Looking for something to do for New Year’s Eve in Cincinnati? We’ve compiled two lists of New Year’s Eve events – one for Family Friendly New Year’s Eve ideas and one list just for the adult party goers.
Adult and Kid Friendly New Year’s Eve Events:
Cincinnati Museum Center will be celebrating in the restored Rotunda as they explore unique New Year customs, games and music from around the globe! 11am – 5pm
Happy ZOO Year! New Years activities for party animals of all ages 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.
End your 2018 in a family friendly setting with Cyclones Hockey and their special NYE Fireworks. The Cincinnati Cyclones NYE Fireworks Night has a special start time of 6pm to make sure your little ones can watch the game, the fireworks display, and still make it home for bedtime.
Experience New Year’s Eve (day) at “Hogwarts!” Countdown to the new year while you create a magical craft, test your knowledge on all things Potter by playing games inspired by the books and movies, hike the Forbidden Forest and much more! Hosted by Cincinnati Parks, tickets are on sale now!
New this year, for the first time ever, ring in the new year at Kings Island! 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!
Northgate Mall hosts “NOON Year’s Eve” with free fun, games and a kid’s countdown at noon! Dec. 31, 10am – 1pm.
The Kenton County Library is hosting a kid-friendly Noon Year’s Eve Party to ring in the new year early with crafts, snacks, music and dancing without staying up late. There will even be a balloon drop and soda pop toast at noon.
BB Riverboats is offering a New Year’s Eve Kids Cruise. Come aboard and ring in 2019….just not so late at night! Bring the whole family for a countdown to 2019 at 12:00 noon. Your cruise will be complete with all the party favors as well as a DJ for entertainment. There will be some great activities throughout the day for the kids 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.
Cheers to 2019 at Dave & Busters. Dave & Busters is offering an exciting and FUN way for you & your family to ring in the New Year! They will offer loads of excitement with our New Year’s
Eve package which combines all the Food & FUN that guests have grown to love at Dave & Buster’s. 5-8pm.
Oakley Family New Year’s Eve: Come kick off your NYE festivities with all of your Oakley neighbors and friends from 7-9pm on Oakley Square! Family NYE countdown with Rozzi Fireworks on the square will be at 8pm!
New Year’s Eve Events for the 21 and Up Crowd Only:
Head to Fountain Square for New Year’s Eve Blast. Start off 2019 with a bang by celebrating New Year’s Eve at Fountain Square! Join us and our host from Mix 94.9 Cincinnati for a family-friendly New Year’s Eve along with thousands of fellow Cincinnatians. Dance the night away, grab some grub, and participate in goofy games on the Fountain Square stage and rink. Be sure to stick around to welcome 2019 with a fireworks show when the clock strikes midnight. This event is FREE and no tickets are required. The Ice Rink presented bwill also be open during the event. Admission to the rink is $6 and skate rental is $4. 8pm – 1am.
Rhinegeist NYE 2019. Paint the town black and white. Head to Rhinegeist this New Year’s Eve for a night of vintage elegance and classic carousal as they conjure up a film noir fantasy to greet 2019. Beer, wine and cocktails served all night to the musical stylings of DJ Matty Joy (taproom) and Jess Lamb and the Factory (event space lounge). Capture the night in a custom-themed photo booth, and mark the new year’s arrival with a two-tone midnight balloon drop. Auld Lang Syne!
New Years Eve at The Rook OTR. Enjoy an entire night of gaming with a special food and drink menu full of delicious, discounted cocktails and snacks! Feel free to bring a group along and enjoy your own game, or join in a group game such as Werewolf, 90’s speed round, Two Rooms and a Boom or other tournaments happening throughout the night! Your ticket includes a champagne toast at midnight as well!
Cheers to 2019! MadTree’s second-annual New Year’s Eve celebration will bring more beer, bands, and balloons as they transform the Taproom, Beer Garden, and Barrel Warehouse for this year’s ticketed event!
Midnight in Munich at Mecklenburg Gardens. The evening begins at 4:00 PM with authentic German beer specials, hors d’oeuvres and live music from Everything’s Jake in the Bier Hall as well as live music in our main bar. At Midnight in Munich (6:00 PM Zinzinnati time), we’ll celebrate the New Year with a champagne toast and a live stream of the Brandenburg Gate fireworks in Berlin! Dinner will be served following the celebration.
New Years Eve Celebration at 21C Museum Hotel. Confuse reality with its replica at a NYE Fete only The Great Gatsby could dream up. In pursuit of making each year better than the last, 21c Cincinnati and Metropole aim to blow away the gilded truths and fictions of 2018 as you, our Guests, dare to party like the bootleggers and flappers of the 1920s.
Inspired by the Carnivals of South America and the Caribbean, New Years Eve at the Netherland Plaza – Continental Ballroom will be one of the “hottest” NYE parties in Cincinnati!
New Year’s and Chill with March First Brewing. Are you looking for the perfect laid back New Year’s Party? March First Brewing and Distilling has you covered! Come New Year’s and Chill with us!
