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 2019 as a family at one of these fun and festive events.
Here are 8 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 20189 — 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 at Kings Island
Dec. 31 at 5 pm to 1 am on Jan. 1, 2019
This year, Kings Island is offering a brand new way to celebrate New Year’s Eve with a family-friendly alternative: New Year’s Eve at WinterFest! Join Snoopy’s Rockin’ Countdown Party, see Charlie Brown’s New Year’s Eve Celebration, and finish the night with fireworks at the stroke of midnight!
New Year’s Eve at Union Terminal
Dec. 31 at CMC
Ring in the New Year in the restored Rotunda while exploring unique New Year customs, games and music from all over the globe.
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 10th annual Happy ZOO Year powered by Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Honda Dealers. This New Years bash will take place at the Zoo on Monday, December 31 from 5-9 pm. 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.
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 2018! Cars fly, trees fight back, and monsters are on the loose in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! Experience Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ on screen above the stage while the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra performs every note of John Williams’ unforgettable score. Relive every magical moment as the music brings life to a story that has enchanted the world. Earning a Grammy nomination for the score, the bewitching and incredible music has become a classic, with beautiful and soaring motifs that continue the story of Harry Potter on his magical adventures.
Ring in the New Year with the Cincinnati Cyclones for a special NYE Game + Firework Display on December 31! The Cincinnati Cyclones NYE Fireworks Night has a special start time of 6:05pm to make sure your little ones can watch the game, the fireworks display, and still make it home for bedtime.
New Year’s Eve Kids Countdown
Dec. 31 from 3:30-5:30 pm
Join us for a super cool New Year’s Eve Kids’ Countdown, plus say goodbye to Scuba Santa before he swims back to the North Pole. Festivities begin at 3:30 pm in Shark Ray Bay Theater where kids will have a blast with music, dancing, giveaways and more! At 5 pm, Scuba Santa will make his final appearance to lead everyone in an early countdown to 2019. It’s all free with your admission to Newport Aquarium.
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, Light Up Middletown, Coney Island — enjoy the lights with less crowds by going on New Year’s Eve!