New Year’s Eve 2021 is upon us, but the Omicron variant has led to many states and territories canceling their fireworks and events. Luckily, plenty of TV channels are airing their own New Year’s specials that can allow you to celebrate from home.
The biggest New Year’s Eve TV specials this year are on ABC, NBC and CBS (Fox canceled their December 31 special earlier in the month).
ABC is airing the Rockin’ Eve celebration, with Ryan Seacrest hosting live from Times Square and Ciara, Billy Porter and Roselyn Sanchez reporting live from various states and Puerto Rico. CBS, meanwhile, is airing Nashville’s Big Bash, featuring 50-plus performances from country legends live from Tennessee. NBC, meanwhile, has tapped Miley Cyrus and Pete Davidson for their special.
Read on for more info of those New Year’s Eve specials and every other TV event you can watch this December 31.
All the specials airing on New Year’s Eve 2021
All times ET
Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest
ABC, 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.
The ABC special is celebrating its 50th anniversary by expanding into Puerto Rico for the first time. Ryan Seacrest and Liza Koshy host from Times Square for that all important ball drop, while Ciara is in Los Angeles, Billy Porter in New Orleans, and Roselyn Sánchez is in San Juan. Jessie James Decker presents the Powerball, while AJR & Daisy the Great, Avril Lavigne & Travis Barker, Big Boi, Chlöe, Daddy Yankee, Don Omar & Nia Garcia, French Montana, Journey, Karol G, Mae Muller, Måneskin, Masked Wolf, OneRepublic, Polo G and Walker Hayes perform.
New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash
CBS, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
CBS is going country for its NYE 2021 special, with a line-up of country stars performing across the evening. Nashville even has its own ball drop in the form of the Music Note Drop. Bobby Bones and Rachel Smith are hosting, and the special is offering performances from Blake Shelton, Breland, Brooks & Dunn, Carly Pearce, Chris Janson, Cole Swindell, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Gabby Barrett, Ingrid Andress, Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen , Jon Pardi, Kelsea Ballerini, King Calaway, Lady A, Lainey Wilson, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Riley Green, Sam Hunt and the Zac Brown Band.
Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party
NBC, 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Lorne Michaels is getting into the New Year’s Eve special game for 2021, with Miley Cyrus and Pete Davidson presenting a line-up from Miami that includes 24kGoldn, Anitta, Billie Joe Armstrong, Brandi Carlile, Jack Harlow, Kitty Ca$h and Saweetie. Cyrus herself will also take to the stage for her her last performance of 2021.
CNN’s New Year’s Eve Live
CNN, 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Best friends Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen reunite for their fifth new year. The pair will be in Times Square while Don Lemon, Alisyn Camerota, and Dulce Sloan host from New Orleans. Katy Performs live from her Ella Vegas Residency, alongside other performances by Amanda Gorman, Cheri Oteri, David Arquette, Duran Duran, Earth, Wind & Fire, Leslie Jordan, Patti LaBelle, Patti LuPone and William Shatner.
All-American New Year
Fox News, 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Fox is promising a grab bag of musical performances, appearances from Fox News hosts, comedy, line-dancing and a scavenger hunt (!) Pete Hegseth, Rachel Campos-Duffy, and Will Cain host from Nashville. Ainsley Earhardt, Dan Bongino, Emily Compagno, Griff Jenkins, the Gutfeld! team Jeanine Pirro, Jimmy Faila and Lawrence Jones are set to appear, while Eddie Montgomery, John Elefante, John Rich, Ken Block & Drew Copeland, Lindsey Ell, and Sixwire perform.
United in Song: Celebrating the American Dream
PBS, 10:30 p.m. to midnight
Pre-recorded from Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, Chita Rivera presents a night of performances by Amber Merritt, The American Pops Orchestra, Brandee Younger, Cassadee Pope, David Archuleta, Deborah Cox, Delbert Anderson, Drew Gehling, Jencarlos Canela, Judy Collins, Lea Salonga , Midori, Paulo Szot and Pepe Romero.
Natalia Jimenez, Mexico of my Heart, Volume II and Happy 2022 with El Gordo and La Flaca
Univision, 10 pm to 11 pm / 11 pm to 12:05 am
Spanish-language households get two specials on New Year’s Eve. The first is a concert in Guanajuato that sees Jimenez celebrating Mexico, with performances by Ana Barbara, Banda MS, Joss Favela, and Gerardo Ortiz. Following that, Lili Estefan and Raúl de Molina take over with a show that takes us to Miami, New York City, Los Angeles and Mexico in little over an hour. Tanya Charry, Chiquis, Larry Hernandez, Gelena Solano, Elizabeth Curiel, Julian Gil, Livia Brito and Jose Ron host segments from across the US and Mexico, while Farruko, Yotuel and Beatriz Luengo, Chiquis and Elvis Crespo will be performing.