5 Ways To Celebrate New Year’s Eve in New York

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If you are visiting Big Apple during the holidays, you’ve probably asked yourself the big question: what is the best way to celebrate New Year’s Eve in New York? Fear not. From the iconic Ball Drop in Times Square, to mesmerizing New Year’s Eve fireworks, we’ve got you covered with 5 exciting ideas to ring in the new year.

1. See the Ball Drop in Times Square

Times Square Ball Drop, New York
Photo: Julianne Schaer/NYC & Company

The “Times Square Ball Drop” is one of the most iconic event of the year. And it is probably the first idea that would come to mind for those willing to celebrate New Year’s Eve in New York! Indeed, thousands of New Yorkers and visitors alike gather from early on in the day to join in the fun. The festivities usually start around 6pm with live performances and pyrotechnics every hour on the dot burst. The descent itself starts at 11:59pm and ends with the ball exploding, releasing 3000 pounds of confettis at midnight.

It is for sure a great experience to be part of this joyful event. Yet some people end up somewhat disappointed by the whole thing. Especially how short the drop itself is. There’s also the wait, without moving, and the often very cold temperatures that can make the wait even more unpleasant.

And yet, if you feel strong enough to brave the crowds and dress warmly, we do believe it is definitely worth the wait. We recommend to come by 3pm, and bring food and drinks. However, bear in mind that there won’t any restrooms on site (!)

2. See the New Year’s Eve Fireworks

New York Fireworks
Photo: Jack Cohen/Unsplash

Nothing says celebrate New Year’s Eve in New York like fireworks! There are 5 main places across the city where you can view the fireworks: Prospect Park and Coney Island in Brooklyn, Times Square, Liberty Island and Central Park. The latter is one of our favorite spot, where the fireworks marking the start of the famous annual NYRR Midnight Run. The fireworks can be seen from in and around the Park and will be shot from the Belvedere Castle, Cherry Hill, and Bow Bridge. However, be aware that some entrances will be closed from 8pm for safety reasons. Click here for more info.

3. Join the Circle Line New Year’s Eve Cruise

New Year's Eve Cruise, New York
Photo: Courtesy of Circle Line

A cruise is a great way to celebrate New Year’s Eve in New York. Especially if you want to have fun but also stay away from the big crowds. Join the Circle Line New Year’s Eve cruise to spend a joyful evening aboard a ship cruising the Hudson River. You’ll get a premium spot to view the fireworks while enjoying good food and dancing to the sounds of a live DJ. The cruise also includes a full open bar and champagne toast at Midnight to ring in the new year. Add this to your bucket list by stepping out on the deck under the fireworks and sealing your toast with a kiss!

Click here to book the New Year’s Eve Cruise

4. Take a Helicopter Tour

Celebrate New Year's Eve in New York with a helicopter tour
Photo: Andre Benz/Unsplash

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in New York in a very special way by booking a helicopter tour! This is the ideal choice if you want to end the year with a matchless experience. The views on the city that never sleeps from above will give you memories you won’t forget!

Click here to book our helicopter tours

5. Look For Something Even More Original…

Lincoln Center, New York
Photo: Unsplash

There will be hundreds of events organised across town for those willing to celebrate New Year Eve’s in New York. From concerts, to shows and big parties, there are multiple options to bring in the new year with a Bang! If you are looking for more original options, you can also look into the NYRR Midnight Run, shows at the Lincoln Center, or even the special events organised in New York’s most famous restaurants.


Don’t hesitate to contact us at info@harlemspirituals.com for more info on what to do in New York in New Year’s Eve! You can also check the rest of our blog for more tips on what to do in New York.

May 2020 be a year that brings you joy and happiness – and many more travel to exciting destinations, New York included. Cheers to a happy new year! 

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