A beloved tradition since 1933, the tree lighting is the start of Christmas in New York. The selected tree is erected during November, at which time 30,000 LED lights are strung for the big event. In early December, thousands of people fill the plaza beginning at noon to enjoy musical performances and the exciting moment that the gorgeous tree is illuminated.

The biggest party in the world is held each year at Times Square as over a million local and international revelers gather at the Crossroads of the World. Entertained by amplified music, live performances, party hats and favors, the huge crowd celebrates for hours before the illuminated Waterford Crystal ball begins its descent at 11:59. At the stroke of midnight, tons of confetti pour over the assembled group as the New Year begins.

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