New Year's Eve 2021 looked a little different this year, and we want to keep everyone in the loop. Whether you're looking for more details on how to enjoy the virtual 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.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, NYE 2021 was NOT open to the public. No details have yet been announced about NYE 2022, but we hope to be able to celebrate in person if it's safe to do so.

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!

The information below refers primarily to NYE 2021. More information will be released later in the year about NYE 2022.


Will the Ball drop this year?

Yes! The Ball will descend as usual to mark the beginning of the new year.

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

No, but you can enjoy the festivities digitally no matter where you are!

Will there be performances?

Yes, there will be performances, including three songs by 2X GRAMMY® Winner and global music legend Gloria Gaynor. Keep an eye on our webpage for more details as they’re released.

Who is being honored this year?

The official Special Guests of Times Square New Year's Eve 2021 are the “Heroes of 2020": those whose courage, creativity and spirit — expressed in many ways, day in and day out — helped the city and the surrounding area get through an unprecedented year.

The “Heroes of 2020” will be comprised of 39 individuals and their families, representing a sampling of first responders, frontline workers, researchers, artists and activists who sacrificed in 2020 to provide care and support for their communities. These stories are symbolic of family stories in every community in every state across the country and around the world.

What is the schedule for the virtual New Year's Eve celebration?

The schedule of performances and activities shown on the NYE 2021 webcast and other broadcast platforms has been released!

How do I watch the virtual celebration? Can I watch on my phone?

Join us online at 6pm on December 31 to enjoy the NYE 2021 virtual celebration and live performances! Visit 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.

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

Jamestown, the owner of One Times Square, have also created two new apps to let you experience New Year's Eve in all new ways.

With the NYE app, you can now watch the Live event, choosing between viewpoints in Times Square and exclusive streams that create a customized and personalized broadcast. In addition, you can use your mobile devices to have fun with unique Augmented Reality features, enhance your social media posts and share your memories.

At the same time, the VNYE app invites you to explore new and exciting Virtual environments and games. Visit the Times Square plaza like never before, discover exclusive digital art, and enjoy extraordinary virtual concerts in a Virtual Times Square. Head to the Virtual One Times Square building and take the elevator up to party in the Dance World, find peace in Nature World, and travel the globe in the Samsung Zero G experience. And on the 31st, be there at midnight when the Virtual Ball drops to usher in the New Year!

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

No. Typically, the Annual New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square is a free event open to everyone on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are no public viewing spaces available for sale. However, to get the best view, revelers would usually arrive early in the afternoon.

Due to COVID-19, New Year's Eve 2021 will not be open to the general public.

What streets will be closed for the celebrations?

Vehicle traffic from 45th through 48th Streets in Times Square will be closed by the early morning. By 3pm, the streets will be closed from 42nd to 49th Streets between 6th and 8th Avenues.

On New Year’s Eve, Thursday, December 31, 2020, certain subway access will be altered in the Times Square area.  

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

The 47th Street entrance will be closed at midnight.
The south side entrance at 49th Street will be closed at noon. 

Where is the Ball lowered?

The Times Square New Year's Eve Ball descends from a flagpole at the top of One Times Square. In typical years where revelers are attending in person, it can best be seen along Broadway, from 43rd Street to 50th Street, and along Seventh Avenue, as far north as 59th Street.

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

In typical years, revelers begin to gather in the afternoon on New Year's Eve, December 31. However, due to COVID-19, Times Square will be closed to the general public on New Year's Eve 2021.

The webcast 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.

Which open Times Square hotels 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?

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 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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