New Year's Eve 2021 - Things to do in New York City this year


In our Explore New York Guide, you can find events and tips on How to Celebrate New Year's Eve & The Holiday Season.

Christmas may be over, but there is still much to celebrate and do around the city! From New Year's Eve festivities to the first few days in January, the party in not over. Let's see what you can still do to enjoy the Holiday Spirit even after Christmas.

Most Decorated Restaurants - Let's Find Out Where to Dine

 Rolf NYC - 281 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010  

This is one of the first Restaurants that went all out with its Christmas decorations. Located on 3rd Avenue near Gramercy Park, Rolf is one of the few places that keeps its Christmas Look year-round ... Christmas in July anyone? During the Holiday Season is extremely hard to score a table. There is no online reservation system, you must call or stop by to secure a reservation. After NYE things might die down a bit so it could a great time to visit, even at the Bar, and enjoy one more Spiked Eggnog before you decide to fully commit to "Dry January." – Rolf's NYC Website




Papillon Bistro & Bar - E 54th Street  

Papillon Bistro & Bar is located in a duplex right in the heart of Midtown off of 5th Avenue. This year they decided to add some extra to their Holiday decor. They serve classic French brasserie fares with an American touch. Great for dinners or for drinks at their lively bar  Papillon Website




 The Greens @ Pier 17 - South Street Seaport 

For its second year, The Greens is back with its iconic Winter Wonderland Look. The Winter Village is awaiting you Downtown atop Pier 17 Rooftop boasting amazing views over the Brooklyn Bridge. You need to make a reservation online for one of their private cabins. You will have a cabin all to yourself for 90-minute. Food and drinks will be available a la carte.

This year, the Greens has upgraded its dining experience offering a menu that celebrates different cuisines such as Southern, Japanese, Latin, Vegan and more. You can make your reservation here – The Greens Web-Site.





New Year's Eve Ball Drop 2021-2022

Who's ready to welcome 2022? If you are interested in attending the famous NYE Ball Drop Celebration in Times Square, you will be happy to hear that this year the public will return to Times Square after last year hiatus. However, please note that some restrictions are still in place including reduced capacity, proof of vaccination and mask mandate for all participants.

Please note that only the following access points will be open to the public after 3:00 PM
  • GATE 1 – 38th Street – 6th & 8th Avenues
  • GATE 2 – 49th Street – 6th & 8th Avenues
  • GATE 3 – 52nd Street – 6th & 8th Avenues
  • GATE 4 – 56th Street – 6th & 8th Avenues

Please expect long lines and crowds! Remember that if you decide to leave, you will not be allowed back in where you were.

Bars & Rooftops to try this New Year

For those looking to still enjoy the Holiday Spirit while celebrating the arrival of the new year, here is a list of Bars and Rooftops that will bring the Holiday Spirit & the ambiance. 

  • Magic Hour Rooftop - The Moxy Times Square
  • Oscar Wild Bar
  • Lillie's Victorian Bar & Restaurant
  • The Ready Rooftop  
  • Miracle on 9th Street
  • Sierra Birreria - Eataly Flatiron

Classics Christmas Decorations around NYC

For those that are coming to NYC after Christmas, don't worry most decorations will be up at least for the entire first week of January.  

  • Christmas Market & Tree in Bryant Park (The Winter Village)
  • Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center
  • Saks 5th Ave Lights Show & Showcases
  • Macy's and its Christmas Showcases
  • Ice-skating Rinks - Rockefeller, Central Park, Bryant Park, and Brookfield Place (WTC)
  • Christmas Tree on Wall Street
  • Christmas Tree in Washington Square Park
  • Christmas Tree & Lights around the Seaport Historic District

We wish you & yours a Happy New Year!

To see Activities and Places to visit during The Holidays - Read our Christmas 2021 - Part 1.