It’s time to celebrate the last night of the year with the whole family and raise a toast — of milk and cookies, at these great family-friendly New Year’s Eve parties. All these Eve parties are celebrated in different parts of the world and are popular for their unique and magnificent warmth and craze.
First Night Boston
First Night brings unique New Year’s Eve activities and funfilled moments to families in cities around the country with various daytime activities which includes tango lessons, puppet shows and hundreds of arts and crafts for a flat rate. If this is not the New Year eve party that is being hosted nearby, you can visit Boston to celebrate First Night, where this tradition started in 1976, and get a button for entrance to 30 venues all over the city for theatre, dancing, ice sculptures, movies, and more. The party completes with midnight fireworks over Boston Harbor.
Beach Ball Drop
Abstain from the Times Square debauchery and chilly New York air for a family-based, beachside ball drop at Panama City Beach. The classic, sparkly Waterford bling from Times Square is replaced with an 800-pound colorful beach ball now that glides 100 feet from the sky to celebrate the Christmas Eve and the coming year. Your kids can visit early to enjoy the carnival saga on the boardwalk with stilt walkers, bounce houses, street performers and an earlier beach ball drop at 8:00 pm to wrap it all for an early bedtime.
At California’s Legoland, you can enjoy the fireworks erupt from replicas of the world’s greatest cities. You can also witness the pint-sized rockers that dance to the music from favorite kid-approved bands and ring in this New Year at a bedtime-friendly 6 pm. It is equipped with loads of fireworks and cheers as an enormous LEGO brick falls 22 feet from the sky.
Hershey New Year’s Eve Celebration
This New Year Celebration at the Square in Hershey, PA, attracts ‘tweens and their parents looking to celebrate the midnight together. You will get a free entry for the fun-filled night with concerts from Disney’s popular pop and teen rock bands, going on up to midnight when a huge Hershey’s Kiss falls from the sky and fireworks illuminate the night.
Great Wolf Lodge
The Great Wolf Lodge resorts in Texas across the country bring holiday winter fun to these indoor water parks with Snowland, a recreational place of the North Pole, complemented with holiday decorations and indoor snow showers. You can visit to get the kids suited up and splash into the New Year at the Grapevine outpost. You may enjoy this water-park fun for a day and lead toward the Snowball party and be a part of a festive carnival atmosphere, family karaoke and a countdown at midnight in the hotel’s grand lobby.
If you want to spend your last day of the year in peace and silence, you can visit noontime New Year celebration at Baltimore’s kid-centric museum, Port Discovery. Your kids would love to spend the morning making cool crafts and handmade instruments to prepare for the electrifying concerts, dancing galore and a drum countdown prior to welcoming the next year which is toasted with cold milk and cookies.
Beaver Creek Resort
Beaver Creek will entertain your kids, making it the perfect venue for a holiday getaway with stellar ski school and hot cocoa and chocolate chips. On this New Year’s Eve, join the twinkling line of skiers as it makes its way down the slopes during the glow-stick ski-down event. Once the procession is over, fireworks illuminate the village at 7:45 p.m.
Pint-sized party animals can come with their parents to “Zoo Year’s Eve” at Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo. In this special event, you will get free zoo admission to enjoy music from teenybopper-approved Radio Disney artists and also tons of games and fun activities from 6 to 8 p.m.
You can celebrate with the Scots at the traditional multi-day New Year’s party at Hogmanay, which is known as one of the largest celebrations across the world. There are several events for adults and kids that they will enjoy checking out the amusement-park rides at the Carnival, and the galore of torchlight parade on Dec. 30 and the 1 pm. You can also enjoy New Year’s Day fun run at Edinburgh Castle. You kids will also have bragging rights to welcome the New Year hours before their friends back in the States.