Well, it’s almost New Year’s Eve and if the time has snuck up on you, like it did us, then you may not have made plans yet to celebrate. No problem. Whether you are looking for something for just the two of you, the whole family, or with a group, we have pulled together some of our TravelingMom’s last minute favorite New Year’s Eve suggestions from around the world. There is so much to do wherever you are that we encourage you to take advantage and then, of course, let us know all about your fabulous New Year’s Eve!

Need a last-minute idea for celebrating New Year's Eve this year? Our Traveling Moms offer their suggestions for where to celebrate New Year's Eeve around the world.

We realize everyone likes to celebrate New Year’s Eve in their own way. Some love to go all out, barring no expense or extravagance, while others just want a quiet celebration spent with loved ones. The best news is it’s easy to ring in the New Year either way and we have tons of suggestions from TravelingMoms to prove you can have it your way…

Last Minute Ways To Celebrate New Year’s Eve Around The World

Where:  Outside around the world

From:  Amanda, Rural TravelingMom

Family friendly and FREE

Mother Nature!  Get into your own backyard or a local park and just be!  Our favorite pastime for NYE is to bundle up, venture out, and just enjoy the splendor of the outdoor world.  We write our wishes and goals for the New Year on lanterns and release them.

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Enjoy New Year’s Eve in nature. Photo credit Amanda Williams, Rural TravelingMom.

We have a little campfire and marshmallows.  We take time to look at the stars and huddle together, thankful for all the memories of travel, family, and fun that the year has given us; eager to adventure together for another round!  Sometimes we can see area fireworks from wherever we are.

Where:  New York City

From:  Terri, Globetrotting TravelingGrandmom and Judy, Vegetarian TravelingMom

Family friendly and FREE

Terri says, “With all the madness that descends on Times Square for NYE, I always opt to move the party uptown to Central Park. Every year, a  four mile run kicks off at midnight to fireworks over the park. No need to race. Just show up and count down to 2017 and watch the fireworks over the city’s most iconic park.”

Judy says, “Central Park at midnight is usually a no-go, but it’s truly festive on New Year’s Eve. New York Road Runners sponsors a four mile fun run that ends with sparkling cider; the best way to get started on a healthy New Year. The fun starts at 10 p.m. and includes fireworks, face painting, and music.”

Where:  London and the UK

From:  Sherry, Luxe TravelingMom

All ages and FREE to very expensive.

London is absolutely one of my favorite cities in the world.  I was very fortunate to have lived there for several years and have spent multiple New Year’s Eves there as my best friend still lives outside of London. You can see fireworks over the Thames, which are just simply indescribable; walk the city and people watch, stopping at pubs alone the way; pick your favorite restaurant or hotel and reserve a table; or hit the country and party at one of their gorgeous hotels like Gidleigh Park or Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. The choices are numerous and out of this world fun!

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Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons during the holidays. Photo credit Sherry Wernicke, Luxe TravelingMom.

Where:  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

From:  Karyn, Road Trip TravelingMom

Family Friendly

Cost:  $8 in advance, $10 at the door

First Night Pittsburgh is perfect for all ages!  Several live shows, indoor events including concerts, ballet performances, and the ultimate way to ring in the New Year; a massive fireworks display!  Hungry?  First Night food trucks will fill the parking lot at Penn & 9th and are perfect for snacks and comfort food.

Where:  Marco Island, Florida

From:  Tara, VIP TravelingMom

Family Friendly

The Marriott Marco Island hotel is truly a paradise here in the states for families. Located on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the island has “to die for” beaches, tons of outdoor family activities, great shopping, and amazing food. Be sure to check the website for current deals.

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Ultimate Family Getaway at Marco Island Marriott. Photo Credit: Tara Settembre/VIP TravelingMom

Where:  Bellingham, Washington

From:  Silvana, RV TravelingMom

For the adults 

Priced around $150 per person.

The Bellwether Hotel and restaurant has a great location…right on Puget Sound. You get great sunsets and views of the islands.  Many rooms have fireplaces and the restaurant has a European feel. To top it off, you get a friendly staff and great walking trails along the harbor.

Where: Denver, Colorado

From:  Diana, Traveling GrandMom

One for the Family and one for the Grown Ups

Traveling Grandmom Diana Rowe says there’s no place like home for the New Year. Ring in the New Year with a Mile High bundle of holiday festivities on the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver. Experience fireworks and a mini-parade with magicians, costumed performers, balloon artists, and more entertainment at the annual New Year’s Eve Fireworks.

