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Times Square Ball Drop 2022 Welcomes In-Person Spectators This New Year’s Eve

Times Square Ball Drop 2022 Welcomes In-Person Spectators This New Year’s Eve

Both in-person and at-home audiences will enjoy watching the New Year’s ball drop in Times Square.

With another challenging year behind us, New York—along with the world—is ready to ring in 2022 with the traditional Times Square ball drop 2022 ceremony. This year's event is returning in person and will take place at 1 Times Square, Dec. 31, 9pm, to Jan. 1, 2022, 12:15am. 

City officials and the Times Square Alliance are inviting New Yorkers and tourists back to the Crossroads of the World to watch the world-famous ball dropping on New Year’s Eve, as long as they show proof of full vaccination and valid photo identification. 

“This year, we are ready and thrilled to welcome a full house of revelers back to Times Square to celebrate the New Year,” said Tom Harris, president of the Times Square Alliance. “Now more than ever we need to come together to revive our favorite traditions with our loved ones—reflecting on a tough year behind us while looking forward to a new year with hope.”

The sparkling Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year's Eve Ball is 12 feet in diameter and weighs a whopping 11,875 pounds. It's covered with a total 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles that vary in size and is illuminated by 32,256 LEDs, making it a breathtaking sight to see. 

Who are the Times Square New Year’s Eve 2022 Performers?

Jonathan Bennett, actor and TV personality, will return to the celebration as Times Square New Year's Eve Host. This year, Bennett will be joined by live event and celebrity interview host, Jeremy Hassell, who will serve as co-host. The Times Square Alliance along with Countdown Entertainment has a star-studded line-up of performances planned throughout the evening that includes:

  • LL Cool J performing on ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest
  • Chlöe performing on ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest
  • Journey performing on ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest
  • Karol G performing on ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest
  • KT Tunstall performing her global chart-topping songs “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” and “Suddenly I See," along with Tom Petty’s classic, “I Won’t Back Down," and John Lennon’s “Imagine” just before the ball drop at midnight
  • Liza Koshy performs a fit-acular dance performance presented by Planet Fitness
  • The USO Show Troupe performing “Stand by You,” “Empire State of Mind," and “A Military Salute” to honor the Armed Forces
  • The Sino-American Friendship Association (“SAFA”) will present a Chinese cultural dance performance from Henan, China.

The highly anticipated ceremony will also be broadcast for television and internet audiences. Like last year, there will be an interactive Virtual New year's Eve app, which will be available for download starting Dec. 18, with livestreams starting Dec. 31.

On Dec. 31, you can watch a livestream of the celebration and choose your view of Times Square from multiple camera feeds and watch celebrations from around the world to ring in 2022.

How to Watch the Times Square Ball Drop 2022 on TV 

Networks will air their New Year's Eve TV specials. So once you put the little ones to bed (or when they inevitably fall asleep even though they try so hard to stay up), tune in to one of several broadcasts to ring in 2022, which will be announced soon. Here’s what we know so far:

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2022

Where to watch: ABC, Dec. 31, 8pm
Hosted by: Ryan Seacrest, Liza Koshy, Ciara, Billy Porter, with DJ D-Nice and Jessie James Decker as Powerball Correspondent
Performers and guests: To be announced 

NBC's Miley's New Year's Eve Party Hosted by Miley Cyrus and Pete Davidson

Where to watch: NBC and Peacock, Dec. 31, 10:30pm-12:30am
Hosted by: Miley Cyrus and Pete Davidson from Miami
Performers and guests: To be announced 

New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen

Where to watch: CNN, Dec. 31, 8pm
Hosted by: Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen
Performers and guests: To be announced 

FOX, which originally planned to air its FOX's New Year's Eve Toast & Roast 2022, decided to cancel the broadcast due to the spread of Omicron. The channel put out this statement:

“While we are confident in the health and safety protocols for FOX’S NEW YEAR’S EVE TOAST & ROAST 2022, the recent velocity of the spread of Omicron cases has made it impossible to produce a live special in Times Square that meets our standards.  We will not be moving forward with FOX’S NEW YEAR’S EVE TOAST & ROAST 2022 in New York.  The health and safety of our casts and crews has always been, and will continue to be, of the utmost importance.”

Livestream on Your Computer

Where to watch: You can watch the commercial-free webcast (below) on Dec. 31, beginning with the ball raising at 6pm
Hosted by: To be announced
Performers and guests: To be announced 

What You Need to Know About Attending the Times Square Ball Drop 2022 In Person

Where is the ball drop ceremony located?

The ball drop ceremony is located at 1 Times Square (Broadway at 43 Street). Hint: The ball drop can best be seen along Broadway, from 43rd to 50th streets, and along Seventh Avenue, as far north as 59th Street.

What time does it start?

Revelers will not be permitted to enter into the viewing areas until 3pm on Dec. 31. The celebration will begin shortly before 6pm. At approximately 6pm, the ball will be raised to the top of the flagpole at q Times Square. At 11:59pm, the ball will make its 60-second descent down pole to signal the start of the new year. 

Is it free to attend? 

The event is free and open to everyone on a first-come, first-serve basis.

What are the Times Square ball drop 2022 COVID guidelines?

  • Everyone ages 5 and older who attends must show proof of full vaccination. 
  • All attendees will be required to wear masks during the event.
  • People unable to get vaccinated because of a disability will be required to present proof of a negative COVID PCR test taken within 72 hours of the event.

For more information, visit or follow  Times Square NYC on Facebook or Instagram

Main image courtesy Times Square Ball

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