The Most Kid-Friendly New Year’s Eve (and Day!) Celebrations in NYC

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Don’t let your kid’s bedtime hinder your New Year’s Eve fun! We rounded up more than a dozen ways to celebrate, including some great ideas to start the new year off right!

Ring in the new year with some family-friendly New Year’s celebrations in New York City! Not sure the right move for your crew? We’ve got options for every nap time and bedtime schedule out there. For starters, begin the festivities early with events in the days leading up to New Year’s Eve, or check out some Dec. 31 daytime fun with the little ones who can’t stay up until midnight. Keep the party going with options for nighttime reveling made for the whole family, and then climb out of bed the next morning and start the year off right with New Year’s Day activities. No matter what, you’re sure to find the perfect New Year’s all-ages events in NYC to say goodbye to 2022 and welcome 2023 as a family.


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New Year Events Before New Year’s Eve in NYC

Light Shows in and Around NYC
Let some spectacular light shows sparkle and light your road into the new year. Visit one of the best light shows in and around NYC for a dazzling display of shimmering light sculptures, many of which are open leading up to and during New Year’s eve and day. From the New York Botanical Garden Glow exhibit to a 70’s-inspired drive-thru experience, this year’s light shows have something for everyone in the family.

Various times and locations
Online: tinybeans.com

Russian New Year’s Celebration
This special Russian New Year’s celebration at Sky Village has some guesses of honor: “Ded Moroz” (“Father Frost,” a.k.a. Santa) and his granddaughter will be on-site to interact with guests from 4 to 5 p.m. The event will feature traditional games, presents, photo-ops, singing, dancing (including the traditional Khorovod dance), and more. If you bring in a wrapped gift, you can hand it off to Santa to be officially “delivered” to your child from the jolly man, himself! Adults are encouraged to bring their own booze if they want, though there will be Pelegrino and juice on-site for a non-alcoholic option.

Sat., Dec. 17, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Sky Village NYC
Astoria
23-81 21st St.
Online: eventbrite.com

NYSoM HolidayMania 2022
What if you wanted to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s all at once? You can, at the NYSoM HolidayMania extravaganza! For the New Year’s party, head over to the New Year’s 2023 Jam, where “Lady New Year’s” will be leading the party as visitors sing karaoke and get a head start on the celebrations. Don’t forget to visit the sections dedicated to the other holidays for fun activities like spinning the Wheel of Kwanzaa at the Kwanzaa Village, hanging out with the Dreidelator in Hanukkah Town, saying hi to Santa at the Winter Wonderland, and lots more. Plus, all visitors with kids will receive free gifts while supplies last.

Sat., Dec. 17, 2-6 p.m.
East Harlem Tutorial Program
2050 2nd Ave.
East Harlem
Online: eventbrite.com

The Times Square NYE Wishing Wall
Leave a positive message for visitors to the Times Square ball drop via the NYE Wishing Wall. Submit a wish on the digital Wishing Wall and it’ll be among the thousands of confetti wishes that fall on New Year’s in Times Square. Make sure to leave your wish by December 28 to have it be printed this year (any wishes submitted after this date will be included in next year’s celebrations, instead).

Through Wed., Dec. 28
Online: timessquarenyc.org

New Year’s Eve Morning and Daytime Events in NYC

Noon Year’s Eve Dance Party at the Staten Island Children’s Museum
This fun party lets kids count down to the new year, even if your little ones are too young to stay up until the actual countdown. Instead of midnight, this party ends with a countdown to noon, and includes plenty of dancing and party favors. This experience is free with admission—just show up ready to party!

Sat., Dec. 31, 12-2 p.m.
Staten Island Children’s Museum
1000 Richmond Terrace, Building M
Staten Island
Online: sichildrensmuseum.org

New Year’s Eve at Marage
This New Year’s bash is designed to get kids involved with all the stuff that adults do to celebrate the occasion. This includes putting on cute 2023 glasses, waving glow sticks, drinking sparkling apple cider (non-alcoholic, of course!), and even writing New Year’s resolutions (that they’ll hopefully have better luck keeping than most adults). A DJ will provide the festive music while kids do themed arts and crafts, and, of course, there will be a balloon drop to symbolically mark the beginning of a new year.

