Mariah Carey to become Airbnb host for New Years Eve in Times Square in New York

Mariah Carey will be back in Times Square in New York for New Years Eve, but this time as an Airbnb host.

The singer, who has performed in Times Square in previous years on December 31, will personally (virtually) host lucky guests who will call this world-famous venue home for a night in a transparent dome.

This year, Times Square celebrations are reduced due to Covid-19. There will be a performance of Gloria gaynor and TV personality Jonathan Bennett will be there to animate the proceedings, but there will be no audience.

Airbnb installed this dome on the terrace of the Nasdaq for New Years Eve – and guests will be personally greeted by Mariah Carey

Two lucky guests will be able to ring in the New Year while enjoying panoramic views of the New Year's Eve ball and confetti celebrations

Two lucky guests will be able to ring in the New Year while enjoying panoramic views of the New Year’s Eve ball and confetti celebrations

Mariah Carey has performed in Times Square on New Years Eve in previous years

Mariah Carey has performed in Times Square on New Years Eve in previous years

The dome will offer guests spectacular views

The dome will offer guests spectacular views

However, Airbnb has implemented a groovy geodesic dome, with a huge bed, on the high terrace of the Nasdaq stock index. Here, two lucky guests will be able to ring in the New Year while enjoying panoramic views of the New Years Ball and the confetti celebrations, after chatting earlier with host Mariah.

But it is far from everything.

Airbnb guests will have access to an indoor lounge adorned with local artwork by Jason Douglas Griffin. There, they can enjoy a dinner prepared by a private chef and watch the celebrations erupt around the world.

And if sleeping outside isn’t appealing, there’s a comfy double bed inside for snuggling up.

Extras also include $ 5,000 in shopping credit to be used along New York’s famous 5th Avenue or at local Times Square stores prior to stay, a chest full of glittering New Years Eve hats, 2021 glasses and horns for the countdown to midnight and a piece of sparkling crystal with this Waterford Crystal Times Square New Years Eve ball design of the year as a keepsake to take home.

Airbnb said, “With the Times Square celebrations going virtual this year, guests will have a truly unique experience at the traditional confetti celebrations, just below the ball.

“Life in New York City in 2020 has been defined by the resilience and sacrifice made by frontline workers – and people around the world have been inspired by the bravery and contributions of these everyday heroes.

“To honor those who have given their all to protect New Yorkers during the Covid-19 crisis, Airbnb will be making a contribution to an organization serving New York’s frontline workers and their families.”

Any New York City resident who wants an unforgettable night out for just $ 21 (£ 16) can request to book this overnight stay starting Monday, December 21 at 9 a.m. EST on airbnb.com/happyholidays.

How the Dome Experience hosted by Mariah Carey appears on the Airbnb site

How the Dome Experience hosted by Mariah Carey appears on the Airbnb site

Airbnb said:

Airbnb said: “With the Times Square celebrations going virtual this year, guests will have a truly unique experience at the traditional confetti celebrations, just below the ball.”

Airbnb guests will have access to an indoor lounge (pictured) adorned with local artwork by Jason Douglas Griffin

Airbnb guests will have access to an indoor lounge (pictured) adorned with local artwork by Jason Douglas Griffin

If sleeping outside is not appealing, there is a comfortable double bed inside for snuggling up (pictured)

If sleeping outside is not appealing, there is a comfortable double bed inside for snuggling up (pictured)

Guests can enjoy a dinner prepared by a private chef and watch celebrations erupt around the world

Guests can enjoy a dinner prepared by a private chef and watch celebrations erupt around the world

Airbnb added, “Interested customers should note that registration rules are in strict accordance with local Covid-19 guidelines, and those applying to book must prove their residence in New York City and currently live in the same household.

“To ensure a clean and fresh new start until 2021, all interior spaces will be cleaned prior to your arrival in accordance with CDC rules and in accordance with Airbnb’s Covid-19 Security Practices, which include wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and following our enhanced five-step cleansing process.

“The Nasdaq and Airbnb recognize that the Covid-19 pandemic has had an impact on how people plan their future activities and closely monitor guidelines from local government and health officials.”

Extras include $ 5,000 shopping credit to be used along New York's famous 5th Avenue or at local Times Square stores prior to stay

Extras include $ 5,000 shopping credit to be used along New York’s famous 5th Avenue or at local Times Square stores prior to stay

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