New Year’s Eve 2022: How to Watch the Ball Drop

by Liz Holland

New Year’s Eve: a night filled with hope, wander for what next year will hold, and reflection on the year behind us. As holiday festivities come to a close, families everywhere are packing up their string lights and Santa hats. Once the sugar-rush from Christmas treats wears off, the next step for most is new beginnings, spring cleaning, resolutions, and gym memberships.

 After what was a complicated year for many, living in a hybrid half remote world, it’s undeniable that people everywhere are focusing on looking forward, and anticipating the unknown in what’s to come. In the midst of it all though, are those few magical moments as we count down into the New Year. Keep reading to find out how you can watch the ball drop into 2022. 

Times Square Keeps COVID Restrictions In Place

The magical New York Times Square event is a tradition that dates back over 100 years. The first ball dropped for New Years in Times Square in 1907. 120 years later, there are more ways than ever to watch the event, no matter where you are in the world. Last year, the Times Square party was socially distanced and access was limited. This year, Mayor de Blasio says that there will be protections in place to ensure a safe celebration. The event will still be smaller than it was in the pre-pandemic years for safety reasons. 

Guests will be required to show proof of vaccination to attend the event, paired with a matching photo ID. Everyone is to remain outdoors, and masks are required. Additionally, viewing areas will be limited to certain numbers of attendees. It sounds like New York is doing everything they can to keep the event safe and fun this year! 

When it comes to watching the ball drop from elsewhere in the world, there are more specials this year than ever before. 

New Year’s Eve TV Events Galore : Watch The Ball Drop Into 2022

An absolute classic, Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve event will be broadcast on ABC starting at 8 pm ET. Ryan Seacrest is hosting the event this year, with special co-hosts throughout the 6-hour event. The program features performances from J.Lo, Cyndi Lauper, Billy Porter, Jimmy Allen, Nelly, and more! You can watch on ABC, through your TV, their website, or their app. The program is also available on Hulu+ and ABC’s Youtube TV, which require subscriptions. 

You can also watch New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen on CNN. The event will be broadcast on CNN from 8 pm ET to just a half-hour after midnight. The program features performances from Katy Perry, William Shatner, Patti LaBelle, Earth, Wind & Fire, Duran Duran, and so many more legends. 

There are also several Livestream websites you can use to watch the ball drop. The ball drop will be broadcast on Times Square’s social media pages, according to The TODAY Show. Happy New Year, Outsiders!