Our Favorite Things to Do on New Year’s Eve around New York, NY

New York City. The Big Apple. This global hub speaks for itself, needing no introduction in virtually every possible area, the action never stops in the city that never sleeps. With so much to see in New York, we’ll dive right in- here are some of our favorite things to do on New Year’s Eve in the city. 

Times Square Ball Drop

The popular image of the New Year for so many over the country, and one of the biggest New Year’s Eve’s events in the world, the Times Square Ball Drop needs no mention when it comes to New Year’s Eve events in the area. The Times Square Ball Drop truly is a one-of-a-kind experience for all who can attend it, over the years becoming the visual manifestation of the step into a new calendar year. This kicks off one of the city’s largest parties of the year, and has only grown more and more notable with each iteration. Aside from the truly captivating and intense atmosphere, visitors can also enjoy seeing the many famous faces of entertainment, music, sports and broadcasting as they take the stage during this event. In recent years, this has included appearances from Tyga, Dua Lipa, Charlie Puth, Shawn Mendes, Halsey and more! Be sure not to miss this event if you’ll be around Times Square for the New Year.

Concerts and Performances at Carnegie Hall

With countless performances by superstars such as Lang Lang, Jonas Kaufmann, Marija Jelic, and major events such as the Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night Gala, there is no shortage of world-class music to dress up and head out for. The performances at Carnegie Hall can be limited in availability or subject to change, so be sure to stay up to date with any information from the hall. For the 30th and the first days of the New Year, there are plenty of options to pick from. We recommend those performances specifically presented by Carnegie Hall. Enjoy some of the best in the performing arts and music during Carnegie Hall’s winter season.

New York Rangers Games

Home of the Madison Square Garden, visitors won’t have to travel far to attend the electric and intense atmosphere of an NHL game! Home of the New York Rangers, visitors can don the jersey of their choice and brave the rock to root on the collisions, goals and action of an NHL game through three periods. This New Year’s Eve, watch two titans clash- the Hometown New York Rangers face off against the fearsome Tampa Bay Lightning. The vigor and energy of a Rangers home game truly is an experience visitors should seize. 

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Our Favorite Things to Do on New Year’s Eve around Penn Station, NYC

Penn Station. At this dynamic hub of New York City and all of its action, there seems to be nothing you can’t find nearby. Thankfully, this is also the case for the winter season- the events and activities don’t stop during this part of the year. So whether you’re a visiting tourist, staying with family for a while or a curious local, read on for some of our favorite things to do on New Year’s Eve around Penn Station.

Madison Square Garden

Located above Penn Station is one of the largest venues in New York, if not the world- Madison Square Garden! Here, NBA Matches, superstar musicians, A-list comedians, and UFC Titans face off in this arena of the Big Apple. While these events are quite the spectacle, to Madison Square Garden they’re nothing new, and if you have the means we highly recommend attending any of these Blockbuster events right here on top of Penn Station. Just this holiday season alone, the Knicks and Rangers are to play their home games while Harry Styles, Meek Mill, Jo Koy, Alejandro Sanz, John Legend and Enrique Iglesias are all to perform….and that’s only the start of the schedule here at Madison Square Garden. If you’ll be in the Penn Station area during this holiday season, take the opportunity to witness an event at one of the most famed venues in the world.

New York Rangers Games

Home of the Madison Square Garden, visitors won’t have to travel far to attend the electric and intense atmosphere of an NHL game! Home of the New York Rangers, visitors can don the jersey of their choice and brave the rock to root on the collisions, goals and action of an NHL game through three periods. This New Year’s Eve, watch two titans clash- the Hometown New York Rangers face off against the fearsome Tampa Bay Lightning. The vigor and energy of a Rangers home game truly is an experience visitors should seize. 

Dining

Attending a massive concert, the fervor of a Rangers’ game, or whatever adventure and excitement you find around Penn Station at this time of year, where to eat is sure to be a topic of discussion. Thankfully, we have you covered, with some of our best picks for dining within walking distance of Penn Station. Take to Pizza : L’Amico for a rustic and hearty slice of Italian American cuisine, the premier gastropub experience at the Haymaker Bar + Kitchen, or escape to the views and calm vibes of the Spyglass Rooftop Bar. If you just cannot choose, or have a party set on different options, come down to the Pennsy, for a food hall filled with various options sure to make every traveller very happy.

