|People celebrate New Year's with parties and fireworks|
|New Year's Eve Ball Drop in Times Square|
New York City
A particularly striking aspect of the New Year's Eve festivities is the ball drop in Times Square in Manhattan, New York City. The ball is made of crystal and electric lights and is placed on top of a pole, which is 77 feet, or 23 meters, high.
At one minute before midnight on December 31, the ball is lowered slowly down the pole. It comes to rest at the bottom of the pole at exactlyy midnight. The event is shown on television across the United States and around the world. The event has been held every year since 1907, except during World War II.
Downtown Vancouver's Robson Square (located across from the Vancouver Art Gallery) will play host to a free party from the Province that includes free ice skating at the outdoor ice rink, plus live music, stilt walkers, sorcerers, witches, and a magician's stage show. There will be an early NYE countdown at 8pm, with free glow sticks and noisemakers the for kids. Bright Nights at Stanley Park One of the Top 5 Vancouver Holiday Attractions, Bright Nights transforms the forest around Stanley Park's miniature train into a winter wonderland. Perfect for younger kids, Bright Nights is open until 11pm on New Year's Eve.
Taking place from 6pm - 9pm--with an early NYE countdown at 9pm--this family event at Mount Seymour's Enquist SnowPlay Park includes family tubing and/or tobogganing, free s'mores and apple cider, and free party hats, sparklers, blow horns and party favours for everyone at the 9pm countdown.
The biggest party for families happens in Whistler: First Night is a 100%-alcohol-free party that takes over the entire Whistler Village Square and the Conference Center, with live music, artists, kids activities, comedians, and a 9:30pm New Year's Eve countdown for the younger set. Also: Fireworks!