Known for its stunning beaches and historical landmarks, the state of Delaware offers incredible New Year’s Eve destinations ranging from premium oceanside parties with spectacular views to swanky resort parties with unbelievable amenities. If you’d rather celebrate the upcoming year in a more intimate setting, the many award-winning restaurants throughout the state offer fresh, gourmet dishes and expansive wine collections. Families can also enjoy the many kid-friendly New Year’s Eve activities scattered throughout the state. Delaware offers something for everyone seeking a memorable celebration!
Ring in the New Year from Wilmington's best riverfront patio. Known as the best all-inclusive event in the area, Docklands New Year’s Eve Party on the Docklands Riverfront offers a stylish experience with great entertainment. Enjoy two live bands, full dinner buffet, valet, heated enclosed patio area, photo booth, and a premium all-inclusive open bar.
If you love live music, head to the Rusty Rudder this New Year’s Eve for a fun-filled night of live performances, fireworks, food, and an open bar. Located in Dewey Beach, Rusty Rudders features a large outdoor deck overlooking Rehoboth Bay, surf ‘n turf, and a great wine collection. Breathe in the fresh sea air and set your intentions for the upcoming year.
Take the kids to the Brandywine Zoo in Wilmington if the weather permits. Noon Year’s Eve is a family-friendly event featuring kid’s crafts, games, hot chocolate at the snack bar, and a group countdown to noon in a celebratory atmosphere. Don’t forget to enjoy the beautiful Brandywine Park located along the Brandywine River near the Brandywine Zoo.
Celebrate the upcoming year in a grand ballroom complete with all the traditional New Year’s Eve festivities at the Brandywine Plaza in Claymont. Attendees enjoy a delectable dinner buffet with unlimited appetizers, dancing all night, a premium open bar, DJ, and champagne toast at midnight.
For an unforgettable night without breaking your budget, check out the Elsmere Fire Company's annual New Years Eve Party. This party features two full buffets - one in the evening and then a hot breakfast buffet at midnight! Also enjoy an open bar, DJ performance, dancing, a 50/50 raffle, and complimentary champagne toast at midnight.
Celebrate the New Year with a seven-course dinner and craft cocktails, wine, and champagne at the Caffé Gelato. Known for its relaxed, welcoming environment with gourmet Italian-American food and award-winning wine cellar, this upscale restaurant boasts delicious, buttered lobster and pan-seared day-boat scallops, filet mignon.
Lefty’s Alley is known for its five-star entertainment and celebration-worthy food. Celebrate the New Year with a live DJ, unlimited food, laser tag, bowling, drinks, and a champagne toast at midnight. Experience a Times Square-style New Year’s Eve party from the comfort and convenience of Lefty’s Alley in Lewes.
Enjoy modern seafood dishes in the heart of downtown Wilmington at Tonic Seafood and Steak’s New Year’s Eve event. This spacious eatery rolls out the red carpet on New Year’s Eve with a dinner package, open bar, photo booth, valet parking, late night munchies, and live DJ music. Spend the evening in a comfortable, vibrant atmosphere surrounded by metallic gold accents and beautiful light fixtures.
For a “plush” experience you’re sure to remember, ring in the New Year the furry way at the New Year’s Furry Ball. Located at the Embassy Suites in Newark, this unique event features attendees dressed up in colorful fur suits, live DJ entertainment, access to the complimentary dinner buffet, and tons of dancing throughout the evening. The New Year’s Furry Ball is hosted by the Furst State Foundation, a non-profit group and Delaware’s regional furry community.