New York City in the United States is amazing at any time of the year—with the abundance of lights and larger-than life designs in all street corners of the city, you’d think that there is something special going on here every day. It is, indeed, the city that never sleeps, and this is one of the reasons why this is favorite among travelers from all over the world.
New York City is visited by millions every year, even when there’s no special happening or event in the city. However, the time of the year that this place is literally flocked by people is during the welcoming of a new year, the time when the city shines more light; the time when people literally won’t sleep until sunrise. This feature will be devoted to letting you know of what goes on in Times Square during New Year celebrations, and the things that you’ll find if you decide to welcome another year, Big Apple style.
One of the most awaited highlights of the New Year’s celebration in New York City is the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in Times Square. This tradition started in 1907, when a time ball made by Waterford Crystal is dropped as lights are raised to the top of a pole at the One Times Square Building. Descending nearly 80 feet in about a minute, and then settles at the bottom of the pole as midnight strikes and as people count down the remaining number of minutes until another year.
Millions of people await this event every year—around one million gather in New York to actually see it happen, and the number of people watching it from their homes reach about a billion. The size of the New Year’s balls have changed in the past years, and this year, expect it to be bigger—about double the size of the balls that have been dropped in the previous years. The best part? Witnessing this spectacle will not require you to pay anything—it’s absolutely free!
New York visitors at this time of the year have so many options to choose from. Whether you’re traveling with a family with kids, or if you’re welcoming the year with your partner, this place has features that suits everyone. Accommodations in hotels and penthouses have lots of rooms especially made for couples. If you’re traveling with your family, there’s an attraction that all family members will surely enjoy: The Mars 2112, which is designed as how the red planet would look like, so you’ll be sort of literally experiencing the year in another planet. Kids will be allowed here, as long as they’re accompanied by adults aged 21 and above.
Another place that the kids will surely love is over at Madame Tussauds, where you’ll see remarkable creations of all the important celebrities and personalities. The New Year’s celebration here—aside from the impressive wax statues—are food, drinks, and special rooms such as the Pop Star Celebrity Room and the Super Hero’s Room. Guests will also have a great view of the ball drop.
These are just some of the attractions in store for NYC visitors during New Year’s Eve. As the clock strikes 12, you will be enveloped with so much wonder—fireworks, lights, drinking, dancing, and overall good vibes. Would you celebrate your New Year’s eve here? What do you think would be the best way to say farewell to this year? Share with us your thoughts as we all bid 2011 farewell!