There’s nothing like celebrating New Years Eve in the 804! From family fun to parties and gala events – the 804 has something for everyone! If you are still looking for a way to celebrate New Years Eve in the 804, here are a few suggestions for you! Note: Much as we have all enjoyed the annual Carytown New Years Eve Celebration, safety concerns have canceled the event for this year unless an alternate place is made available. We will keep you updated if anything new develops!
For the Family
If you have children, you know that keeping wee ones awake until midnight can be a challenge. Why not let them welcome in the New Year with a Noon Year’s Eve party? Several locations around Richmond will be hosting events counting down to noon for the little revelers in the family!
Noon Year’s Eve at the Science Museum of Virginia – from 10am to 1pm, bring in the noon year with a party complete with a countdown to noon, a drop of 2014 brightly colored bouncy balls and cooking in the Boost! Kitchen, complete with tasty, healthy samples! Included with exhibit admission, free for members.
Romp ‘n Roll HO HO HO-pen New Year’s Eve Celebration – a special event at the West End and Midlothian locations where just before noon, children and parents can count down with a very special toast!
New Year’s Eve Family Frolic at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens – fun for the entire family, photo opportunities with the Garden Keeper and the Butterfly Fairy (bring your cameras) and “roll in the New Year” by rolling down the hill to the Rose Garden (weather permitting of course), live music, crafts, and so much more! Regular admission, all activities are included with the regular Garden admission.
Children’s Museum of Richmond (CMoR) New Year’s Eve Bash – from 10am to 1pm at all locations. CMoR Central will feature special games and activities including a parade with Seymour, a “Countdown to Noon” juice toast, and the drawing for the winner of TWO NEW CARS! CMoR Short Pump and CMoR Chesterfield will feature special games and activities including a character parade and a “Countdown to Noon” juice toast.
Noon Year’s Eve at Uptown Alley – ring in the New Year at Midlothian’s awesome bowling alley with the family. Food, fun, games, bowling and more.
First Night Williamsburg – fun for the entire family beginning at 3PM and ending at 7:30PM for the little ones with a grand finale fireworks show. Children 5 and under are free, $15 buttons on sale online and at participating shops in Williamsburg.
RVA on Ice – come and skate New Year’s Eve from 12pm to 7pm. Rink is open New Year’s Day from 12pm to 10pm. From 2pm to 4pm on 12/31 and 1/1, cartoonist Stanley Rayfield and Uncle Curt (renowned balloon artist) will be at the rink. Come and welcome in the New Year and take home free crafts, have your face painted, a picture drawn, or wear an individualized “one of a kind” sculpture made of balloons! All activities are free and open to ice skating participants.
For the Adults
Most of your favorite pubs and clubs will be having something special going on for New Year’s Eve, but if you’d like to step out of the norm and do something a bit different, we have a few suggestions for you below!
Le Masque Roaring 20s Masquerade NYE Gala – this event benefits the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation., Beginning at 9PM on December 31 at the Main Street Station. The ultimate evening of mystery and enchantment in the heart of the city at a masquerade ball. Live band will be performing and a DJ, drinks, hors d’oeuvre buffet and a champagne toast at midnight are included.
Wrecking Ball New Year’s Eve at The Hippodrome – tickets can be purchased online, at the door or by calling the box office. All details are on their website. Event begins at 9PM on 12/31 and ends at 2AM on 1/1. Located at 528 North 2nd Street.
Drop the Ball at Art Works Studios and Galleries – Come dressed to impress and Drop the Ball at Art Works where you can rock to live music with the Robbin Steel Band. Guests will enjoy a heavy hor d’oeuvre buffet from some of Richmond’s favorite restaurants, champagne toast in a commemorative glass, noisemakers for the big event as well as dessert and coffee. Each attendee will also receive 2 art raffle tickets (you can buy more for $1 each at the party). All proceeds from the event go towards maintenance and repairs for the art center to offer a safe, affordable workspace and galleries for Richmond’s artists.