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About BallDrop Pass New Years Eve on December 31, 2019 (LAST YEAR)

With 16 years experience, we proudly present the BallDrop Pass. Created by NYC Event Promoters and the largest Times Square New Years Eve Party Producers, BallDrop.com provides one of the best Times Square experiences on New Years Eve. Including the admission to multiple parties in and around Times Square, this unique event amplifies the already intense excitement of the Times Square Ball Drop. With millions in attendance and billions watching world wide, this global tradition is one you will not want to miss. Dropping since 1907, the Times Square Ball is the iconic symbol that lives atop One Times Square.

With your pass, you will have access to enter various restaurants, lounges, nightclubs, and event spaces in and around Times Square. By entering these venues, you will be able to access past the barricades. New Years Eve in Times Square is a special evening, where millions share the closing of one year and welcoming the next. Your pass will provide a unique Times Square NYE experience.

Ball Drop Pass Holders will receive the following amenities:

  • In past years, the pass gave access to some of these parties: Frames, BB King Nightclub, Madame Tussauds, NY Beer Co., House of Brews, Bowlmor and Guy’s American. The number of parties included in your pass will depend on start time.
  • Premium Open Bar Access
  • Complementary Food at participating venues throughout the night
  • Exclusive access to numerous New Years Eve parties in and around Times Square at the hottest venues in New York City. Whether, you choose to party hop all night or stay put at one of these great events, you can be sure that the Ball Drop Pass will make for to an unforgettable New Years Eve in NYC
  • NYC Premier DJ’s will be playing the latest hits from hip-hop, house, dance, top 40’s and pop all night long
  • Front of Line Access for select venues. You will be able to bypass the regular admission line, when available.
  • 5….4…3….2…..No matter where your night has taken you when the clock nears twelve take part in the pandemonium with live countdowns and champagne toasts at every event
  • New Year’s Eve Party Favors

We are finalizing our venue selection for the Ball Drop Pass and will be announcing the party line up shortly.

What to Know:

  • You will be provided a scheduled route plan that gives you access to multiple venues in and around Times Square.
  • Show up early and help reduce the wait time.
  • Tickets are subject to venue capacity rules. If upon arrival at a particular location, the admission line is held, you will need to wait until capacity reopens.
  • You will receive a packet of admission tickets and a proposed route in and around Times Square Area.
  • Make sure to have your physical ticket on hand because you will need to show it to NYPD and security upon request.
  • You accept the risks and agree to adhere to the NYPD rules and regulations for the evening.
  • If you select shipping as your delivery method, tickets will not be sent out until December.

DISCLAIMER: A LIVE VIEW of The Ball Drop is not guaranteed with this ticket. Large crowds should be expected.

How to Watch the Ball Drop on New Year’s Eve

The 2010s are nearly over, and 2020 promises to be a doozy, with a Senate impeachment trial and presidential election looming on the horizon. For those of you planning to see 2019 to the bitter end from the comfort of your couch, here is all you need to know about watching the famous ball drop in Times Square on New Year’s Eve.

How to Watch the Ball Drop on TV

ABC: Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest

The most well-known New Year’s Eve broadcast starts at 8 p.m. The show will have acts from Post Malone, X Ambassadors, and the Jonas Brothers. You can watch the coverage over the air, on the Watch ABC mobile app, or on ABC’s website, ABC.go.com.

NBC: NBC’s New Year’s Eve

Fox: New Year’s Eve With Steve Harvey

The show will feature performances by Sting and Snoop Dogg, which airs at 8 p.m. ET. Watch the show for free on ABC News Live, ABCNews.com, Facebook Watch, and on the ABC News app.

CNN: New Year’s Eve With Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen

The famous CNN anchor will oversee the show alongside the Bravo host for the third year in a row, starting at 8 p.m. ET. A livestream will be available on the CNN.com homepage and on CNN’s iOS and Android apps. The network is waving paywalls for viewers, who will have direct access to CNNgo and the CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, and Android TV.

How to Stream the Ball Drop Online

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It’s New Year’s Eve and we’re counting down to the most venerable of holiday traditions — the Times Square ball drop to usher in 2020.

Security is high for the iconic ball drop, with drones monitoring Times Square for the first time in its history, and thousands of police both in plainclothes and in uniform keeping an eye on the festivities. The weather forecast, unlike some years, is mild, with temperatures forecast in the low to mid-40s.

