Times Square on New Year's Eve.
Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Courtesy of Ronald Ji/Tiger Party

After the highs and lows of 2021, it’s almost time to celebrate the start of the new year. Though the path forward remains uncertain, New York City continues to survive in the face of adversity. Over the past year, the city has come alive once again, slowly regaining the spirit and liveliness that defined it before the pandemic. As we head into 2022, here are some suggestions for fun New Year’s Eve events to close out the year in style.

1. Good Riddance Day at Times Square

A man smashes a laptop in Times Square for Good Riddance Day
Good Riddance Day in 2019. Photo by Hannah Lee. Courtesy of the Times Square Alliance.

In the lead-up to the new year, celebrate the departure of unwanted memories on Good Riddance Day in Times Square. Hosted by the Times Square Alliance, the event is inspired by a Latin American tradition in which New Year’s revelers stuff dolls with objects representing bad memories before setting them on fire. 

On December 28, visitors to Times Square for Good Riddance Day will have the opportunity to toss, shred, and smash the unpleasant. embarrassing, and unwanted memories they have amassed over the past year — symbolically creating a clean slate for 2022. To do so, the company Shred-It will host a mobile shredding truck at the Times Square Plaza on Broadway between 45th and 46th Streets.