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Where to watch New Year's Eve online for free: Here at PolicyMic!

A lot of people try to make it to New York City to watch the ball drop in person, but that’s impractical for virtually everyone who can’t afford to drop a lot of money traveling, lodging, eating and drinking in the metro area. If you don’t have access to a TV, you can still watch the ball drop online for free – we have it embedded right here on this very page (though it won't be running live footage until Monday). But here are some other options: 

  • On the Times Square website, you can watch the stream we have embedded above. Watch for updates to that page as we get closer to the 31st.
  • ABC will be streaming Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rocking Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013 on their website beginning at 8:00 PM EST on Monday as well.

The Ball Drop will be televised on ABC and NBC. Beginning in 2009, the organizers of the event – Times Square Alliance – began producing their own live stream of the event hosted by Livestream, which also features viewer contributions submitted via social media.

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New Years Events 2013: Best New Year's Eve Parties and Events

With the end of a year comes some of the craziest events you can imagine – from New York to Miami to Los Angeles and everywhere in between, people are going to be partying like Andrew W.K. at, well, any party.

If you can get to Times Square, festivities start at 6:00 PM and go until 12:15 AM. Performers will include Train, Neon Trees, Carlie Rae Jepson, Taylor Swift, and Psy of Gangnam style. Sorry folks, no booze allowed – and there will be no licensed food or beverage vendors onsite. The NYPD will confiscate your drinks, and while enforcement is likely to be somewhat lax, you’ll run the risk of a $25 fine or if you’re really unlucky, arrest for public drunkenness. Those with smarts or money should suck it up and wait in line for any of the hundreds of restaurants or bars in and around Times Square, reservations in advance practically mandatory.

Those coming from south of Times Square can enter at 37th St and 7th Ave or Broadway, or 38th St at 8th or 6th Ave. Coming from north of 43rd St, access is granted through 49th, 52nd, 58th and 59th at 6th and 8th Ave, 54th and 6th Ave, 55th and 8th Ave, 57th and 7th Ave or Broadway.

On the 65th floor at Rockefeller Center, the Rainbow Room used to offer one of the city’s best New Year’s Eve parties in Midtown before shutting down last year. Good – and equally fancy – alternatives include the sure-to-be-ridiculous Dream Downtown New Years hosted by rapper NAS, a four-hour Affairs Afloat yacht cruise on the Hudson River, five hours of open bar at TAO, and a virtually unlimited number of club shows and warehouse raves. Check out some other alternatives, such as Sanctuary Hotel’s Haven Rooftop and the Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise here.

If you’re stuck in Florida, you can always retreat to Miami Beach’s $100,000 party at the Opium Club. For that price tag, you get 50 guest passes, 50 bottles of bubbly, 10 handles of vodka and tequila each, 5 bottles of Hennessy, and the honor of being able to tell friends you had to leave a $20,000 tip.

In Los Angeles, Avalon is hosting a massive event with Markus Schulz, or if you want to spring for something pricier, you can get a Hollywood VIP New Year’s Eve 2013 ticket which will get you in the VIP entrance at 4 to 8 nightclubs.

Going out is pricey, so you might want to stay at home. Hosting a party and don’t know what to cook? CNN brings us a list of the top ten New Year’s Eve foods from across the globe, including such delicacies as the South’s Hoppin’ John (pork-flavored field or black-eyed peas and rice, served with collards and cornbread), Mexican tamales (corn dough stuffed with meat, cheese, or other tasty treats served in a corn husk), the Netherland’s Oliebollen (fried oil balls), and Polish pickled herring (exactly what it sounds like).

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New Years Countdown LIVE : Event Schedule on New Year's Eve

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New Year’s Eve 2013 is only three days away, and there are plenty of festivities to plan around.

The major attraction will be countdown to the famous ball drop in Times Square, which attracts crowds of over one million viewers and is watched annually by over one billion people. (You read that right!) The ball will be raised at 6 PM, and the countdown to the drop will begin at... well, you already know that part.

Those willing to brave the terrible cold, bumper-to-bumper traffic, and insufferable tourists to watch the drop in person will have to contend with movement restrictions and blocked-off entrances. Those coming from south of Times Square can enter at 37th St and 7th Ave or Broadway, or 38th St at 8th or 6th Ave. Coming from north of 43rd St, access is granted through 49th, 52nd, 58th and 59th at 6th and 8th Ave, 54th and 6th Ave, 55th and 8th Ave, 57th and 7th Ave or Broadway. If that gets confusing - and it WILL - bug a cop. There will be more of them than you have ever seen in your life.

Performers in Times Square will include Train, Neon Trees, Carlie Rae Jepsen, Taylor Swift, and Psy of “Gangnam Style,” with the most prominent coverage coming from the dueling titans of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest (broadcast 10 PM to 2:05 AM on ABC from Times Square) and New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly (10 PM to 12:30 AM on NBC from Times Square, with musical performances being aired from Rockefeller Plaza).

Can’t watch it on TV? The 2013 Times Square Ball App is available for download for iOS via iTunes and Android via Google Play. No matter which platform you choose, both offer a live 6-hour stream of the celebrations with no commercial coverage – classy.

TimesSquareNYC.org will be offering a web cast of the ball drop from 6 PM EST until 12:15 AM, after which you'll presumably have to find another way of watching the ongoing coverage.

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