The 10th Annual New Year’s Eve Speakeasy Party at Know Theatre. 8pm – 1am. Party like it’s 1923 at Know’s annual New Years’ Eve bash! Flappers, fedoras, martinis, and jazz – plus, back-room casino games and more. Once inside the NYE Speakeasy, you can look forward to live music, a swingin’ DJ, tasty appetizers, and tons of giggle juice – plus a few surprises they have up our sleeves, to boot!
Igby’s hosts “An Elegant Affair”. Doors open at 9pm (event goes til 2:30am). 21 and up, cocktail attire.
Mt. Adams Pavilion hosts “New Year’s Eve Ball 2018”. Doors open at 9pm. 21 and up, cocktail attire preferred.
Enjoy a New Year’s Eve Cruise with BB Riverboats, 9pm t0 1am. Cincinnati’s sparkling skyline provides a spectacular backdrop as they cruise into the new year. This magical night includes a special three-entree buffet, entertainment, a split of champagne at midnight, late night snack buffet, and party favors. Boarding begins at 8pm.
Queen City Exchange will have an open bar, appetizer buffet and a champagne toast at midnight!
FUNK OFF 2018! New Year’s Eve at Urban Artifact. 9pm – 1am. This year has been full of ups and downs for everyone, so help us bring in the new year by telling 2018 to FUNK OFF! with some get down funk music and wild beer all night long
Welcome to the New Year’s Eve at Tokyo Kittyfeaturing the Kawaii Circus: an eclectic immersion of infinite creativity where joyful acrobats, dancers, and bartenders pass around the carnival treats and pink bubbly as we countdown to 2019. Step right up for the greatest New Year’s Eve presented in a technicolor soundscape of karaoke and high energy dance!
Topgolf is ringing in the New Year by throwing one of their biggest parties of the year. Enjoy live entertainment, a chef-inspired menu and an unforgettable midnight celebration. Upgrade to the VIP experience for exclusive access to an all-inclusive Premium NYE Feast with carving station and a bottle of bubbly* to share with friends.
Back by popular demand, Higher Gravity and Northside Now will be hosting a private, ticketed party to ring in the new year!
Low Spark is hosting an NYE Pre-Party with $3 select shots from 9-11pm before counting down to 2019!
You can also avoid the hassle of making New Year’s Eve plans when you celebrate the end of 2018 at The Righteous Room! Enter for only a $10 cover starting at 11pm, no tickets needed! Start off 2019 stress-free!
Each year Vinoklet Winery throws a fantastic party for New Year’s Eve that you don’t want to miss. Wine, Beer, Dancing, & Music by DJ Dave King. This event is for those 21 and over.
Get ready to bring in the new year and dance the night away at the second annual Lure NYE Masquerade Ball! Expect the unexpected during an evening full of enigma, elegance and excitement at the newly relaunched Radisson Hotel in Covington!
You’re cordially invited to The Stretch’s Third Annual “Clink and Drink” NYE Party! Doors open at 8pm on Monday, December 31st. Get there early to enjoy half-price drafts and $2 off select calls from 8pm – 10pm!
Two Parties, One Epic Night! JACK Cincinnati Casino is taking its celebration up a notch and will host two exciting New Year’s Eve parties. Enjoy live entertainment, mouth watering dining options and a chance to win a share of more than $30,000 in cash and prizes, all under one roof.
Cinci Tin Roof will be kissing 2018 goodbye and greeting 2019 in style with live music and good times.
Mark one thing off your holiday to-do list and secure your NYE ticket for the celebration at The Birch! Heavy Hors d’oeuvres by Chef Alex, desserts by Kate Hudson, late night bites and DJ entertainment are just a few highlights!
First Midnight at 3 Points Urban Brewery! Live DJs and dancing, performance art throughout the night, and even more tricks up their sleeves to make the night special.
New Year’s Eve Party with The Ron Enyard Quartet at Schwartz Point. Celebrate in a romantic & intimate, yet superbly classy atmosphere. You’ll feel as if you’ve gone to Paris for the night – enjoying excellent Jazz, a delicious Buffet Dinner, and a Champagne Toast!
“Dancin’ through the Decades” New Year’s Eve Dance at Pebble Creek Golf Course. For just $55 per person enjoy a night of heavy hors d’oeuvres, late night breakfast, and a champagne toast!
The Trailer Park Floosies want you to have a Happy New Year at MVP Sports Bar & Grille! $5 cover and $2 jello shots.
No cover, no worries! Rosedale OTR welcomes everyone to a “Neighborhood New Year’s Eve” on Sunday, December 31st. Give 2018 the send off it deserves, and welcome 2019 with an enthusiastic toast!
St Anthony of Padua Maronite Church is hosting a New Year’s Eve Party with delicious food, drinks, music and dancing. Babysitting options are available upon request!
Swing in the New Year with CincyHop! The Cincinnati tradition continues with great music and dancing. If you’ve never been swing dancing before, it’s a great time to learn! Bring a friend, and come on out. Snacks and champagne will be provided.
Knights of Peter Calver promote the best New Year’s Eve Dance Party in Cincinnati. For only $20.00 they’ve got you covered with food, free beer, setups, champagne toast. & party favors to bring in the new year!
All events were accurate at the time of this posting but things do happen and events do occasionally get canceled or postponed. You should always double check with the event source before you head out the door. Links for each event are provided so that you can be sure the date is still accurate before you head out.