59pm EST, the Ball will make its 60-second descent down the flagpole to signal the start of the New Year.

What should I wear and what should I bring? Can I bring alcohol or champagne?

Dress warmly. Remember that you could be spending an extended period of time outdoors in potentially below-freezing conditions. You should be well-prepared and well-insulated. Many layers, synthetics (such as Goretex and polypropylene), wind-resistant and water-repellant outerwear and a good hat are the keys to staying warm. Note that knapsacks, large bags, umbrellas, and folding chairs are not permitted, and all bags will be searched.

Finally, remember to drink lots of water and avoid alcohol and caffeine. Public drinking is illegal in New York City and police will confiscate alcohol. Additionally, both caffeine and alcohol will dehydrate you. Dehydration is very common and can sneak up on you in cold weather.

Will there be portable public restrooms available?

There are no portable restrooms in Times Square during the celebration.

Will there be theaters, stores, restaurants, and food & drink vendors open in the area? Can I go eat and come back?

There will be no licensed food and beverage vendors in Times Square.

Some Broadway theaters will be open on New Year's Eve. You can check the schedules for Broadway and some Off- Broadway shows at www.telecharge.com, www.broadway.com, or www.ticketmaster.com. Stores will be open at their own discretion, so please call them ahead of time.

Many restaurants located in the Times Square area will be open on New Year's Eve; be sure to consult our Restaurant Guide to locate a restaurant, and make your reservations well in advance. Please remember that if you dine at a local restaurant, you will not simply be able to come out and watch the Ball lowering at midnight. Revelers will arrive in Times Square early in the day, and while you are dining, designated viewing areas will fill up on a "first come, first served" basis. Furthermore, no one is allowed to stand in the emergency lanes or on sidewalks.

If you leave your viewing area to dine in a restaurant, you will not be able to return to your spot, and police may ask you to exit the area and re-enter.

Which open Times Square hotels and restaurants have a view of the Ball?
Is there availability in the hotels in the Times Square area?

There are a number of open hotels in the Times Square area, of various types. For a listing of hotel room rates and availability, you can visit our Hotels page and search by desired dates.

What is the best way to come to Times Square?

The best way to come to Times Square is via public transportation. To get to Times Square, the # 1, 2, 3, 7, A, B, C, D, E, F, M, N, Q, R, W, and S shuttle trains all service the Times Square area. Note that certain trains do not run on weekends. In the past, the MTA has advised revelers not to use the 42nd Street Subway Station on New Year's Eve due to crowding conditions — you are advised to exit at one of the surrounding stations and enter Times Square on foot.

It is expected that the MTA will keep all subway stations open on New Year's Eve. Some entrances and exits may be closed as crowd conditions require. Trains may also bypass some stations, depending on how the crowds build. Based on the timeline from previous years the following service disruptions should be expected:

The 42nd Street entrances close at approximately noon.  Riders can use the 41st Street entrances to access this station.

This station will be bypassed beginning at about noon, Tuesday, December 31st until approximately 12:15 a.m., Wednesday, January 1st.
The northbound 47th Street Exit/Entrance is closed for construction. It has been requested that the southbound 47th Street Exit/Entrance be closed at 7am. Passengers will be directed to the 49th Street Exit/Entrance.

This Northbound station will be bypassed beginning at noon, Monday, December 31st until approximately 12:15 a.m., Tuesday, January 1st.

These entrance closings are based on the arrival of the revelers for the New Year’s Eve celebration and are approximate. The most up-to-date transit information is always available by calling the MTA at 511 or visiting www.mta.info.

Other useful sources of information:
Port Authority Bus Terminal (212) 564-8484
New York City Transit Authority (Local Bus Service) (718) 330-1234
Amtrak (800) 523-8720
Metro North (212) 532-4900
Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) (718) 217- LIRR

For questions about access on New Year's Eve, please contact the NYPD sub-station at (212) 239-9803 or the Times Square Alliance Dispatch Office at (212) 452-5218. Please call ONLY on New Year's Eve.

How do I enter Times Square on New Year's Eve?

Access to Times Square on the evening of December 31st will be from 6th Avenue or 8th Avenue only. No one will be allowed to cross Broadway/7th Avenue once the streets have been closed. If your destination is east of Broadway/7th Avenue, you must enter at 6th Avenue. If your destination is west of Broadway/7th Avenue, you must enter at 8th Avenue.

If you are attending a party or event within Times Square on New Year's Eve, be sure to contact the business to confirm special instructions you may need in order to access the entrance of the establishment.

We will post the most updated information on access points once that information becomes available. In past years, access points have been located in the following areas:

South of 41st Street:
37th & 7th Ave
37th & Broadway
38th & 8th Ave
38th & 6th Ave

North of 43rd street:
46th from 8th & 6th Ave (press access)
Emergency Vehicle Route (48th, 5th-9th Ave)
49th from 8th & 6th Ave
52nd from 8th & 6th Ave
54th from 6th Ave
55th from 8th Ave
57th from 7th Ave
57th from Broadway
58th from 8th & 6th Ave
59th from 8th & 6th Ave

Pedestrian/Subway Chutes:
39th from Broadway to 6th Ave
41st from 7th Ave directed westbound to 8th Ave
49th from 7th Ave directed eastbound to 6th Ave
50th from Broadway directed westbound to 8th Ave
53rd from Broadway directed westbound to 8th Ave

How can I get alerts and updates about things happening in Times Square?

The Times Square Alliance uses Flash Alerts to communicate with subscribers about pertinent day-to-day issues in the district including street closures, security issues, and other news. If you would like to receive Flash Alerts, you can sign up at TSqFlash.org. In addition to email, you can opt in to receive text and phone call updates.

Note that these alerts will continue after December; if you wish to stop receiving Flash Alerts, you will need to unsubscribe.

What is the history of the Times Square New Year's Eve event and the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball?

Revelers have been celebrating New Year's Eve in Times Square since 1904. To learn more about the celebration's history, check out our History page.

For more information on the Ball, check out the New Year's Eve Ball page.

How much confetti is dropped in Times Square on New Year's Eve?

More than 1 ton of confetti is typically dropped in Times Square to bring in the new year.

Can I volunteer to toss the confetti on New Year’s Eve?

Unfortunately, no. Our confetti master and his team have it covered.

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