2015 may be coming to an end but as it’s been said, “the new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written…”. So, whether you are looking forward to a brand new year or are sad to say goodbye to 2015, you can ring in 2016 like a pro…and without breaking the bank!
Midnight on Main Street, Patchogue
If you love the excitement of Times Square on New Year’s eve, but don’t want to travel into NYC, gather your friends and family and ring in the new year in Patchogue. Midnight on Main Street, hosted by the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce, was started last year and has proven to be the party place to be with thousands of revelers.
Everyone is invited to gather on Main Street on New Year’s Eve, beginning at 8pm, to usher in the new year with some great food and hot beverages; music and dancing; Grand Illuminations by Grucci Fireworks; and, in the center of it all, the specially designed Patchogue New Year’s eve ball that will lead the crowd in counting down to 2016. Since this is a family friendly event, the Patchogue Village Mayor will be declaring 9pm as “Midnight on Main St.”, and when the new year will be welcomed in Patchogue. FREE EVENT.
Countdown to 12!, Garden City
Celebrate the coming of the new year in the style of New York’s famous Times Square at this sweet-themed party hosted by the Long Island Children’s Museum. This event offers merriment for the whole family and will be filled with fun activities, a ball drop and an extreme dance part starting at noon and lasting until 4pm. We’ll be ringing in the new year all day long as we welcome 2016! FREE EVENT WITH MUSEUM ADMISSION.
Boardwalk Lights & City Lights, Long Beach
Come celebrate the new year at this holiday nautical themed light show display on the boardwalk, Park Avenue, The West End, and The East End and Canal Bridges. The Long Beach Chamber of Commerce invites families looking for a little sparkle during the holiday season are invited to stroll the boardwalk and then visit the great local restaurants and shops throughout the city. The festivities kick off from Long Beach Blvd to Magnolia Blvd and will be open from 5pm to 9pm. FREE EVENT
New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
If you want to enjoy all the excitement of NYC on the 31st but want to avoid Time’s Square, join Brooklyn Borough President and the Prospect Park Alliance for this annual fireworks celebration. Enjoy live entertainment by DJ C. Live featuring the Brooklyn Mash It Up Band, and also hot chocolate, at Grand Army Plaza starting at 11pm. The fireworks begin at midnight, but get there early if you come by car; parking spots can be scarce. The best places for viewing are along Prospect Park’s West Drive and between Grand Army Plaza and 9th Street. FREE EVENT
First Night, Long Beach
The City of Long Beach will host a First Night Celebration at the Long Beach Ice Arena from 4pm – 8pm. The event is an evening of alcohol-free family celebrating. Parents and kids can enjoy games, music, a holiday movie, snack bar special and ice skating (from 6pm – 8pm). Don’t miss our very own ball drop at 7:30pm. FREE EVENT
Home, Long Island
If you are looking to ring in the new year with your BFFs, but avoid all the lines, driving hazzards, and expense, celebrating at home can be the golden ticket. Since this holiday is all about having fun, ask your guests to bring a game that everyone can play and a sweet treat or bottle of bubbly. You can make it a dressy event where guests are asked to wear their holiday best, or funny where everyone wears their worst holiday sweater, or even make it a pajama party so no one needs to hit the roads till morning. Here’s your chance to throw any kind of party you desire – as long as it’s fun for all!
NewOnLongIsland wishes you and your family a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2016!