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Ringing In the New Year in New York City

Ring in 2022 with these fun activities everyone can enjoy!

The ball drop in Times Square is the main highlight of New Year's Eve, but the noisy crowds and cold weather might not be your thing. Luckily, New York City keeps the party going in all five boroughs. There are several ways to celebrate New Year's Eve in the Big Apple, from big celebrations to spending some time outside. Whatever your style is, you're sure to find some fun on the last day of the year.

Ringing In the New Year in New York City

Bateaux New York New Year's Eve Premier Plus Dinner Cruise 

New York City offers plenty of views of the festivities, but how about on the water? Bateaux New York is the only all-glass boat in the city that offers a dinner cruise on New Year's Eve throughout the city with their New Year's Eve Premier Plus Dinner Cruise. Step on board for a four-course meal where you can see the best of the city skyline while riding along the East and Hudson Rivers. You'll be serenaded by live music during the evening, and you can even take pictures with your family and friends with their provided New Year's Eve props. Once the clock hits midnight, you'll be offered a gorgeous view of the fireworks against the water. 

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Bateaux New York New Year's Eve Premier Plus Dinner Cruise (Courtesy City Experiences)

New Year's Eve Fireworks in Prospect Park

Do you want to join the celebration with everyone in the city but want to avoid the crowds of Times Square? Take a visit to Prospect Park for their New Year's Eve fireworks! This popular Brooklyn park offers a much smaller New Year's Eve celebration but is still just as fun. You can listen to live music and sip on some delicious drinks as the clock winds down to midnight. Once you enter the new year, you can watch the fireworks go off in Grand Army Plaza. If you're looking for a more low-key New Year's Eve celebration, Prospect Park is the place to be. 

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New Year's Eve Fireworks (©Weston Mackinnon)

NYRR Midnight Run

Most New Year's Eve celebrations in New York City happen outside, but did you know that one of them is on the move? The New York Road Runners (NYRR) is an organization that hopes to inspire others through running. They host a marathon through Central Park every New Year's Eve that starts the year off with a bang. The four-mile NYRR Midnight Run begins at the stroke of midnight, runs through Engineers' Gate and the Reservoir and finishes on the opposite side of Bethesda Terrace. You can join in the race, volunteer to help during the event or cheer on the racers from the sidelines. If your New Year's resolution is to start working out more, this race will make sure it comes true. 

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Late Night Marathon (©Michael Mendel)

Bryant Park's Winter Village

New York City is an excellent shopping experience, and Bryant Park likes to combine that with the spirit of winter. Their Winter Village appears inside the park, helping visitors step into a winter wonderland every year. Shops are lined up around the area to sell clothes, handmade goods and much more to everyone who comes. You can even find food vendors sitting between them, but they sell much more than the typical city snacks. Once your shopping spree is through, you can keep the fun going by stepping foot onto the ice rink located in the center. Bryant Park's Winter Village is the perfect place to visit before your New Year's Eve festivities begin. 

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Bryant Park Winter Village (©Angelito Jusay Photography)

New Year's Eve at Coney Island

You may think of summer when you think of Coney Island, but this famous amusement park wants to keep the fun going for one more day. On New Year's Eve, the park reopens for one night only and allows visitors to have some fun before the new year. They offer live music, a laser show and performances from the Coney Island Circus Sideshow. You can hop on one of the rides for the last thrill of the year, or you can get a great view of the fireworks from the top of the Wonder Wheel. Take one last stroll on the boardwalk before the year is through and experience the joy Coney Island can bring. 

Coney Island at Night New York | WhereTraveler
Coney Island at Night (©Sebastien Cordat)

TIME'S UP! Annual New Year's Eve Bike Ride

Another way to start the new year by getting active is the Time's UP! Annual New Year's Eve Bike Ride. TIME'S UP! is a group dedicated to promoting outreach and action for creating environmental change in the city. Every New Year's Eve, they host a bike ride through the city to inspire a positive start for the new year. Racers take up their bikes or skates and begin in  Brooklyn or Manhattan. The race ends at Belvedere Castle in Central Park, where participants can celebrate with music, fireworks and party favors to ring in the new year. If you want to start the new year with a smile, put the pedal to the metal and race into 2022 through New York City's streets. 

TIME'S UP! Annual New Year's Eve Bike Ride New York | WhereTraveler
TIME'S UP! Annual New Year's Eve Bike Ride (Courtesy TIME'S UP!)