As the clock ticks closer to midnight on December 31, 2023, the world buzzes with anticipation to welcome 2024. New Year’s Eve is a global celebration of hope, joy, and festivity, and this year’s lineup of shows and live streams promises an unforgettable entrance into the new year. From the iconic Times Square ball drop to star-studded concerts across the country, there’s a myriad of ways to join in the excitement. This article takes you on a tour of the most exhilarating New Year’s Eve events, ensuring you know the best spots to say goodbye to 2023 and hello to 2024.
New Year’s Eve in Times Square
Times Square in New York City remains the heart of New Year’s Eve celebrations, with its world-famous ball drop. As a crystal ball descends down a pole atop One Times Square, a sea of confetti will usher in 2024 amidst cheers and jubilation. This tradition, dating back to 1907, continues to capture the essence of the New Year’s spirit. For those wishing to witness this spectacle in person, Times Square offers public viewing areas, accessible from 49th, 52nd, and 56th streets along Sixth and Eighth avenues. With performances by stars like Megan Thee Stallion and Flo Rida, and an appearance by Mayor Eric Adams, the atmosphere is nothing short of electric.
ABC’s ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,’ hosted by Ryan Seacrest and co-hosts Rita Ora, Jeannie Mai, and Dayanara Torres, is a prime choice for ringing in the new year. Broadcasting from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. ET, this show features performances from Cardi B in Miami Beach and LL Cool J in Times Square, alongside other stars like Megan Thee Stallion and Post Malone. The show can be streamed on ABC’s website and app, as well as on live TV subscription services like Hulu and YouTube TV. Starting at 8 p.m. ET, Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen’s “New Year’s Eve Live” on CNN is another popular option. This dynamic duo, along with Sara Sidner and Cari Champion from Austin, Texas, will bring a mix of interviews, performances by artists like Enrique Iglesias and Rod Stewart, and a special appearance by illusionist David Blaine. The event can be streamed live on CNN Max, CNN.com, and the CNN app for TV subscribers.
Celebrations Across the Country
CBS presents ‘New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash,’ a country music extravaganza hosted by Elle King and Rachel Smith. With performances by Lainey Wilson, Thomas Rhett, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, this event celebrates the rich tapestry of country music. It airs in two parts, starting at 7:30 p.m. ET, and can be streamed on CBS.com and on demand on Paramount+. For a more traditional experience, the Times Square Alliance show, with live pictures streamed at 7 p.m. on NBC New York and Peacock, offers a front-row seat to the festivities. Hosted by Jonathan Bennett and Jeremy Hassell, this event includes performances by Megan Thee Stallion, Flo Rida, Paul Anka, and others, culminating in the iconic ball drop.
In conclusion, New Year’s Eve 2023 is set to be a spectacular celebration, with a variety of shows and live streams catering to all tastes. Whether you prefer the electrifying atmosphere of Times Square, the charm of country music in Nashville, or the comfort of your living room, there’s a perfect way for everyone to welcome 2024. These events not only mark the passage of time but also unite us in a shared moment of joy and anticipation for the year ahead. So, get ready to count down to midnight and usher in a year full of new possibilities and adventures!