One of the most visited places in Manhattan is the famous “Crossroads of the World”—Times Square, especially on New Year’s Eve. If you’re heading to the Big Apple to ring in 2012 at this iconic area, be prepared for lots of merrymaking, cheers and huge crowds (tens of thousands).
Believe it or not, some New Year’s Eve revelers camped out overnight, and have already claimed their spot for the evening’s festivities. Fret not, though, if you’re nowhere near the area just yet as the majority will be arriving at approximately 4 p.m.
Try to get there early because the best viewing sections fill up fast. Once you reach the area, the NYPD will direct you to the viewing section until that fills up, moving Uptown from 43rd Street to even Central Park. And, oh yes, please leave your liquor at home. No open or unopened containers of alcoholic beverages are allowed.
A run down of the events from 4:00 p.m. to midnight:
- 4 p.m. – Revelers arrive, and the 42nd to 47th Street areas between Broadway and 7th Ave are fully closed to traffic.
- 6 p.m. to 6:03 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies – lighting and raising of the New Year’s Eve Ball
- 6:04 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Enjoy the musical performances. Listen to special guests who will read some Confetti Wishes. Join other revelers for the hourly countdown at 7 p.m.
- 7:10 p.m. – Tens of thousands of blue hats and balloons provided by Nivea will be passed out by the Times Square Alliance sanitation crew. You can’t miss ‘em as they’ll be wearing red uniforms. And, you’ll even receive Nivea Lip Care to ready yourself for that memorable kiss at midnight.
- 7:32 p.m. to 11:46 p.m. – More musical performances and activities will take place, including a special performance by Lady GaGa. Special guests will read more Confetti Wishes a few minutes before each hourly countdown.
- 11:53 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. – A performer will be singing “Imagine” at this point.
- 11:59 p.m. – Mayor Bloomberg and a special guest will push a button to start the Waterford crystal ball’s descent, signaling 60 seconds before 2012 officially envelopes the City.
- 12:00 a.m. – It’s 2012…just as the brightly lit numbers will note on the sign! Revelers will cheer, kiss, hug and sing Robert Burns’s “Auld Lang Syne” as confetti from the rooftops of surrounding buildings blankets them.
Here’s a special treat for anyone not able to make it to Times Square. Below is a commercial-free webcast that will show you live streams of tonight’s events, starting from 6 p.m. until 12:15 a.m. EST on January 1, 2012. So check back later, and view it via Editorial Creatives, compliments of Livestream.com.
Did You Know?
Some fun facts about the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball:
- The 11,875-pound ball is a geodesic sphere that is 12 feet in diameter.
- There are about 2,688 Waterford crystal triangles covering it, which are lit by 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs
- It descends 70 feet in a span of 60 seconds.
For more information and bits of history, check out The Ball Drops Here, the official website.
Various parts of the world have already greeted 2012, including China, where this YouTube video shows their pyrotechnic display. Click here to view it.
Editorial Creatives wishes all of you a safe and happy New Year’s Eve celebration. May you have a prosperous 2012. See you next year!