Sat., Dec. 31, 3-7 p.m.
The Marage Space & Event Hall
111-10 Farmers Boulevard
Hollis
Online: eventbrite.com

New Year’s Eve Ball at CMOM
The Children’s Museum of Manhattan has two full days of celebrations lined up for its annual New Year’s Eve ball drop and dance party. Kids will design candy-inspired silly hats and glasses for the party, make their own New Year’s balls for a mini-NYE ball drop, and count down to noon in a mock New Year’s countdown. The party keeps going after the “noon” new year with music curated by DJ Suce, with dancing, singing, and general festivities.

Fri., Dec. 30-Sun., Dec. 31
212 W 83rd St.
Upper West Side
Online: cmom.org

New Year’s Eve Evening and Nighttime Events in NYC

Dave & Buster’s New Years Eve Party
It’s all fun and games at the Dave & Buster’s New Year’s event, where families can play in the arcade, enjoy delicious appetizers, pop some party favors, and enjoy a 5-hour open bar and a complimentary champagne toast (for 21+ only, of course). A live DJ will play as the scene in Times Square outside is displayed on large screen TVs so everyone in attendance can count down to 2023 and watch the ball drop live. Special VIP packages are available to purchase, which include reserved seating in case you need a space for the younger members of your family to rest amid all the excitement.

Sat.-Sun., Dec. 31-Jan. 7 p.m.-1 a.m.
Dave & Buster’s
234 West 42nd St., 3rd Floor
Murray Hill
Online: eventbrite.com

New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Prospect Park
Back for the first time since 2020, watch fireworks explode in beautiful colors over Prospect Park. The fun begins at 10 p.m. with a performance by Quintessential Playlist. The event is free but an RSVP is required to gauge interest and space.

Sat.-Sun., Dec. 31-Jan. 1, 10 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Grand Army Plaza Flatbush Ave.
Prospect Heights
Online: prospectpark.org

New Year’s Day Events in NYC

New Year’s Day Dinner Cruise
See the city from a different perspective by heading out on Liberty Cruise’s New Year’s Day Dinner Cruise. Embark on your adventure onboard a three-deck vessel, where you’ll be treated to a three-course meal with the evening NYC skyline and a live DJ to accompany the experience. Head to the Sky Deck for incredible 360 degree views and photo-ops of the city and passing landmarks.

Sun., Jan. 1, 7 p.m.
Pier 36
299 South St.
Lower East Side
Online: libertycruise.nyc

New Year’s Eve on the Lanes in Bowlero
Strike out at Bowlero for an active and fun New Year’s bowling session! Special family play slots are available to book right now, which include two hours of bowling (shoes included), your choice of food from the menu, unlimited soda, and a champagne or sparkling cider toast. If this sounds right up your alley, book soon: Most dec 31st time slots are already full, but at the time of this writing, there are still plenty of options on new year’s day.

Sat., Dec. 31-Sun., Jan. 1, various times
222 W. 44th St.
Times Square
Online: bowlero.com

New Year’s Day Super Hike in NYC Parks
Make 2023 a year of health and fitness by starting strong on the very first day of the year. Join a New Year’s Day Super Hike in any one of the five participating parks, and walk away the previous year’s worries and New Year’s dinner. Urban Rangers lead these long walks, and take detours from the well-worn paths to explore hidden natural wonders, explore the city’s urban forests, and breathe in some fresh air away from electronics and distractions.

Various times and locations
Online: nycgovparks.org

Salute to Vienna at Lincoln Center
Based on Vienna’s Neujahrskonzert (New Year’s Concert), this tribute to the tradition is a great way to introduce kids to the world of Viennese music from the heights of the country’s golden age of composition. Listen to well-known tunes like the Blue Danube Waltz, tap along with dances, be uplifted by overtures, and more. This Lincoln Center performance is in its 26th year, and features music played by The Strauss Symphony of America and dance by Europaballett (Austria) and champion ballroom dancers.

Sun., Jan. 1, 2:30 p.m.
David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center
10 Lincoln Center Plaza
Lincoln Square
Online: salutetovienna.com

Harlem Gospel Choir New Year’s Day Matinee
Catch the world-famous Harlem Gospel Choir on the first day of the new year as they sing in the new year with a New Year’s Day Matinee. Held at Sony Hall, this concert features uplifting, joyous music to put you in the right mindset to tackle 2023. All ages are welcome to attend, and a brunch menu will be available for ordering.

Sun., Jan. 1, 1:30 p.m.
Sony Hall
235 West 46th St.
Midtown
Online: sonyhall.com

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