What is open on New Year’s in New York?

What is open on New Year’s in New York

What’s open during New Year’s in New York? New Year’s Eve is celebrated in style in New York, with the Ball Drop in Times Square, a fireworks show at the Statue of Liberty and lots of great parties! New Year’s Day is also an official holiday, which means sights and attractions may have modified opening hours. See what there is to do on New Year’s in New York right here.

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What’s open on New Year’s in New York?

Opening times of many attractions and sights may be different from other days during this period. Here’s what you can do on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in New York:

Activities open on New Year's Eve 31-12-2023 and New Year's Day 01-01-2024

Major Attractions 31-12 01-01 Major Museums 31-12 01-01
9/11 Memorial ✔  9/11 Museum
Empire State Building ✔  American Museum of Natural History ✔ 
Top of the Rock ✔  MoMA ✔ 
One World Observatory The Met
Edge Observation Deck ✖  Intrepid Museum
Summit One Vanderbilt ✖  ✔  Madame Tussauds
Hop on Hop off Buses ✔  RiseNY
Dyker Heights Christmas Lights ✔  Broadway 31-12 01-01
Rockefeller Christmas Tree ✔  Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Ice Skating ✔  The Nutcracker
Christmas Markets Chicago
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Aladdin
Circle Line Cruises ✔  The Neil Diamond Musical  
Bike rentals and tours   Blue Man Group  
Zoos & New York Aquarium   No other Broadway shows
Sports 31-12 01-01 Shops 31-12 01-01
New York Giants   Macy's  
New York Knicks Woodbury Common Outlet
No other sports games Supermarkets  
Public transportation ✔  Restaurants  


Other activities during New Year’s

Taking a cruise on New Year’s Eve is great fun! Get on board and make a toast to the new year at midnight while watching the fireworks.

Ring in the new year on the dance floor at one of New York’s many New Year’s Eve parties. From luxurious parties in the most unique locations to cosy parties in bars, there’s something for everyone! You can also attend one of the Ball Drop parties to see the iconic Ball Drop in person. See here my personal Top 10 of New Year’s Eve Events in New York.

On New Year’s Day, you can start the new year off right with a stroll through Central Park followed by a brunch cruise. If you prefer to stay on dry land, you can visit one of New York’s many museums.

Shopping during New Year’s

It isn’t possible to go to Times Square on New Year’s Eve unless you want to see the Ball Drop or can show the police that you need to be in the area; for example, if you have tickets to a party around Times Square or your hotel is located there.

Shops around Times Square will be closed on New Year’s Eve, while shops in other areas are still open but will close their doors earlier. On New Year’s Day, however, most shops will be open!

Getting around the city on New Year’s in New York

On both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, public transport in New York runs on a modified schedule. Check in advance if your subway line is running. It is very crowded on New Year’s Eve, especially around Times Square, so it can be difficult to get a taxi in the area.

Will things be open in New York during New Year's?

As New Year's Eve is celebrated in a big way, opening times will be modified. See what there is to do during New Year's in New York here.

Does the subway run in New York during New Year's?

During New Year's in New York, the subway runs on a modified schedule. Read more here.

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