How to Watch the Ball Drop in Times Square on New Year's Eve

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Ready or not, here 2022 comes!

It seems like just yesterday we were mixing together our favorite cocktail recipes and gearing up for a big night of watching New Year's movies on the couch. Somehow, 2021 has come and (almost) gone—which means that it's time to start thinking about New Year's Eve party ideas all over again. Whether you plan to ring in 2022 by throwing a blow-out bash or hosting a more intimate New Year's Eve dinner party, the evening always ends the same way. So when that countdown to midnight begins, you better make sure you know where to watch the ball drop!

Watching the New Year's Eve ball drop in Times Square is one of the most cherished and longest-standing New Year's traditions of all time. (That glittering ball first debuted in New York City in 1907! 🤯) Last year's New Year's Eve celebrations were not open to the public due to the ongoing pandemic, but millions of viewers around the world tuned in to watch the ball drop. No details have been announced about New Year's Eve 2022, but the Times Square Alliance says they "hope to be able to celebrate in person if it's safe to do so."

Read on for everything you need to know about how and where to watch the ball drop in 2022!

Where can I watch the ball drop on TV?

While this year's programming lineup has not been officially announced yet, previous celebrations are a good indication of what's to come. It's likely that the ball drop (and all the festivities leading up to it!) will air on most of the major news networks like ABC, CNN, NBC, and FOX.

Photo credit: Simon Dux
Photo credit: Simon Dux

Stay tuned for more details!

Where can I stream the ball drop for free?

No cable? No problem! A commercial-free webcast of the 2022 Times Square NYE ball drop will be available on Times Square's official website, You can also stream the New Year's Eve ball drop from your mobile device at,, and

Those with streaming subscriptions can also watch the ball drop through services like Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, and fuboTV.

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