For those who can’t be in New York City for the big event, there are plenty of ways to watch on TV, online or on your phone. ABC, NBC, Fox and CNN all will air live specials. Times Square NYC is also hosting an official livestream, which you can follow throughout the night on Deadline in the video above..

On ABC, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest kicks off at 8 PM ET, with Ciara, Lucy Hale and Billy Porter hosting alongside Seacrest. The special will feature reports throughout the night from Miami, New Orleans, Los Angeles and New York, along with performances by Post Malone, Sam Hunt, Alanis Morissette and the cast of Broadway’s Jagged Little Pill. Ciara will also be performing, along with Paula Abdul, Kelsea Ballerini, Blanco Brown, Dan + Shay, Green Day, Dua Lipa, Ava Max, Megan Thee Stallion, Anthony Ramos, Salt-N-Pepa, and SHAED, among others.

Carson Daly will host NBC’s New Year’s coverage alongside Julianne Hough and DJ Stephen “tWitch” Boss (The Ellen DeGeneres Show). Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are set to perform (separately) on the network, along with Brett Eldredge and Keith Urban, among others. It can be viewed on the NBC network or NBC app from 10-11 PM and 11:30 PM-12:30 AM ET.

Fox’s New Year’s Eve with Steve Harvey gets underway on Fox or Fox.com at 8 PM EST. Harvey will be joined by co-host Maria Menounos and Fox Sports NFL analyst and three-time Super Bowl champion Rob Gronkowski for the three and a-half-hour special. Performers include LL Cool J, Village People, The Chainsmokers, The Lumineers, Florida Georgia Line, the Backstreet Boys, Tyga, The Killers and others.

Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen are together again for CNN’s New Year’s Live, beginning at 8 PM ET. Following the ball drop, at 12:30 AM ET the network will segue to cover Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville.

Live coverage also will be available on streaming sites such as Hulu, YouTube and on ABC, NBC, Fox and CNN’s mobile apps.

  • New Year’s Eve and 2020 are right around the corner, and there are several ways of watching your favorite NYE specials without a cable subscription.
  • The New Year’s Eve specials this year include NBC’s New Year’s Eve 2020, Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve, and Fox’s New Year’s Eve with Steve Harvey.
  • Ways to tune in include streaming platforms like YouTube TV, FuboTV, and Hulu + Live TV, as well as networks apps and digital antennae.

The countdown is on!

2020 is just hours away and no matter how you plan to spend New Year’s Eve this year—be it watching the best New Year’s Eve movies, playing the hottest New Year’s Eve songs, or reveling in the merriest New Year’s Eve traditions—don’t let the ball drop on watching the ball drop.

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Seeing as how the past year saw a surge in cord-cutters (that is those who forewent cable for streaming entertainment or something else) you may find yourself in a bit of a pickle come Tuesday night: How am I going to watch Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve without cable this year? No worries, we have everything you need to know to keep the night from going sour.

With so much nationally televised New Year’s Eve fodder to flip through, there’s a lot going down on the airwaves you don’t want to miss. Below, we dive into the best specials to surf from your couch, and the best ways to tune in. So no matter if you’re viewing via tablet, smartphone, or alternative screen, there is a way for you to join the party without having to either re-subscribe to cable or knock on your neighbor’s door. From streaming platforms to social media to upgraded digital antennae, you will watch that Time Square sphere in all its crystallized glory ring in the new year.

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First, here’s a rundown of the top New Year’s Eve network specials.

NBC’s New Year’s Eve 2020
For the annual celebration on NBC, Carson Daly will host again, with America’s Got Talent former judge Julianne Hough and The Ellen DeGeneres Show DJ Stephen “Twitch” Boss as fellow correspondents. Musical performances include Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, and Brett Eldredge. Tune in: 10 p.m. ET.

Julianne Hough & tWitch will be correspondents for NBC’s New Year’s Eve show.
‘NBC’s New Year’s Eve 2020’ Unveils Hosts & Musical Guest Lineup – TV Insider https://t.co/CEABhrsr2R

— Kristyn Burtt 💃🏼 (@KristynBurtt) December 19, 2019

ABC’s Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve
Ryan Seacrest returns to host the bicoastal celebration from Times Square, with Pretty Little Liars’ star Lucy Hale as his sidekick. Billy Porter will take care of the Central time zone, with Ciara on Pacific time zone duty. Performances include Post Malone, the Jonas Brothers, Kelsea Ballerini, and Paula Abdul. Tune in: 8 p.m. ET.

