Travel News: 5 Things You Don’t Know About New Year’s Eve in NYC

Times Square Wishing WallA view of the annual Wishing Wall in Times Square, NYC
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Share your hopes and dreams for 2019 at the Wishing Wall in Times Square, December 1 through 29.

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Sure, everybody knows about New Year’s Eve in Times Square: The enthusiastic crowd, the iconic ball drop, and the tons of confetti. But this week’s travel news is all about some cool NYC New Year’s events you may not yet know about. As Frank Sinatra sang, “Start spreading the news…”

SHARE YOUR WISHES FOR 2019

Visit Times Square Plaza’s Wishing Wall from December 1 through 29 to share your aspirations and hopes for 2019. All wishes will be turned into confetti to be dropped at midnight in New Year’s Eve. (Even if you can’t make it to NYC, you can participate by posting your wishes on Twitter or Instagram and tagging them #ConfettiWish.)

NAB AN INSTAGRAMMABLE PHOTO OPP

The numbers 1 and 9, each 7 feet tall, will be delivered to Times Square on December 13, allowing photographers to snap shots in the area’s various plazas through December 22.

LITERALLY SHRED THE OLD YEAR

December 28 is Good Riddance Day. Hit Times Square at noon and bring your bad memories of 2018 on paper to be eliminated by the document-shredding company Shred-it.

SEE THE WORLD’S COOLEST MODEL TRAIN SHOW

For a delightful family-friendly New Year’s Eve activity, New York Botanical Garden’s annual Holiday Train Show, in the Bronx, takes the idea of toy trains to an incredibly creative extreme. Classic model trains chug along tracks set up throughout the NYBG’s beautiful greenhouses past a hand-crafted panoramic display of NYC’s landmarks (skyscrapers, train stations, museums, and more) made entirely out of plant parts - leaves, roots, bark, stems, and even mushrooms.

JUMP INTO THE OCEAN

The Coney Island Polar Bear Club’s annual New Year’s Day Plunge is free (but you have to pre-register at polar bear club.org). Be there at 1 pm, at the Stillwell Avenue boardwalk entrance, and be prepared to kick off 2019 with a frigid dip in the Atlantic that Budget Travel Senior Editor Liza Weisstuch enthusiastically participates in each year. Afterward, plungers will get free admission to the nearby New York Aquarium.

To learn more about holiday celebrations across New York City, visit nycgo.com.

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