New Year’s Eve is almost here, and there are lots of ways to celebrate as a family — without keeping the kids up past their bedtime! (Because let’s face it… parents have a hard time staying up ’til the stroke of midnight, too!) So ring in 2018 as a family at one of these fun and festive events.
Here are 6 kid-friendly New Year’s Eve celebrations in Cincinnati:
New Year’s Eve Kids Cruise
Dec. 31 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Count down to 2018 — at 12 pm! Enjoy gorgeous skyline views of Cincinnati from the docks of BB Riverboats. This cruise includes party favors, a live DJ, great activities as well as a tasty lunch buffet. Some of your favorite characters from our Pirate, Princess, and Super Hero cruises will be onboard celebrating with you! Ring in the new year in style without having to stay up to the wee hours of the night. Tickets are $35/adults and $26/kids 4-12.
New Year’s Eve Ball at Happen, Inc.
Dec. 31 from 6-7:30 pm at Happen, Inc.
Dance in the new year with Happen! Happen, Inc. will be hosting its Annual New Year’s Eve Ball at 4201 Hamilton Avenue. The event is completely FREE and includes food, games, and dancing! Everything is red and silver and we encourage you to dress in those colors. And don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes! Goodbye 2017, hello 2018! Please sign up today by calling 513-751-2345 today or by visiting Happen.
Happy Zoo Year
December 31 from 5-9 pm at the Cincinnati Zoo
Guests are invited to ring in the New Year at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. “Party Animals” of all ages invited to celebrate the 8th annual Happy ZOO Year powered by Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Honda Dealers. New Years activities will include shows of Winter Wonders by Madcap Puppets, a meet and greet with Father Time and Baby ZOO Year and the Zoo will cap off all celebrations with an EARLY countdown with fireworks presented by Rozzi Fireworks. This event is free for Zoo members and included in general Zoo admission.
Holiday Junction at the Cincinnati Museum Center
Daily through Jan. 2, 2018
Head to the Cincinnati Museum Center for the final few days of Holiday Junction! This exhibit is open from 11 am-6 pm on New Year’s Eve, and is a family-friendly and fun way to celebrate the last day of 2017!
Harry Potter Cincinnati Pops Concert
Dec. 28-30* at Music Hall (*limited tickets available)
This Cincinnati Pops concert is one of the most highly anticipated of the year, and such a fun way to celebrate the end of 2017! Partial view tickets for all three performances of Harry Potter have just been released — please note that these seats are discounted because your view of the screen may be obstructed due to seating sightlines. So call now for tickets for this very special event! (If you’re looking for a great date night for Dec. 31st, check out the New Year’s Eve concert featuring John Morris Russell and the Pops as well as jazz vocalist Morgan James singing beloved American standards.)
Local light displays
Dates and locations vary
New Year’s Eve is a great time to take in holiday lights – before they’re gone for the season! Pyramid Hill, the Cincinnati Zoo, Holiday in Lights, Clifton Mill and Light Up Middletown all celebrate their final nights of lights on Dec. 31st, while Coney Island’s final night is Jan. 1st. Enjoy the lights with less crowds by going on New Year’s Eve!