— New Year’s Rockin’ Eve (@NYRE) December 27, 2019

Fox’s New Year’s Eve with Steve Harvey
Hosted by Steve Harvey, Fox’s third annual special just released details for its big night. Co-hosts include Better Together with Maria podcast host Maria Menounos and NFL former New England Patriot Rob Gronkowski. Performances include LL Cool J, DJ Z-Trip, the Chainsmokers, Backstreet Boys, and the Village People, who—by the way—will also be vying that night for the world record for largest YMCA dance. Tune in: 8 p.m. ET.

Have you marked your calendars? You don’t want to miss the biggest party on @NYEonFOX Retweet if you’re joining me and @llcoolj @ztrip @Tyga @TheChainsmokers @thelumineers @WeVillagePeople @backstreetboys @thekillers + more #NYEonFOX pic.twitter.com/gTmzKcERZI

— Steve Harvey (@IAmSteveHarvey) December 27, 2019

And now, here’s how you can watch the ball drop without cable.

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YouTube TV
No cable, no problem. YouTube TV has more than 70 channels, including the networks listed above, for $50 a month. And there’s a free trial with a cancel-anytime promise.
Sign up here

Hulu + Live TV
Already have Hulu? Just tack on the live TV option for access to everything happening on network television and beyond. The cost is $55 a month, and you can cancel anytime here too.
Sign up here

FuboTV
With FuboTV, you get more than 100 channels, with a cloud DVR included. Packages start at about $20 a month and, like the others on this list, you can watch FuboTV on multiple screens.
Sign up here

AT&T TV Now
The big selling point for AT&T TV, which includes all the features of the above streaming platforms, is that it also provides access to the Viacom channels: Comedy Central, MTV, BET, etc. Price tags start at $65.
Sign up here

HDTV Digital Antenna
Think of this antenna as modern-age rabbit ears for your TV set. Just plug ‘em in and they latch onto networks including ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, and Fox, and stream them in high-definition quality. The cost is $28.
Buy it here

Time Square Webcast
For a commercial-free broadcast complete with performances and behind-the-scenes coverage, tune in to the Times Square webcast; mobile streaming is available online at newyearseve.nyc and timessquareball.net. You can also watch on Facebook and Twitter.

Network Apps
Should you be tuning in via your phone, computer, or tablet, you can watch ABC, NBC, and Fox live from each of their mobile apps. Some subscription fees may apply.

Now you’re set. Here’s wishing you a happy New Year and a happy new way of watching that ball drop!

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Happy New Year’s! Tonight many people are wanting to watch the Ball drop in New York City’s Times Square on New Year’s Eve, but most people can’t be there in person. That’s where online live streams come in handy. Here’s a look at all the different ways that you can watch the Ball drop live, including some videos you can watch right here.

Watch the Ball Drop Live

One of your first choices might be the Times Square Webcast. This stream begins at 6 p.m. Eastern all the way to when the Ball drops. The Times Square Webcast can be watched at TimesSquareNYC.org, NewYearsEve.nyc, or TimesSquareBall.net. You can also watch on social media on Facebook or Twitter.

If you want to watch right here, you can watch the webcast and the Ball drop in the video below.

The live stream above begins at 6 p.m. Eastern and lasts until right after midnight, with the show ending at 12:15 a.m. Eastern.

EarthCam also has a number of Times Square webcams that will show the Ball dropping live. The live stream is below. The official celebration kicks off at 6 p.m. Eastern, but you can see a stream beforehand in the video below.

EarthCam Live: Times SquareJoin EarthCam for its annual New Year’s Eve webcast on December 31st to ring in the Roaring 20’s decade. The celebration kicks off in the U.S. at 6 pm ET from Times Square with live streaming video and a VIP balcony view of the most popular destination in the world. https://www.earthcam.com/newyears/ 2019-12-27T21:47:25.000Z

The official live stream for the Roaring 2020 New Year’s Times Square Celebration is here. At this same link, you can find a live Times Square 4K stream, a Street Cam stream, a Crossroads stream, and a South and North view stream.

