Things to do for New Year’s Eve in Cincinnati – Ringing in 2023

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.

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Say goodbye to 2022 and have some fun on New Year’s Eve! Here are some spots to herald in 2023…

Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Events:

It’s a New Year’s Eve Blast at Fountain Square. Party on the plaza or celebrate on the ice – either way, Fountain Square is the place to be this New Year’s Eve. They’ll have a DJ, a Kids Countdown at 7:10pm, and a Midnight Countdown at 12am.The party goes from 6pm to 12:30am.

Happy ZOO Year!  “Party Animals” of all ages are invited to celebrate the 14th annual Happy ZOO Year at The Cincinnati Zoo. This New Years bash will take place at the Zoo on Saturday, December 31 with a kid-friendly, early countdown at 8pm.

Kings Island Winterfest invites you to their New Years Eve celebration. They’ll have one countdown in Tannenbaumhaus beginning at 9:30 PM that’s perfect for families and a midnight countdown complete with fireworks. Park guests will also experience the shimmering lights, activities and the extravagant décor of WinterFest along with the final park rides of the year. They open at 4pm and rides (those open for Winterfest) operate from 5-10pm.

BB Riverboats is offering a  New Year’s Eve Kids Cruise. Come aboard and ring in 2023….just not so late at night! Bring the whole family for a countdown to 2023 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. All seating is reserved.  

Bircus Brewing is offering a Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Party, 5-7pm. The event will feature a Circus Mojo performance and instructional workshop, woodfired pizza, and a 7:00 “ball drop” with a ginger ale toast at “midnight”. Party with your kids and be home by bedtime, what more could you want out of a New Year’s Eve wing ding? Tickets required.

Ring in 2023 at Hueston Woods! Start the New Year off right with a great family friendly celebration in the Teepee Ballroom. Stay with us on Dec. 31st and have fun with a safe, family-friendly party! This party requires booking an overnight stay at Hueston Woods.

Cincinnati Cyclones have a 6pm hockey game followed by NYE fireworks… INSIDE!

Winter Weekends in Burnet Woods is a day event for nature lover. The birds may have left for the winter… but learn about what different animals do during the winter months. Explore hibernation, migration, and toleration. Additionally, nature center animals ,may make an appearance for an animal talk! 

New Year’s Eve Events for the 21 and Up Crowd Only:

Northern Row Brewery and Distillery (one of our personal favorites) is having a New Years Eve 4-Course Dinner and Drinks celebration, 6:30pm to midnight.

Taft’s Brewing Company is hosting “Back to the 90’s: New Year’s Eve Bash”, 7pm-12:30am. Ring in the New Year with a DJ spinnin’ 90’s tracks, classic board games, themed food and drinks, a photo booth and much more! Each ticket includes: 3 beer tickets (redeemable only for beer), 90’s snack and candy buffet (think homemade pizza bagel bites and hot pockets), 1 champagne toast at midnight, 1 raffle ticket for the money machine.

Queen City Exchange is hosting a NYE bash with a DJ, appetizers, Champagne, and an open bar. Doors open at 9pm. Tickets required.

Dive into the New Year at Rhinegeist NYE: Under the Sea 2023, happening from 9pm to 2am. DJ + dancing, 360 degree underwater photo booth, midnight bubble balloon drop, and plenty of celebratory beverages! Coat check is available. Tickets are $20 at the door (no pre-sale). Party sets sail at 9pm—wetsuits welcome!

Mecklenburg’s Garden hosts “Midnight in Munich“. The evening begins at 4pm with authentic German beer specials, hors d’oeuvres, and live music in the Bier Hall as well as live music at their main bar. At Midnight in Munich (6:00 PM Zinzinnati time), you’ll celebrate the New Year with a balloon drop and a champagne toast. Dinner will be served following the celebration. Tickets required.

Enjoy a New Year’s Eve Cruise with BB Riverboats, 9pm to 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. All seating is reserved. 

16Lots Brewing Company is hosting a New Year’s Eve Celebration with Ashton Wolf Dueling Pianos. Enjoy food, beer and cider. They’ll have a Champagne toast at midnight and a great night of fun music and sing-alongs! Doors open at 7pm. Tickets required.

Ring in 2023 at Vinkolet Winery. They’re offering two different packages. Grilled to Perfection is located in the main dining room and includes your dinner (reservations required, offered for 5-7:30). Dinner and Dancing (tickets required) is located in the banquet room, 7pm-1am.

Have some fun at the Midnight on Madison NYE Party. Hotel Covington is the spot to ring in the New Year in style. Your ticket includes admission to the event and one drink. DJ Jemal Potter will keep you dancing into 2023. Light bites available for purchase, a “bubble bar” sponsored by GH Mumm, champagne fountain, 360 photo booth, balloon drop, confetti cannons, and more! 

Roll in the New Year at Fretboard Brewing Company with The Almond Butter Band. Starts at 7pm. Tickets required.

Braxton Brewing Company is hosting NYE in NKY, starting at 7pm. They’ll have DJ’s all night, a photobooth, all you can eat buffet (catered by Gomez), drinks, and a midnight toast. Tickets required.

Enjoy the View at Shires’ Garden for New Years Eve. Enjoy a three course dinner, sparkling wine toast, and a Silent Disco in the Parlor… all on the rooftop! Book via OpenTable.

Don’t miss out Bubbles and Bow Ties: Igbys’ New Year’s Eve 2023 on Saturday, December 31st. The fun starts at 9pm. VIP bottle service tables available (see link above). Tickets include a Champagne toast and party favors. Cocktail attire encouraged.

Liberty Center will have a brief fireworks show at midnight. They say the best viewing location will be the west side of Liberty Center near The Square.

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.

10 thoughts on “Things to do for New Year’s Eve in Cincinnati – Ringing in 2023”

  1. Not sure if my phone needs an update or what? But i haven’t seen a new weekend edition in a month. January and February r too depressing without fun things to do. And you manage to find fun, affordable and unique things to do on a regular basis. Keep up the good work. And thank you for making this past fall not so sad.

  2. Hi There,
    Schwartz’s Point Jazz Club, in OTR, is also having a New Year’s Eve Jazz Party featuring the Ron Enyard Quartet w/ David Tarbell on vocals. $29 pre-order tickets include Live Jazz Performance, Full Dinner, & Champagne Toast, in a unique, cozy, yet classy atmosphere. Tickets and Menu are on Eventbrite:
    Thanks so much and Happy Holidays!

  3. Hello,
    Another great New Year’s Event is The Confetti Ball in Covington, KY right over the river at the Frock. Tickets are $40 per person. Includes music entertainment, a dance floor, photo booth, Free Drinks, appetizers & Champagne Toast. Tickets and info can be found on Eventbrite:
    Have a safe and Happy Holiday!

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