The temperatures are dropping, but the festive feeling in the air is rising as New Year’s Eve, the capstone to the holiday season, approaches. If you are spending the holiday in New England, here are five destinations that will help you and your family celebrate New Year’s right.
First Night Hartford (Connecticut)
First Night Hartford is one of the best New Year’s Eve parties in Connecticut and prides itself on being family-friendly, artistic, multicultural and entertaining for all ages. There will be live entertainment, music and plenty of fun activities to keep children entertained, like face painting. The night will also include two separate fireworks shows at Bushnell park to help families enjoy the evening on their own schedule, one at 6 p.m. and the other at midnight. To view the event schedule and to find more information about First Night Hartford, please visit http://www.firstnighthartford.org/for more information.
Cranmore Mountain Resort (New Hampshire)
The Cranmore Mountain Resort loves fireworks so much that it lights up the air with the famous Cranapalooza celebration on multiple weekends throughout the winter season. On Dec. 31, however, the resort really steps it up a notch for the New Year’s Eve celebration. Visitors can enjoy a torchlight parade that winds all the way down the mountain, starting at 10 p.m. after the lifts have stopped. The afterparty takes place at Christiansen’s Tavern to get warm and watch the ball drop in Times Square, according to the Cranmore website. To book a stay at the resort or learn more about this event, please visit http://www.cranmore.com.
First Night Chatham (Massachusetts)
The Cape isn’t just a summer destination - the ocean views are just as beautiful in the winter, and the diminished crowds make it more pleasurable to travel. First Night in Chatham is the perfect way to experience the Cape in all its holiday glory, with entertainment for all ages including a bubble wrap stomp for children, horse-drawn wagon rides, face painting and a spectacular fireworks show. You can view the entertainment schedule and more information about this event at http://www.firstnightchatham.com/.
New Years in Newport (Rhode Island)
The holiday decorations and festivities in Newport are spectacular, and the already magnificent mansions along the cliff walk become more sparkling than ever. Fireworks truly can’t compare to the splendor that you will see when touring the holiday-decorated mansions. After you and your family spend the daylight hours admiring the festive mansions, you have your pick from a plethora of acclaimed dining options, many of which host special New Year’s Eve menus. The next day, enjoy one of Newport’s most interesting traditions, the New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge and after party, which helps raise money for charity. To learn more about the Polar Bear Plunge, please visit
http://www.discovernewport.org/events-calendar/new-years-day-polar-bear-plunge, and to view information about the festive happenings at the mansions, please visit http://www.newportmansions.org/.
First Night Burlington (Vermont)
Considered to be the biggest holiday festival in Vermont, this all-day party provides guests with a huge variety of entertainment options for all ages spread across more than twenty venues in Burlington. There are fun activities for children of all ages as well as adults, making it the perfect way for your family to celebrate the New Year together. You can print out the schedule and a family-friendly guide and learn about the suggested parking and dining options at http://www.firstnightburlington.com.
There are so many exciting ways to spend New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in New England that you will likely wish you had a whole week to celebrate. Whichever event you choose, you can be sure your whole family will enjoy the time spent together.
This article is presented by Colonial Buick GMC in Watertown, Massachusetts.