10 Fun Things to Do on New Year’s Eve in Connecticut

What are your plans for this New Year’s Eve? Are you interested in a family-oriented event that you can enjoy with your children? How about a black-tie party at an aquarium? Connecticut has all that and more. Say goodbye to 2018 and hello to 2019 with these exciting NYE events in Connecticut. 

NRBQ New Year’s Eve Party, Norfolk, CT

Come celebrate at the Infinity Hall in Norfolk with NRBQ (New Rhythm and Blues Quartet)—a rock band that’s appropriate for all ages. Seeing a concert is an underrated way to ring in the New Year; but it sure is an exciting experience to share with your friends and family! Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets start at $34, so get yours soon to ensure a good spot!

30th Annual First Night Hartford 2019, Hartford, CT

This event is “a celebration of the New Year through the arts,” according to their website. For 30 years, Hartford has been hosting First Night, an alcohol-free, family-friendly day that starts at 2 p.m. and lasts up until midnight. It’s a celebration with a plethora of different activities and venues all around downtown Hartford. With professional musicians, artists, performance groups, and exhibits, this celebration highlights the arts as well as different cultures. The day includes two fireworks shows at 6 p.m. and 12 a.m.  in Bushnell Park, and most of the activities are free.

New Year’s Eve Black and White Ball, Mystic Aquarium, Mystic, CT

The black and white ball at Mystic Aquarium invites you to put on your best black and white attire (just like their penguins!) and enjoy live music performed by Nancy Paolino & The Black Tie Band. You’ll get complimentary drink vouchers and enjoy Ocean Blue Catering’s gourmet stations. A portion of the proceeds for this 21 and over event go towards Mystic’s mission programs to help the animals. What makes this event truly spectacular, though, is the guest appearance by a pair of endangered African penguins (so you can see the feathery friends your money may go to).

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“Noon” Year’s Eve, The Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk, CT

“Noon” Year’s Eve at The Maritime Aquarium celebrates from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free with general admission. You and your kids can count down to noon as you enjoy family-friendly fun and activities to commemorate the beginning of a new year. This event is perfect for younger children, as they’ll get to join in the celebration without being up until the crack of dawn.

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New Year’s Eve Ball, Saint Clements Castle, Portland, CT

Saint Clements’ New Year’s Eve ball costs $130 per person and includes a premium brand open bar and ravishing four course dinner. With a champagne toast at midnight, dance your way into 2019 with your friends, starting at 7 p.m. and continuing until 1 a.m. End one year and begin the next in some of your fanciest attire, making 2018 truly a year to remember!

New Year’s Eve Murder Mystery at the Riverwind Inn B&B, Deep River, CT

The Riverwind Inn is hosting a unique murder mystery event to celebrate the coming of 2019. The package is equipped an early check-in to the Inn, wine and cheese hour, a three-course dinner, a midnight champagne toast, and the pièce de résistance: a two-hour murder mystery show. Come join in the unique entertainment, spend the night, and have a full New Year’s Day breakfast.

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New Year’s Eve at Blackstone Irish Pub, Southington, CT

This year Blackstone is bringing out their best for the end-of-year celebration. Beginning at 8 p.m. (with tickets starting at $40 per person), you can come enjoy Electric Circus as they bring you music, lights, and even lasers! There will be door prizes and giveaways, complete with a free champagne toast and an open bar from 8 p.m. to midnight.

New Year’s Eve at Sea Tea Comedy Theater, Hartford, CT

Sea Tea Comedy Theater’s celebration starts at 9 p.m. and costs $10 per person. It will be a night of improv comedy, featuring players from Sea Tea Improv’s Touring Company. They’re an interactive group, taking suggestions from the audience, letting the audience indirectly direct the show! The show wraps up at 10:30 p.m., so after you’ve just about burst with laughter you’ll have enough time to head to a local bar to watch the ball drop!

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New Year’s Eve Bash ft. Wicked Peach at Hilton Mystic, Stonington, CT

Hilton Mystic’s New Year’s Eve Bash goes from 9 p.m. until after 1 a.m. Tickets are $20 until December 24, then $25 until the event. This 21 and over event requires you to bring ID. Ticket prices include a concert with Wicked Peach, a midnight champagne toast, and then a special breakfast at 1 a.m. Guests rooms will be available, so you won’t have to worry about finding a way home (other than the elevator).

Celebrations Around the World! at Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center, Bristol, CT

This family-friendly event lasts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on December 31 and is a unique way to spend the holiday with your loved ones. Admission is $12 for non-members or $6 for members. There will be a countdown for a ball drop at noon so your kids can join in on the late-night fun earlier in the day. Confetti, balloons, and party hats included! Dance the day away, take photos in the photo booth, march in the New Year’s parade, and even get a visit from Father Time.

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