New Year’s in New York: Watching the Ball Drop in Times Square

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  1. What a magical New Year’s Eve! I’m not a massive fan of NYE generally and never travel into big cities (like my home city of London), but to see the ball drop in Times Square would be such a thing! Love your tips on what to wear – it sounds like it can get extremely chilly!

    • Kiyoko says:

      We lucked out with decent whether when we went. Sure it was cold, but the following year (when we were all cozy on the couch), was absolutely freezing! Still, I think it’s a unique experience people should try at least once in their life!

  2. Carol Colborn says:

    Wow, that must have been such a thrilling experience. Although I would be so cold I might not enjoy it as much!

    • Kiyoko says:

      It depends on the year, but what helps is that, with all the people, you really don’t feel gusts of wind or anything. Personally, I absolutely hate the cold, but even I didn’t think it was too bad.

  3. Medha says:

    I’ve often considered doing it but decided against it because I know there will be too many people and I don’t like such crowds. Plus getting there early with nothing to do, the waiting, no washrooms etc just doesn’t sound worth t you know ! I can see you also had a mixed experience but I’m glad u got to do it because u really wanted to. At least now you can say ‘been there, done that’ 🙂

  4. Suruchi says:

    I would love to witness in person New Year Ball drop event in New York. From your pictures, It really looks like a huge event. But yes I too can see a lot of crowds there which I am bit phobic too and problem of washroom can really piss me up.

  5. Lauren says:

    I’ve been to NYC over New Year’s…but not to do Times Square! I saw a concert at Madison Square Gardens. I had no idea that you had to arrive so early for this, and I totally didn’t think of the logistics of not drinking or going to the bathroom! Yikes! I am not sure I would want to tough it out like you did. I like coffee way too much, and on NYE I’d like to have a beer in my hand 😉 Now when I see the people on TV, I’ll have a new found appreciation of what they went through to be there!

  6. So much excitement, so many crowds! And the waiting. All that waiting. I bet people are watching from the windows of the buildings all around too. But for those who dare to brave it in person, sitting at home and switch on the TV at ten minutes to midnight may be a poor option 🙂

    • Kiyoko says:

      I loved the experience of being down in Times Square, but I think if I were to ever go to New York City for New Year’s again, I would definitely consider just getting a hotel room that had a view of the ball drop.

  7. I went there myself but got there at night so we were way in the back. It was cold! That’s the challenge and of course the crowd. I always wondered how it would have been like to do the entire 12 hour ordeal. Sounds like you had a blast though – but I think I’ll give the watch the event from a hotel instead in the future!

  8. Claire says:

    Wow it would be pretty cool to go there for sure, but I’m not sure I could handle 12 hours there without a bathroom! I can’t believe they don’t provide any portaloos or anything, that is nuts. But it is a unique experience, and probably one of those you have to do before you die! It sounds like you enjoyed it in the end, I hope it was worth it!

  9. Mei says:

    We visited NYC last year and found that everywhere in Manhattan is pretty crowded. Well, no surprise… it’s NYC after all! haha… But seeing how crowded it actually gets on New Year’s Eve makes me wonder if I ever want to go see the ball drop at Times Square! I mean, no toilet and no food, plus there’s security to get inside? OMG!! You are REALLY very courageous! To this I say Bravo!! 🙂 Actually I’m glad you shared this story, so now I know that this is nothing for me! haha… Fortunately you found a place to sit down and stretch your legs, and it’s nice of your boyfriend to let you nap too! So did you get to visit Top of the Rock since last year? 🙂

    • Kiyoko says:

      You know, New Year’s Eve was actually the second time I had been to New York and I still have not been able to go to the Top of the Rock! I’m sure I’ll make it there eventually. Glad the post was informative for you. Honestly, it’s an experience I would recommend others do at least once in their lives, but I also get that this kind of adventure isn’t for everyone.

  10. I did new years in NYC a couple of years ago. I didn’t bother with going to Times Square. Now I did get to a crown ticket to the Statue of Liberty that morning because they had a few no-shows. They probably partied too hard and missed their chance.

  11. I live in NY and have never been! I dont do well with crowds and the COLD! TOnight might be the coldest on record. I liked reading about your experience! I think I will watch it on TV… close to the wine and bathrooms. Happy #WeekendWanderlust and happy new year.

  12. We are too spoiled – we’d do Times Square, but we’d definitely have a hotel room. There’s a pretty good view from the rooftop of the Knickerbocker – though I’m sure getting up there on New Year’s Eve would cost a bit! There is something to be said for the experience on the ground, though – it’s such an iconic event! Thanks for sharing your tips and experience with us on #WeekendWanderlust!

  13. It would be fantastic to do New Year’s Eve in Times Square – having done it in London and Sydney (people start queuing from the night before – I got there at about 12:00pm and the queue was already a few hours long) in previous years. Maybe this year! I’m not sure how I’d survive the no bathroom (well, specifically, no alcohol) on NYE though!

    • Kiyoko says:

      I would definitely love to experience NYE in other big cities like London or Sydney. Those are definitely bucket list experiences. Good to know New York is unique in it’s whole no bathroom situation!

  14. It’s fun hearing about the adventure but I wouldn’t manage well with the limitations, crowd, standing around and all. Love seeing it on TV! I’m glad you two did it and enjoyed everything.

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