Providence plans New Year’s Eve bash featuring local ball drop


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Islanders don’t have to travel to New York City on New Year’s Eve to see the ball drop at midnight.

The city of Providence now has its very own LED ball for those who want to ring in the new year locally.

The four-foot wide ball will drop approximately 50 feet at Waterplace Park and is part of the city’s “One Providence New Year’s Eve celebration.”

During an announcement of New Year’s Eve plans at Skyline at Waterplace Thursday, CEO Michael Mota said he wanted to make this year’s celebration special by having their own ball drop, similar to celebrations that takes place in Time Square. 

Last year, there was a laser light display of a ball drop on the iconic Superman building. But this year, Mota is hoping the ball drop will attract more people to the free event on Monday night. 

Weather is also looking to be much warmer than last year’s below freezing temperatures, which Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza said should also attract more people to the capital city. 

“We had a very successful night last year and it was negative 10 degrees,” Elorza said. “I was out here and it was brutally cold. If it’s 40 degrees warmer this year, I expect it to be even more successful.”  

This is the second consecutive year that Skyline won a $14,000 bid from the city to host the outdoor New Year’s Eve celebration.

Mota said there will also be a black-tie ticketed event inside the Skyline for those looking for a more upscale option.

The ball is expected to arrive and be set up this weekend.

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