Hey New York City. We don't know if you actually plan to spend New Year's Eve in Times Square or what, but if you do, we've got to update you on the schedule.
Actually, even if you don't plan to spend New Year's Eve in Times Square, odds are you'll probably watch the ball drop on TV. We mean, it's just the highest profile New Year's Eve event in the country, that's all.
The performance schedule has been officially posted on Times Square's website, and we've got the scoop.
If you do plan on rocking out in Times Square on New Year's Eve, and you want to snag a spot where you can actually sight all the action, we'd suggest showing up by at least 3 p.m. That's the official time the Bow Tie is fully closed to traffic.
Yeah, the Bow Tie is the name for the areas between 42nd to 47th Streets between Broadway and 7th Avenue where this madness will all go down.
Pay attention, because things are about to get really precise.
From 6 p.m. to 6:03 p.m., the ball will be lit and raised. From 6:04 p.m. to 6:07 p.m. Allison Hagendorf will introduce Maggie Rull at the Webcast Stage between 44th and 45th Streets.
At 6:07 p.m. to 6:21 p.m. the SAFA Chinese Cultural Performance will go down. At 6:25 p.m., the Times Square Alliance will distribute hats, balloons, and scarves-- tens of thousands of them-- to the Times Square attendees.
From 6:53 p.m. to 6:56 p.m. will be the Good Riddance Day highlights - you'll get a chance to see what baggage (physical and metaphorical) New Yorkers discarded for a healthier start to 2016.
And from 6:58 p.m. to 7 p.m., Anderson Cooper will count down to 7 p.m. Why? We're not really sure.
The USO Troupe Performance to honor our Armed Forces will be from 7:05 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Jenny McCarthy will lead revelers in a "Judgement Free" moment from 7:23 p.m. to 7:28 p.m.
Here's where it starts to get really good.
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Daya will perform from 8:05 p.m. to 8:20 p.m. Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth will perform from 8:26 p.m. to 8:31 p.m., and Jimmy Knowles will host the Planet Fitness Dance-Off from 8:42 p.m. to 8:46 p.m.
At 8:47 p.m., lasting all the way until 8:50 p.m., Bill Nye will delivery his Happy New Year Message.
Jessie J will perform from 9:11 p.m. to 9:26 p.m., and the first couple to be married in 2016 will be announced by George Zimmer from 9:48 p.m. to 9:51 p.m. Then, George Zimmer will marry them from 10:15 p.m. to 10:20 p.m.
Luke Bryan will perform from 10:37 p.m. to 10:44 p.m. and Carrie Underwood will perform from 11:38 p.m. to 11:45 p.m.
Then, Jessie J will perform from 11:51 p.m. to 11:58 p.m. She's singing Imagine by John Lennon, so it'll probably be pretty magical.
At 11:59 p.m. the ball will be lowered, and Mayor Bill de Blasio will countdown to 2016.
If you ask us, this schedule looks pretty cool, even if we are slightly bummed that Taylor Swift won't show face this year.
And if you want our advice about partying in Times Square, arrive early, dress warmly, pack snacks, and scope out public bathroom well in advance.
Also, don't attend Olive Garden's New Year's Eve bash. Just. Don't.[via Times Square Alliance]