New Year’s Eve viewers around the world can watch the iconic Times Square ball drop live online from New York City — free, ad-free — along with a lineup of musical performances and other festivities beginning in 2023.
The six-hour Times Square 2023 livestream will begin on December 31, 2022 at 6 pm ET and end on January 1, 2023 at 12:15 am ET. The show will be available on multiple websites, including TimesSquareNYC.org LiveStream.com/2023 and TimesSquareBall.net, powered by Vimeo’s Livestream platform.
The Times Square New Year’s Eve livestream will feature artists including Chelsea Cutler — who will perform several of John Lennon’s hits at 7 pm ET before continuing the New Year’s tradition of singing John Lennon’s “Imagine” just before midnight — as well as JVKE, Jax, Ava Max, J -Hope, Osmani Garcia, New Edition, Sech and Duran Duran.
On traditional TV, Times Square will be a central locale as part of the programming slate that airs on ABC, NBC, CBS and CNN. These include ABC’s “Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve with Ryan Seacrest” (set to feature live performances by Duran Duran, Jax, J-Hope and New Edition), CNN’s “New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen” ( Ava Max) and Univision’s “¡Feliz 2023!” Integrated (involving Sech and Osmani Garcia).
The New Year’s Eve Ball at the top of One Times Square will begin at 6 pm ET with lighting and raising. Returning as host of the livestream is actor and TV personality Jonathan Bennett (“Mean Girls,” Hallmark’s “The Holiday Sitter,” Food Network’s “Cake Wars”). Bennett will be joined by co-host Jeremy Hassell, who has been part of Times Square’s New Year’s Eve celebration since 2016.
The Times Square livestream will also be available on the free VNYE app (vnye.com) from Jamestown, the real-estate company that owns One Times Square. With VNYE, users can virtually explore the sights of Times Square, play games, and livestream New Year’s Eve celebrations in Times Square and around the world.
The annual event is co-organized by Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment. This year marks the 118th New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square, which began in 1904 when the owners of One Times Square held their first rooftop celebration to ring in the New Year.
The first ball lowering ceremony took place in Times Square in 1907. This New Year’s Eve, a nearly 6-ton ball — 12 feet in diameter and equipped with 2,688 Waterford crystal triangles and 32,256 light-emitting diodes — is scheduled to descend from above. The 26-story One Times Square building started 60 seconds before midnight local time.
Here is the 2023 Times Square New Year’s Eve event schedule:
6:00-6:03 pm: Lighting and Raising the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball
6:07-6:19 pm: SAFA Chinese Cultural Performance
6:20-6:27 pm: Performance by ANEW
6:30 PM: Times Square 2023 Hats, Balloons, Necklaces, Gloves and Scarves
7:03-7:19 pm: Music by Chelsea Cutler
8:03-8:17 pm: Music by JVKE
8:23-8:29 pm: ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” starring Jax
8:40-8:43 pm: Waterford Crystal Toast
9:15-9:29 pm: Ava Max’s performance on CNN’s “New Year’s Eve Live.”
9:34-9:40 pm: ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” performance by J-Hope
10:04-10:10 pm: Univision’s “¡Feliz 2023!” Played by Osmani Garcia
10:16-10:19 pm: Highlights of Good Reads Day presented by Netspend
10:19-10:22 pm: Planet Fitness World Premiere
10:23-10:25 pm: Carnival “Choose Fun” moment
10:31-10:34 pm: Announcing the Hip Hop Museum
10:45-10:53 pm: ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” performance by New Edition
11:02-11:10 pm: Univision’s “¡Feliz 2023!” Performance by Sec
11:11-11:15 pm: K’s New Year’s Eve Kiss
11:17-11:19 pm: Times Square celebrates with NYC Mayor Eric Adams
11:20-11:25 pm: The Associated Press presents 2022 year-in-review video highlights
11:39-11:46 pm: ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” starring Duran Duran
11:55-11:58 pm: Chelsea Cutler performing “Imagine” by John Lennon
11:59 pm: 60-second countdown
1 2:00 p.m.: The “2023” sign is illuminated at the top of One Times Square alongside confetti releases and pyrotechnic effects.
12:15 am: The show is over