Times Square Celebration Live Streams

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Many major networks, such as CNN, NBC, ABC and Fox, are hosting New Year’s Eve celebrations in Times Square where you can watch the ball drop live. Here’s a rundown of how you can watch those channels live online without cable:

CNN: Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen will be co-hosting CNN’s annual New Year’s Eve online event. The event is called New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen and it starts at 8 p.m. Eastern from Times Square.

Your options for watching a live stream include the following:

FuboTV: CNN is one of 95-plus live TV channels included in the main FuboTV bundle, which comes with a free seven-day trial.

AT&T TV Now: CNN is included in each of AT&T TV Now’s six channel bundles. The “Plus” and “Max” bundles come with a free seven-day trial.

Hulu With Live TV: CNN is included with Hulu With Live TV, which comes with 60-plus live TV channels and Hulu’s extensive on-demand library of TV shows and movies.

CNN will also be live streaming the event from CNN.com’s homepage. You can also watch on mobile devices using CNN’s app for iOS and Android.

NBC: Carson Daly will be hosting the live event again from Times Square, which starts at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central on New Year’s Eve. The event will air for an hour, then take a brief break for local programming. Then it will return at 11:30 p.m. Eastern (10:30 p.m. Central) for a final countdown that lasts until 12:30 a.m. Eastern (11:30 p.m. Central.)

Your options for watching a live stream include the following:

FuboTV: NBC (live in select markets) is one of 95-plus live TV channels included in the main FuboTV bundle, which comes with a free seven-day trial.

AT&T TV Now: NBC (live in select markets) is included in each of AT&T TV Now’s six channel bundles. The “Plus” and “Max” bundles come with a free seven-day trial.

Hulu With Live TV: NBC (live in select markets) is included with Hulu With Live TV, which comes with 60-plus live TV channels and Hulu’s extensive on-demand library of TV shows and movies.

ABC: ABC is hosting Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2020 to celebrate the New Year. The event begins at 8 p.m. Eastern from Times Square. There will be a brief break for local news programming and then the show will continue.

Your options for watching a live stream include the following:

AT&T TV Now: ABC (live in select markets) is included in each of AT&T TV Now’s six channel bundles. The “Plus” and “Max” bundles come with a free seven-day trial.

Hulu With Live TV: ABC (live in select markets) is included with Hulu With Live TV, which comes with 60-plus live TV channels and Hulu’s extensive on-demand library of TV shows and movies.

YouTube TV: ABC (live in select markets) is one of 70-plus live TV channels included with YouTube TV.

Your options for watching a live stream include the following.

FuboTV: Fox (live in select markets) is one of 95-plus live TV channels included in the main FuboTV bundle, which comes with a free seven-day trial.

AT&T TV Now: Fox (live in select markets) is included in each of AT&T TV Now’s six channel bundles. The “Plus” and “Max” bundles come with a free seven-day trial.

Hulu With Live TV: Fox (live in select markets) is included with Hulu With Live TV, which comes with 60-plus live TV channels and Hulu’s extensive on-demand library of TV shows and movies.

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People will gather with family and friends on Tuesday evening to mark the end of the past year and the start of the new one, and those who can’t make it to the big Times Square celebration in Manhattan can watch it from home.

It’s a tradition that’s more than 100 years old: Hundreds of thousands of revelers gather in the iconic location for music, celebrity appearances and to witness the ball drop at midnight. Space for witnessing the spectacle in person is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Meanwhile, more than 1 billion people will watch the festivities online from around the world.

Those who can’t make it to Times Square have four ways to watch the celebration at home, as Times Square’s management association has its own live stream while Fox, CNN and ABC will all host coverage.

Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop Live Stream

Beginning at 6 p.m. EST, people can tune in to a live webcast to catch all the action at Times Square.

The New Year’s Eve live stream will also be available on mobile devices for free at TimesSquareNYC.org, NewYearsEve.nyc and TimesSquareBall.net. Those who prefer to use a mobile application can watch on Facebook and Twitter.

Hosted by Jonathan Bennett, who played Aaron Samuels in Mean Girls, the festivities will kick off at 6 p.m. with the lighting and raising of the Times Square New Year’s Eve ball. Over the next six hours, there will be musical performances from the Village People, LL Cool J, USO Show Troupe, Julianne Hough, Alanis Morissette, X Ambassadors, Sam Hunt, Post Malone and BTS.

