Local New Year’s Eve Events

No matter what you're looking to do in the final moments of 2022, we’ve got you covered with fun events and activities to bid the year adieu

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Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Events

End the year with the loved ones you spent it with. These events are great for the whole fam!

Children’s Museum New Year’s Celebration, December 31, Dover 

A family favorite, this year’s event will feature a morning and afternoon session, each with a “Countdown to Midnight” at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. As “midnight” draws closer, guests gather in the center of the Children’s Museum around a glitter ball strung 30 feet in the air and count down from 20 as the ball descends. Guests celebrate with noisemakers, party hats and a New Year’s photo booth. The celebration is included in standard paid admission and free for museum members. childrens-museum.org

New Year’s Eve Partybration at Santa’s Village, December 31, Jefferson

At Santa’s Village, Santa doesn’t disappear when Christmas ends — in fact, he welcomes guests to ring in the New Year! His 13th annual Partybration takes place from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and features fireworks, a DJ, rides food and soft drinks. This is an outdoors event; tickets must be purchased online beforehand. santasvillage.com

New Year’s Eve Dinners and Dancing

Dance 2021 away with fancy attire, great music and, of course, champagne.

New Year’s Eve Dinner at the BVI, December 31, Bedford 

The Bedford Village Inn will offer a four-course prix fixe dinner to ring in 2023 with delicious food and drink. $95 per person plus tip and gratuity, with seating times from 5 to 9:30 p.m. They also offer winter igloo reservations (that come with a complimentary bottle of champagne) for a $150 rental fee and a $400 food and beverage minimum. bedfordvillageinn.com

The Masquerade Ball New Year’s Eve Gala at the DoubleTree Hotel in Manchester , December 31, Manchester 

Ring in the New Year at the self-proclaimed “largest NYE gala in New Hampshire.” Four packages are available, including options for cocktail hour, dinner, a DJ, dancing, a Headliners comedy show, dueling pianos and a midnight champagne toast. Packages start at $35 each; gala tickets start at $60 and comedy show tickets start at $35. headlinersnh.com

Swinging Big Band New Year’s Eve Dinner with LaBelle Lights, December 31, Derry

Celebrate 2023 with a three-course plated dinner, a Freese Brothers Big Band performance in the Vineyard Ballroom and a charming stroll through the LaBelle Lights. There will also be a full cash bar open throughout the night. Tickets are $121.50 and include the three-course dinner, a glass of wine on arrival, the band performance and admission to LaBelle Lights after the performance. eventbrite.com

Averill House Vineyard Five Course Dinner and Wine Pairing, December 31, Brookline

Can’t choose whether to finish 2022 with a crisp glass of wine or delicious meal? Averill House Vineyard offers both! Each holiday wine is expertly paired with various food in a pre-set five-course Brazilian dinner. The New Year will be celebrated at 9 p.m. our time to match the Chateau Lacave in Brazil. Doors open early at 6:30 pm with a guided tour of the vineyard, production room and wine cellar. Dinner & wine will be served promptly at 7 p.m. Tickets are $89 and include the wine pairing, five-course Brazilian dinner and a dessert wine. exploretock.com

New Year’s Eve Comedy Shows

Prefer laughing to dancing? Check out one of these local comedy shows, sure to get you giggling in the last hours of 2021.

12th Annual Live Free or Die Laughing New Year’s Eve Comedy Show at The Sheraton, December 31, Portsmouth

Giggle your way into 2022. Stand-up comedy will return to the Sheraton in Portsmouth this New Year’s, in the form of headliner Mark Riley. Tickets are $28 for the 8:30 p.m. show and $38 for the 10:30 p.m. show. livefreeordielaughing.com

The Governor’s Inn 2022 New Year’s Eve Party – the Dueling Pianos, December 31, Rochester

Laugh with great company and enjoy delicious food and drink in the Governor’s Ballroom this New Year’s. Including a champagne toast at midnight, buffet-style dinner, complemented by appetizers and dessert. Tickets are $68. governorsinn.com

Overnight Stays

Make an event of NYE! You deserve it. Choose one of these overnight or weekend packages for a relaxing welcome to the New Year.

Ring in the New Year at Lamie’s Inn & The Old Salt

490 Lafayette Rd., Hampton

Have a quiet and relaxing start to the New Year with this retreat for two.

The package is $389 per couple and includes champagne, a fruit and cheese platter and party favors in your room, dinner for two at The Old Salt Restaurant, a midnight champagne toast and New Year’s Day Brunch. Sleep in if you’d like, as the inn’s checkout time isn’t until 2 p.m.

White Mountain Hotel New Year’s Eve 

87 Fairway Dr., North Conway

Greet 2022 with open arms, lively entertainment and exceptional accommodations.

Packages are available for a two or three night stay, including one dinner at Ledges Restaurant, daily breakfast, plated brunch on Jan. 2, a special four-course NYE dinner complemented by live piano music, fun decor and party hats. NYE dinner seating is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Packages start at $519 plus tax and gratuity.

The Wentworth Inn Gala New Years Eve Dinner and Dance Package

1 Carter Notch Rd., Jackson

The NYE Package includes accommodations, country breakfast and four-course dinner for each day, and a special five-course gourmet New Year’s dinner with party favors and champagne. The NYE dinner is adults-only, with festive and elegant attire suggested. Dancing will follow the meal, in a room full of balloons and holiday cheer. Wake up to a fresh year and New Years Day Mimosa Brunch served until noon.

Rates start at $416 per night for two guests for a two night package, and at $380 per night for a three night package.

New Year’s Eve Lights Displays

Bright colors, “oohs” and “ahhs,” and flashing lights complement each of these magnificent displays.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks over Corcoran Pond, December 31, Waterville Valley 

Waterville Valley’s annual fireworks display is a great time to reflect on memories of 2021 and plan new adventures with friends and family. Sip on something warm and watch the sky come alive with bright, stunning colors. The display begins at 7:30 p.m. waterville.com

Hampton Beach Fireworks Displays, December 31, Hampton Beach

Take in a magical fireworks display over the Atlantic Ocean, perfect for the whole family, couples, friends, or yourself as you make a new year’s resolution. Grab a blanket and head to the best viewing location – between B and C streets. The show will begin at 8 p.m. The event is free to the public. hamptonbeach.org

NH Motor Speedway Gift of Lights, Loudon

Open from Thanksgiving through New Years, this year’s 11th annual event will feature 3.5 million twinkly LED lights. The 2.5 mile loop includes 520 displays and 80 different scenes. Drive through the beautiful lights to welcome the new year, and end 2021 on a sweet note with smores and marshmallows roasted over fire pits. Tickets are $30-35 per car load and $60 per limo or bus. nhms.com

New Year’s Day and Beyond

Start the year off on the right foot with a hike or a great community event.

NH First Day Hikes 2022, January 1, Various locations

Ring in 2022 with a hike with some new or old friends, as well as your four-legged friends. First Day Hikes are free organized, guided tours offered by New Hampshire State Parks. Participating parks include: Weeks State Park in Lancaster, Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, Greenfield State Park in Greenfield, Hampton Beach State Park in Hampton and White Lake State Park in Tamworth. nhstateparks.org

Hogmanay, January 2, Manchester

Celebrate the New Year with a Scottish-style celebration at the Derryfield Country Club in Manchester. Enjoy live music by The Rebel Collective, toast marshmallows by the fire, try your hand at the Haggis Toss and other traditional highland games. Don’t miss the Scottish-style buffet featuring lamb stew, shepherd’s pie and fish and chips and an outdoor torch-lit parade. nhscot.org

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