Looking for things to do on New Year's Eve in the Cincy Region? We've rounded up a few exciting ways to ring in the new year! Don't forget to check out the full list of events on New Year's Eve

Float into the New Year with BB Riverboats

BB Riverboats (photo: A Imaging)
BB Riverboats (photo: A Imaging)

Toast the new year on the Ohio River! BB Riverboats will float you into the new year with a three-entrée buffet, entertainment, and of course, a cruise on the mighty 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 enjoy a kid-friendly 8 p.m. countdown to the “New Year” as a part of Happy Zoo Year

New Year's Eve at Winterfest

Winterfest at Kings Island
Winterfest at Kings Island

Head over to King's Island's Winterfest for a New Year's Eve Countdown featuring a giant balloon drop and close out the year with music and fireworks at the stroke of midnight!

The celebration for the entire family is from 4 p.m. - 1 a.m.

New Year's Eve Blast at Fountain Square

Fountain Square Ice Rink
Fountain Square Ice Rink

The annual New Year's Eve Blast celebration is back on Friday, December 31 (6-12:30 a.m.), so you can party on the plaza or celebrate on the ice. The UC Health Ice Rink, presented by Fifth Third Bank, at Fountain Square will be open and ready. 

• Hot, cold, and bubbly drinks a Fountain Square's Bar

• Heaters and high-top tables to gather around with family and friends

• DJ Natalie Jones & host, Jay Kruz, onstage setting the party vibe

• A Kids Countdown at 7:10 p.m. and Midnight Countdown at midnight.

Let's Ring In The New Year! at Hofbrauhaus

Hofbrauhaus Newport (photo: KentuckyTourism.com)
Hofbrauhaus in Newport, Kentucky

Skip the champagne and toast a giant stein of German beer at Hofbrauhaus! Enjoy live music and a special holiday menu in this iconic biergarten. 

Cincinnati Cyclones vs Icemen + indoor fireworks at Heritage Bank Center

Cincinnati Cyclones

Celebrate the new year with the whole family and the Cincinnati Cyclones! Game starts at 6:00 p.m. and stick around after the game for the indoor fireworks show on the ice! 

NYE Party at Deadlow Brewing Co.

Party all night long at Deadlow Brewing this New Year's Eve! Enjoy comedy, live music, heavy appetizers, ice skating, champagne toast, keg drop, and more! 

Holiday Lights Displays

PNC Festival of Lights (photo: @anadventureshared)
PNC Festival of Lights (photo: @anadventureshared)

Glittering holiday light displays are always popular. From PNC Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens to the Winter Lights River Nights display on the Purple People Bridge, there are many festive light displays to enjoy in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

Looking for more NYE ideas, check out our full events calendar for fun things to do in Cincy!


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