As the final hours of 2023 tick away, New York City transforms into a kaleidoscope of light, laughter, and joyous anticipation.
Amidst the electrifying crowds in Times Square and the elegant celebrations across the city, a unique and mesmerizing experience awaits at Summit One Vanderbilt.
Summit One Vanderbilt offers an exclusive vantage point to view the fireworks and ball drop at Times Square, all 1000 feet in the air.
This article provides all you need about New Year’s Eve celebrations at Summit One Vanderbilt.
Why Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Summit One Vanderbilt
Standing 1,401 feet tall on the corner of 42nd Street and Vanderbilt Avenue, Summit One Vanderbilt is the fourth tallest building in New York City.
The observation decks at Summit One Vanderbilt are the tallest in the city.
The glass observation deck with transparent floor panels provides jaw-dropping 360-degree views stretching 80 miles into the distance across NYC.
Spending New Year’s Eve at the Summit gives visitors a front-row seat to the dazzling fireworks displays above the iconic skyscrapers and landmarks.
Just 0.5 miles from Times Square, Summit One Vanderbilt is the best place to watch the ball drop without the crowds and winter air.
From here, you can watch the skies light up in vibrant colors with unobstructed views offered at the open-air terraces.
Guests can enjoy gourmet bites and specialty cocktails at the glass-enclosed cocktail bar while being entertained by a live DJ playing the year’s biggest hits.
The Summit’s all-inclusive ticket also gives access to immersive art exhibits and thrilling activities like stepping out onto the outdoor ledge from the 100th floor.
With crowd control protocols in place, the Summit offers a more exclusive and intimate atmosphere than overflowing Times Square to celebrate the start of 2024.
Summit One Vanderbilt New Year’s Eve Celebration Ticket
The Summit One Vanderbilt offers an all-inclusive New Year’s Eve ticket with access from 10 pm on December 31st to 2 am on January 1st, 2024.
This ticket provides full access to the three floors of Summit One Vanderbilt and its artistic exhibits.
You can also enjoy drinks, DJ and more during this New Year’s Eve event.
Priced at $5475 per person, a limited number of tickets are available for the iconic New Year’s Eve experience 93 floors above Manhattan.
Guests must be 21 and over to consume alcohol and enter the event. Attire is cocktail or semi-formal.
The Summit One Vanderbilt New Year’s Eve ticket includes:
- Access to Summit Observation level (Floors 91-93)
- Outdoor Terraces on 91st and 92nd Floor
- Multisensory art exhibits
- Air Experience ledge walk
- Infinity Climb exterior mountain climb
- Live DJ Entertainment
- Premium open bar and tray passed gourmet bites
What To Expect At Summit One Vanderbilt
Upon arriving at Summit One Vanderbilt, guests will directly take dedicated elevators from the lobby to the 91st-floor observatory level.
Personal lockers are provided to store any bags or coats securely.
Visitors can walk around the entire floor to take in NYC’s world-famous skyline from every angle at the indoor and outdoor viewing spaces.
Ascend two floors to check out the transparent glass ledge from the building with stomach-churning views straight down to the pavement below.
Part of the ticket price also includes access to the immersive artistic exhibits created by Kenzo Digital on floors 91 and 92.
The mirrored rooms play with depth perception while the interactive shards reflect kaleidoscopic light shows set to music.
Grab a drink from one of the bars and relax in the luxurious seating areas as the DJ spins the hottest tracks.
Count down to 2024 as you watch the incredible fireworks displays across all five boroughs in panoramic views from the open-air terraces.
New Year’s Eve Celebration Timings
The Summit One Vanderbilt New Year’s Eve event starts on December 31st at 10 pm, with the last elevator taking visitors down at 2 am on January 1st.
Doors are open till 10.30 pm to allow enough time to check coats and bags before heading up to Summit Observation for the festivities.
A live DJ will be playing music videos and billboard hits all night as patrons revel on the dancefloor with spectacular views.
15 minutes till midnight, sparkling wine will be passed around for celebratory toasts to 2023.
At the stroke of midnight, “Auld Lang Syne” rings out across the terraces as dazzling fireworks blanket the Manhattan sky.
Views from Summit One Vanderbilt on New Year’s Eve
Perched 1,401 feet high in midtown Manhattan’s concrete jungle, Summit One Vanderbilt offers unmatched 360° views from the East River to the Hudson.
The open-air outdoor terraces on the 93rd floor provide uninterrupted aerial light shows bursting above New York’s standout landmarks on New Year’s Eve.
Towards the south, you can see Wall Street and the Financial District flashing with red, green and gold fireworks reflecting off the East River’s dark waters.
From here, you can also enjoy the Empire State Building’s world-famous light show.
Down to 42nd Street, you can see Times Square, where over one million people gather to watch the ball drop.
Though small in size compared to the scale of buildings, the bright neon billboards and confetti-lit streets are a signature sight.
Along with these sights, you can see the Chrysler Building light show, Central Park, the Hudson River and fireworks from around the city.
Other Things To Do in New York on New Year’s Eve
Apart from Summit One Vanderbilt, here are some other things to do in New Year on New Year’s Eve:
Times Square Ball Drop
The most iconic New Year’s event is joining over one million revelers packed into Times Square waiting hours to watch the famous Waterford crystal ball drop mid-night.
Live entertainment starts hours earlier, with star-studded performances broadcast to over one billion viewers.
Arrive early to find a good spot with clear views of the bright LED screens and glittering ball.
Skate at Rockefeller Center
Glide across The Rink at Rockefeller Center as dazzling lights from the Rockefeller Christmas tree dance over the ice.
Special New Year’s Eve sessions run with party hats and noise makers to celebrate the final hours.
Dine and Dance on a Yacht
Take sweeping city views and dance the night away onboard a private luxury yacht sailing around Manhattan.
Several dinner cruises with live entertainment, from jazz trios to DJs, take you past landmarks like the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge.
At midnight, you can watch fireworks burst across the night sky from the middle of the waterway with a champagne toast.
Laugh your way into the new year with some of the country’s hottest stand-up comics headlining back-to-back performances at New York’s best comedy clubs.
Caroline’s on Broadway hosts TV favorites like Gilbert Gottfried for their New Year’s Eve Spectacular, while Gotham Comedy Club has non-stop lineups still to be announced.
Several venues offer specialty cocktails and champagne toasts at midnight, but two drink minimums are common.
Prospect Park Fireworks
Skip the Times Square crowds and head to Prospect Park’s Long Meadow, where over 10,000 locals gather on New Year’s Eve to watch dazzling synchronized fireworks.
Live bands perform on outdoor stages, with food trucks serving tasty snacks to the primarily family-friendly audience with portions of the park blocked to cars.
Dress up and celebrate New Year’s Eve 2023 at one of the city’s best nightclubs, like Marquee New York’s massive gala with world-famous EDM DJs Alesso and Mustard.
1Oak and Tao Downtown dish out lavish decor, celeb sightings and pulsing beats across mirrored dance floors and velvet booths.
Stargazing at the Edge Observatory
The city’s highest outdoor observation deck at Hudson Yards offers exclusive New Year’s Eve stargazing sessions.
Special telescopes provided by the Amateur Astronomers Association are set up 1,100 feet above the Hudson River.
Expert astronomers reveal celestial highlights visible in the night sky and answer questions.
Tickets include a champagne toast and light bites as visitors take sweeping 360-degree views of Manhattan over the Hudson.