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Our Favorite Things to Do on New Year’s Eve around Times Square, NYC

Vibrant Times Square. This energetic and dynamic part of New York City with its shops, shows and lights showcase so much that New York City has to offer. Whether visitor or local resident, you don’t need to go too far from here to see and do it all. Read on for some of our favorite things to do on New Year’s Eve around Times Square. 

Times Square Ball Drop

The popular image of the New Year for so many over the country, and one of the biggest New Year’s Eve’s events in the world, the Times Square Ball Drop needs no mention when it comes to New Year’s Eve events in the area. The Times Square Ball Drop truly is a one-of-a-kind experience for all who can attend it, over the years becoming the visual manifestation of the step into a new calendar year. This kicks off one of the city’s largest parties of the year, and has only grown more and more notable with each iteration. Aside from the truly captivating and intense atmosphere, visitors can also enjoy seeing the many famous faces of entertainment, music, sports and broadcasting as they take the stage during this event. In recent years, this has included appearances from Tyga, Dua Lipa, Charlie Puth, Shawn Mendes, Halsey and more! Be sure not to miss this event if you’ll be around Times Square for the New Year.

Ice Skating at the Rockefeller Centre

Another New York City tradition of the holidays, Ice Skating on the giant rink in front of Rockefeller Centre in the heart of New York is a timeless favorite. This is a great option for groups, families, couples and solo travelers to all experience the unique atmosphere of a filled rink in the big apple, and a great way to warm up while skating under some of the city’s most famed sights. Aside from the skating, the major attractions in the near vicinity with a envied selection of fine dining and shopping experiences make this an easy addition to any larger travel plans in the neighborhood. 

Dining around Times Square

Whether swept up in the excitement of the Ball Drop, Ice Skating, or catching the rare performance, whatever your plans for New Year’s Eve and the holidays in Time Square might be, good food is a must for any travel itinerary. And with the wealth of delicious options in the neighborhood, you cannot miss out. Sake Bar Hagi is a great option to get away from the buzz of Times Square in this cool, underground Izakaya, complete with Japanese Lagers, shumai, gyoza and karaage. The Russian Vodka Room is another great place for your party to warm up, with delicious bliniys, pirozhki, caviar and of course, Vodkas. For those who want a more uptown and formal experience, we recommend Toloache.

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Our Favorite Things to Do on New Year’s Eve around Hudson Yards, NYC

Hudson Yards. This opulent neighborhood of New York by the Hudson River provides access to a range of modern amenities, including spectacular views, community music events, restaurants, and art galleries among other options. Among the efforts of the planners of this neighborhood include instilling a strong sense of community- via the numerous community-oriented activities open to residents and neighbors. Read on for some of our favorite things to do on New Year’s Eve around Hudson Yards.

Dinner at Queensyard

For those foodies and travelers who search for a culinary delight this New Year’s Eve, set your New Year’s Eve dinner plans for the Queensyard. From seven p.m. to nine p.m., executive chef Brian Yurko has devised one of the most exquisite and indulgent experiences this side of the big apple- four specially crafted courses, canapes, bread service, wine pairings all accompanied by live music and views over Hudson Yards and Manhattan. Group outings and date night are great options for this delicious and one-of-a-kind event.

New Year’s at Jibs

Party into the New Year at Jib’s for a laid back, hometown feel complete with good food, good drinks and DJs providing Yacht Rock, Disco and all the current hits. This is a great option for those wanting to rendezvous during New Year’s plans, close to home for night’s end (or beginning).

10th Annual New Year’s Eve Gala

Hudson Yard’s premier New Year’s Eve event, visitors will enjoy a full plan of festivities and fun to take you and your party into the New Year. The aforementioned dinner at Queensyard is included, as well as an immersive footpath spiriting visitors into a winter wonderland, a great photo opportunity. Continue to the swanky speakeasy, complete with their own live band, exclusive cocktails and New Year’s Eve performance, ‘ Santa’s Secret ‘. From there, Inyang Bassey and her band will perform, and DJ Aquaria takes over Queensyard. Full service bars, entertainment, surprises and views over Manhattan and New York City add to the excitement. Bring the whole party to Hudson Yard’s 10th Annual New Year’s Eve Gala for a New Year’s Eve experience to remember. 

