New Years Eve in New Jersey For Families with Kids
Celebrate New Years Eve December 31, 2016 in NJ at a family friendly venue where events and activities have an unusual twist; They are not alcoholic dominant celebrations that New Years Eve has come to be associated with.
Many of the events are held at affordable family-friendly, alcohol free, venues. For an extended holiday family experience, some of the New Years Eve celebrations have onsite overnight hotel accommodations.
Note: This information is provided by event sponsors as a free service to our viewers. Sometimes conditions require cancellations or changes of dates, times and location which are not reflected in the original schedule. Before planning a trip to visit one of the listed events, it is suggested that you call the event sponsor to confirm the event schedule or for additional information on the event.
Stay tuned --- we will be updating this list as the event sponsors confirm this year's events.
Northern New Jersey Family New Years Eve Events
Morris County First Night
December 31, 2016
Website & Tickets
Morris County First Night is a non-alcoholic event in Morristown that takes place from 4:45pm-midnight. Over 400 artists and 80 performers at 40 venues are scheduled to attend this year's celebration. Free parking and shuttle bus service will be provided. For one unbelievably reasonable price, you have dozens of venues to choose from, showcasing world-class talent with performances designed especially for kids, teens, young adults, families, and not-so-young adults. If that's not enough, First Night sets off not one but two separate fireworks displays at 9:15pm and another at midnight! All public Morristown Parking Authority lots are free on the night of the event.
Overnight Emerald Ballroom Family Party
December 31, 2016;
6:30PM - 1:00AM
Grand Cascades Lodge
Crystal Springs Resort
Sussex County, NJ
Price: 12 & over; $150pp; ages 4-11; $50pp; Under 3 FREE; (Does not include overnight accomodations)
Call (855) 977-6473 to make reservations
An overnight celebration that will keep you and the kids entertained. This family celebration features a 3-Course Dinner The evening will start off with a cocktail reception and premium open bar and passed hors d'oeuvres in the Rotunda at 6:30PM immediately followed by a lavish sit-down dinner and dancing in the Emerald Ballroom at 7:30PM.
For the full experience stay overnight at Crystal Springs Resort
Central New Jersey Family New Years Eve Events
iPlay America's Ultimate New Year’s Eve Bash
December 31, 2016; 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
110 Schanck Rd
Website - Tickets
or by calling 732-577-8200.
Here is a New Years Eve activity where families can celebrate together. iPlay America is an indoor theme park with 115,000 square feet of fun for family members of all ages. Enjoy go-karts in the iPA Speedway, Cosmic Battle, the Extreme Laser Experience, Bumper cars, the Kite Flyer, Skyscraper, Boardwalk Mini Bowling, the 4D movie Theater, and a variety of other rides and attractions for younger children.
December 31, 2016, 6 pm to 8 pm
Great Meadow behind the Brearley House
100 Meadow Road
Celebrate the coming New Year with this Scottish tradition. Toss all of last year's bad memories into the fire symbolizing a clean break with all that went wrong in the old year. Free hot cocoa, cake and a bagpiper will be onsite to entertain the crowd and the house will be open. Paper and pencils will also be available for you to write down all the bad things from the previous year that you wish to toss into the fire. You are also invited to prepare a list in advance and bring it to the fire.
Annual Sons of Ireland Polar Bear Plunge
January 1, 2017
1300 Ocean Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Looking for an unusual way to begin the New Year with a splash? Event features the plunge into the ocean, a Bagpipe March to Beach, Food and Entertainment. Proceeds from this event support local charities.
Every year, 2 Local charites are chosen to be the sole beneficiaries of every penny raised.
Southern New Jersey Family New Years Eve Events
Haddonfield, NJ First Night
December 31, 2016
Haddonfield NJ 08033
A family-oriented, alcohol-free celebration of the arts, held in Haddonfield each New Year's Eve. Festivities begin at 6:00pm. The stages are set in more than 15 different venues along Historic Haddonfield's Kings Highway in the most stunning and historic buildings and churches in downtown Haddonfield.
This family-oriented, alcohol-free New Year’s Eve festival featuring stimulating entertainment including magic, music, comedy, dance and theater for audiences of all ages from children and families to teens and seniors.
Special entertainment and activities for kids 9 and under at Haddonfield’s Central/Middle School Gym and All-Purpose room from 6:00pm – 8:30pm. The grand finale features Fireworks at Midnight as thousands of revelers magically come together on Kings Highway to celebrate the end of the 2016 and welcome the New Year
First Night Ocean City
December 31, 2016
Ocean City, NJ 08226
The non-alcoholic, family friendly event features live entertainment with the rides open at Wonderland Pier, always a popular feature of First Night and of course there will be fireworks at midnight. Rides at Gillian's Wonderland Pier will be Open
Seaside Heights - First Night
December 31, 2015
On the boardwalk
Enjoy a day filled with entertainment and begin a lasting family tradition. Starting at 12 noon until 5 PM with a Fireworks Display at 5pm
Midnight at the Oasis Party
Saturday, December 31, 2016; 7:00 PM – 12:30 AM
Sahara Sam’s Oasis
535 North Route 73
West Berlin, NJ
Admission: 64.95 per person
Families get to enjoy this themed indoor water park with lots of water attractions and land events. Jam out with their DJ, play games and win giveaways. The New Year’s Eve Party includes: Admission to the Park Foam Party Delicious Appetizers, Entrees and Desserts Themed party goods (hats, noisemakers, etc) Champagne Toast (for adults 21 and over) Sparkling Cider Toast for the kids.
Overnight Encampment on New Year's Eve On The Battleship New Jersey
Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial
62 Battleship Place
Camden, NJ 08103
The New Year's Eve Overnight is $79 per person. To make your reservations, call 866-877-6262 ext. 203.
This is a family-only event. Families can spend the First Night of 2017 overnight on the Battleship! Enjoy dinner and breakfast at the chowline, tour the ship, ride the flight simulator and sleep in the bunks that the crew of the USS New Jersey once did. aboard our nation's most decorated battleship. A big bonus is that families get to experience the best view of the midnight fireworks over the Delaware River.
Annual New Year’s Eve Splash
Saturday, December 31, 2016; Special extended hours until 6:00 p.m.
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ 08103
Celebrate among family, friends and fish to ring in 2017. Families are invited to visit with your favorite animals during twilight hours, grab a free, festive giveaway (while supplies last), boogey down at our DJ dance party with Aquarium mascot Gill. Enjoy a beautiful fireworks display over the Delaware River and be home before bedtime!