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NYC – New Year’s Eve at Times Square – New Years Eve – New York City – 2018 into 2019

Here’s a rundown of scheduled events for the evening as provided by the Times Square BID

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For a quick listing of online and television coverage, click here.

 

Schedule for Times Square 2018 into 2019

For 114 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.

THE EVENT

6:00 pm to 6:03 pm
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.  We flip the giant switch which lights the New Year’s Eve Ball and begins its ascent accompanied by special pyrotechnic effects atop One Times Square.

6:04 pm to 6:06 pm
Good Riddance Day Highlights
The host of Times Square New Year’s Eve, Jonathan Bennett will share highlights from Good Riddance Day with the Times Square revelers from the Countdown Stage.

6:07 pm to 6:18 pm
SAFA Chinese Cultural Performance
The Sino-American Friendship Association (“SAFA”) presents a spectacular Chinese cultural dance performance from Dunhuang, China to begin the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration.  The performance is on the Countdown Stage at Duffy Island between 46th and 47th Streets.  The Chinese cultural performance will conclude with red and gold pyrotechnic effects atop One Times Square.

6:25 pm
Times Square 2020 Hats, Balloons, Scarves and Gloves
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.   Planet Fitness is providing festive purple and yellow New Year’s Eve hats along with purple & yellow balloons tied with gold mylar ribbons.  The Sino-American Friendship Association is providing beautiful red scarves.

6:46 pm to 6:52 pm
FOX New Year’s Eve Performance by the Village People
The Village People perform their hit song YMCA on the Planet Fitness Center Stage.

6:57 pm to 7:00 pm
Hourly Countdown with Steve Harvey
As we approach the New Year, Steve Harvey will appear at the Countdown Stage to wish the Times Square revelers “Happy New Year”; and lead the ten second countdown to the 7 o’clock hour accompanied by 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.

7:01 pm to 7:05 pm
Planet Fitness “Judgement Free” with Lucy Hale
Lucy Hale will lead the revelers in a fun “Judgement Free” moment.

7:39 pm to 7:49 pm
FOX New Year’s Eve Performance by LL Cool J
LL Cool J performs on the Planet Fitness Center Stage.

7:57 pm to 8:00 pm
Hourly Countdown with Special Guests
As we approach the New Year, the Special Guests will appear at the Countdown Stage to wish the Times Square revelers “Happy New Year”; and lead the ten second countdown to the 8 o’clock hour accompanied by colorful pyrotechnic effects atop One Times Square.  They will also read several of the Confetti Wishes to be mixed into the confetti release at midnight and share their wish for the New Year.

8:01 pm to 8:06 pm
The USO Show Troupe Performance
The USO Show Troupe performs a Military Salute to honor our Armed Forces on the Countdown Stage.

8:07 pm to 8:11 pm
Planet Fitness Performance by The Marching Cobras Sapphire Danceline and Flag Unit
The Sapphire Marching Cobras Danceline and Flag Unit performs on the Planet Fitness Center Stage.

8:16 pm to 8:23 pm
NBC New Year’s Eve Performance by Julianne Hough
Julianne Hough performs on the Planet Fitness Center Stage.

8:33 pm to 8:41 pm
ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”: Performance by Alanis Morissette
Broadway Musical “Jagged Little Pill” with Alanis Morissette perform on the Countdown Stage.

8:46 pm to 8:58 pm
Musical Performance by X Ambassadors
X Ambassadors perform their hit songs Renegades, Unsteady and BOOM on the Planet Fitness Center Stage.

8:58 pm to 9:00 pm
Hourly Countdown with Jonathan Bennett
As we approach the New Year, Jonathan Bennett will appear at the Countdown Stage to wish the Times Square revelers “Happy New Year”; and lead the ten second countdown to the 9 o’clock hour accompanied by 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 wishes for the New Year.

9:38 pm to 9:44 pm
ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”: Performance by Sam Hunt
Sam Hunt performs medley of his hit songs on the Countdown Stage.

9:50 pm to 9:53 pm
Waterford Crystal Toast

9:54 pm to 9:57 pm
The Associated Press Presents 2019 Year-In-Review Video Highlights
The Associated Press, the world’s oldest and largest news gathering organization, presents a news reel highlighting some of the most memorable events of 2019.

9:57 pm to 10:00 pm
Hourly Countdown with Planet Fitness
As we approach the New Year, Planet Fitness spokesperson will appear at the Countdown Stage to wish the Times Square revelers “Happy New Year”; and lead the ten second countdown to the 10 o’clock hour accompanied by purple and yellow confetti release and colorful pyrotechnic effects atop One Times Square.  Spokesperson 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.

10:01 pm to 10:14 pm
Univision’s ¡Feliz 2020!: Performance by CNCO & Yenis Bencosme
CNCO & Yennis Bencosme perform on the Planet Fitness Center Stage.

10:14 pm to 10:17 pm
Barefoot Bubbly Unveils Large 6’ Bottle

10:25 pm to 10:32 pm
Univision New Year’s Eve Performance by Joss Favela featuring Mariachi Sol de Mexico
Joss Favela performs with Mariachi Sol de Mexico on the Planet Fitness Center Stage.

10:38 pm to 10:46 pm
ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”: Performance by BTS
BTS performs medley of their hit songs on the Countdown Stage.

10:57 pm to 11:01 pm
Hourly Countdown with Raúl de Molina
As we approach the New Year, Raúl de Molina will appear at the Countdown Stage to wish the Times Square revelers “Happy New Year”; and lead the ten second countdown to the 11 o’clock hour accompanied by 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 pm to 11:08 pm
Univision’s ¡Feliz 2020!: Performance by Pedro Capo
Pedro Capo performs on the Planet Fitness Center Stage.

11:22 pm to 11:29 pm
FOX New Year’s Eve Performance by Lauren Alaina
Lauren Alaina performs on the Planet Fitness Center Stage.

11:38 pm to 11:46 pm
ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”: Performance by Post Malone
Post Malone performs medley of his hit songs on the Countdown Stage.

11:55 pm to 11:58 pm
Special Musical Performance by X Ambassadors
X Ambassadors performs John Lennon’s Imagine on the Planet Fitness Center Stage.

11:59 pm
The Sixty-Second Countdown
The Mayor of New York City joined by Times Square 2020 Special Guest 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 am — New Year’s Day
2020 Sign
At the stroke of Midnight, the lights on the New Year’s Eve Ball are turned off as the numerals of the New Year “2020” 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 am — End of Show

 

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