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, 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 8 p.m., and you will set sail at 9 p.m. BB Riverboats is also offering a special Kids New Year’s Lunch Cruise that starts earlier in the day at 11:30 a.m. with a 10:30 a.m. 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 enjoy the zoo starting as early as 1 p.m. with PNC Festival of Lights activities beginning at 4 p.m. Then count down a bit earlier to the “New Year” as a part of Happy Zoo Year! (Reservations for zoo admission required.)

New Year's Eve Skate at Fountain Square

Fountain Square Ice Rink
Fountain Square Ice Rink

While the annual New Year's Eve Blast celebration has been cancelled for 2020, you can still head to the heart of downtown for an evening sure to spark excitement for the new year! The UC Health Ice Rink, presented by Fifth Third Bank, at Fountain Square will be open and ready and all rink patrons get free 2021 glasses to sport while skating compliments of Cincinnati Bell. The Winter Wonder Lights Show – an eight-minute light show that dances across Fountain Square’s rink and plaza – plays for each rink session starting at 4 p.m. and concludes with a Faux Family Countdown. Be sure to make reservations in advance! (Click here for more ice skating rinks options for New Year's Eve fun.)

MASKerade at Taft's Ale House

Taft's Ale House
Taft's Ale House

Say good riddance to 2020 with Taft's Ale House's MASKerade, a five-course dining event with specialty cocktails and a champagne toast with dessert. The event runs 5 to 9 p.m., and seating is limited to comply with social distancing requirements, so get your tickets today!

Throwback Thursday 90's New Year's Eve at Cartridge Brewing

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

Travel back to the 90s with Cartridge Brewing's first New Year's Eve event. Enjoy a five-course tasting menu, drink pairings, music by Austing Ellis of "The Voice" and all the 90's fashion you can handle. An early faux countdown wraps things up in time for guests to get home safely before midnight.

Cheers to the New Year at Topgolf

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

Drive 2020 out, and swing fore 2021 at Topgolf this New Year’s Eve. Reserve your own heated bay for up to six people with food, games, drinks and fun. COVID-19 safety protocols are in place for a safe and healthy celebration. 

Holiday Lights Displays

PNC Festival of Lights (photo: Cincinnati Zoo)
PNC Festival of Lights (photo: Cincinnati Zoo)

Glittering holiday lights displays are always popular (definitely moreso this year!). Load up the family into the car for a safe, warm and socially-distanced dazzling lights experience. Click here for a list of Dazzling Holiday Light Displays throughout Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

Written by Abby Davidson & Amber Potter