16 Kid-Friendly Things To Do On New Year’s Eve in NJ


New Year’s Eve in NJ is almost here, so let’s all raise a glass (or a juice box) and celebrate the beginning of a bright and joyful 2023. Scoring a sitter is tough, so why not ring in the new year with the fam? From First Nights to concerts to skating under the stars, there’s plenty to do for all ages. So grab those party poppers, horns, and hats, and let’s get ready to celebrate New Year’s Eve in NJ at one of these festive events. And before we say goodbye to December, check out some free things you can do in the state before the month ends. (featured Photo Credit: iStock/tatyana_tomsickova)

Ring in 2023 with one of these kid-friendly events for New Year’s Eve in NJ

(Note: It’s best to check ahead for in-person events)

North Jersey New Year’s Eve Events

Diamond Ballroom Buffet Style Dinner at Crystal Springs
It’s a night of glamour and fun for all ages, with a balloon artist, magician, and DJ entertainment all night. Enjoy a buffet-style dinner, and parents can enjoy the open bar.
Cost: $150 for 18 and over, $75 for ages 12-17, and $55 for ages 4-11
Minerals Hotel, 2 Chamonix Drive, Vernon, NJ 07462

First Night Morris County 2023
All of Morristown becomes a stage at this long-running event, the biggest First Night celebration in the state. There are over 70 performances at 20 different venues throughout town, and it all kicks off at 4:45 PM on New Year’s Eve with complimentary parking and free shuttles. There will be a flurry of performances until midnight, including two fireworks shows. And don’t miss the midnight countdown. 
Cost: Tickets start at $25 
Downtown Morristown

New Year’s Eve Kids Party at Ferry Station
Want a family-friendly celebration that’s got the kids in bed by 8? Head down to Exit 0 in West Cape May, where the festivities begin at 2 PM with activities like a photo station, face painting, a kids’ dance party, and a ball drop at 6 PM.
Cost: A kids’ buffet will be available for $15 per child, along with a special kids’ signature drink
1200 Lincoln Blvd, Lower Township, NJ 08204

New Year’s Eve Signature Dinner Cruise
Ring in the New Year—on the water! Aboard this dinner cruise, you’ll sail on the New York Harbor with the beautiful NYC skyline in the background. Kids will have a ball with the hats and noisemakers while the whole fam enjoys a buffet dinner and dances to DJ-mixed music with a fireworks show at midnight. 
Cost: Depends on the ticket package. Call for details
Departs from Lincoln Harbor Marina, 1500 Harbor Blvd., Weehawken, NJ 07086

New Year’s Family Camp
Celebrate this New Year’s Eve in NJ in a cozy cabin stay at this camp-style celebration. Go hiking during the day, make crafts, and the family can test their skills at an archery class. You’ll stay in heated cabins with private bathrooms and eat in the dining hall. And at night, you can warm up by the campfire, go for a night hike, and welcome in the New Year in the great outdoors.
Cost: $175 for adults 18 and over, $145 for kids 12-17, and $120 for kids 5-11. Children 4 and under are free
1035 Fairview Lake Rd., Newton, NJ 07860

NYE 2023 with a Bollywood Disco
Get your dancing shoes on, and be ready to party with music, belly dancers, and a festive atmosphere. And don’t worry about your kiddos and littles—this party has a special space for them, complete with kids’ meals, a clown, a magician, face painting, music, games, party favors, and more.
Cost: $290 for couples; $175 for singles; $100 for guests 11-20; $80 for kids under 10
560 Stelton Rd., Piscataway, NJ 08854

Central Jersey New Year’s Eve Events

Fireworks Spectacular at Pier Village 
Head to Pier Village for a celebration full of family fun. There will be food specials, skating on the outdoor rink, carousel rides, and boardwalk-style games. Stay for the celebration, and the end-of-the-year fireworks show at 9 PM.
Cost: Free
110 North Ocean Ave.,
Long Branch, NJ 07740 

