New Year's Eve

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Every December 31 at midnight, much of the world looks to Times Square for the big ball drop to ring in the New Year. The ball has a name - the Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year's Eve Ball. Its diameter is 3.6 metres and it represents hope for the future year.

The Times Square ball drop is televised and watched by millions of people, but New York's other New Year's Eve offerings are just as splendid. Whether you're looking for an all-out party or romantic dinner, family excursion or quiet night in, New York celebrates New Year's Eve like no other place in the world.

Celebrants roam the streets until the early hours of morning, and the entire city feels like one big party. Plus, Christmas lights still decorate the city and add a festive winter feel to any trip.