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Times Square Ball Drop 2023 New Year’s Eve

Times Square Ball Drop 2023 New Year’s Eve

Both in-person and at-home audiences will enjoy watching the New Year’s ball drop in Times Square.

With another challenging year behind us, New York—along with the world—is ready to ring in 2023 with the traditional Times Square ball drop 2023 ceremony. This year's event is back in person and will take place at 1 Times Square, Dec. 31, 6pm, to Jan. 1, 2023, 12:15am. 

The Times Square Alliance is inviting New Yorkers and tourists back to the Crossroads of the World to watch the world-famous ball dropping on New Year’s Eve. Currently, the city does not have COVID requirements for outdoor events such as the New Year's event ceremony. 

Taking center stage is the sparkling Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year's Eve Ball, which has been the tradition at the event for over 20 years. Part of the yearly tradition includes replacing 192 of the 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles on the Ball with designs from the yearly “Greatest Gifts” collection. This year’s “Gift of Love” design will be included next to the past nine designs and last year’s “Gift of Wisdom” pattern.

“The anticipation for this year's New Year’s Eve celebrations is greater than ever before and gathering with friends and family for those intimate moments are not being taken for granted,” Tom Brennan, master craftsman and spokesperson for Waterford Crystal, said. “With Waterford’s 'Gift of Love' collection, we hope it inspires everyone to see 2023 as an opportunity for a fresh start and full of potential, and we’re grateful the iconic Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball will be part of your special moments together.”

The highly anticipated ceremony will also be broadcast for television and streamed for internet audiences. You can visit to enjoy the live commercial-free webcast from your computer or mobile device. If you have the Livestream app on your mobile device, you can also use that to connect to the webcast.

Who are the Times Square New Year’s Eve Performers?

Jonathan Bennett, actor and TV personality, will return to the celebration as Times Square New Year's Eve Host. Bennett will be joined by live event and celebrity interview host, Jeremy Hassell, who will serve as co-host. The Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment—the organizers of Times Square New Year's Eve— has a star-studded line-up of performances planned throughout the evening that includes:


  • Chelsea Cutler performs several of her hit singles prior to the New Year’s Eve tradition of singing John Lennon’s “Imagine” moments before midnight

  • JVKE performs his hit songs 'This is what falling in love feels like,' 'This is what heartbreak feels like,' and his latest hit single 'Golden Hour'

  • Jax performs on ABC’s 'Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest

  • Ava Max performs on 'CNN’s “New Year’s Eve Live'

  • J-Hope performs on ABC’s 'Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest'

  • Sech performs on Univision’s ¡Feliz 2023!

  • New Edition performs on ABC’s 'Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest'

  • Osmani Garcia performs on Univision’s ¡Feliz 2023!

  • Duran Duran performs on ABC’s 'Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest'

  • The Sino-American Friendship Association (SAFA) will present a cultural performance from Hong Kong titled 'Fusion, Motion, Inspiration - Hong Kong Rocks!”'

  • ANEW, a New York dance group, will perform a collection of different genres of music and inspire the audience to begin a new Renaissance in 2023


The Associated Press will present their year-in-review news reel highlighting some of the most memorable events of 2022. 

How to Watch the Times Square Ball Drop 2023 on TV 

Networks will air their New Year's Eve TV specials. So once you put the little ones to bed (or when they inevitably fall asleep even though they try so hard to stay up), tune in to one of several broadcasts to ring in 2023, which include:

  • ABC's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 

  • CNN's New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen 

  • Univision ¡Feliz 2023!

What You Need to Know About Attending the Times Square Ball Drop 2023 In Person

Where is the ball drop ceremony located?

The ball drop ceremony is located at 1 Times Square (Broadway at 43 Street). Hint: The ball drop can best be seen along Broadway, from 43rd to 50th streets, and along Seventh Avenue, as far north as 59th Street.

What time does it start?

The celebration will begin shortly before 6pm. At approximately 6pm, the ball will be raised to the top of the flagpole at 1 Times Square. At 11:59pm, the ball will make its 60-second descent down pole to signal the start of the new year. Revelers begin to gather in the afternoon on New Year's Eve, as entrance to the viewing areas opens on a first-come, first served basis.

Is it free to attend? 

The event is free and open to everyone on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information, visit or follow  Times Square NYC on Facebook or Instagram

Main image courtesy Times Square Ball


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