Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Happy New Year!
Things to do in NYC on New Year’s Eve 2019 ~ Monday, December 31, 2018
Happy New Year! ¡Feliz año nuevo! Feliz Ano Novo! Felice anno nuovo! Bonne année! An Nou Fericit!
New York City’s big celebration is the Times Square Ball Drop at the stroke of midnight. The best way to participate is to rent a hotel room or make dinner reservations in Times Square.
Otherwise, you have to arrive in Times Square before it gets closed off around 6 pm (or before). About a million people stand in the cold (with no bathrooms) until the stroke of midnight.
You might want to do it once in your life, but definitely rent a room or a table. That way you can step into Times Square in the half hour or so before midnight. Room rates are much higher than normal. You can save money by booking the room well ahead of time.
For more information, visit www.timessquarenyc.org
Most countries have their own unique way to celebrate.
Americans of the United States traditionally toast New Year’s Eve with French Champagne, the sparkling wine from the Champagne region. Spaniards drink Cava, the Spanish sparkling wine from Catalonia. Italians drink Prosecco from the Veneto region (Venice) of Italy.
A Spanish tradition popular around the Spanish-speaking world is to eat 12 grapes as the last twelve seconds of the year are counted down. The tradition started as a marketing stunt in 1909 when Valencian grape growers had a surplus of grapes.
Some traditions cannot be described in polite company. Have fun. Happy New Year!