How To Watch New Year's Ball Drop For Free Online [VIDEO]

There are numerous ways to watch the Ball drop on New Year's Eve, but here's the best way to watch all the action for free.

ABC, NBC and Fox are all ringing in the new year with big, splashy concerts, but if you can't access these channels and want to watch the Ball drop in Times Square, there is an option for you. is hosting its own New Year's Eve special starting at 6:30 p.m. ET. The special is hosted by presenter Allison Hagendorf and Mean Girls star Jonathan Bennett live in Times Square. Performers this year include Rachel Platten, Gavin DeGraw and Silento. You'll be able to watch all the action at 6:30 p.m. ET all the way through midnight, as New York City rings in the new year.

You can watch all the action below:

If you want to watch the Ball drop in New York itself, the Times Square website has provided a slew of helpful information. The website states: "The earlier you arrive, the better your view and the closer you will be to the action. The sound system is set up in the Bowtie area (where Broadway and Seventh Avenue cross), and the video screens on One Times Square (where the Ball is lowered) are easily visible. There are additional screens set up throughout the event."

The New Year's Eve Ball will be raised to the top of the pole at about 6 p.m. ET. The Ball will then drop at 11:59 p.m. ET, for 60 seconds.

To live tweet and follow along with others watching the Ball drop in New York City, use hashtag #balldrop on Twitter.

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