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Our Favorite Things to Do on New Year’s Eve around Carnegie Hall, NYC

Around this iconic music hall is a great number of restaurants, unique vendors, museums, historic high-rises and countless stories. Yet with all that there is around Carnegie Hall, one might think to explore what events and activities there are in the neighborhood. Whether you’re a tourist, visiting the city for friends and family or a local looking for something around you, read on for some of our favorite things to do on New Year’s Eve in the Carnegie Hall area.

Concerts and Performances at Carnegie Hall

This one went without saying- the star of the Carnegie Hall area is, of course, Carnegie Hall. With countless performances by superstars such as Lang Lang, Jonas Kaufmann, Marija Jelic, and major events such as the Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night Gala, there is no shortage of world-class music to dress up and head out for. The performances at Carnegie Hall can be limited in availability or subject to change, so be sure to stay up to date with any information from the hall. For the 30th and the first days of the New Year, there are plenty of options to pick from. We recommend those performances specifically presented by Carnegie Hall. Enjoy some of the best in the performing arts and music during Carnegie Hall’s winter season.

Picnicking at Central Park

Make the big green backyard of New York City your daytime stop before the events of New Year’s Eve nighttime and check into the soft green spaces of Central Park! The nearby gardens, footpaths and reservoirs make for accessible and versatile outing options for a number of plans, whether for family outings, group activities, a date for two or just a trip outdoors for the solo adventurer. 

Screenings at the Museum of Modern Art

Thankfully, this iconic institution does not take many days off, and that includes New Year’s Eve and New Years! In fact, throughout the whole holiday season, thought-provoking films and documentaries capturing rare stories from around the world and the city are regularly on show at the Museum of Modern Art. This is a great daytime addition to any long New Year’s Eve plans, and comes with admission to the Museum, for those craving a bit of stimulation and food for thought during their stay in the Carnegie Hall area. 

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Our Favorite Things to Do on New Year’s Eve around Carnegie Hill, NYC

Carnegie Hill. In this dynamic neighborhood, with its diverse collection of Museums, notable architecture, activities and residents from all walks of life there seems to be so much to do and see. With all that there is around Carnegie Hill, one does not have to look far to find events and activities. Whether you’re a tourist, visiting the city for friends and family or a local looking for something around you, read on for some of our favorite things to do on New Year’s Eve in the Carnegie Hill area.

Day-Glo December – A Very 80s Holiday Celebration

A highlight of this neighborhood during the New Year is the year end Day-Glo December – A Very 80s Holiday at the Museum series. This is a great option for groups, families, couples and solo travelers alike, with a truly versatile selection of entertainment. Visitors will be able to spend the afternoon in the immersive 80’s arcade, including a massive hologram Santa, Lovely Lights light show, Museum Wide scavenger hunt ( including a children’s edition ). The exhibitions are also accessible from this event, as well as the shopping provided by the Museum Shop. This is a solid addition to the earlier end of any New Year’s Eve itinerary, or the perfect choice for those who have to abide by an earlier curfew.

Interactive Workshops at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Another blessing of the Carnegie Hill neighborhood is The Metropolitan Museum of Art, a world class institution just as dedicated to its community as it is to the global community, in sharing the wonders of art and human expression. In line with this vision of serving communities around the world and at home, The Metropolitan Museum of Art holds online and in-person workshops for art for both school-age children and for adults. Send children to art classes directed by the staff of the Met, or to attend a story time, or personally attend a class in creating surrealist art with others! The free opportunities afforded to the public and non-members are quite the opportunity for anyone residing so close to Met that we highly recommend them. 

Picnicking at Central Park

Make the big green backyard of New York City your daytime stop before the events of New Year’s Eve nighttime and check into the soft green spaces of Central Park! The nearby gardens, footpaths and reservoirs make for accessible and versatile outing options for a number of plans, whether for family outings, group activities, a date for two or just a trip outdoors for the solo adventurer. 

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Our Favorite Things to Do on New Year’s Eve around Queens, NY

Queens. This bustling and dynamic borough of New York is pound-for-pound one of the most vibrant parts of the tri-state area for those who see it for its true character. Whether you may be a tourist drafting a travel itinerary, a returnee visiting friends and family or an adventurous local, all will find that there is so much to be discovered here in Queens. Read on for some of our favorite things to do on New Year’s Eve here in Queens, and get ready to start exploring. 

