New York City’s destination marketing organisation, NYC & Company, invites New Yorkers and visitors from around the world to ring in 2017 as New York City becomes host to the premier New Year’s Eve celebrations, with festive ways to welcome the New Year across all five boroughs, including the iconic ball drop in Times Square.“Every year, millions of visitors and local residents experience the unique energy, diversity and excitement of New York as the city rings in a New Year,” said Fred Dixon, NYC & Company president and CEO. “With special hotel offerings, unique cultural celebrations around the City and fantastic dining options overlooking the Times Square ball drop, we encourage everyone to plan an unforgettable New Year’s Eve weekend getaway to New York City.”Over 175 million television viewers in the United States and more than one billion people worldwide are expected to join the estimated one million revellers in New York City to watch the 110-year-old tradition of the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop. A 12-foot-diameter geodesic sphere covered in 2,688 Waterford crystals, the ball weighs 11,875 pounds and is powered by 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LED lights, capable of creating a palette of more than 16 million vibrant colors. At 11:59pm, the ball begins its descent atop One Times Square as millions of people count down the final seconds of the year and celebrate the beginning of a new year.Some of the Must-see New Year’s Eve events taking place in Times Square include:• Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest• New Year’s Eve Wishing Wall• Madame Tussauds New York• Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square• Good Riddance DayVisitors looking to dance and dine the night away would also find several restaurants and venues with New Year’s Eve offerings around Times Square.