The most famous New Year's Eve celebration nationwide is in Times Square tonight. See the complete schedule below:
Revelers start arriving late in the afternoon on New Year's Eve. By approximately 3:00 PM., the Bowtie of Times Square (42nd to 47th Sts. between Broadway & 7th Ave.) is fully closed to traffic. Revelers are directed by the NYPD to gather in separate viewing sections. As one section fills up, The Revelers are directed by police to the next viewing section. As the evening progresses, revelers continue to fill the Times Square neighborhood along Broadway and Seventh Avenue moving uptown from 43rd Street to as far as Central Park.
6:00 PM to 6:03 PM
Lighting and Raising the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball
The celebration begins with the lighting and raising of the New Year's Eve Ball atop One Times Square. The Event Organizers will be joined by representatives of the Philips Lighting Company to flip the giant switch which lights the New Year's Eve Ball and begins its ascent accompanied by special pyrotechnic effects atop One Times Square.
6:03 PM to 6:13 PM
Opening Ceremonies - Chinese Cultural Performance, Panda Dance
The Sino-American Friendship Association ("SAFA") presents a spectacular Chinese cultural performance, the Panda Dance to begin the Times Square New Year's Eve celebration and bring us good luck in the New Year. The performance is on the Nivea Countdown Stage at Duffy Island between 46th and 47th Streets. The Panda Dance will conclude with red and gold pyrotechnic effects atop One Times Square.
6:14 PM to 6:17 PM
Times Square Ball App - Livestream, Photo Contest and Webcast Correspondents -- Our host, Allison Hagendorf, introduces the Official Times Square Ball App and the ability for everyone to have a front row seat at the celebration by watching the official webcast on their mobile device; and, the opportunity for users of the app to get their photo on the giant Toshiba Vision Screen atop One Times Square directly below the New Year's Eve Ball. Allison will be joined by our Webcast Correspondents Michael Abbot and Nicole Ryan who will be on the street bringing us the emotional, spiritual and just good ole fun stories of the people who make the pilgrimage from around the world to be at the Crossroads of the World on December 31st.
Times Square 2013 Hats, Balloons and Scarves
The Times Square Alliance sanitation crew clad in bright red uniforms begins to distribute tens of thousands of fun handouts to the Times Square revelers for cheering in the New Year. Nivea is providing festive blue New Year's Eve hats and blue balloons tied with silver mylar ribbons along with useful Nivea Lip Care product to keep our lips looking and feeling beautiful for that magical kiss at midnight. The Sino-American Friendship Association is providing beautiful red scarves to keep us warm through the night.
6:52 PM to 6:55 PM
Mario and Courtney Lopez share their love story on the Nivea Kiss Stage at Turn Lane Island between 45th and 46th Streets.
6:57 PM to 7:00 PM
Hourly Countdown with Carson Daly
As we approach the New Year, Carson Daly will appear at the Nivea Countdown Stage to wish the Times Square revelers "Happy New Year"; and lead the ten second countdown to the 7 o'clock hour accompanied by colorful pyrotechnic effects atop One Times Square. Carson will also read some of the Confetti Wishes to be mixed into the confetti release at midnight and share his wish for the New Year.
7:18 PM to 7:28 PM
NBC's "New Year's Eve with Carson Daly": Musical Performance by Train
Train performs their new single Mermaid on the Nivea Kiss Stage.
7:57 PM to 8:00 PM
Hourly Countdown with Megyn Kelly & Bill Hemmer
As we approach the New Year, Megyn Kelly and Bill Hemmer will appear at the Nivea Countdown Stage to wish the Times Square revelers "Happy New Year"; and lead the ten second countdown to the 8 o'clock hour accompanied by colorful pyrotechnic effects atop One Times Square. Megyn and Bill will also read some of the Confetti Wishes to be mixed into the confetti release at midnight and share their wishes for the New Year.