New Year’s Eve at the Knockdown Center

One of the Borough’s biggest events of the year is here- New Year’s Eve at the Knockdown Centre, as presented by ZERO! This rager is a great option for concertgoers of all interests, who enjoy the talents of numerous DJs including the iconic Lee Burridge, Be Svendsen, Borzu, Franca, Daniel Cowel and Seth Schwarz! Pack the dance floor among sights, sounds, festivities and countless surprises in store with ZERO’s New Year Eve.

New Year’s Eve at the Sweet Afton

Enjoy a more laid back New Year’s Eve experience for those wanting a classy group outing, family meal or table for two at New Year’s Eve at the Sweet Afton. This is a great way to enjoy a delicious meal at this lavish venue, a solid ending (or start) to any long New Year’s Eve plans. Reserve your table for a full course meal and champagne toast, or enjoy the grounds of the Sweet Afton with their open bar all night. 

‘W’ NYC Thursday’s New Years ‘Eve Eve’ edition

No, it is not a typo- for those who arrived in Queens just a day before, The One boutique hotel is throwing a rager- the NYC Thursday’s New Years ‘ Eve Eve ‘ edition. This is a great addition to any partygoer’s ‘ plan of conquest ‘ of Queens, and is a good event to warm the adventurous to the festivities of the following day. Visitors will enjoy the best DJs playing Regueton, House, Hip Hop, Reggae, Soca and all the hits accompanied by food, drink and a beautiful view over the New York skyline. 

Cruise

Take a cruise out on the waters off of Queens for a more relaxing sightseeing experience and see the lights over the city from this unique angle. This is a great option for photo opportunities and those who want to see the city, doubly so for travelers on a time restraint, or a shorter visit. 

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Our Favorite Things to Do on New Year’s Eve around Journal Square, NJ.

Journal Square. This proudly storied and unique corner of the Jersey City metro has its fair share of events, character and past writings that lend it its name. Whether you are a visitor on holiday, a returnee to see friends and family or an adventurous local, you’ll find that Journal Square has something to challenge and inspire everyone. Read on for some of our favorite things to do on New Year’s Eve around Journal Square.

Gatsby’s Penthouse New Year’s Eve Party

A short ten minute drive to the neighboring W Hotel Hoboken and visitors can experience a truly premier New Year’s Eve thrill- the Gatsby’s Penthouse New Year’s Eve Party! This upscale, lavish venue provides stunning views over the Hudson and the New York City skyline, where the party goes well into the New Year. Here, visitors can enjoy multiple top-shelf bars, DJs playing all the hits, snacks, party favors, a number of breathtaking views and balconies, dance floors and the exciting midnight countdown to ring in the New Year! Whether as a group outing or for a solo adventure, just be sure to dress in your best Roaring 20’s attire.

Statue Cruises

Regularly throughout the year, the New Jersey area provides up-close cruises and looks at New York City and Lady Liberty. These are a great way to tour the area by water at a unique perspective while learning a lot about the surrounding history and landmarks. Visitors can also keep their eyes out for the package deals to explore not just the waters and the Statue of Liberty grounds, but also tickets giving access to the crown of the Statue of Liberty and the Pedestal. The views over the water from the crown and the cruise give unique and immersive insight into the sight that greeted waves of immigrants before in this moving tour. Aside from the views, the fireworks from this unique vantage point makes for a great addition to date night, a group itinerary, family outing, or any solo New Year’s Eve expeditions. Photo Opportunities galore with the memorable sights out on the water at the Statue Cruises of year’s end.  

A Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve

Another grand, roaring twenties themed party is at The Hutton Bar and Grill, for those who haven’t had enough of the opulent action of the New Year. The specific emphasis of this event is the delicious food of The Hutton, so heads-up to any foodies reading! Besides the delicious foods, there is also a live DJ, party favors, a heated and well lit outdoor patio party space providing gorgeous views and the exciting midnight countdown and champagne toast. Come party into the New Year in style here at The Hutton with A Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve.