The 60-second countdown to the new year will begin at 11:59 p.m., when the ball begins its 70-foot descent.

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest (ABC)

On TV, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve is an iconic staple of the last night of the year, although it’s now hosted by Ryan Seacrest. This year, actors Lucy Hale and Billy Porter and singer Ciara will join Seacrest as co-hosts, according to ABC.

The network’s coverage will begin at 8 p.m. EST and can be streamed on televisions nationwide on the location’s respective ABC channel. People can also catch the musical performances on ABC’s website and on mobile devices through the ABC application, although cable login credentials may be required to access the content.

Two 7-foot-tall numerals are unveiled on Manhattan’s Times Square Plaza on December 11. On Tuesday, viewers can watch the New Year’s Eve festivities at Times Square on their televisions, mobile applications and online. Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty

New Year’s Eve Live With Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen (CNN)

For the third year in a row, Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen will co-host CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage live from Times Square. Coverage will also begin at 8 p.m. EST and continue until 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday, where co-hosting duties will be handed off to CNN anchors Don Lemon and Brooke Baldwin. Lemon and Baldwin will join the Central Time Zone’s countdown to midnight live from Nashville.

Fans can watch on television through their designated CNN channel or on the CNN website. Viewers can also tune in with their phone, smart TV or iPad with the CNNgo mobile application.

Performances and appearances for CNN’s coverage will include Christina Aguilera, Lenny Kravitz, Shania Twain, Patti LaBelle, Keith Urban, 50 Cent and the Chainsmokers, according to CNN.

New Year’s Eve With Steve Harvey: Live From Times Square (Fox)

Steve Harvey is back as host of Fox’s New Year’s Eve celebration and will be at the helm for three and a half hours of coverage. This year, Harvey will share his hosting duties with TV personality Maria Menounos and NFL Super Bowl champion Rob Gronkowski.

Coverage is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. EST and will be available on TV as well as the Fox website. Viewers may have to input their login credentials to access the live stream online.

The start of a new year calls for a celebration. And when you’re a design enthusiast, a New Year’s Eve party is all about showcasing your creativity while making guests feel special. If you’re on the hunt for last-minute party ideas, consider these pointers for a New Year’s Day gathering to remember.

Add a little something extra

“Sugaring the rim of your glass is one way to dress up your champagne for New Year’s Eve—there are so many fun sanding sugars and even edible glitter! Here’s another: downloadable New Year’s-themed wine charms that slip around the stem of a wine glass or champagne flute. If you’re having a New Year’s Eve dinner party, print out an extra set, write guests’ names on them in a silver marker, and you’ve got place cards taken care of, too! We have stars, disco balls, and clocks about to strike midnight to charm your wine glasses before the clock strikes 12.” — Darcy Miller

Incorporate toast cards

“While you’re busy making resolutions as we all do on New Year’s Eve, take some time to toast the good things in life! These champagne flute-shaped toast cards let you write down the things you’re most excited about in the new year. Hand one to each of your friends, family, or new year’s guests—or leave one at each place setting if you’re having a sit-down dinner. (Write each guest’s name on the bottom and they double as place cards!) If everyone feels like sharing, each person can say their own out loud, or you can collect them all to read and have everyone guess who said they’d be toasting what when the clock strikes 12. And when the party’s over, everyone can take theirs home as a reminder of the best things in life.” — Darcy Miller

Stock up on champagne

“You definitely don’t want to run out—and make sure you have enough flutes for everyone. I also like to set up a bar cart with all the drinks and mixers on it, so guests can fix themselves a cocktail or get a glass of wine. That way, you don’t have to spend all evening filling everyone up.” — Nate Berkus

Don’t overthink it

“Order a case of champagne, grab a few dozen votive candles, dim the lights, and create an incredible playlist on your sound system: It’s an instant party. For a lasting memory, create a “Selfie” wall that is decorated for guest to take their Facebook and Instagram photos!” — Jon Call

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Let your guests call the shots

“A party with a few self-serve bars makes for fun activity and conversational flow, as people can make the rounds from bar cart to counter top to table top, and try different cocktails they mixed themselves.” — Celerie Kemble

Focus the festivity in one room

“New Year’s Eve parties should be fun, not formal! Decide which room you want to host your party in and turn it on its head by switching out your pillows, repurposing those chic mini holiday trees, and serving small bites on mirrored or metallic trays.” — Emily Henderson

