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How to Spend: New Year’s Eve in NYC at Times Square

Every year as the clock nears midnight on December 31, people feverishly await the new year with great expectations. Celebrating New Year’s Eve in New York City is a dream for many. There are so many options to choose from. You can pay tickets for rooftop parties, choose a more relaxed option or watching the ball drop at Times Square. We have a few tips and information for you if you plan to spend your New Year’s Eve at Times Square:

The right CLOTHING:

For many, Times Square is the number 1 destination to be for New Year’s Eve. If you like to celebrate in Times Square, you definitely need the right clothing. It is easy to underestimate how cold it’s going to be when standing for hours on end in the middle of winter. Even if the temperatures don’t seem very low, you’re going to be outside for quite a while. And usually the December in New York is very cold so don’t forget your warmest clothes and best shoes!


As we mentioned there are many people, which all want to celebrate at Times Square. So to handle everything you have to be there at least not later than 3 PM. The wait in line for the legendary ball drop begins actually at 12 PM and after 3 PM everything will be closed off. So the earlier you get there, the better the view. Be aware you could always leave your place, but can’t back in.


That means you should use the restroom beforehand. Unfortunately, there are no portable restrooms in Times Square and most restaurants will require you make a purchase in order to use their restrooms. And the bad thing is, if you leave to go use the bathroom during the wait for the ball drop, then you most likely won’t be able to get back to your hard earned viewing spot. And second: There are no food vendors in Times Square. With all of the people, there’s is simply no space for food carts. So we recommend to eat before or to pack little snacks, but make sure you don’t forget the next point on our list.


There are strict rules for bags, backpacks etc. Even medium-sized bags are not allowed and small ones are searched. So make sure, just to use a small bag or leaving the backpack at home.


Public drinking is illegal in New York also on New Year’s Eve. It is strictly prohibited and there will be plenty of police officers circulating in the area.
But if you know all these things, the ball drop and other festivities at New York’s Times Square make it to a great and unforgettable event with a lot of people singing and dancing around – be happy and celebrating a new beginning. There will be an awesome mood and many shed tears of joy.


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