NYC & Company, New York City’s destination marketing organisation, invites visitors to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the five boroughs. With festive events in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, including the annual ball drop in Times Square, New York City continues the tradition of being the New Year’s Eve capital of the world.
A selection of the must-see New Year’s Eve events taking place in Times Square include:
New Year’s Eve Wishing Wall: Each New Year’s Eve when the ball drops at midnight, Times Square is showered with confetti upon which thousands of people worldwide have written their wishes. Individuals can submit wishes in person at the Wishing Wall or online via timessquarenyc.org (page available in English, Spanish and French). All wishes are collected and added to the confetti that rains down onto the square as 2016 begins. Starting in December, the Mobile Wishing Wall will be available in New York City. See timessquarenyc.org for specific locations and times.
New York Botanical Garden: As a part of the 2015/16 annual Holiday Train Show, Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends will be taking children and their families on a memorable sing-along adventure as they decorate the station. The event runs from January 2 to 24, with select show times, and parents are encouraged to bring cameras for photo opportunities with Thomas. Visit nybg.org for tickets and the full performance schedule.
Coney Island LED Ball Drop: For those who want to experience the thrill of the ball drop without the crowds of Times Square, Coney Island will be hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration with an LED ball drop simulated on the Parachute Jump. A fantastic fireworks show will be held at midnight, and boardwalk bars and restaurants will be open for after-parties. For more information, visit coneyislandusa.com
Prospect Park Fireworks: Visitors and locals can spend New Year’s Eve in Prospect Park under Brooklyn’s beautiful annual fireworks display at midnight, sponsored by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. This event is free and open to all ages and includes hot refreshments and entertainment. The Grand Army Plaza, along West Drive in Prospect Park, and along Prospect Park West between Grand Army Plaza and 95th Street are the best places to see the spectacular fireworks show. For more information, visit prospectpark.org
The Metropolitan Opera: The Metropolitan Opera will perform Les Pêcheurs de Perles (‘The Pearl Fishers’) 31 December through 4 February, the first Met performance of Georges Bizet’s beautiful opera in a century. Set in the Far East, it is a story about lust and longing, featuring Diana Damrau, Matthew Polenzani and Mariusz Kwiecien. Following the performance on New Year’s Eve, there will be dinner and dancing on the Mercedes T. Bass Grand Tier. For more information, visit MetOpera.org
New York Road Runners Midnight Run: On New Year’s Eve, the four-mile NYRR Midnight Run takes off in Central Park. The night begins with dancing and music at 10pm, followed by a costume contest at 11pm. The race around the park will begin at 11.59pm beneath the fireworks as the New Year begins. There will be several prizes throughout the night, including cash prizes for the top three runners to finish for both men and women. For more information or to register, visit nyrr.org
World Yacht Cruises: World Yacht Cruises will also host a New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise, which boasts eye-catching views of the fireworks and sweeping views of the City, all seen from the Statue of Liberty. The cruise goes around Manhattan and includes a five-course dinner, premium open bar, DJ, party favours and a champagne toast at midnight. Boarding is at 9pm, and the cruise sails from 10pm to 1am. The fun continues with a dockside party until 1.30am. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit worldyacht.com
InterContinental New York Times Square: Ca Va Brasserie by Todd English at the InterContinental New York Times Square invites visitors to count down to the New Year with its exclusive masquerade party, featuring unlimited food and drinks from 8pm to 1.30am. The hotel will also offer a special New Year’s Eve package with a minimum two-night stay. For more information, visit interconny.com
Resorts World Casino: This year for New Year’s Eve, Resorts World Casino will be hosting the Legends in Concert tribute show, featuring impersonators of Tina Turner, Prince, Lady Gaga, Rod Stewart and many others. Tickets range from general admission to VVIP, and all guests must be 18 and over. The show will begin at 9pm. Following the show, a party will be held at Club360, and all casino games will be available, including over 3000 slot machines. For more information, visit rwnewyork.com
Nicotra’s Ballroom: Beginning at 7.30pm, Nicotra’s Ballroom at the Hilton Garden Inn New York/Staten Island will host a New Year’s Eve Gala to ring in 2016. It will be an elegant occasion complete with cocktail reception, gourmet dinner and traditional champagne toast. A DJ will play music all night for dancing, and guests will enjoy a fantastic light show. There will be a live feed of Times Square playing through the night for viewing the ball drop. For more info, visit nicotrasballroom.com
To plan a New Year’s Eve visit to New York City, check out NYC & Company’s guide at nycgo.com/newyearseve