More than a century old, the traditional New Year’s Eve ball drop is as much a part of a quintessential NYE as a kiss or a glass of champagne. This year, Ryan Seacrest is back again to host another Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve (NYRE) at the center of it all: Times Square in New York City.
ABC’s coverage of the extravaganza will begin at 8:00 pm EST on Saturday, December 31 with the traditional primetime party from New York and Hollywood. Seacrest, as official host, will be stationed in Times Square interviewing various guests and emceeing the night’s star-packed lineup.
In addition to Seacrest, comedian Jenny McCarthy will be reporting live from Times Square and Fergie will host the Billboard Hollywood Party.
The joint event will include performances from DNCE, Thomas Rhett, Gloria Estefan and the cast of her Broadway musical On Your Feet!, along with One Direction’s Niall Horan, Shawn Mendes, and Emeli Sande.
Mariah Carey is set to sing in the last big performance of 2016 and Lionel Richie will make an appearance from his concert in Las Vegas, minutes after midnight, to perform his song “All Night Long,” immediately following the Times Square celebration.
The rest of the west coast lineup will include Lukas Graham, Fifth Harmony, Kid Ink, and Ty Dolla $ign. What’s more, the first ever NYRE live central time zone countdown will be broadcast from New Orleans and feature performances from Jason Derulo, Panic! At the Disco, and an appearance by Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale. Demi Lovato will also be performing during New Year’s Rockin’ Eve from her celebrity cruises concert in St. Maarten.
In addition to ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, a variety of other major networks– including NBC, Fox, and CNN– will be hosting New Year’s Eve specials with live coverage from Times Square.
NBC will also be ringing in the New Year with an hour-long special, NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly at 11:30 pm EST. The broadcast, hosted by Daly and former Spice Girl Melanie Brown (Mel B), will feature performances from superstars Alicia Keys, Pentatonix, and Blake Shelton.
So tune in on Saturday, December 31 at 8:00 pm EST to watch Ryan Seacrest and friends ring in the New Year and Carson Daly and guest musical talent at 11:30 pm EST. Just don’t forget to catch the ball drop at midnight!
How to Live Stream the 2016 New Year’s Eve Ball Drop
Viewers with a cable login can live stream the NYRE show on ABC and Carson Daly’s live special on NBC, or watch the ball drop live on Fox or CNN. Those without cable can live stream the ball drop and Dick Clark’s NYC Rockin Eve thanks to guides from Cut Cable Today.
(If you don’t have access to any of the above options, but have an Internet connection, you can live stream the ball drop from either TimeSquareNYC.org or TimesSquareBall.net, both of which will broadcast without narration.)