The world’s best and most famous New Year’s Eve party in Times Square features entertainers including Gloria Gaynor, Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez, Billy Porter and Cyndi Lauper, plus the traditional Ball Drop, fireworks and confetti. But there will be no live crowd of one million revelers welcoming 2021.
Only special invited guests will be on there – they are the first responders, frontline and essential workers and their families who sacrificed so much in 2020 to provide care and support for us.
Two-time Grammy winner and music legend Gloria Gaynor singing “I Will Survive”, the global anthem of encouragement and inspiration, and a perfect song for this difficult year.
She will be singing it to special invited guests – the first responders, frontline and essential workers and their families who sacrificed so much in 2020 to provide care and support for us.
For the first time ever, you can watch the webcast live – right here on NYC on the Cheap, starting at 6pm Thursday, Dec. 31.
Here is the minute-to-minute schedule:
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.
The giant switch is flipped, which lights the New Year’s Eve Ball and begins its ascent accompanied by special pyrotechnic effects atop One Times Square.
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.
7:01 p.m. to 7:03 p.m.
Good Riddance Day Highlights
The host of Times Square New Year’s Eve, Jonathan Bennett, shares highlights from Good Riddance Day.
7:03 p.m. to 7:17 p.m.
The USO Show Troupe Performance
The USO Show Troupe performs a Military Salute, Stars and Stripes, and Empire State of Mind to honor our Armed Forces.
7:58 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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 his hit songs.
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.
8:57 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
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 medley of his hit songs.
9:58 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Hourly Countdown with Planet Fitness
10:01 p.m. to 10:06 p.m.
Performance by The Waffle Crew
10:06 p.m. to 10:09 p.m.
10:18 p.m. to 10:26 p.m.
Univision’s ¡Feliz 2021!: Performance by Anitta
Anitta performs a medley of her hits
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 medley of songs on the Countdown Stage.
10:58 p.m. to 11:01 p.m.
Hourly Countdown with Raúl de Molina
Raúl de Molina leads 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!: Pitbull
11:38 p.m. to 11:46 p.m.
ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”: Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez performs a medley of her hit songs.
11:55 p.m. to 11:58 p.m.
Special Musical Performance
Andra Day performs John Lennon’s Imagine
The Sixty-Second Countdown
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
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
At the stroke of Midnight, the lights on the New Year’s Eve Ball are turned off as the numerals of the New Year “2021” 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.
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Times Square New Year’s Eve History
For 116 years, Times Square 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 Ball Lowering celebration occurred in 1907, and this tradition is now a universal symbol of welcoming the New Year.
Happy New Year – and wishes that 2021 is better than 2020.
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