There is no experience on Earth quite like the winter holidays in New York City. At this time of year, you can find everything from ice-skating to light displays all accompanied by the smell of roasted chestnuts. Despite being colder and more crowded than usual, the city is beautiful during the winter, which is one of the reasons to venture out and enjoy the events. When it comes to ringing in the New Year, the most widely known celebration is the Ball Drop in Times Square; however, that is just one of the many things to see and enjoy in New York City. Here are some of the New York City New Year events that you will not want to miss:
- Fireworks in Central Park on New Year's Eve
Fireworks will be launched at midnight from the Naumberg Bandshell. The result will be a spectacular display for the whole family that can be seen from just about anywhere in Central Park.
- A New York Harbor Cruise
Along with hors d'oeuvres and an open bar, you will get to watch fireworks from the water. Note that there are numerous yacht and riverboat cruises available.
- The New Year's Eve Party at the Hotel Gansevoort
You can enjoy the Ono Restaurant's Japanese cuisine and an open bar as you toast the new year from the hotel's rooftop. The rooftop offers magnificent views of the city's skyline. The Hotel Gansevoort is a noted celebrity hangout, which means that you may be able to spot some of the city's rich and famous at this party.
- New Year's Eve Night Ride
This event is free. Sign up and ride your bicycle from Brooklyn to Central Park to celebrate 2016. You will start out on the Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge and wind up at Belvedere Castle in Central Park after a riding under the fireworks. You will then get to enjoy a party in the park.
- Partying at Bar 54 in the Hyatt Times Square
There is no better way to make your New Year celebration a truly New York experience than to do it in the city's tallest rooftop lounge. This exclusive party offers you one of the best skyline views along with an excellent view of the Ball Drop in Times Square.
- Partying Everywhere in Times Square
Of course, the New Year's Eve Ball Drop in Time's Square is one of the world's best-known New Year celebrations. With an All Access Pass, you get access to a variety of venues in the area. You will be able to get into almost all bars, restaurants and lounges.
- Formal Celebration at the Russian Tea Room
As one of the city's oldest dining institutions, the Russian Tea Room has been a popular place the ring in the New Year for more than 80 years. You will be required to wear formal attire for the five-course meal, which can cost between $250 and $500 per person. After dinner, you can head upstairs for dancing.
- A Night of Bowling at Bowlmor Lanes
No interest in partying or riding? Celebrate the New Year on the lanes. You can bowl from 9 PM to 3AM at the Bowlmor Lanes in Union Square. Along with a night of bowling, you will get an open bar, a dinner buffet and a midnight champagne toast. This venue offers two floors of bowling and can handle groups of any size.