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Where to Celebrate the New Year in the New York Metro Area

Where to Celebrate the New Year in the New York Metro Area

These events will have you celebrating 2020 in style.


It's time to say goodbye to 2019 with the whole family! Here are events throughout New York to help you ring in 2020 with style at parties, on hikes, with friends, or just with your little ones. 

 

Celebrate New Year's in Manhattan

New Year's Eve Ball Drop & Dance Party
WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm
WHERE: Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side
AGES: All
WHAT: A countdown party to the New Year!
WANT TO GO? Free with museum admission ($15; free for children younger than 1). 212-721-1223. cmom.org.

New Year's Day 2020 Celebration!
WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2-5pm
WHERE: Merchant's House Museum, 29 E. 4th St., East Village
AGES: All
WHAT: Paying social calls on friends and family on New Year’s Day was one of Old New York’s most cherished customs. Guided tours of the house throughout the afternoon, walking tours of the Noho neighborhood, and hot cider and cookies in the cozy 19th-century kitchen.
WANT TO GO? $20 adults; $10 children younger than 13. 212-777-1089. merchantshouse.org.

New Year's Day Confetti Cupcakes Class
WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 1:30-2:30pm
WHERE: Taste Buds Kitchen, 109 W. 27th St., 10th Floor, Chelsea
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Bake confetti cupcakes!
WANT TO GO? $45. 212-242-2248. tastebudskitchen.com.

 

Celebrate New Year's in Brooklyn

Happy Zoo Year
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 28, 10am
WHERE: Prospect Park Zoo, 450 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn
AGES: All
WHAT: Meet animals, enjoy something tasty, and ring in the new year with your friends at the zoo.
WANT TO GO? $30. 800-433-4149. prospectparkzoo.com.

New Year's Eve (Day) Party!
WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 1-3pm
WHERE: Staten Island Children's Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island
AGES: All
WHAT: Welcome 2020 with games, crafts, light refreshments, a balloon-drop finale, and a performance by returning favorite Music with Patrick!
WHY WE LOVE IT: A fun way to celebrate as a family, without missing bedtime!
WANT TO GO? $8; free for members and children younger than 1. 718-273-2060. sichildrensmuseum.org.

FREE Kids Explore: Happy 'Noon Year'
WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 11:15am-12:30pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library–Mill Basin, 2385 Ralph Ave., Near Avenue N, Mill Basin
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Join this Noon Year's Eve celebration, complete with fun party hats, crafts, noisemakers, and your very own countdown at noon!
WANT TO GO? 718-241-3973. bklynlibrary.org.

FREE New Year's Eve Fireworks
WHEN: Dec. 31-Jan. 1, 10:30pm-12:30am
WHERE: Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park West and Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Heights
AGES: All
WHAT: This free event at Grand Army Plaza includes live entertainment followed by fireworks at the stroke of midnight.
WANT TO GO? 718-965-8945. prospectpark.org.

New Year's Day Family Bowl
WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 12-6pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg
AGES: All
WHAT: Bowling begins at 12pm and will be featuring Brooklyn Bowl's brunch menu and kids menu.
WANT TO GO? $25 per lane per half hour; $4.95 shoe rental; up to 8 people per lane. 718-963-3369. brooklynbowl.com.

 

Celebrate New Year's in Queens

FREE Family New Year's Countdown And Celebration
WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 11:15am-12pm
WHERE: Queens Library–Rochdale Village Branch, 169-09 137 Ave., Jamaica
AGES: All
WHAT: Kids of all ages are invited to celebrate 2020. Ring in the new year with a story or two, resolutions, and noisemakers and hats.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Ten seconds to noon there will be a countdown and a balloon drop!
WANT TO GO? 718-723-4440. queenslibrary.org.

Noon Year's Eve Party
WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 10am-12pm
WHERE: My Gym Fresh Meadows, 176-60 Union Turnpike, 3rd Floor, Fresh Meadows
AGES: Newborn to 5
WHAT: Ring in the new year at noon with games, activities, relays, and noise makers! Registration required.
WANT TO GO? $20 per child ($18 members). mygym.com.

FREE New Year's Eve Party!
WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 11am-12pm
WHERE: Flushing Library, 41-17 Main St., Flushing
AGES: 4-10
WHAT: Start the celebration by learning about New Year traditions, playing games and dancing, writing New Year's resolutions, and creating sparkly party hats to wear in the photo booth.
WANT TO GO? 718-661-1200. queenslibrary.org.

 

Celebrate New Year's in Nassau

FREE Ring in the New Year! Party Hat and Popper
WHEN:
 Dec. 28-29, 11am-3pm
WHERE: Lakeshore Learning Store, 2079 Hillside Ave., New Hyde Park
AGES: 2-12
WHAT: Get ready for the New Year with Lakeshore Learning and make a Party Hat & Popper!
WANT TO GO? 516-616-9360. lakeshorelearning.com.

Countdown to 12!
WHEN: Monday, Dec. 30, 12-4pm
WHERE: Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate the arrival of the new year in the tradition of New York’s famous Times Square celebration with a “Roaring 20s” twist. Fun activities, a ball drop (or two) and an extreme dance party will have everyone roaring. (Ball drops take place at noon and 4pm.)
WANT TO GO? $14; $13 ages 65 and older; free for members and children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

FREE First Day Hike New Years Day Seal Walks
WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 1:30-4pm
WHERE: Jones Beach State Park, 1 Ocean Pwky., Field 10, Wantagh
AGES: All
WHAT: Welcome 2020 by taking a stroll along the beach to see winter visitors. Dress for the weather! Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 516-780-3295. parks.ny.gov.

