New Year 2022 is on the verge, and it’s almost time for the world-famous New Year’s Eve Ball Drop at New York City’s Times Square. Every year, the world waits for the giant ball to drop down the flagpole at midnight to kick off the New Year.
The ceremony is accompanied by fireworks, celebrations, and live performances by popular musicians. Want to watch it live this year from your home or in person? Find out how in this post.
Last year, Covid 19 hit the celebration and it happened without any audience. But this year, the NYC Mayor has allowed a limited number of people to attend the event live. Whereas, the rest of the viewers can watch it live on TV or online. There are plenty of options available.
So, you can either go to Times Square to catch the mesmerizing moment with your eyes, or you can catch it on your screen while staying at home with your loved ones.
What is the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop?
The New Year’s Eve Ball Drop is a prominent New Year celebration where a time ball known as Times Square Ball is located on the roof of One Times Square. This ball then descends down a specially designed flagpole at 11:59:00 PM ET, and the New Year starts by the time it rests.
The Times Square Ball is covered with 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles of different sizes and has a weight of 11,875 pounds. This tradition has been in existence since 1907, and it was first organized by Adolph Ochs, owner of The New York Times newspaper.
The New Year’s Eve Ball Drop ceremony is preceded by live entertainment including performances by musicians. This year, KT Tunstall, Karol G, and Journey are set to perform, followed by certain other group performances.
How to Watch the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop In Person?
This year, it is possible to attend the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in person as the NYC Mayor, Bill de Blasio, has said that the outdoor event will return but with limited attendance. Only 15,000 masked and fully vaccinated individuals will be able to visit Times Square to attend the event.
Usually, more than 58,000 people visit Times Square every year, except for 2020, when the event was wholly virtual. If you want to attend the Ball Drop live, in person, this time, you have to reach the closest subway stop- Times Square 42nd Street.
You can also get off at a nearby station and walk towards the destination if you wish to avoid the crowd. The entry points are located at Sixth Avenue and Eighth Avenue between 38th and 56th Streets.
The attendees can enter the venue after 3 PM ET (much later than usual times), and the event will kick off at 6 PM ET with the famous Ball Drop happening at midnight.
What Covid Safety Precautions are Mandatory to Attend it?
With the cases of Covid 19, especially of the Omicron variant, in surge lately, special measures are taken for the Times Square Ball Drop. All attendees above the age of 5 must be fully vaccinated to enter the venue. The children under the age of 5 must arrive with a fully vaccinated adult.
Everyone has to strictly wear a mask, follow proper sanitization, and maintain standard social distancing. The officials will also restrict the viewing areas to carry a limited of attendees in each section. Everyone also has to carry valid photo identification with them.
.@NYCMayor, please cancel NYE in Times Square.
This is a potential superspreader event. https://t.co/PmlzwOq1cK
— Oni Blackstock, MD, MHS (@oni_blackstock) December 28, 2021
How to Watch the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop Live at Home?
If you want to watch the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop at home, live, with your family, friends, and other loved ones, you have plenty of options available. You can catch the live broadcast with or without cable, free, on your TV, PC, Roku, Smartphone, and any other device.
Watch New Year’s Eve Ball Drop on TV with Cable
Major networks such as ABC, NBC, and CNN will broadcast the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop. These broadcasters have New Year’s Eve specials lined from Times Square.
On ABC, you can tune in to Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2022. Liza Koshy, Jessie James Decker, Billy Porter, D-Nice, Ciara, Daddy Yankee, and Roselyn Sanchez will cohost the 50th edition of this broadcast this year. The live telecast will begin at 8 PM ET (also available on ABC Live).
On NBC, you can tune in to Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party co-hosted by Miley Cyrus and Pete Davidson. It airs on NBC and NBC App from 10 to 11 PM and 11:30 PM to 12:30 AM ET.
On CNN, you can tune in to New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen. It will air on CNN and CNNgo at 8 PM ET. For the fifth year straight, these two will welcome the New Year.
Earlier, FOX also had plans to welcome the New Year 2022 with Ken Jeong and Joel McHale, but they canceled it on December 22 due to fear of the Covid 19 Omicron variant’s mass spread. The alternative programming will now take place during New Year’s Eve.
Watch New Year’s Eve Ball Drop Online for Free
If you have cut the cord but still want to witness the Ball live from Times Square, do not worry. A commercial-free online broadcast of the 2022 Times Square NYE Ball Drop will be available on Times Square’s official website- TimesSquareNYC.org.
The live webcast will begin at 6 PM ET with the fifteen-minutes main event taking place at midnight. You can watch the backstage stories, BTS, interviews with performers and other celebrities, and much more before the Ball Drop.
Apart from these, you can also catch the Ball Drop live on streaming services including Hulu Live TV, YouTube TV, and Peacock. Do not miss this exciting tradition and kick off the New Year with the stunning scenes of the Waterford Ball.