2021 Times Square Ball Drop on New Year's Eve

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December 31, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - January 1, 2022 @ 12:30 am EST

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Wide shot of Time Square on New Years Eve 2021 in NYC, New York, USA

For 117 years, Times Square ball drop has been the center of worldwide attention on New Year's Eve, ever since the owners of One Times Square began in 1904 to conduct rooftop celebrations to greet the New Year.

The first Times Square ball drop celebration occurred in 1907, and this tradition is now a universal symbol of welcoming the New Year.

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Full Schedule of New Year's Eve Ball Drop in Times Square

6:00 p.m. to 6:03 p.m.

Lighting and Raising the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball
The celebration begins with the lighting and raising of the New Year’s Eve Ball atop One Times Square. We flip the giant switch which lights the New Year’s Eve Ball and begins its ascent accompanied by special pyrotechnic effects atop One Times Square.

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6:08 p.m. to 6:12 p.m.

ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”: Performance by Billy Porter
Billy Porter will perform For What It’s Worth on the Countdown Stage.

6:57 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Hourly Kia Countdown - Times Square New Year's Eve
As we approach the New Year, Kelly Osbourne will appear at the Countdown Stage to wish the Times Square revelers “Happy New Year” and lead the ten-second countdown to the 7 o’clock hour accompanied by colorful pyrotechnic effects atop One Times Square.  She will also read several of the Confetti Wishes to be mixed into the confetti release at midnight and share her wish for the New Year.

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7:01 p.m. to 7:03 p.m.

Good Riddance Day Highlights - Times Square New Year's Eve
The host of Times Square New Year’s Eve, Jonathan Bennett, will share highlights from Good Riddance Day with the Times Square revelers from the Countdown Stage.

7:03 p.m. to 7:17 p.m.

The USO Show Troupe Performance
The USO Show Troupe performs a Military SaluteStars and Stripes, and Empire State of Mind to honor our military service members on the Planet Fitness Center Stage.

7:58 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Hourly Kia Countdown
As we approach the New Year, Cristina Lucas from the USO Show Troupe will appear at the Countdown Stage to wish the Times Square revelers “Happy New Year” and lead the ten-second countdown to the 8 o’clock hour accompanied by colorful pyrotechnic effects atop One Times Square.  She will also read several of the Confetti Wishes to be mixed into the confetti release at midnight and share her wish for the New Year.

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8:01 p.m. to 8:11 p.m.

Musical Performance by Andra Day
Andra Day will perform her hit songs Rise Up and Forever Mine on the Planet Fitness Center Stage.

8:11 p.m. to 8:14 p.m.

Waterford Crystal Toast

8:30 p.m. to 8:36 p.m.

ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”: Performance by Jimmie Allen
Jimmie Allen performs a medley of Make Me Want To and Freedom Was A Highway on the Countdown Stage.

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8:45 p.m. to 8:57 p.m.

Musical Performance by Gloria Gaynor
Gloria Gaynor performs her hit songs I Will Survive, Never Can Say Goodbye and Joy Comes In The Morning on the Planet Fitness Center Stage.

8:57 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Hourly Kia Countdown
As we approach the New Year, Juanita Erb from the NYU Langone Health Vaccine Center will appear at the Countdown Stage to wish the Times Square revelers “Happy New Year” and lead the ten second countdown to the 9 o’clock hour accompanied by colorful pyrotechnic effects atop One Times Square.  She will also read several of the Confetti Wishes to be mixed into the confetti release at midnight and share her wish for the New Year.

9:39 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”: Performance by Machine Gun Kelly
Machine Gun Kelly performs a medley of of My Ex’s Best Friend and Bloody Valentine on the Countdown Stage.

9:58 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Hourly Kia Countdown with Planet Fitness
As we approach the New Year, Jonathan Bennett will appear at the Countdown Stage to share Planet Fitness’ wish for the New Year and lead the ten second countdown to the 10 o’clock hour accompanied by purple and yellow confetti release and colorful pyrotechnic effects atop One Times Square.  He will also read several of the Confetti Wishes to be mixed into the confetti release at midnight and share his wish for the New Year.

10:01 p.m. to 10:06 p.m.

Planet Fitness Performance by The Waffle Crew
The Waffle Crew performs on the Planet Fitness Center Stage.

