How to Stream the Times Square Ball Drop and Other New Year’s Eve Celebrations

London, San Francisco and Rio de Janeiro will also host events available to stream

Last Updated: December 31, 2018 @ 3:03 PM

If you’re looking to ring in the new year by watching how people are celebrating all around the world, you’re in luck, because there’s probably a live stream for you.

New York City’s Times Square, of course, is the first place many people think about when it comes to major New Year’s parties. The ball drops at 12:00 p.m. ET, obviously, but the Times Square celebration kicks off much earlier at 5:00 p.m. local time. You can live stream it on Vimeo, or catch it on the Times Square Facebook page or Twitter feed.

With a cable subscription, viewers can catch the annual “Dick Clark New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” event, hosted by Ryan Seacrest, via the Watch ABC mobile app or at the ABC website beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

NBC’s New Year’s Eve event will be hosted by Carson Daly, Chrissy Teigen and Leslie Jones and is available to stream on NBC’s app and website at 10 p.m. ET. Steve Harvey will host a New Year’s coverage for Fox, which will be available to stream for cable subscribers beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

CNN will make its New Year’s Eve livestream available to even non-cable subscribers this year via its website and various apps. Andy Cohen will join Anderson Cooper as host for the second year in a row.

One good option, if you like pyrotechnics or are seeking an earlier celebration, is London’s New Year’s Eve bash. When Big Ben hits midnight, the London skyline will be filled with its famous annual fireworks display. The BBC will have a live stream on YouTube kicking off at 6:30 p.m. ET on Monday — check it out here.

Not to be outdone, Rio de Janeiro will have fireworks shooting off for more than 10 minutes when the new year hits. Brazil’s second biggest city had 2.4 million people turn out last year for its New Year’s Eve celebration, and if you want to see how Rio celebrates this year, you can hit EarthCam.com for its live stream. The fireworks should start firing soon after 9:00 p.m. ET.

And if you want to keep the party going on the West Coast, San Francisco will have its own fireworks display. You can stream it on EarthCam.com, or hit KRON channel 4’s website for its annual live stream.

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