The world’s largest New Year’s Eve party, in Times Square, of course, includes live performances by Broadway and recording stars Taylor Swift and Idina Menzel, Magic!, and the cast of Aladdin before the world-famous crystal ball announces it is 2015, at midnight, of course.
Join a couple of million of your closest friends in Times Square to welcome in 2015, or watch the glittering Waterford crystal ball drop on TV. For 110 years, since 1907, New Year’s Eve at Times Square has been a night to remember.
All the scheduled events are on the Cosmo/Covergirl Countdown Stage at Duffy Island, between 46th and 47th Streets. Here’s the minute-by-minute schedule.
Times Square New Year’s Eve schedule:
3:00pm: Revelers begin arriving and the Bow Tie area (42nd to 47th Sts. between Broadway & 7th Ave.) is fully closed to traffic. The NYPD will direct you to viewing sections. As one section fills up, police will guide you to the next viewing section, moving uptown along Broadway and Seventh Avenue from 43rd Street to as far as Central Park as the crowd swells.
6:00pm: Lighting and Raising the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball. The ascent is accompanied by fireworks, which you can consider a preview of the pyrotechnics at midnight.
6:04: Opening Ceremonies – Chinese Cultural Performance from YunNan includes the traditional performance of The Peacock’s Blessing and The Little Running River. The performance ends with a traditional display of red and gold pyrotechnic effects, also atop One Times Square.
6:20pm: The Times Square Alliance sanitation crew, dressed clad in bright red uniforms, begins handing out festive pink New Year’s Eve hats and pink, red and rose balloons tied with silver mylar ribbons, mittens, scarves and other goodies. The scarves and mittens will be welcome, since the temperature will be in the 20s and wind chill in the teens.
6:58pm and again every hour at two minutes before the hour: The first of the hourly countdowns begins, hosted by Bob Beckel, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Lisa “Kennedy” Montgomery, Anna Kooiman, and Jesse Watters. Each hourly countdown is accompanied by colorful pyrotechnic effects atop One Times Square, and features a different host. They will also read some of the Confetti Wishes to be mixed into the confetti release at midnight and share their wishes for the New Year.
7:06pm: Planet Fitness “Judgement Free” Cheer, led by Jenny McCarthy, at the Cosmo/Covergirl Countdown Stage..
7:41pm: Allison Hagendorf shares highlights from Good Riddance Day with the Times Square revelers from the Cosmo/Covergirl Countdown Stage.
7:45pm: First of hourly mini-shows called Vignettes, on the Cosmo/Covergirl Kiss Stage.
7:48pm: Representatives of the International Rescue Committee at the Cosmo/Covergirl Countdown Stage describe their work in 40 countries around the world offering help and hope to refugees and others impacted by violent conflict and disaster. During crises, IRC teams provide health care, shelter, clean water, sanitation, learning programs for children and special aid for women. The IRC also helps resettle thousands of refugees admitted into the United States, in 22 cities across the country.
7:58pm: Hourly Countdown with Anderson Cooper, including pyrotechnics atop One Times Square and reading some of the Confetti Wishes to be mixed into the confetti release at midnight.
8:01pm: Musical Performance by O.A.R.
8:26pm: Idina Menzel performs Let It Go from the Disney film Frozen
8:34pm: Another Vignette
8:46pm: The USO Show Troupe perform a Military Salute to honor our Armed Forces
8:58pm: Hourly Countdown with Kat Graham
9:01pm: Allison Hagendorf leads a the crowd in waving good bye to 2014, and some warming-up movements on a chilly might.
9:10pm: Waterford Crystal Toast
9:14pm: American Authors performs their hit songs Believer and Best Day of My Life
9:32pm: Magic! performs their hit songs Rude and Let Your Hair Down
9:50pm: Kat Graham introduces another brief Vignette.
9:57pm: Hourly Countdown with stars from Broadway’s hit show ALADDIN.
10:01pm: Jencarlos Canela performs his special version of New York, New York
10:07pm: Moet & Chandon Toast
10:28pm: MasterCard Priceless Surprise
10:37pm: Florida Georgia Line performs a medley of their hit songs including Cruise and Sun Daze
10:49pm: Va Por Ti performs Regálame tu Amor
10:57pm: Hourly Countdown with Raúl de Molina
11:02pm: Alejandra Guzmán performs a medley of her hit songs including Mi Peor Error, Mírala, Míralo, Eternamente Bella, and La Plaga
11:15pm: The Associated Press, the world’s oldest and largest news gathering organization, presents a news reel highlighting some of the most memorable events of 2014.
11:39pm: Taylor Swift performs Welcome to New York and Shake It Off
11:51pm: O.A.R. performs their new hit song Peace and John Lennon’s Imagine
11:59pm: The Sixty-Second Countdown. NYC Mayor Bill di Blasio and members of the International Rescue Committee push the Waterford crystal button that signals the descent of the New Year’s Eve Ball. The lighted Ball descends 70 feet in sixty seconds. The Ball is a geodesic sphere, twelve feet in diameter, weighing 11,875 pounds, covered with 2,688 Waterford crystal triangles and lit by 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs.
Midnight: At the stroke of Midnight, the lights on the New Year’s Eve Ball are turned off as the numerals of the New Year “2015” burst to life shining high above Times Square, followed by the 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.
12:15am: Revelers go home, to their hotels, or on to the next party.