Don’t feel like trekking into Times Square to huddle with the masses? No need! New Jersey has plenty of ways to ring in 2019, with everything from elegant dinners and comedy acts to dance parties and fireworks.
Check out these festive events and get ready to toast the New Year in style!
Note: some of these events are 21 and over and others are more geared to grown ups. Look for NJNext.com’s round up of family friendly NYE happenings coming soon! Also check our Events Calendar for more happenings.
If 2018 treated you well and you’re looking for a way to splurge this New Year’s, 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. Enjoy stunning views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty while you dine and dance the night away.
The night is capped off with a spectacular fireworks display above Lady Liberty. Packages start at $269.90 per person. Tickets and more info here.
Featuring a 5-hour Premium Open-Bar, 3-course dinner including lavish cocktail hour and desserts.
Live Entertainment and Dancing by Lights Out with DJ Music featuring Classic Hits and Popular Dance Music from 8pm-1am. VIP Couple’s Packages are available which include overnight hotel accommodations with complimentary breakfast and late check-out. Group discounts are available with private table seating. Tickets are almost sold out; purchase by midnight of December 19.
The Asbury Park Boardwalk will ring in 2019 in style at its annual New Year’s Eve celebration, From Asbury With Love. The December 31 festivities will transform the historic Grand Arcade at Convention Hall into a 007 James Bond themed 21-and-over black-tie ball, from 9:00 PM until 1:30 AM and guests are encouraged to dress to impress.
Doors are scheduled to open at 9:00 PM and a cash bar will be available from 9:00 PM to 10:00PM. Admission includes an open bar from 10:00 PM until 1:30 AM, hors d’oeuvres throughout the evening, and a champagne toast.
Ticket sales are available until December 30 or until the event is sold out, and must be purchased in advance. Tickets are currently on sale and range from $50.00 (designated driver) to $225.00, with group packages available. Purchase tickets here.
Jersey son Southside Johnny returns to the Count Basie stage for the best New Year’s Eve party in Red Bank. Opening Act: Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son.
The show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets: $99, $69, $49, $39. Buy tickets here.
The sleek and stylish Cassidy in the heart of Maplewood Village is the place to be on December 31. Enjoy a 5-course meal for $90 with a choice of champagne or cocktail and dessert. Plus rock to the live music of the Bob Lanza Blues Band — described as “true Chicago, Kansas City, style with some Texas influences hanging out in north New Jersey.”
More information here; call 762-5433 for reservations.
This event, featuring a dinner buffet, four hours of top shelf open bar, and a complimentary 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.
Ticket Prices will continue to increase as the date gets closer to New Year’s Eve. This event usually sells out, so get your tickets soon. More information here.
Stand-up by the one and only Finesse Mitchell, SNL alum. It’s the best party in town and the best deal in town. 7:30pm show includes an all you can eat buffet, 10:30pm show includes open bar, all you can eat buffet, champagne toast at Midnight and dancing after the show!
Prices go up December 19th, so get your tickets now. 18 and over.
Enjoy a NYE club show with Jerrold Benford at Catch a Rising Star in Princeton. Benford is currently establishing himself as a fixture on the eastern comedy circuit.
New Year’s Eve Party at Pharmacie in Montclair
Ring in 2019 with a DJ and champagne toast as you watch the ball drop at Pharmacie Liquor Bar, 398 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair. The celebration begins at 9 p.m. with passed hors d’ oeuvres and late night snacks ‘til 2 a.m. Tickets are $50 plus cash bar/drink specials.
Tickets must be purchased in advance on Eventbrite.
Just because it’s winter, that doesn’t mean the Tiki Bar is closed. Celebrate the end of 2018 with live music by The B Street Band, a complimentary buffet, party favors, a champagne toast, and more.
Tickets start at $40. Limited reserve seating is available for parties of 6 or more. Price goes up after Dec 25.
The Battleship will open her decks for guests to watch the 6 pm or Midnight SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront. Music, food concessions and bar service. The decks are open two hours before each show – 4:00 pm for the 6:00 pm fireworks show and 10:00 pm for the midnight show.
Come aboard for just a $10 donation per person.
Party like it’s 2019 at Iron Bar — 3 Rooms, 2 Levels, 1 Massive End of Year Blowout! Music by DJ’s Mike West and Frankie Steel, VIP Bottle Service Available. Live televised ball drop countdown, giveaways and NYE party favors all night.
First come, first served – no tickets needed. More information here.
Pig & Prince presents a Mardi Gras Masquerade New Years Eve Gala. Sample the flavors of New Orleans with light refreshments and enjoy a Full Open Bar. Live music, dancing and fun all included!
Tickets $165. For groups of 8 or more call 973-233-1006 for discounted rate. Tickets and more info here.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve Dinner & Dance! Bid 2018 farewell, and ring in 2019 at Hopewell Valley Vineyards.
Open seating with multiple food stations including cheeses and mixed appetizers grilled and baked meat, chicken, and fish, fresh pasta with regional Italian sauces, salads, vegetables and rice, dessert and coffee. Complimentary Spumante Secco toast, live DJ. Make or bring a festive hat to participate in the most festive New Year’s hat competition; prizes awarded!
Ring in the New Year with the star-studded cast of Boogie Nights! Tickets include hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, free coat check, party favors, the ever-popular balloon drop, and complimentary open bar from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. At midnight, guests will enjoy a glass of champagne with live footage from Times Square to toast in the New Year. Doors open at 8 p.m. 21 and over.
Advance tickets are available on Ticketmaster ($65 pp if purchased by Dec. 18; $75 pp if purchased after Dec. 18).
(Then enjoy the New Year’s Eve Fireworks at 9 p.m. on the Boardwalk. The show, designed by Fireworks by Grucci, will be displayed from the beachfront and will include intricately designed scenes and vivid effects including Grucci high aerials and grand illuminations.)