Finger food is key

“Nobody expects a sit-down meal at a New Year’s Eve party. Serve simple hot and cold hors d’oeuvres all evening long, emphasis on simple. Additionally, have a food station area where people can pick at the essentials — meat, cheese and the like.” — Lindsey Katalan of CURATED by St. Charles

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More is more when it comes to balloons

“Get as many silver mylar helium balloons as you can get your hands on! I did this for a New Year’s Eve party I designed at the Soho House in Los Angeles. We covered every inch of the ceiling with silver balloons, I stole the idea from Andy Warhol and it looked amazing. Very simple and chic.” — Kelly Lamb

Forget the overly polished decor

“In addition to having fabulous champagne glasses, bubbly for days, and hats, I like to make the space feel like it has already hosted a party—think: confetti on the floors and balloons cascading from the ceiling.” — Ryan Saghian

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Remember the evening starts at your entryway

“Always have gorgeous large, silver buckets filled with champagne and lots of rose petals sprinkled about. I often have rose petals or candles line the path to the entry of a party, but you can also line the path with paper lanterns that you set off at midnight.” — Lisa Staprans

Give your oven the night off

“Celebrate the new year with exotic nibbles that you can buy in bulk at the grocery store or order in to make the night special. I’m a big fan of Chinese and Thai for the occasion. We’re all pooped after celebrating Christmas, so slaving over a hot stove to whip up New Year’s Eve hors d’oeuvres is the last thing you should be thinking of.” — Elaine Griffin

Try a color-based theme

“I am really feeling white feathers right now and would go for an all-out white theme with lots of texture, and some silver and gold mixed in for good measure. Candles galore, a roaring fire, champagne, and some sort of roast would round out the night.” — Sara Gilbane

Monique Valeris Home Decor Editor, ELLEDecor.com Monique Valeris is the home decor editor for ELLEDecor.com, where she covers everything from house tours to product roundups, and her idea of a well-decorated interior involves endless layers of patterns, brass accents, and anything with a monogram. Colleen Egan I’m an editor at Veranda.com, ELLEDECOR.com, and Housebeautiful.com.

Staying at home for New Year’s Eve is a popular choice for families, especially for those with younger children. You can save money by avoiding high-priced entertainment and enjoy a more relaxed evening at your own pace – and if the kids can’t quite keep their eyes open until midnight, it’s easier to bundle them off to bed in your own home.

With just the right balance of nibbles, mocktails for the kids and a few games along the way, we think a family New Year’s Eve party at home can be great fun for everyone.

New Year’s Eve party food


Having an array of snacks and nibbles on hand is essential, from mini sausage rolls and cheese & pesto rolls to fun easy hedgehog canapé skewers. You could also make rainbow fruit skewers and get the kids to help put them together. If you want to put on a buffet-style spread, you’ll find plenty of inspiration in our family New Year’s Eve collection – but you might want to feed the little ones something more substantial, too.

New Year’s Eve family menu


For a cosy family meal, try this creamy chicken stew – it’s a real crowd-pleaser, especially served alongside our smashed mini jackets. New Year’s Eve is hardly the time for epic amounts of washing-up, so take a look at our family winter traybake ideas for all-in-one recipes. Or, put the slow cooker to good use and make a hearty stew to warm up after watching the fireworks.

Festive mocktails for kids


The grown-ups might be drinking something fizzy and fun, but the kids don’t need to miss out! Whizz together these raspberry lemonade slushies or serve a simplified version of our faux fizz made with elderflower cordial instead of the base syrup.

If your New Year’s Eve plans include stepping outside into the cold, warm up afterwards with a batch of mulled apple juice. Alternatively, the kids will enjoy watching these chocolate stirrers dissolve into delicious mugs of hot chocolate.

Desserts and sweet treats


This amazing millionaire’s cheesecake feels fancy but boasts flavours everyone will love. If you want to get the little ones involved ahead of time, have a look at our kids’ baking recipes to see if there’s anything sweet they’d like to help make. We also think these white chocolate fortune cookies are a great snack for New Year’s Eve – you can write your own messages inside for your family to discover!

New Year’s Eve games for families


Of course, entertainment at New Year’s Eve is a must! Start the night with some hands-on activities for the kids – they could make a papier mâché mask, create a fun firework picture using black paper and glitter pens or craft their own paper plate clock to help them countdown to midnight. If you’re entertaining lots of children, we also have some great ideas for kids’ party games you could play.

