Ringing in 2022: Check out the lineup for Times Square’s New Years Eve ball drop
Times Square will once again host the world’s biggest New Years party on Friday night with the infamous ball drop to ring in 2022.
Even with a small crowd size amid the pandemic, more than 15,000 masked and vaccinated revelers are expected to witness the ball drop as well as a star-studded concert leading up to the big moment.
Here’s what you need to know about New Years Eve in Times Square this year.
Later start time
The festivities will begin at 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon, December 31, three hours later than its usual start time to try to limit crowd sizes amid the Omicron-fueled COVID-19 pandemic.
If you wish to attend, you must present a valid photo ID along with your COVID-19 vaccination card indicating that you have been fully vaccinated. People medically ineligible to receive the vaccine must provide valid proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event. All spectators must be masked.
At 6 p.m., the Times Square Alliance will light up the New Years Ball and elevate it above One Times Square with an opening ceremony featuring a Chinese cultural dance performance from Henan, China hosted by the Sino-American Friendship Association.
Before the balloon drops, spectators can enjoy a variety of entertainment at the Planet Fitness and Countdown stages set up in Times Square, with actor / TV personalities Jonathan Bennett and Jeremy Hassell bringing the festivities to life.
Programming includes the USO Show Troupe, performing songs such as “Stand by You”, “Empire State of Mind” and a military salute to the armed forces.
Liza Koshy will also lead a “fitacular” dance show presented by Planet Fitness, one of the event’s main sponsors.
Party-goers will also be able to enjoy an array of Associated Press news footage highlighting the biggest stories and events of 2021.
The stars will be released after 8 p.m. on December 31 as part of ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin ‘Eve with Ryan Seacrest”, with performances by LL Cool J, Chlöe, Journey and Karol G.
The 11 p.m. time will feature 2021 MLS Cup champion New York City Soccer Club, which earlier this month became New York’s first professional sports team in a decade to win a league championship. the league.
Singer-songwriter KT Tunstall will also take the stage to perform his signature songs “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” and “Suddenly I See”.
The big moment
Tunstall will also perform John Lennon’s “Imagine” just before the ball drop begins at around 11:59 pm.
At that point, outgoing mayor Bill de Blasio – in his final act as the city’s chief executive – will help press the Waterford Crystal button that initiates the balloon’s descent into One Times Square. Fireworks and waves of confetti will erupt in the air as the ball hits bottom at midnight on January 1, 2022, signaling the arrival of the New Year.
Where to watch
If you can’t make it to Times Square, celebrate the New Year with family and friends back home by watching it on ABC, NY1 and / or the Times Square Alliance webcast, which starts at 6 p.m. For more information, visit tsq.org / oui.