Times Square NYE 2022 safely invited revelers back to Times Square to watch the Ball Drop in person, with safety restrictions. The highly anticipated festivities were also broadcast for television and internet audiences, and included a virtual multi-media experience.

Safety requirements for revelers included:

  • Revelers had to show proof of full vaccination and valid photo identification
  • Attendees were required to wear masks
  • Viewing areas were filled with fewer people to allow for social distancing
  • Visitors weren't allowed entry until 3:00 PM

For more details on NYE 2022, including the full vaccination policy, or 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.

Please note that the questions below refer to NYE 2022. For full updates on the upcoming event, NYE 2023, check back later this year.

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!

NYE FAQ

Will the Ball drop this year? Can I come to Times Square for New Year's Eve this year?

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

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. Attendees will also be required to wear masks. Viewing areas will be filled with fewer people to allow for social distancing.

Visitors won’t be allowed entry until 3:00 PM, much later than past years.

What is the vaccine and mask policy for NYE 2022?

Updated safety requirements for this year's New Year's Eve event:

  1. The Times Square New Year’s Eve organizers will require full vaccinations for all in-person revelers.
  2. Attendees will be required to wear masks.
  3. Viewing areas will be filled with fewer people to allow for social distancing.
  4. Visitors won’t be allowed entry until 3:00 PM, much later than past years.

“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.

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.

All attendees will be required to wear masks during the event.

How can I show proof of full vaccination?

Sufficient proof of full vaccination may be demonstrated by showing:

  • NYC COVID Safe App on Android or iOS
  • New York State Excelsior Pass
  • CLEAR’s Digital Vaccine Card or Health Pass on Android or iOS
  • a photo or hard copy of your CDC vaccination card
  • or an official vaccination record of a vaccine administered outside the United States.
When should I get there? When does the celebration begin?

Visitors this year will not be allowed entry until 3:00pm, much later than past years.

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.

Attendees will not be able to return to the Square after leaving for any reason.

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.

Will there be performances? What is the schedule for the New Year's Eve celebration?

Yes, there will be performances. Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and multi-platinum recording artist KT Tunstall will headline the live commercial-free webcast. Tunstall will continue the New Year’s Eve tradition of singing John Lennon’s “Imagine” moments before midnight, as well as performing two of her global chart-topping songs earlier in the night, “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” and “Suddenly I See”, along with Tom Petty’s classic, “I Won’t Back Down."

The Sino-American Friendship Association (SAFA) will present a Chinese cultural dance performance from Henan, China. The performance will feature Chinese martial arts, Taiji and Shaolin Kungfu, which originated from Henan, along with a captivating fan dance fused with American break dance.

ABC's Times Square performances will include Journey and KAROL G.

See the full schedule for Times Square New Year's Eve 2022

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.

WARNING: MULTIPLE VENUE/PAY-ONE-PRICE/ALL ACCESS PASS ALERT

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 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.

The following closures have been announced:

TIMES SQUARE-42 ST STATION:
The 42nd Street entrances close at approximately 10:00am. Riders can use the 41st Street entrances to access this station.

49 ST STATION N/R/W:
This station will be bypassed beginning at about noon, December 31st until approximately 12:15am, January 1st.
The “Olive Garden” egress at 47th Street will be closed at 4:00am. Riders can use the 49th Street exit until the station is bypassed.

50 ST STATION 1:
This Northbound station will be bypassed beginning at noon, December 31st until approximately 12:15 a.m., 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.

Spectator Access Points for Screening:
38th Street from 6th & 8th Aves (for areas south of 41st Street)
49th from 6th & 8th Aves
52nd from 6th & 8th Aves
56th from 6th & 8th Aves

Pedestrians and general public are NOT permitted to traverse northbound, southbound, or across intersections within affected area.

What streets will be closed for the celebrations?

Beginning at 4 a.m. on Friday, December 31st, the following streets will be closed to all vehicular traffic:

  • Seventh Avenue, from 42nd to 49th Streets  
  • Broadway, from 42nd to 49th Streets  
  • 43rd to 48th Streets, from Sixth to Eighth Avenues

At approximately 11 a.m. on Friday, December 31st, the following streets will be closed to all vehicular traffic:

  • Southbound 7th Ave & Broadway from 38th to 59th Streets, from Sixth to Eighth Avenues
  • 38th to 56th Streets, from Sixth to Eighth Avenues

Beginning at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 31st, commercial vehicles, trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access:

  • North on 6th Avenue from 34th to 59th Streets  
  • North on 8th Avenue from 34th to 59th Streets  
  • East of 9th Avenue from 37th Street to 59th Street  
  • West of 5th Avenue from 35th Street to 59th Street

On Friday, December 31st, the remainder of the traffic closures will be instituted as conditions warrant:

  • All cross-town streets from 37th to 56th Streets - Sixth to Eighth Avenues (approximately 11 a.m.)  
  • 48th Street, from Fifth to Ninth Avenues  
  • Cross-town access for emergency vehicles will be available on 42nd, 48th, and 59th Streets  

People are strongly advised to use public transportation. On-street parking will be extremely limited in the Midtown area. People should avoid all cross-town streets from 34th to 59th Streets, as well as Sixth and Eighth Avenues. The Department will continue its drunken driving enforcement on New Year's Eve through DWI patrols and checkpoints throughout the City. 

At approximately 3 p.m. attendees will be directed by police officers to gather in separate viewing sections. When one section reaches capacity, people will be directed to the next viewing section. As the evening progresses, revelers will continue to populate Times Square along Broadway and Seventh Avenue moving uptown from 43rd Street to 57th Street. The exact times that blocks close to pedestrian and vehicular traffic will depend on when revelers begin arriving.

The following streets will be utilized for entry points and screening:

  • 38th Street : 6th & 8th Avenues (for areas South of 41st Street)
  • 49th Street : 6th & 8th Avenues
  • 52nd Street : 6th & 8th Avenues
  • 56th Street : 6th & 8th Avenues

Certain subway access will also be altered in the Times Square area. Please note the following closures:

TIMES SQUARE-42 ST STATION:
The 42nd Street entrances close at approximately 10:00am until approximately 12:15am. Riders can use the 41st Street entrances to access this station.

49 ST STATION <N/R/W>:
This station will be bypassed beginning at about noon December 31st until approximately 12:15am., January 1st. The “Olive Garden” egress on 47th Street will be closed at 4:00am. Riders can use the 49th Street exit.

50 ST STATION <1>:
This station will be bypassed beginning at noon, December 31st until approximately 12:15am, January 1st.
These entrance closings are based on the arrival of the revelers for the New Year’s Eve celebration and are approximate.

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.

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 all bags will be searched.

Items that are NOT permitted:

  • Backpacks
  • Large bags
  • Umbrellas
  • Lawn chairs or other folding chairs
  • Picnic blankets
  • Large coolers
  • Alcohol

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 areas in Times Square designated for the disabled?

Yes. The designated viewing area is 44th Street and Broadway. You can gain access at 44th and 6th Ave. For questions, please email info@timessquarenyc.org.

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.

Attendees will not be able to return to the Square after leaving for any reason.

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.

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

For New Year's Eve-specific inquiries, The New York City Emergency Management Department has launched an opt-in short message service for those attending the NYE festivities in Times Square.

New Yorkers and visitors can text the keyword NEWYEARSEVE to 692692 (NYCNYC) to receive alerts and updates on weather, road closures, traffic delays and more via Notify NYC, the City’s official emergency communications program. Message and data rates may apply.

For messages in Spanish, text NOCHEVIEJA to 692692.

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.

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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