10 Fun Things to Do on New Year’s Eve in Delaware

It’s nearly time to bid the year goodbye and to welcome in the new one. There are lots of ways to do that in Delaware. Whether you like to celebrate the New Year with a crowd, or in a more intimate setting, you’ll find options that are perfect for you. Maybe you prefer celebrating the dawn of the new year with the whole family. Don’t worry—there are wholesome celebrations for all ages, too. The following New Year’s Eve events are the best in the First State. See what looks like fun to you!

New Year’s Eve with Kathie Martin & The Hot Rods, Milton, DE

Kathie Martin & The Hot Rods are headlining the annual New Year’s Celebration at the Milton Theatre. This is perfect for those who want to celebrate, but don’t want to shut down the bars. The evening begins with a cocktail hour from 7-8 p.m. A concert begins at 8 p.m. and musically morphs into dancing until 10 p.m. An early toast to 2019 means everyone is home and snug in their beds in time to watch the ball drop on TV! Tickets start at $25.

Docklands Riverfront, Wilmington, DE

Head on over to Docklands Riverfront on New Year’s Eve for an exciting way to ring in 2019. Tickets start at $65, which includes open bar, dinner, dancing, valet, and more. Dance the night away to two bands, and then toast the New Year with your friends.

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Antioch Christian Church New Year’s Eve Gala, Newark, DE

For dinner and dancing without hitting the bars, Antioch Christian Church in Newark is hosting an evening filled with wholesome events. Their New Year’s Eve Gala is fun for both singles and couples. Semi-formal dress is requested. Visit the website for reservation information.

Vinny Martell & The Larry Tucker Band, New Castle, DE

If you remember the nationally renowned band Vanilla Fudge, you’ll want to rock out to Vinny Martell on New Year’s Eve. Vinny Martell & The Larry Tucker Band will headline an exciting event at the Minquadale Fire Company Memorial Hall, and all proceeds benefit the families of fallen firefighters. The evening will be emceed by president of the Delaware Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and will also include a dinner buffet, four hours of top shelf mixed drinks, a champagne toast at midnight, a 50/50 drawing and an array of party hats, horns and streamers. Contact the Minquadale Fire Company for information on buying tickets.

Café Gelato, Newark, DE

Café Gelato is the place to be on New Year’s Eve. Enjoy live music, and dance the night away to Group Therapy. Tickets are $119, which includes a seven-course dinner, premium bar, cocktail party, dancing and more. The fun begins at 8 p.m. and ends at 1 a.m.

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New Year’s Eve Ball Drop, Dewey Beach, DE

A collaborative effort on behalf of the bars and restaurants along New Orleans St. in Dewey Beach, their New Year’s Eve Ball Drop is a fun and exciting event that begins at 11:30 p.m. Even though it isn’t an official part of the event, many take a dunk in the frigid waters to ring in the New Year. Lots of folks come out simply to ring in the New Year and to see how many are brave enough to enter the water. An official Dewey Dunk takes place the next day at Dagsworthy Street Beach at noon.

Noon Year’s Eve at the Brandywine Zoo, Wilmington, DE

Noon Year’s Eve at the Brandywine Zoo ensures the little ones that they deserve a celebration, too. The family event begins at 11 a.m. with games, crafts and a sparkling cider toast when the clock strikes 12—noon, that is. Tickets are just $5 per person. Members of the zoo may attend at no charge.

Revelation Craft Brewing Co., Rehoboth Beach, DE

Enjoy Revelations Beers, cocktails, local wines, hors d’oeuvres, live music and a champagne toast at Revelation Craft Brewing Co. in Rehoboth Beach. Tickets are $65 per person and the fun is guaranteed to be endless. The event runs from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

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The Ultimate New Year’s Eve, Newark, DE

For those looking to make New Year’s Eve an overnight event, check out The Ultimate New Year’s Eve at the Hilton Wilmington/Christiana. A few levels of packages are available, with the ultimate including an open bar, five course dinner, a DJ and dancing, a late night snack and dessert buffet, champagne and party favors and overnight accommodations. The package even includes breakfast the next day.

Blue Earl Brewing Co., Smyrna, DE

The good times will roll at Blue Earl Brewing Co. on New Year’s Eve with their Another Firkin’ New Year’s Eve Bash. Live music from Party Fowl means dancing the night away is in order. The food truck Delicious Craving will be on site for some “food made simple” with flavor that’s hard to beat. A Firkin’ Toast will take place at midnight. Tickets are just $10.

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