The Grand Hyatt in Denver knows what to do on New Years’ Eve!  The Grand New Year’s Eve Package includes an open bar with premium pour, dinner buffet, champagne toast at midnight, party hats, favors, and balloon drops.  The Grand Hyatt caters to all guests with THREE parties in one, allowing you to dance the night away to different genres of music:

  • Nacho Men – Rock to the 50’s, 60’s, disco and beyond
  • Premier Dance Party featuring Club X, a high-energy band featuring today’s hottest sounds.
  • Karaoke—Pub17 on Welton Street.
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Mile High Holiday favorites Take the Downtown Denver Stage. And the finale? Ringing in the New Year at downtown Denver with free fireworks show on New Year’s Eve. Photo courtesy of VISIT DENVER.

Where:  Chicago, Illinois

From:  Jamie, Suburban TravelingMom

Family friendly and FREE

This family-friendly free party in Millennium Park in Chicago is from 3-6 p.m.  It’s part of the new “Chi-Town Rising” NYE celebration that features a DJ and dancing, New Year’s customs from around the world (kids can get their “passports” stamped), free hot chocolate, crafts, and more.

Where:  Louisville, Kentucky

From:  Allison, Research TravelingMom

Good for the grown ups

The Marketplace at Theater Square is tucked in South 4th Street and while you would never know it from the outside, it is an enormous space.  The Chef, Zac Young, is an amazing chef and makes grits (yes, grits!) that are out of this world.  While the restaurant is huge, the atmosphere makes you feel as if you are in a cozy bistro. Oh, and it has a bourbon list you won’t find anyplace else!

Le Moo restaurant offers amazing food and an opulent decor.  You would not expect this building to house such an amazing experience.  A Louis Vuitton booth is the crown jewel of this restaurant that you have to see to believe it!

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Louis Vuitton dining chairs at le Moo restaurant in Louisville. Photo credit Allison Taylor, Research TravelingMom.

Where:  Downtown Napa, California

From:  Dana, Luxe TravelingMom

For the grown ups 

Ticket prices $20 or $50 for VIP access.  Dinner extra.

CA’ Momi is a restaurant we love in downtown Napa that features not only great wine, but wonderful food. The space also just happens to be perfect for a NYE date night or with friends.  You can enjoy a delicious dinner and then stay for the La Notte Latina New Year’s Party. There are 2 levels of access and amenities, but either way you can enjoy bubbly, a DJ, and of course, dancing.

Where:  Paris

From:  Dana and Sherry, Luxe TravelingMom

Family friendly or make it romantic

Priced from 80 to 240 euro per person.

How about taking a dinner cruise down the Seine in Paris? Rates vary depending on the boat tour selected, but generally are about 200E and 80E for children 3-11 years old. You can also opt for an adult only romantic dinner for about 250E per person. Most boats include a multiple course meal, DJ, champagne toast, and fun for all. We can’t think of a more special place to be than watching Paris pass by from the Seine; a must if you are in the city.

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Seine dinner cruise on New Year’s Eve. Photo credit Paris City Vision La Marina.

Where:  Omaha, Nebraska

From:  Dana, Luxe TravlingMom

For the grown ups, but if your kids are like ours and are foodies, they will enjoy, too.

The price is $55 for dinner and $25 for wine.

Le Bouillon’s Chef Paul Kulik, owner and head chef, has been featured twice this year in the New York Times, both very well deserved.  This is one of our favorite spots in Omaha for dinner.  The special dinners are always creative and fun.  NYE will feature 3 courses with choices for everyone, including a special dessert from Pastry Chef Marc Rincon.

Where:  New York City

From:  Dana, Luxe TravelingMom

For the grown ups

The price ranges from $80 to $199 per person.

New York City is full of exciting things to do for New Year’s Eve, but we like the off-beat and a bit quirky. How about spending New Years at a Parisian Follies? Imagine an evening at the beautiful Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn full of Parisian delight. Dances of Vice will take you back to the Golden Age in Paris. The party starts at 10PM, but you can make dinner reservations and start the evening at 8PM. When you add dinner, you can also choose a VIP area or balcony access. Your New Years will for sure be C’est Magnifique! Tickets are still available starting at $80 for entrance and range up to $199 with VIP access and dinner.

Where:  Walt Disney World

From:  Kuleen, Kid at Heart TravelingMom

For the kids, but the grown ups will love, too.

Walt Disney World is the most magical place on earth and New Year’s Eve at Disney is no exception. But be prepared! It is also the busiest day of the year at both the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. We beat the crowds by hanging out at Disney Hollywood Studios during the day, then counting down to midnight at a celebration in the lobby of Animal Kingdom Lodge. There are lots of other celebration options, such as special dining experiences, dance parties, or just hanging out at Disney Springs.

So, as you can see, no matter where you are, there is something great to do on New Year’s Eve and we’d love to hear what you decide!

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All of us at TravelingMom wish you and yours the best in the New Year! Photo credit Sherry Wernicke, Luxe Traveling Mom.