10:06 p.m. to 10:09 p.m.

Barefoot Toast

10:18 p.m. to 10:26 p.m.

Univision’s ¡Feliz 2021!: Performance by Anitta
Anitta performs a medley of Downtown, Me Gusta, Vai Malandra, and Bola Rebola on the Planet Fitness Center Stage.

10:37 p.m. to 10:44 p.m.

ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”: Performance by Cyndi Lauper & Billy Porter
Cyndi Lauper & Billy Porter perform a medley of True Colors and Hope on the Countdown Stage.

10:58 p.m. to 11:01 p.m.

Hourly Kia Countdown with Raúl de Molina
As we approach the New Year, Raúl de Molina will appear at the Countdown Stage to wish the Times Square revelers “Happy New Year” and lead the ten second countdown to the 11 o’clock hour accompanied by purple and yellow confetti release and colorful pyrotechnic effects atop One Times Square. He will also read several of the Confetti Wishes to be mixed into the confetti release at midnight and share his wish for the New Year.

11:01 p.m. to 11:15 p.m.

Univision’s ¡Feliz 2021!: Performance by Pitbull
Pitbull performs a medley of Rock and Roll All NiteDon’t Stop the PartyI Believe That We Will Win, and Give Me Everything on the Planet Fitness Center Stage.

11:38 p.m. to 11:46 p.m.

ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”: Performance by Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez performs a medley of her hit songs on the Countdown Stage.

11:55 p.m. to 11:58 p.m.

Special Musical Performance by Andra Day
Andra Day performs John Lennon’s Imagine on the Planet Fitness Center Stage.

11:59 p.m.

The Sixty-Second Kia Countdown to Midnight
The Mayor of New York City will push the Waterford crystal button that signals the descent of the New Year’s Eve Ball, and lead the final sixty-second countdown to the New Year on the Countdown Stage.

The Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop
The lighted Ball descends 70 feet in sixty seconds. The Ball is a geodesic sphere, twelve feet in diameter, weighing 11,875 pounds. The Ball is covered with 2,688 Waterford crystal triangles and lit by 32,256 LEDs.

12:00 a.m. — New Year's Day Times Square New Year's Eve

2022 Sign
At the stroke of Midnight, the lights on the New Year’s Eve Ball are turned off as the numerals of the New Year “2022” burst to life shining high above Times Square.

Times Square Confetti Release and Pyrotechnic Effects
The world-famous New Year's Eve confetti is released from the rooftops of buildings throughout Times Square creating a celebratory blizzard of colorful confetti as revelers welcome the New Year accompanied by colorful pyrotechnic effects. The three thousand pounds of confetti includes tens of thousands of wishes from revelers around the world hoping for peace, love, good health and a better future in the new year.

12:15 a.m. — End of Show.

COVID Notes for New Year's Eve Ball Drop in Times Square

The Times Square New Year’s Eve organizers will require full vaccinations for all in-person revelers. “Fully vaccinated” means that on the date of December 31, 2021, a reveler is at least 14 days after their second dose of a two dose COVID-19 vaccine OR at least 14 days after their single dose of an approved single dose COVID-19 vaccine.

Attendees at Times Square New Year's Eve

Attendees who are age 5 or over must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter the event. Proof of vaccination must include a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO) approved COVID-19 vaccine. These are Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca/Oxford, Sinopharm or Sinovac.

Minors at Times Square New Year's Eve

Unvaccinated minors under the age of 5 must be accompanied by a vaccinated adult to enter the event. The vaccinated adult must present proof of a Food and Drug Administration or World Health Organization approved COVID-19 vaccine. These are Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca/Oxford, Sinopharm or Sinovac.  Face coverings are required for unvaccinated minors who are medically able to tolerate a face-covering.

Unvaccinated Individuals at Times Square New Year's Eve

Persons who are unable to get vaccinated because of a disability will be required to:

  • Present proof of a negative COVID PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test taken within 72 hours prior to the event; and
  • If medically able to tolerate a face-covering, wear a mask for the entire duration of the event.

Details

Start:
December 31, 2021 @ 6:00 pm EST
End:
January 1, 2022 @ 12:30 am EST
Cost:
Free
Event Category:
https://www.timessquarenyc.org/times-square-new-years-eve

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