If you've never lived in New York City, you may be surprised to hear that Times Square is the last place on earth that most New Yorkers want to ring in the New Year. For my New Yorkers in the house, you know what I'm talking about. The only way to enjoy New Year's Eve in Times Square is to party VIP style, often meaning $200 or more per ticket. Since I am morally opposed to overpriced festivities, I was pretty psyched when Nivea invited me to their New Years Eve party at the Hard Rock Cafe. If you hadn't noticed, Nivea is one of the leading sponsors of New Years Eve. From Mario Lopez and his wife Courtney hosting on the Nivea Kiss Stage, the lip balm that is passed out to the huddled masses in Times Square for that midnight kiss, and those huge blue top hats? Nivea blue.
To experience midnight in Times Square, video footage best sums up the energy and excitement of a countdown that includes fireworks and a deluge of confetti, NYPD officers asking for a photo, and the after show inside the Hard Rock with Carly Rae Jepsen and Train. Oh and for all who have yet to spend New Years Eve in Times Square... it is definitely worth doing at least once in your lifetime. Happy 2013!