Gospel Skate Night: New Year's Celebration
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 3, 9:30pm
WHERE: United Skates of America, Inc., 1276 Hicksville Road, Seaford
AGES: All
WHAT: A night filled with family, friends, and fellowship every first Friday of the month! Music from “NYC's Blessed Kept Secret,” DJ Tony Tone.
WANT TO GO? $12 includes admission, skate rental, and small order of wings; $8 for non-skating adults. 516-795-7454. unitedskates.com.



New Year's Party
WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 7, 4:30-5pm
WHERE: Mineola Memorial Library, 195 Marcellus Road, Mineola
AGES: 2 and older
WHAT: Miss Vivian will pass out noisemakers, refreshments, and celebrate with a Charlie Brown short film. Registration required.
WHY WE LOVE IT: A family-friendly way to ring in the New Year.
WANT TO GO? 516-746-8488. mineolalibrary.info.

 

Celebrate New Year's in Suffolk

Countdown to New Year’s Party
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 27, 11:30am
WHERE: Westhampton Free Library, 7 Library Ave., Westhampton Beach
AGES: All
WHAT: Countdown to noon with a party! Registration required.
WANT TO GO? Free with Westhampton Free Library Card. 631-288-3335. westhamptonlibrary.net.

FREE Goodbye 2019 Party
WHEN: Monday, Dec. 30, 2:30-3:30pm
WHERE: South Huntington Public Library, 145 Pidgeon Hill Road, Huntington Station
AGES: 5-10
WHAT: Dance, play games, make a craft, and take pictures with friends. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 631-549-4411. shpl.info.

Countdown to 12!
WHEN: Monday, Dec. 30, 12-4pm
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate the arrival of the new year in the tradition of New York’s famous Times Square celebration with a “roaring 20s” twist.
WANT TO GO? $14; $13 ages 65 and older; free for members and children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

New Year’s Party Prep
WHEN: Monday, Dec. 30, 3pm
WHERE: Westhampton Free Library, 7 Library Ave., Westhampton Beach
AGES: 9-12
WHAT: Prepare to ring in the New Year with handmade confetti poppers, noisemakers, and hats. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? Free with Westhampton Free Library Card. 631-288-3335. westhamptonlibrary.net.

Fishes & Wishes Family-Friendly New Year's Eve Party
WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 6:30-11pm
WHERE: Long Island Aquarium, 431 East Main St., Riverhead
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy great food and family fun, plus entertainment you won't find anywhere else, including a meet n’ greet by an adorable penguin. Reservation required.
WANT TO GO? $99; $89 members; $60 children 3-12; $55 members children 3-12; $5 children 2 and younger. 631-208-9200 x426. longislandaquarium.com.

FREE Noon Year's Eve Party
WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 11:30am-12:15pm
WHERE: Brentwood Public Library, 34 Second Ave., Brentwood
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Ring in 2020 with games, crafts, and a special countdown to noon.
WANT TO GO? 631-273-7883. brentwoodnylibrary.org.

New Year's Eve Bash 4 Kids
WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 11am-12pm
WHERE: The Whaling Museum and Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor, 301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor
AGES: All
WHAT: Create a time capsule, noisemaker, and other crafts.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Enjoy hot cocoa and cookies as you count down to noon!
WANT TO GO? $12; $6 members. 631-367-3418. cshwhalingmuseum.org.

 

Celebrate New Year's in Westchester

FREE Noon Year's Eve Party
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 28, 11am-12:30pm
WHERE: Mount Kisco Public Library, 100 E. Main St., Mount Kisco
AGES: All
WHAT: Count down to the Noon Year with lots of fun and festivities.
WANT TO GO? 914-666-8041. mountkiscolibrary.org.

New Years @ Noon
WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 9:30-12pm
WHERE: Mid-Hudson Children's Museum, 75 N. Water St., Poughkeepsie
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate the biggest party of the year with pop music, dancing, and cool activities.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Every hour there will be a special surprise as we count down to noon!
WANT TO GO? $14; $10 for members. 845-471-0589. mhcm.org.

FREE Noon Year's Eve Party!
WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 11:30am-12pm
WHERE: Ossining Public Library, 53 Croton Ave., Ossining
AGES: All
WHAT: Count down to noon with the library and toast the New Year!
WANT TO GO? 914-941-2416. ossininglibrary.org.

10th Annual Ring in the New Year at Noon at New Roc City
WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 10:30am-12:30pm
WHERE: New Roc City, 33 Le Count Place, New Rochelle
AGES: 2-10
WHAT: An exciting holiday event for young families in the community!
 WHY WE LOVE IT: Kids will dig snacks, rides, balloon twisting, crafts, activities, a DJ, clowns, magic, face painting, and more!
WANT TO GO? $10 donation per family of four; $5 individual ticket. 914-637-7575. 2019-riny.eventbrite.com.

 

Celebrate New Year's in Rockland

New Year's Eve Celebration 2020
WHEN: Dec. 31-Jan. 1, 9pm-2am
WHERE: Dave and Buster's, 4661 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack
AGES: All
WHAT: Join Dave & Buster's for an exclusive celebration to ring in the New Year with a buffet, dancing, a DJ, and more!
WANT TO GO? 845-353-1555. https://dnbpalisadesnye2020.eventbrite.com

First Day Hike
WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 1-3:30pm
WHERE: Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Sam's Point Area, 400 Sam's Point Road, Cragsmoor
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy this approximately three mile trek through the scenic park preserve. Snowshoes may be rented for this program for a fee of $5 per person. If there is insufficient snow cover, this program will be offered as a hike.
WANT TO GO? $5 snowshoe rental. 845-647-7989. https://parks.ny.gov/events/event.aspx?e=193-26807.0.

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