Plan Your NYC New Year’s Eve Celebration

| December 11, 2012

tourist guide to new year's eve in NYC We’ve all seen the ball drop at Times Square in New York City. It’s the traditional TV event with which to usher in the New Year. How would you like to be among more than a million people seeing it in person on New Year’s Eve?

Start planning now if you want to catch the premier New Year’s Eve event. There’s numerous possibilities, including gathering at Times Square, catching some of your favorite performers on stage or enjoying some family time at one of the city’s more unusual attractions.

Make your plans and remember, DexKnows can help you find both travel agents and locations from which to watch the ball drop in the Big Apple.

Plan ahead to survive the crowds, an authority on traveling to New York City, shares some tips for New Year’s Eve:

  • Arrive by early afternoon. Others will start arriving then and by midafternoon, there’s no place to stand.
  • Once you get there, don’t leave. No bathroom break. No food. Catch the bathroom on the way to Times Square.
  • Use New York’s public transportation system, primarily its shuttle trains. Driving is strongly discouraged because of the traffic.

Doesn’t sound like fun? Try a hotel party at the Renaissance New York Time Square’s R Lounge, located on top of the hotel. There are numerous other entertainment venues that will be hosting events.

Entertainment galore – at a cost

Any entertainment venue located in the city is likely offering some sort of event on New Year’s Eve. Vinny Guadagnino of MTV’s Jersey Shore will be hosting the New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at AMC 34th Street, which also offers a New Year’s Eve comedy festival. Music superstars Jay-Z and Coldplay will be performing at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Whatever your taste, you’re likely to find someplace you like.

Wherever you decide to go, check out the price to see if it fits your budget. The AMC NYE Extravaganza will cost between $55 and $125 for each person. If you want general admission, expect to spend between $60 and $100, while platinum VIP, the highest level at venues, will cost more than $200.

A family-friendly alternative

Thinking of taking the family? Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square offers what it claims is the only New Year’s Eve party in the area geared to both families and couples.

There’s a fire-breathing opening act and other entertainment throughout the evening. Ripley’s has a DJ dance party and the customary champagne toast at midnight, while kids can enjoy the more than 500 artifacts and what’s advertised as New York City’s only Mission Impossible LaseRace. A premier package is available for $265 for adults and $215 for children.

Celebrate fitness on New Year’s Eve

There’s another New Year’s Eve alternative for the more fitness-minded. The Emerald Nuts Midnight Run, a four-mile unscored run, starts at the stroke of midnight. Expect thousands of participants, many in costume, as you line up on the 72nd Street Transverse near Bethesda Fountain.

The celebration starts at 10 p.m., with dancing followed by a costume parade and contest at 11 p.m. at the Central Park Bandshell, south of the 72nd Street Transverse. If you aren’t a member of the New York Road Runners, entry fees are $60 if purchased through Dec. 30 and $65 the day of the event. Entry fees are $55 prior to the event and $60 the day of for NYRR members and $25 prior to the event and $35 the day of for its junior and senior members.

These are just some of the possibilities for New Year’s Eve in New York City. When planning your New Year’s Eve event, don’t forget to include DexKnows to find travel agents, restaurants and bars and other necessities for your holiday plans.

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