Our Favorite Things to Do on New Year’s Eve around Times Square, NYC

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Vibrant Times Square. This energetic and dynamic part of New York City with its shops, shows and lights showcase so much that New York City has to offer. Whether visitor or local resident, you don’t need to go too far from here to see and do it all. Read on for some of our favorite things to do on New Year’s Eve around Times Square. 

Times Square Ball Drop

The popular image of the New Year for so many over the country, and one of the biggest New Year’s Eve’s events in the world, the Times Square Ball Drop needs no mention when it comes to New Year’s Eve events in the area. The Times Square Ball Drop truly is a one-of-a-kind experience for all who can attend it, over the years becoming the visual manifestation of the step into a new calendar year. This kicks off one of the city’s largest parties of the year, and has only grown more and more notable with each iteration. Aside from the truly captivating and intense atmosphere, visitors can also enjoy seeing the many famous faces of entertainment, music, sports and broadcasting as they take the stage during this event. In recent years, this has included appearances from Tyga, Dua Lipa, Charlie Puth, Shawn Mendes, Halsey and more! Be sure not to miss this event if you’ll be around Times Square for the New Year.

Ice Skating at the Rockefeller Centre

Another New York City tradition of the holidays, Ice Skating on the giant rink in front of Rockefeller Centre in the heart of New York is a timeless favorite. This is a great option for groups, families, couples and solo travelers to all experience the unique atmosphere of a filled rink in the big apple, and a great way to warm up while skating under some of the city’s most famed sights. Aside from the skating, the major attractions in the near vicinity with a envied selection of fine dining and shopping experiences make this an easy addition to any larger travel plans in the neighborhood. 

Dining around Times Square

Whether swept up in the excitement of the Ball Drop, Ice Skating, or catching the rare performance, whatever your plans for New Year’s Eve and the holidays in Time Square might be, good food is a must for any travel itinerary. And with the wealth of delicious options in the neighborhood, you cannot miss out. Sake Bar Hagi is a great option to get away from the buzz of Times Square in this cool, underground Izakaya, complete with Japanese Lagers, shumai, gyoza and karaage. The Russian Vodka Room is another great place for your party to warm up, with delicious bliniys, pirozhki, caviar and of course, Vodkas. For those who want a more uptown and formal experience, we recommend Toloache.

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