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Our Favorite Things to Do on New Year’s Eve around Newark, NJ

Newark. This hub of the Tri-State area is carving out a name for itself, between the growing activities, influx of business and new arrivals, Newark is increasingly becoming a destination- and with good reason. Whether a tourist drafting an itinerary or a curious local, both will find that Newark has so much to offer, and more with each year. Read on for some of our favorite things to do on New Year’s Eve around Newark, and get ready to explore!

Mountain Creek Resort New Year’s Eve Party

Escape to the beautiful Mountain Creek Resort and enjoy a grand New Year’s Eve party sending off the year in style! Dress to impress and enjoy lavish dinner and buffet accommodations, snacks, a champagne toast, DJ, dance floor, massive screens for the midnight countdown and views of fireworks over the skies of the Red Tail Lodge. This getaway is great for groups, couples and solo travelers alike and is a good option for any New Year’s Eve itineraries that want to incorporate a destination / escape theme.

New Jersey Devils Games

Home of ‘ The Rock ‘, Newark’s Prudential Centre means that visitors won’t have to travel far to attend the electric and intense atmosphere of an NHL game! Home of the New Jersey Devils, visitors can don the jersey of their choice and brave the rock to root on the collisions, goals and action of an NHL game through three periods. The vigor and energy of the Devils home game truly is an experience visitors should seize while in Newark for the season.

Holiday Fun Days at the Newark Museum of Art

Enjoy a hands-on and educational experience while you’re in the Newark area this holiday season, and partake in a number of interactive classes making crafts with the talented advisors at the Newark Museum of Art! This is a great activity for a couple’s date night, groups, families and solo travellers alike, a way to personally work with the Newark Museum of Art’s vision of accessible art education while making your own souvenir to take home.

New Year’s New Jersey Hotel Party

Party into the New Year, with a premium open bar, three course dinner, live music performances, and immersive broadcast of the Times Square ball drop at the ritzy venue that is the Westin Governor Morris Hotel, in neighboring Morristown, New Jersey. This is a great option for group outings and solo travelers alike to enjoy the classic pleasures of a New Year’s Eve party, and kick off the New Year with a bang.

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Our Favorite Things to Do on New Year’s Eve around Washington, DC.

Washington, DC. The nation’s capital, seemingly packed to the brim with landmark institutions, events and activity everywhere you look, visitors and locals alike will not fail to find more than enough to do here around the year. Between travelers composing an itinerary for a holiday getaway and curious locals, there’s something for everyone here in Washington DC. Read on for some of our favorite things to do on New Year’s Eve here around the capital. 

National Harbor

Ring in the New Year at one of the Capital Region’s most versatile and community-centered venues- National Harbor! Travelers of all ages and interests will delight in the number of activities offered here at National Harbor on New Year’s Eve, including a massive tree light show, views from The Capital Wheel, TopGolf, Crafts and Arts exhibits and interactive classes, lounges, bars and restaurants. Whatever your plans are for the New Year, whether you see yourself partying into a new day, a day out on the town with family, an earlier night’s end or absolutely stuffed with delicious food, you can find the opportunity to do all of these things and more, here around National Harbor. 

New Year’s Eve Gala at Mellon Auditorium

Spend your New Year’s Eve partying until sunrise at one of the Capital’s most opulent and scenic venues, at the New Year’s Eve Gala at Mellon Auditorium! This premier black tie event is where some of the capital’s (and the nation’s) most prominent faces gather in a night of philanthropy and entertainment, including top-shelf bars, three grand ballrooms, five party rooms, DJs, desserts, snacks, sights and sounds that go well into the morning. Dress to impress and mingle with some of DC’s biggest faces in this beautiful venue for this New Year’s Eve, at the New Year’s Eve Gala at Mellon Auditorium. 

Big Night D.C.

On the grounds of the Gaylord National Hotel & Resort is one of D.C.’s largest parties of the New Year- Big Night D.C.! This rager goes past the strike of midnight, including a lineup of live musical performances, DJs, party favors, the delicious work of the Gaylord Kitchen, the waterfront and wheel of the Gaylord. This is a great way to fill your New Year’s Eve night with memorable and fun activities, as well as ringing in the New Year among the crowds at the massive midnight countdown.  For group outings or solo traveller adventures, Big Night D.C. is a solid addition to any New Year’s Eve plans, or as a standalone event. 

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