Let the Countdown Begin: Places to Celebrate New Year’s in New England
Who needs Times Square? Bundling up for a ball drop can’t compete with the warmth of a roaring fire or dancing the night away to a live band. If you're on the hunt for places to celebrate New Year’s in New England, bring your party hats and confetti to one of these locations.
Places to Celebrate New Year’s With Dinner, Dancing, and More
Dress Up and Boogie Down at These New England Destinations
Ringing in the new year with some dinner and dancing is a classic that will never grow stale. If you feel the same, head to one of these places to celebrate New Year’s (and don’t forget your dancing shoes!).
- York Harbor Inn presents an all-encompassing itinerary complete with finger foods, a multi-course dinner, and a themed Gala in the Yorkshire Ballroom. Previous themes have ranged from “Disco Inferno” to “Beach Ball” — perfect if you’re looking to squeeze in a dressier, second round of Halloween into your year.
- The White Mountain Hotel & Resort have drawn crowds with their blow-out bashes for over 28 years. These Black Tie Optional parties feature energetic live music, a cocktail reception, party favors, and gourmet sit-down dinner. A balloon drop at midnight ensures the night ends on a memorable note.
- White Barn Inn & Spa keeps guests entertained with unlimited champagne, a black tie optional prix fixe gourmet dinner, and an evening of dancing.
- Cliff House Maine caps off a night of excitement with a viewing of fireworks off of Bald Head Cliff. Before the colorful conclusion, guests enjoy an elaborate evening with two dinner options and a live band.
- The Common Man Inn & Restaurant presents a party complete with champagne, gift bags, and a ballroom celebration with a DJ and dancing.
- Cape Codder Resort & Spa lets guests buffet their way to the new year with dinner and dessert spreads prepared by the resort’s award-winning Executive Chef, followed by an evening of dancing and a midnight champagne toast.
You don’t exactly celebrate New Year’s the way you used to if you’ve got mini-me’s along for the adventure. Families aren’t out of options, though, as many places add family-friendly celebrations to the mix.
- Jackson Gore Inn moves the clock forward so the whole family can celebrate together. Their family-friendly bash features an early evening chock-full of activities like mountain coaster rides, magic shows, games, and a DJ Dance Party. A fireworks display caps off the night, giving everyone plenty of shuteye to enjoy an early start on the mountain the next morning.
- Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa hosts two party options: a formal New Year’s Eve Gala and a more family-friendly celebration with a buffet dinner, photo booth, DJ, and holiday activities.
- The Nantucket Hotel & Resort offers an island of options fit for families with kiddos. The hotel offers a 21-and-older New Year’s Eve Ball alongside a supervised kid’s celebration for children ages 5 to 12 with s’more, pizza, games, and a movie.
- Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa brings two options to the table with a festive family celebration complete with face painting and caricature drawings, or a multi-course dinner that even includes a 3- r 4-course dinner just for the kids.
Parties With a Focused on Feasting
If a mouthwatering menu is your cause for celebration, aim for places to celebrate New Year’s that put a feast front-and-center.
- Wolf Cove Inn takes a fun and festive approach to New Year’s “bar hopping” with scrumptious dinner bars perfect for mingling and munching. Head to the “Mashtini” and “Mactini” bars to load up on a martini glass full of mashed potatoes and homemade mac n’ cheese, or scout out the Skewer bar for chicken, beef, and zucchini-mushroom treats on a stick.
- Madison Beach Hotel entices guests to start their seaside weekend with a special Brunch by the Beach offering.
- Vanderbilt dishes out a cocktail reception, five-course dinner, and after-dinner jazz party on New Year’s Eve. The next morning, guests dig into a full à-la-carte brunch to round out a weekend of treats.
Quirky and Unique Celebrations
Looking to greet midnight with something a little more out-of-the-box? Consider these options for unique ways to celebrate New Year’s.
- Inn at Pleasant Lake dedicates the last night of the year to a good cause, hosting a five-course dinner and a Gallery of Trees event to benefit the New Hampshire Food Bank.
- Purity Spring Resort celebrates with an outdoor bash at King Pine Ski Area complete with a bonfire, racing, torchlight parade, and fireworks.
- Woods Hole Inn invites guests to watch the Brazen Belle’s take the stage with two tickets to a New Year’s Eve show featuring Cape Cod’s popular burlesque troupe.
Keepin’ It Cozy
A wild party and open bar isn’t the way everyone chooses to end the year — but that doesn’t mean intimate plans are destined to be spent at home.
- Rabbit Hill Inn keeps the dinner and dancing to a manageable size with an intimate themed celebration in their cozy, 19-room inn.
- Snapdragon Inn offers a quiet retreat for those seeking to escape the party atmosphere. Grab someone special to share dinner for two at a nearby restaurant, or mingle during a casual midnight mixer in the library.
- Red Clover Inn & Restaurant welcomes New Year’s visitors with a roaring fireplace, locally-sourced cuisine, and live jazz for a calm and enjoyable end to a busy year.
Whether you RSVP to one of the above festivities or continue to search for places to celebrate New Year’s, we can help you track down a perfect (and convenient) spot to celebrate and sleep under one roof in New England.