It’s not yet New Year’s Eve — but Times Square is already having a ball
The 2020 Waterford Crystal geodesic sphere that will descend at 1 Times Square was set to arrive at 11 a.m. Friday in preparation for the annual celebration.
The New Year’s Eve ball — 12 feet in diameter, weighing 11,875 pounds and covered with 2,688 crystal triangles — will be illuminated by a hefty 32,256 LED lights when it takes its trip to say bye-bye to 2019 at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday.
Seven-foot-tall numerals signifying “2020” — containing a total of 618 LED bulbs — arrived in Times Square earlier this month. At 6 p.m. New Year’s Eve, the ball will be lit up and raised high above Midtown before the big midnight drop. The first ball-lowering took place in 1907, though the first Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration took place in 1904.
If you’re brave enough to join the crowds converging on Times Square, there will be plenty to see, including rapper Post Malone and South Korean boy band BTS performing on ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2020.”
Carson Daly will host “NBC’s New Year’s Eve 2020” with musical guests including Ne-Yo, Leslie Odom Jr., Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, and Steve Harvey will guide Fox’s coverage from Times Square with LL Cool J, The Chainsmokers, the Backstreet Boys and more. (All three shows begin broadcasting at 8 p.m. ET.)
Just make sure to bundle up: An early prediction from AccuWeather suggests temperatures will be “slightly above average” but still hovering in the 30s.
If you’re staying at home but don’t have cable to watch live coverage, the Times Square Alliance will stream a webcast, hosted by “Mean Girls” star Jonathan Bennett and featuring the band X Ambassadors, starting at 6 p.m. ET on Dec. 31 at https://livestream.com/newyearseve/nye2020.