New Year’s Eve in Times Square Scheduled:
3:00 p.m. Revelers start arriving late in the afternoon on New Year’s Eve. By approximately 3:00 p.m., the Bow Tie of Times Square (42nd to 47th Sts. between Broadway & 7th Ave.) is fully closed to traffic. Revelers are directed by the NYPD to gather in separate viewing sections. As one section fills up, the revelers are directed by police to the next viewing section. As the evening progresses, revelers continue to fill the Times Square neighborhood along Broadway and Seventh Avenue, moving uptown from 43rd Street to as far as Central Park.
6:00 p.m. to 6:03 p.m. The celebration begins with the lighting and raising of the New Year’s Eve Ball atop One Times Square. The New Year’s Eve Ball is lit and begins its ascent accompanied by special pyrotechnic effects atop One Times Square.
6:03 p.m. to 6:13 p.m. Opening Ceremonies
6:20 p.m. The Times Square Alliance sanitation crew clad in bright red uniforms, begins to distribute tens of thousands of fun handouts to the Times Square revelers for cheering in the New Year.
6:57 p.m. to 11:57 p.m. Hourly Countdown
11:59 p.m. The Sixty-Second Countdown. 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 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs.
12:00 a.m. At the stroke of Midnight, the lights on the New Year’s Eve Ball are turned off as the numerals of the New Year “2013” burst to life shining high above Times Square. 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.
12:15 a.m. – End of Show
Schedule subject to change.
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