Time to yeet 2023 to the curb and ring in the new year right with the best New Year’s Eve events in NYC. No matter how you’re hoping to ring in 2024—sloppy, sober, laid-back or buckwild—we’ve got the NYE celebration for you. So don your festive getups and get ready for a night of New Year’s Eve fireworks, amazing dinners and more first-of-the-year festivities with this roundup of the best attractions and events for ringing in the New Year.
New Year’s Eve events in NYC
New Year’s Eve in Times Square is the sparkling event of the season. The iconic party in the square celebrates big with live musical performances, the famous ball drop and, once the clock strikes midnight, a massive fireworks display. If you’re brave enough to put up with the crowds and the cold, this display is one you’ll want to see.
The biggest gripe against New Year’s celebrations is that they’re crazy expensive. If you want to save on the cost but don’t mind a crowd, Santore’s World Famous fireworks display over Prospect Park’s Grand Army Plaza is a color-popping way to toast 2024. Besides, it doesn’t get any more New York than sharing a communal experience on the street, elbow to elbow with your fellow taxpayers. (And it sure as hell beats Times Square!) Plus there will be live entertainment by Quintessential Playlist who will perform live music at 10pm before the fireworks from Santore’s World Famous Fireworks begin.
3. Fireworks near the Statue of Liberty
Every year, New York City shoots of fireworks by the Statue of Liberty. What could be more New York than that? You can stand along the waterfront in Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn to see it, but there are many cruises you can hop on to see them up close (and with food and champagne), including from New York Harbor Tours, Liberty Cruise, Circle Line and Classic Harbor Line.
What better way to ring in 2024 than with a perfect view of those New Year’s Eve fireworks? You’ll get all that and more on this midnight tour with a licensed guide taking you around all of Downtown Manhattan’s top sightseeing spots, including the World Trade Center, New York Stock Exchange, the Wall Street Bull, the Red Cube Sculpture and more.
The 90-minute excursion—which is available in English, French and Spanish—will culminate at Battery Park just in time for the official New Year’s countdown and the city’s midnight fireworks show. And if you really want to do it up, you can opt for a VIP ticket, which includes festive extras like New Year’s glasses, clappers, chocolates and a champagne toast for two.
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Run as if 2023 were chasing you (and truly, can you imagine a scarier horror concept?) at New York Road Runners’ annual 4-mile Midnight Run, which provides credit to finishers toward the New York City Marathon. At midnight, start your trek with hundreds of other festive joggers at Central Park and take in the gorgeous fireworks display at the end. (Trust us: It’s a hell of a lot healthier than binge drinking and hooking up with a rando.) Be sure to register online before the big date.
Yes, Sleep No More is officially ending, having recently announced its final extension through February 25, 2024. But that doesn’t mean the party’s over just yet: The McKittrick is throwing The Last New Year’s Eve, a year-end banger complete with thrilling artistic performances, live bands, celebrated DJs and plenty of dancing across five fantastical floors.
Throw on your most glamorous, luxurious best for the shindig, which comes from the same creative team behind the hotel’s other immersive parties including “A Midsommar Night’s Dream” and “MONSTER: A Halloween Party”. And, of course, this being a McKittrick party, you know that there are a few hidden surprises waiting for you.
Bid farewell to 2023 in grand style at the Soho Grand’s 14th Annual Black & White Masquerade Ball. It’s an ode to Truman Capote’s infamous Grand Masked Ball, hosted in New York in 1966. The soiree will be an black-tie affair with mandatory masks and dancing very much encouraged. With disco beats freshly spun by DJ Reach, Jenny Albright and more, that shouldn’t be a problem.
Free-flowing champagne, a premium bar from 9pm to 1am, hors d’oeuvres and tableside bottle service round out the festive offerings. At midnight, all attendees can toast to the new year together with a glass of bubbly and a rendition of “New York, New York.”
Tickets start at $250. If you really want to make it an end-of-year celebration to remember, you can upgrade to a private table, with salon-style seating, small bites like caviar Bellinis and Maine lobster rolls, and more.
Before a brand new year begins, transport yourself back in time to New York’s glamorous Gilded Age with a fittingly luxurious New Year’s Eve celebration at the St. Regis New York. Kick off the festivities at Astor Court with a four-course pre-fixe feast fit for Caroline Astor herself: we’re talking decadent stuff like lobster risotto, beef Wellington, white truffle ravioli and more.
Then make sure your dancing shoes are laced up and ready to go because live entertainment will be performing from 9pm until well after the ball drop. To round out the black-tie-optional celebration, enjoy a premium open bar, late evening savory snacks and sweet bites, and a champagne sabering ceremony to toast to 2024.
Before we step into the year 2024, take it back to the grit and glam of 1970s New York at The Roxy Hotel’s “New Year’s Eve New York, New York 2024” bash. Tap into the era with a night of live entertainment with a musical lineup that includes resident Roxy DJ Nina Tarr, New York radio legend Delphine Blue, downtown duo The Muses and luxe underground DJ Kristine Barilli, who will have you grooving until dawn.
The digs will be done up with iconic photographs by Dustin Pittman, transporting you to Manhattan’s disco days at Studio 54 and depicting megastars of the era like Bianca Jagger, Truman Capote and Andy Warhol. Enjoy a premium open bar from 9pm to 1am and don’t miss the annual downtown ball drop at the stroke of midnight!