New Year’s Eve in Times Square Will Be Virtual This Year—Here’s What to Expect
You can expect MAJOR changes to the New Year's Eve bash.
2020 has been the year of “things looking different,” hasn’t it? From how we shop at grocery stores to traditions like Oktoberfest and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the COVID-19 outbreak has changed how we navigate everyday life.
Maybe it was to be expected, then, that New York City’s annual Ball Drop on New Year’s Eve would have to shift a little. Here are the modifications you can expect for this event—and how you can still welcome 2021 with that beloved ball.
It Will Be a “Virtually Enhanced” Celebration
That’s what event organizers are saying, and as you probably guessed, that means very few spectators will be lining the New York City streets. But what does “virtually enhanced” really mean?
It sounds like there could still be live performers, but even though the details haven’t been finalized, we’re certain you won’t see the joyous crowd you’re used to watching on TV. Times Square itself will be blocked off, and any events filmed will be for virtual audiences—not for cheering crowds.
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One thing that will never change is the ticking of time and the arrival of a New Year. On December 31st, the Ball will drop in Times Square. Times Square New Year’s Eve 2021 is happening visually, virtually, safely. Stay tuned for more details about how we will be ringing in 2021 in a virtually enhanced way in Times Square and around the world.
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Times Square organizers mentioned “new and enhanced virtual, visual and digital offerings,” with interactivity options for viewers everywhere. One thing that’s not changing, however, is the people featured in the celebration; the ball drop will still boast guest appearances from pop culture icons and news anchors, and essential workers will be honored.
How Does That Change Things for Me?
Unless you were planning to travel to New York City for the Ball Drop, it probably won’t change anything. It actually sounds like this year’s party might be more accessible for those around the country; including families who might or might not stay up to catch that glowing New Year’s orb. There’ll be an app to download that’ll display the Times Square festivities, as well as a “Virtual World of Times Square” to explore.
However you celebrate, now’s a great time to start thinking about what you’ll be serving for New Year’s Eve!