11 New Jersey Ways for Ringing in the New Year with Fireworks, Food and Festivities


Party from 9 to 11 p.m. and enjoy a champagne toast at midnight.


If you haven’t made plans for New Year’s Eve just yet but know you don’t want to trek in to Times Square to watch the ball drop, not to worry. New Jersey celebrations abound, featuring everything from lavish dinners and comedy acts to dance parties and fireworks.

Check out these festive events and get ready to ring in 2018 in style!

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise

Climb aboard the Spirit of New Jersey for a three-hour cruise that sets sail shortly after 9 p.m. at the Lincoln Harbor Marina in Weehawken. In addition to unparalleled views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty, enjoy a dinner buffet, dancing, and a fireworks display above Lady Liberty.

Packages start at $259.90 per person.

Hoboken Bar & Grill New Year’s Eve Celebration

Grab some friends and head over to Hoboken for this 4-hour party.

This event, featuring a dinner buffet, four hours of top shelf open bar, and a champagne toast at midnight, has sold out the past few holidays. Group rates encourage revelers to put their own party together and let this Washington Street mainstay do all the work.

Tickets start at $99.

The Comedy Shoppe at the Spring Street Pub in Newtown

What better way to usher in 2018 than with a laugh? Located in Newtown, The Comedy Shoppe hosts a New Year’s Eve bash comedy fans won’t want to miss. Featuring a four-course dinner, dessert, open bar, noisemakers, and three top-notch comedians. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 10 p.m.

Tickets start at $99.

NYE at the Tiki Bar in Pt. Pleasant 

Limited reserve seating is available for parties of 6 or more.

Just because it’s winter, that doesn’t mean the Tiki Bar is closed. Celebrate the end of 2017 with live music by favorites like the Mike Dalton Band and Dr. Cheeko, a complimentary buffet, party favors, a champagne toast, and more.

Tickets start at $25.

New Year’s Eve at Rat’s Restaurant in Hamilton

Located in Hamilton beside the Grounds for Sculpture, Rat’s is known for its fabulous cuisine. Dine à la carte or indulge in a special five-course tasting menu created by the Rat’s culinary team. After dinner, usher in the New Year with a dance party in the Pavilion complete with a midnight champagne toast.

A la carte menu pricing. Club Rat’s dance party complimentary for diners of Rat’s. Club Rat’s New Year’s Eve dance party admission $50 plus tax for non-diners.

New Year’s Eve with Tim McLoone & The Shirleys in Asbury Park

Take a step back in time and ring in the new year at a genuine supper club, Tim McLoone’s Supper Club, that is. Catch live entertainment by Tim McLoone & The Shirleys. Following a glass of champagne on arrival, enjoy a four-course chef selection pre-fix dinner that is priced at $85 per person for bar seating and $110 per person for table seating. Pre-fix menu pricing doesn’t include an entertainment ticket for Tim McLoone & The Shirleys, which costs an additional $25. Package includes dancing, party favors, live viewing of the NYC Ball Drop from Time Square and a glass of champagne at midnight.

For tickets and more information are available on the website.

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes at the Count Basie

Jersey son Southside Johnny returns to the Count Basie stage for the best New Year’s Eve party in Red Bank. The show starts at 9 p.m.

Ring in 2018 with these homegrown favorites.

Tickets start at $39.

New Year’s Eve Glitter Ball Getaway in Cape May

If you’re looking to extend the celebration, there’s no better place for an in-state getaway than Cape May. Ring in 2018 with family and friends in Congress Hall’s Beautiful Grand Ballroom in America’s first seaside resort. Celebrate the evening with dinner and dancing to the popular Tribeca band.

Visit the website for additional information. 

Masquerade Ball at Pig & Prince in Montclair

Dine and dance the night away at Pig & Prince‘s elaborate 1920’s Masquerade Gala. Offerings include a sushi station, carving station, raw bar and an array of passed hors d’oeuvres will be available. Vegetarian and Gluten free options will be available. The party starts at 8 p.m. and continues until 1 a.m.

Tickets start at $125.

New Year’s Eve with Charles Laurita & the Mischief! in Asbury Park

Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten is pleased to welcome Charles Laurita & the Mischief. The band, known for its groovy alternaphunk sounds takes the stage at 10 p.m.

For more information, visit the Biergarten’s website.

Party Poolside in Atlantic City

The Pool After Dark at Harrah’s in Atlantic City rings in the new year with a premium open bar from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Then, toast with champagne at midnight.

Party from 9 to 11 p.m. and enjoy a champagne toast at midnight.

Tickets start at $65.

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