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Watch NYE Celebrations on ABC, CNN, FOX or NBC to see the ball drop, fireworks and live performances by some of the top artists in the country.

Times Square in New York City is definitely one of the most, if not, THE most iconic New Year's Eve celebrations in the world. But let's not forget that there are big NYE celebrations happening in major cities all around the world such as in Sydney, Rio De Janeiro, Paris, London, Berlin, Barcelona and Tokyo to name a few. Each city puts on its own unique firework display and "ball drop". Many cities have their own way to signify the end of the year. For example, London's Big Ben chimes at midnight.

No matter where you are, tuning into the ball drop in Times Square is simple. To begin with, the four major network programs (ABC, NBC, FOX, and CNN) begin their New Year's Eve coverage typically at 8:00 PM Eastern Time on December 31st, and the ball drop will start at 11:59 PM.

Not everyone lives in the Eastern time zone but you can catch ABC's coverage of the Times Square ball drop at:

  • 10:59 PM Central
  • 9:59 PM Mountain
  • 8:59 PM Pacific
  • 7:59 PM Alaskan
  • 6:59 PM Hawaiian 

Also, each city may have their own unique NYE television coverage of their local celebration. For example, cities such as Dallas and New Orleans will show the NYC countdown, but typically segue over to their own countdown. Some local stations may tape delay the ball drop to correspond with the local time zone. 

Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve

Probably the most iconic NYE TV broadcast of the ball drop is ABC's Dick Clark's Rockin New Year's Eve. Dick Clark began hosting the show in 1972. He hosted it for 48 episodes until his death in 2012. Ryan Seacrest began cohosting in 2006, and eventually took over being the main presenter. Many famous artists have performed on this show such as Taylor Swift, Blink 182, Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett, and Mariah Carey. The show also airs live or prerecorded performances and festivities in Hollywood and New Orleans. Even though you can catch this show for free on local TV, you can tune into their live stream using your cable TV credentials.

NBC's New Year's Eve

Carson Daly has been hosting NBC's television show in Times Square since 2004. It prominently covers the annual ball drop, along with live and pre recorded performances by well known artists from Rockefeller Center and Los Angeles. Cohosts for this show typically change from year to year. Artists such as Panic at the Disco, Green Day, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Keith Urban have performed on this show in the past, with some returning each year. You can live stream this on NBCs official site, using your cable provider credentials.

Fox's New Year's Eve

Fox has countered other TV shows with their own NYE TV special each year since the early nineties. In the past, specials have been hosted by celebrities such as Steve Harvey, Regis Philbin, and Pitt Bull. Artists that have performed on this broadcast have been the Backstreet Boys, Celine Dion, Penn and Teller, Guns N' Roses, and Neil Diamond in the past. You can tune into Fox's broadcast by using your cable login on their official site


Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen host CNN’s New Year’s Eve Live from Times Square. The show mainly focuses on the ball drop, but also shows midnight festivities from a city in the Central Time Zone. Anderson Cooper has been hosting this show since 2002. Celebs that have appeared on the show in the past have been Hugh Hefner, Wyclef Jean, Lance Bass, Cheri Oteri, to name a few. By using your cable provider credentials, you can watch the live stream of this show on CNN's streaming page.

Times Square Livestream

The Times Square official website offers a live webcast of the festivities and ball drop on their site, as their Facebook and Twitter pages.

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