Float into the New Year with BB Riverboats

BB Riverboats(photo: A Imaging)
BB Riverboats(photo: A Imaging)

Cheer in the new year out to sea. BB Riverboats will float you into the new year with a three-entrée buffet, live entertainment, and of course, a cruise on the Ohio River! Champagne will be flowing at midnight, and you can enjoy a late snack buffet and take home a party favor you’ll be “shore” to love. Boarding begins at 8pm, and you will set sail at 9pm. BB Riverboats is also offering a special Kids New Year’s Lunch Cruise that starts earlier in the day at 11:30am with a 10:30am boarding time.  

Happy Zoo Year at Cincinnati Zoo

PNC Festival of Lights
PNC Festival of Lights

The wildest and cutest New Year’s Eve bash in the city is at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Bring the whole family to experience PNC Festival of Lights beginning at 5pm, followed by showings of a special Madcap Puppets Winter Wonders production every hour beginning at 6:30pm. Families can enjoy party favors, costumed characters and begin an early countdown to the “New Year” at 8:55pm concluding with the spectacular Rozzi fireworks show all as a Part of Happy Zoo Year!

Hotel Covington's Roaring Twenties New Year’s Eve Party

Coppin's
Coppin's

Bring in the new year in a speakeasy, Old Fashion kind of way at Hotel Covington’s Roaring Twenties New Year’s Eve Party. This premier 21-and-up-only bash includes a drink ticket, light bites and a stroke-of-midnight balloon drop to greet the new year in style. Get your Jay Gatsby on with a special VIP package that includes special event room privileges, open bar and five-course tasting dinner with Hotel Covington’s Executive Chef, Aaron Allen. 

Cincinnati Cyclones Hockey Indoor Fireworks

Cincinnati Cyclones Hockey
Cincinnati Cyclones Hockey

Make a power play this New Year's by taking in a Cincinnati Cyclones Hockey Game versus the Greenville Swamp Rabbits and witness the hottest fireworks show on ice after. Fans of all ages will be amazed by the pyrotechnics on the rink and get fired up for the new year! Special family four-packs are available that include admission, light-up toys and Chick-fil-A sandwich vouchers. 

New Year's Eve at Winterfest

Winterfest at Kings Island
Winterfest at Kings Island

Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the whole gang will be present to ring in the new year with wintery thrills, chills and fun at Kings Island’s Winterfest! Enjoy an early 9pm countdown with Tinker in the Spielzeug Haus for the little ones, or stay late and head to Snoopy‘s Rockin’ Countdown at the International Street Bandstand for a magical celebration. Hang with the Peanuts Gang as they interact with guests in the party zone that has oversized lawn games, family fun and music. The good times begin at 5pm!

Mirror Ball at Music Hall

Music Hall (photo: Mark Lyons)
Music Hall (photo: Mark Lyons)

Revel in the beauty of historic Music Hall in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood this New Year's Eve at the Cincinnati Arts Association's Mirror Ball. The ballroom will amaze you with a futuristic disco atmosphere, dancing, cocktails and late-night lite bites. Be in awe of an aerial perfromance from Elevated Aerialists and hear DJ ETrayn tune in the new year. The fun begins at 9pm and general admission and VIP tickets are available. 

Midnight in Munich at Mecklenburg Gardens

Champagne toast (photo: kosiasha)
Champagne toast (photo: kosiasha)

Cincinnati has a rich German heritage, so what better way to welcome 2020 than by celebrating the Munich New Year! Head to Mecklenburg Gardens in Clifton for a “gut” time, a buffet with delicious German fare, traditional pig roast and family-friendly entertainment from Everything’s Jake in the Bier Hall. Count down to 2020 at 6pm (Munich Midnight) with a champagne toast and live streaming of Brandenburg Gate fireworks in Berlin! 

International New Year at Union Terminal

Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal (photo: Robert Webber)
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal (photo: Robert Webber)

Celebrate the new year all around the world this New Year’s Eve at the Cincinnati Museum Center with their International New Year! CMC will stamp your passport (provided by the museum) as you travel through countries each hour during operating hours. Get stamps from countries like Russia, Pakistan and more! Learn about each country through music, crafts, and unique activities. It's a fun way to take the kids traveling “Around the World” without leaving the region! 

Glow all Out New Year's Eve at Topgolf

Topgolf West Chester (photo: Abby Erwin)
Topgolf West Chester (photo: Abby Erwin)

Drive 2019 out, and swing fore 2020 at Topgolf this New Year’s Eve with a special glow-in-the-dark themed unlimited play party. Reserve your own bay for up to six people starting at 9pm on New Year’s Eve. Special VIP packages are available that include a feast fit for Tiger Woods, party favors and a bottle of sparking wine. Finish the night with a countdown, of “course”, followed by illuminating fireworks. 

New Year's Eve Blast at Fountain Square

Macy's Light Up the Square on Fountain Square (photo: 3CDC)
Macy's Light Up the Square (photo: 3CDC)

Head to the heart of downtown for an evening sure to spark excitement for the new year at New Year's Eve Blast! Music from DJ Jay Kruz, dancing, food and goofy games will be at Fountain Square to enjoy along with ice skating on the UC Health Ice Rink! 2020 will begin with a boom at midnight with a special fireworks show spectacular. This event is free and open to families and all activties begin at 8pm and run till 1am. 

Find more New Year's Eve parties around the region on our events page!

Written by Abby Davidson