Got New Year’s Eve plans? SKC’s Top Picks for Family Friendly NYE Celebrations!

Ready or not here comes 2023! As 2022 comes to a close and 2023 begins, regardless of how rocky the past few years have been, it still calls for some reflection and a celebration! You and your family deserve to put on your party hats, blow your party blowers and ring in the New Year!

Check out our guide for all of the local family friendly New Year’s Eve celebrations! Happy New Year Seacoast Kids & Families!

SKC’s New Year’s Eve Celebration Guide for Saturday, December 31, 2022

Family New Years at the Children’s Museum

Join us at the Children’s Museum of NH in Dover for our family friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration and ring in the New Year before bedtime!

CMNH’s annual daytime New Year’s Eve Celebration is a long-time family favorite. Parents, children and extended families can ring in 2023 together while the sun is shining. We stage two “countdowns to midnight” at 10:30am during the morning play session (9am-Noon), and at 2:00pm during the afternoon play session (12:30-3:30pm.) Reserve your time here!

These countdowns will make you feel like you’re in Times Square. Everyone receives a noisemaker and gets to create their own sparkly party hat. Enjoy a New Year’s photo booth as well! As “midnight” draws closer, guests gather in the center of the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire beneath a glittery disco ball hung 30 feet up.

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First Night Portsmouth
The tradition of First Night fireworks (and ice sculpture!) – a true community event that everyone can enjoy when ringing in the New Year – will return this year thanks to community support. This year’s First Night plan is focused on the great outdoors, and features ice sculpture and fireworks.

Ice Sculpture Installation:  Ice sculpture carving/setup begins at approx. 2pm.
Fireworks Display: Fireworks displays (South Mill Pond) at 7:30pm
PLEASE NOTE: There aren’t any indoor performances this year, so no admission fees/First Night Buttons required.

Open House and Fireworks at Hampton Beach
In the spirit of the holidays, we have something to cheer about – a few things, actually – that will be taking place on New Year’s Eve. Not only will we be having fireworks on the beach at the top of B & C Streets at 8 p.m. but the Blue Ocean Discovery Center will host an Open House from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. They will also be serving warm drinks (coffee and hot cocoa) and cookies at their location on Ocean Boulevard (180 Ocean Boulevard). Refreshments and snacks are courtesy of Harris Real Estate. Fireworks are sponsored by the Hampton Beach Village District.

Family Friendly NYE Celebration at Auspicious Brew
Want to go out on NYE but don’t want to hire a babysitter and drop a few hundred on dinner and drinks? Join us this New Year’s Eve for a FAMILY FRIENDLY celebration! Bring the kids in their jammies and hang out in the brewery before you head home to watch the ball drop. Our menu will be on offer and our friends at Dos Mexican Eats will be serving up delicious and budget-friendly food if you want to dine out that night. $5 per child includes…

✨ Snacks by our friends at Popzup
✨ Craft activity
✨ 2023 NYE photo booth…and more!

Space is limited. Reserve your spots here!

New Years Eve Ride at Charmingfare Farm
Come Celebrate with us! Climb aboard the sleigh of your choosing and head for the party. Our horses are sure to provide you with a spirited ride on this evening. It should take about 40 minutes to get you comfortably settled around the roaring bonfires. Our staff has prepared a wonderful meal for everyone to enjoy camp fireside. There will be music, laughter and good cheer to be had by all. Holiday lights will be bright along the trail. We’re Cookin’ on the Grill: Homemade Chicken noodle soup served with crackers, assortment of chocolate treats, hot cocoa & bottled water.

Celebrate New Year’s Day  January 1st with Brunch at Exeter Bowling Lanes
Doors open at 10am on New Year Day, Sunday, January 1, 2021. Enjoy the annual brunch starting at 10:30am and served until it’s gone. Join the fun FREE glow bowling from 10:00am to 12:00 noontime. You must purchase your tickets in advance or risk this event being sold out the day of. $20 per Adult and $8/12 and under. Tickets are on sale now! Call 603-772-3856 to reserve yours.

Looking for some fun celebrations just a little further away?

First Night Party at Tuscan Village (Salem, NH)
Join us at Tuscan Village for the kick off to the New Year! Enjoy an evening of live music entertainment from “Silver Springs” – a Fleetwood Mac tribute band, our annual Luc Belaire Champagne Chalet Party, and even an ice bar & luge! On top of the festivities, experience the last day of the Holiday Shoppes being open here at Tuscan Village. Celebrate into the new year while watching the live stream of the New York City Ball Drop here at Tuscan Village!

“KidNight” New Year’s Eve Celebration at L.L.Bean (Freeport, ME)
Ring in the new year early from 11:00am – 6:00pm at our annual event, a favorite with families. We’ll have fun activities and entertainment all day, ending with an spectacular fireworks display – all before bedtime!

Kids’ Crafts: Make a Festive Party Hat
11 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Kids’ Department
Get ready for the big countdown! We’ll have all the supplies
kids need to create their very own New Year’s Eve party hat.

Double or Nothing: Comedy Juggling Show
11 a.m. & 2 p.m. (30-min. performances)
Shane Miclon and Steve Corning are the duo behind this high-energy show,
featuring feats of juggling, off-the-cuff comedy, and audience participation.

Matt Heaton & The Outside Toys: Family Music
Noon & 3 p.m. (30-min. performances)
Whether you call it children’s music, kindie rock, or toddlerbilly, the songs and
humor of Matt Heaton & The Outside Toys will entertain kids and adults alike.

Comedy Illusionist Ben Pratt: Magic, Laughs & Sleight of Hand!
1 p.m. & 4 p.m. (30-min. performances)
Combining in-your-face standup comedy with award-winning magic, Ben Pratt
has performed his one-of-a-kind act on some of New England’s biggest stages.

Free Concert with Motor Booty Affair
5 p.m., followed by our “KidNight” Countdown at 6 p.m.
It’s the funkiest finale ever, featuring Motor Booty Affair, whose raucous ‘70s-inspired
act has earned them the title of “The Ultimate Disco Party Band.” After the show, the
countdown to “KidNight” begins, ending with a surprise sendoff!

2022 New Year’s Eve on the Waterfront Ice Sculpture Stroll (Boston, MA)
Waterfront Ice Sculpture Stroll is back! Get ready to count down to 2023 with more than 30 ice sculptures hosted by businesses and cultural sites across the waterfront – the largest Stroll EVER! Don your winter boots and get strolling during this FREE and fun waterfront excursion. A lineup of 30+ unique ice sculptures will be on display from 1:00pm – dusk on December 31, 2022. Follow the Ice Sculpture Stroll to 32 sites from 1:00 – 5:00pm on December 31, 2022. Enjoy other waterfront sites and activities along the way such as:

Touch a Truck at The Envoy Hotel from 12:00 – 4:00pm
Holiday Lights on the Trellis at Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park
Winter Optics lights exhibit on the Rose Kennedy Greenway
Snowport, Seaport’s much-loved Winter Village and more at #BundleUpBoston


Looking for more family fun in 2022 and beyond? Check the Seacoast Kids Calendar for daily ideas on where to go and what to do!



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