7 Fun Things to Do on New Year’s Eve in New York

From the first time we watched the ball drop to celebrating at the bar among good friends, New Year’s Eve has long been an important tradition in many of our lives. And it is no secret that New York just might celebrate bigger than anyone else. From Times Square to Bear Mountain, from family fun to drinking with old friends, here are the best NYE events in New York! 

AMC 42nd Family Fun New Year’s Eve, New York City, NY

The AMC is a great budget-friendly and family-friendly way to spend the holiday! The all-ages level of AMC Times Square is on the third floor, where there will be tons of entertainment options for you and your kids. The latest blockbuster hits will be playing all night (PG-13 and below) and concession stands will have your favorite movie snacks. It’s alcohol-free, regardless of age, and tickets start at $40.

Midnight on Main Street, Patchogue, NY

There's no better place to celebrate on Long Island than in Patchogue right on Main Street. Experience the excitement of ringing in the New Year with live entertainment, a ball drop, and to top it all off a huge display of fireworks. Food and drinks won't be hard to come by, as all of the nearby restaurants will be hosting NYE festivities of their own. See Main Street like you've never seen it before!

Mullers Cider House New Years Eve Party, Rochester, NY

Mullers Cider is celebrating from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on the 31st while they ring in the new year and celebrate their fourth year of business. Tickets are $50-$80 and come with a bottle of champagne-style corked cider (to drink at midnight), unlimited hors d’oeuvres, music, a cash bar, and more! It’s recommended you dress to impress, so put on your best attire and come join the party!

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Celebrate NYE All Day at The Castle Fun Center, Chester, NY

Celebrate with your family and kids at the Castle Fun Center from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person and activities include laser tag, arcade games, a rock wall, a laser maze, and go karts (weather permitting). You can roller skate until 8 p.m., at which point the floor becomes available for dancing leading up to the balloon drop/confetti cannon celebration to end the night!

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Bowlmor Times Square, New York City, NY

Bowlmor Times Square is located just a few blocks from the live ball drop. The celebration starts at 8 p.m. and is a ton of fun for every age! Tickets start at $115, and there’s a five-hour open bar (so drink responsibly if you bring some little ones). Private bowling lanes are available at an extra cost. There will be a live countdown to the new year and a champagne toast at midnight.

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New Year's Eve Keg Drop Party at Pennings Farm Market, Warwick, NY

Pennings’ annual Keg Drop Party counts down to the new year with the Black Dirt Bandits on stage. This rockin' country group will certainly get the crowd on their feet. The $25 admission ticket includes dancing, and complimentary champagne toast. Upgrade to the $50 ticket for a delicious buffet of wings, stuffed mushrooms, crab cakes, and more. 

New Year’s Eve Gala, Bear Mountain, NY

The gala at Bear Mountain Inn starts at 8 p.m. and costs $160 per person. Evening includes an open bar all night (with a cocktail hour from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.), hors d’oeuvres, a full-service dinner, music, and a champagne toast at midnight. The event is capped off with a breakfast-to-go bag distributed at 1 a.m.

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