A family board game is also a fun option for New Year’s Eve, as it gets everyone around a table. If you want to try something new, there are a whole host of modern family board games that kids of all ages can enjoy. You can also opt for a low-key family film night – a great way to pass the time and help the kids wind down before they finally make it to bed.

How do you like to spend New Year’s Eve with your family? Leave a comment below…

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How to Live-Stream Times Square New Year’s Eve 2020 Free Online

Here’s how to live-stream the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration in New York City for free online — without any commercials and with no TV required.

The 2020 New Year’s Eve live-stream will be available free worldwide on the web and mobile devices at TimesSquareNYC.org, TimesSquareBall.net, and Livestream.com/2020. In addition, it will be live-streamed on Facebook (at facebook.com/TimesSquareNYC) and Twitter (at twitter.com/TimesSquareNYC). Coverage starts on Dec. 31 at 6 p.m. ET with the ball-raising ceremony and concludes after the midnight ball drop at 12:15 a.m. ET on Jan. 1, 2020.

The Times Square New Year’s Eve event will feature a headline performance by rock band X Ambassadors, as well as other music performances, hourly countdowns and special guests, culminating in the descent of the famous Waterford-encrusted crystal ball atop the roof of One Times Square.

will continue the New Year’s Eve tradition of singing John Lennon’s “Imagine” just before midnight and are set to perform several of their hits earlier in the evening, including “Renegades” and “Unsteady.” The live-stream’s other performances are set to include the USO Show Troupe’s military salute honoring America’s armed forces.

The 11th annual webcast of the 2020 New Year’s Eve in Time Square event, co-produced by the Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, will be hosted by actor and TV personality Jonathan Bennett (who appeared in 2004 film “Mean Girls” and hosts Food Network’s “Halloween Wars” and “Holiday Wars”) alongside returning street correspondents Andrea Boehlke and Jeremy Hassel.

Last year’s Time Square New Year’s Eve webcast was watched by more than 1.8 million unique viewers in more than 200 countries and territories. The six-hour live-stream is presented uninterrupted and without advertising.

On TV, several networks are presenting star-studded lineups live from Times Square. ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” with host Ryan Seacrest will include performances by K-pop superstars BTS, Post Malone, Alanis Morissette and the cast of her Broadway musical “Jagged Little Pill,” and Sam Hunt. Fox’s “New Year’s Eve With Steve Harvey” is set to feature performances by Lauren Alaina, the Village People, LL Cool J, The Chainsmokers, The Lumineers, Florida Georgia Line, Backstreet Boys, The Killers and Tyga. NBC New Year’s Eve telecast, hosted by Carson Daly, will include a performance by Julianne Hough; and Univision’s “¡Feliz 2020!” will have performances by CNCO and Yennis Bencosme, Joss Favela featuring Mariachi Sol de Mexico, and Pedro Capo.

Times Square — dubbed “The Crossroads of the World” — has been the center of global attention on New Year’s Eve for more than a century. The owners of One Times Square in 1904 began holding rooftop celebrations to herald the new year and the first ball-lowering celebration occurred in 1907.

This year’s Times Square Ball is a geodesic sphere 12 feet in diameter, weighing in at 11,875 pounds. It’s covered with 2,688 Waterford crystal triangles and illuminated by 32,256 LED lights.

It’s New Year’s Eve, which means it’s time to break out the confetti and get your noisemakers ready. Whether you’re heading off to a New Year’s Eve party or cuddling up on the couch for a cozy night at home, it’s tradition to watch the New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square at midnight.

If you have cable, you can tune in to one of the major broadcasts on ABC, FOX, NBC, or CNN. If you’ve cut the cord, you can still watch a commercial-free webcast on social media or on Times Square’s official website, TimesSquareNYC.org. With so many options, you should be able to stream the 2020 festivities on a range of devices, from Apple TV and Roku TV to Android TV and Amazon Fire TV. You can also stream the New Year’s Eve ball drop on your laptop and connect it to your television using an HDMI cable.

What channel is the New Year’s Eve ball drop on?

If you’d like to watch the ball drop on your television, there are many ways to do so.

  • Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest: The 48th year of this ball drop broadcast is co-hosted by Lucy Hale with performances by Post Malone, BTS, Sam Hunt, Alanis Morisette, and the cast of Broadway’s Jagged Little Pill. It airs on ABC at 8 p.m. ET; it can also be viewed on ABC Live on most devices.
  • New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen: For the third year in a row, Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen will count down the seconds to 2020 with performances and appearances by Christina Aguilera, Lenny Kravitz, Shania Twain, and Keith Urban. It airs on CNN at 8 p.m. ET; it can also be viewed on CNNgo on most devices.
  • NBC’s New Year’s Eve 2020: Carson Daly hosts this NYE broadcast, with performances by X Ambassadors, Brett Eldredge, Julianne Hough, Ne-Yo, Leslie Odom Jr., Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, and The Struts. It airs on NBC from 10 to 11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. ET; it can also be viewed on the NBC app on most devices.
  • New Year’s Eve with Steve Harvey: Live from Times Square, Steve Harvey hosts his ball drop special with performances by LL COOL J, The Chainsmokers, The Lumineers, and Florida Georgia Line. It airs on FOX at 8 p.m. ET; it can also be viewed on FOX Now on most devices.

How to stream the New Year’s Eve Times Square ball drop online for free:

Have no fear if you don’t have cable. You can watch a commercial-free webcast of the 2020 Times Square NYE ball drop on Times Square’s official website, TimesSquareNYC.org. The webcast starts at 6 p.m. EST and includes backstage and behind-the-scenes access, as well as footage of revelers, performers, and other celebrities.

On the move? You can mobile stream the New Year’s Eve ball drop at TimesSquareNYC.org, NewYearsEve.nyc, and TimesSquareBall.net.

You can also watch the event on social media at Facebook.com/TimesSquareNYC and Twitter.com/TimesSquareNYC.

Are there other ways to watch the New Year’s Eve ball drop without cable?

Whatever you do, be sure to get started with your setup early so you don’t miss the final countdown to 2020.

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How to Watch the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop for Free

It’s almost time to ring in a New Year — and a new decade. And while we still don’t know exactly what to expect of the 2020s, the year will kick off in a similar way to past ones: with the ball drop.

Since 1907, revelers have descended on Times Square in New York to celebrate the turning of the clock. Although between 1 million and 2 million spectators watch the New Year’s Eve ball drop in person, it’s also broadcast across several networks, and there are free streaming options for those who’ve cut the cord.

Below, find all you’ll need to know to tune into New Year’s Eve festivities — from when they begin to who’s performing.

How to Watch the Ball Drop for Free

Among the several ways to tune into the ball drop, there are ways that are free of charge. We’ve embedded the official Times Square webcast below. Those watching online or via mobile devices can also watch complimentary streams on social media at Times Square’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

How to Watch the Ball Drop on TV

There are several networks that will simulcast the ball drop, with programming beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Below are three channels broadcasting this year — ABC, NBC and Fox — and the hosts and performers on the ball drop specials.

ABC: Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest

ABC broadcasts Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Seacrest will host with help from Lucy Hale in New York, Ciara in Hollywood and Billy Porter in New Orleans.

Ciara has also been tapped to perform, and she’s joining a star-studded lineup that includes Post Malone, BTS, Sam Hunt and Alanis Morisette alongside the “Jagged Little Pill” cast. Also performing are: Dua Lipa, Green Day, Kelsea Ballerini, Dan + Shay, Ava Max, Paula Abdul, Megan Thee Stallion, Anthony Ramos, Blanco Brown, Salt-N-Pepa and Shaed.

NBC: New Year’s Eve

NBC’s New Year’s Eve special kicks off at 10 p.m. ET/PT, with a break for local news followed by the final countdown from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. ET/PT. Carson Daly will host live from Times Square alongside Julianne Hough. Stephen “tWitch” Boss of “Ellen” fame will join them as a correspondent.

In addition to a performance from Hough, NBC viewers can look forward to entertainment from Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, X Ambassadors, Brett Eldredge, Ne-Yo, Leslie Odom Jr. and The Struts. Keith Urban will perform live from Nashville, Tenn.

Fox: New Year’s Eve With Steve Harvey

The Killers, The Chainsmokers, The Lumineers, Florida Georgia Line, the Backstreet Boys and Tyga will all perform, with LL Cool J headlining from Times Square. Village People will attempt to set a record on the broadcast for the world’s largest “YMCA” dance.

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