Hogmanay Bonfire
The Hogmanay Bonfire has been a tradition for the Lawrence Historical Society since 1997. Grab a pencil and paper at the event and write down all the bad things from the previous year that you wish to toss into the fire. Or prepare a list in advance and bring it to the fire. This event is weather permitting.
Cost: Free, but donations are welcome.
The Great Meadow, 1761 Brearley House, 100 Meadow Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

Kid’s New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Monmouth Museum
For those kiddos that can’t make it past dark, celebrate early, starting at 10:30 AM, with a visit to the museum and kid-friendly activities. Countdown to midnight at noon, make a party hat and noise maker and march in a parade. 
Cost: $12 included with admission
765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738

New Year’s Eve Celebration at Iplay America
For a truly kid-friendly party—with fun rides, a DJ, party favors, and confetti cannons—this is the place to be for New Year’s Eve in NJ. Play games and go on the rides, refuel at Game Time Bar & Grill, or grab a snack at one of the in-park concession stands. You can also book a Topgolf swing suite, and there are private VIP suites where you can watch the NYE celebration and ball drop in Times Square on a big-screen TV.
Cost: $42.99 for the advance New Year’s Eve Party Pass ($52.99 at the door). VIP and suite rentals are additional
110 Schanck Rd., Freehold, NJ 07728

Six Flags Holiday in the Park
New Year’s Eve in NJ is a great excuse to experience your favorite theme park in a new light. Head to Main Street, the heart of the park, and admire the five-story brightly-lit tree. Or visit Gingerbread Junction, the Holiday Craze Mirror Maze, the Holiday Firepits, the North Pole, and Polar Point. 
Cost: Ticket prices vary based on membership level
1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson, NJ 08527

South Jersey New Year’s Eve Events

Fireworks on the Beach in Sea Isle City
Bring your chairs, blankets, and warm clothes to experience a beautiful fireworks display on the sand. The show starts at 8 PM, so you’ll have plenty of time to celebrate without staying up til midnight. 
Cost: Free
JFK Blvd Beach, Sea Isle CityNJ 08243

First Night Ocean City NJ
This New Year’s Eve in NJ celebration is packed—they have 30 different activities happening at different venues from 4 PM to just before midnight. Check out the ventriloquist show, or swing by the skate park for a skate party, see amazing magicians, sing along to dueling pianos and then stop by the Library for LEGO at the Library. Check out the full schedule here. And make sure to hang around for the fireworks show at midnight to welcome the new year.
Cost: $20 for an all-inclusive button (good for all events).
Venues all around Ocean City, NJ

New Year’s Eve Fireworks
Bring a little history into your fam’s New Year’s Eve celebration this year. Climb aboard the historic Battleship New Jersey where they’ll have live music and food, and your squad might even be able to fire a gun salute. Then grab a viewing spot to watch the dazzling fireworks show over the Delaware River. Proceeds from the event go toward the restoration of the Battleship. There is a 6 PM show, Admiral’s VIP show, and a 10 PM show.
Cost: $10-$100
62 Battleship Place., Camden, NJ 08103

New Year’s Eve Bash and Giant Blueberry Drop
Wrap up 2022 in a festive environment, complete with live music and fireworks, and welcome in 2023 with a midnight countdown and a blueberry drop in front of Town Hall at the Blueberry Capitol of the World. 
Cost: Free
100 Central Ave.,
Hammonton, NJ 08037

Noon Year’s Eve Kids Countdown
If you are looking for a fun, family-friendly way to celebrate the new year early, why not check out Renault Winery’s Noon Year’s Eve? The kids will receive Martinelli’s sparkling cider, ice skate, take tractor wagon rides, and they can countdown on the big screen. Make sure you hang by one of the firepits after (reservations suggested).
Cost: Prices vary per event
72 North Bremen Avenue, Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215

How will you celebrate New Year’s Eve in NJ?

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