New Year's Eve and New Year's Day Events in New York City

New Year's Eve and New Year's Day Events in New York City

Ring in the new year in NYC!

Find the top things to do this month with kids in the NYC area in our Calendar of Events

Ring in 2019 with activities for the whole family to enjoy. Whether your children will be staying up to midnight on New Year's Eve or you want to celebrate earlier in the day, there's fun for everyone in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn. Check out our guides for New Year's in Long Island, and Westchester and Rockland counties.

New Year's Events in Manhattan

New Year’s Eve Ball Drop & Dance Party
WHEN: Monday, Dec. 31 , 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm
WHERE: Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side
WHAT: Join for a kid-friendly countdown party to the New Year!
WANT TO GO? $14; $11 seniors and visitors with disabilities; free for children younger than 1. 212-721-1223.

'Come Calling' on New Year's Day
WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2-5pm
WHERE: Merchant's House Museum, 29 E. 4th St., East Village
WHAT: Join for tours of the house, 19th century readings about New Year’s Day celebrations, and hot cider and cookies.
WANT TO GO? $20; free for MHM Members. 212-777-1089.

New Years Confetti Cupcakes Workshop (Ages 2-5 w/ Caregiver)
WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 1, 1:30pm-2:30pm
WHERE: Taste Buds, 109 W. 27th St., Chelsea
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Let's celebrate the New Year with cupcakes!
WANT TO GO? $45. 212-242-2248.

FREE Luminaries
WHEN: Jan. 1-4, Wishing: 10am-8pm; Light Shows: 8am-10pm
WHERE: Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey St., Financial District
WHAT: The interactive exhibit features three Wishing Stations that allow visitors to send a touch-activated wish to the canopy of lanterns above, activating a magical display of lights and colors.

Making Magic
WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2-4pm
WHERE: DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park W., Upper West Side
WHAT: Try your hand at wand making, potion brewing, deciphering ciphers, and make your own Hogwarts house badge!
WANT TO GO? $21; $16 seniors/educators/active military; $13 students; $6 children ages 5-13; free for children younger than 4. 212-873-3400.

FREE January Storytime
WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 1, 10:30am
WHERE: Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 421 E. 61st St., Upper East Side
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Visit the museum to listen to stories about tea and have a pretend tea party.
WANT TO GO? 212-838-6878.


New Year's Events in Queens

Winter Recess Family Drop-In Activities
WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 1, 11am-4pm
WHERE: Museum of the Moving Image , 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Take a break from the holidays with MoMI's Winter Recess drop-in activities. Activities include art making and animation around winter-themed special effects, puppet-making, and more.
WANT TO GO? $15; $11 seniors and students with ID; $7 children ages 3–17. 718-429-2579.

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Laughin' Rockin' New Year's Eve 2018
WHEN: Monday, Dec. 31 , 6pm
WHERE: Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: Enjoy the music and stories of Sinatra and Bennet, played by the great sidemen of the era, plus top notch comedians.
WANT TO GO? See website. 516-323-4444.

Behind the Screen
WHEN: Jan. 1- Dec. 31 , Wednesday-Thursday, 10:30am-2pm; Fridays, 10:30am-8pm; Saturday-Sunday, 11:30am-7pm
WHERE: Museum of the Moving Image, 35-01 35th Ave., Astoria
WHAT: This is a one-of-a-kind experience that immerses visitors in the creative and technical process of producing, promoting, and presenting digital entertainment.
WANT TO GO? $15; $11 seniors; $7 children ages 3-17; free for children younger than 3. 718-777-6888.


New Year's Events in Brooklyn

FREE New Year's Eve Fireworks in Prospect Park
WHEN: Monday, Dec. 31 , 10:30pm-12:30am
WHERE: Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park West and Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Heights
WHAT: This event includes live entertainment, followed by fireworks at the stroke of midnight.
WANT TO GO? 718-965-8945.

New Year's Eve (Day) Party!
WHEN: Monday, Dec. 31 , 1-3pm
WHERE: Staten Island Children's Museum , 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Welcome 2019 with games, crafts, refreshments, a performance by Music with Patrick, and a balloon drop finale!
WANT TO GO? $8. 718-273-2060.

FREE Story Time and Yoga Workshop
WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 1, 11:30am
WHERE: Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton St., Fort Greene
WHAT: This special event features yoga teachers reading yoga-themed books and an activity where young yogis will learn kid-friendly yoga poses.
WANT TO GO? 718-246-0200.

Coney Island Circus Sideshow - New Year's Day
WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2-6pm
WHERE: Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave., Coney Island
WHAT: The World Famous Coney Island Circus Sideshow will perform on New Year's Day (right after the Polar Bear Swim) at Sideshows By The Seashore!
WANT TO GO? $10; $5 for children younger than 12. 718-372-5159.

FREE New Year's Day Hike: Prospect Park
WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 1, 11am-12:30pm
WHERE: Prospect Park, 101 East Drive, Brooklyn
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: This hiking program features intensity levels ranging from light to moderate to vigorous. Our light hikes feature a leisurely stroll on mostly paved paths.
WANT TO GO? 718-421-2021.

RELATED: Check out our guide to indoor activities for more to do.

Main image: A past New Year's craft event at Wave Hill. 
Courtesy Wave Hill