December 31, 2013, N.J. New Year’s Eve Updates: Now that the big events are over, and the clock has ticked past twelve, it’s time to see what the new year holds. To begin with, you might be looking for a place for a New Year’s Day Brunch, Breakfast or Dinner. See our Holiday Dining Guide to find N.J. Restaurants open on New Year’s Day.
Our New Year’s Eve Guide has gotten so large that we’ve made some changes. The events are now listed by region on individual pages as we expand our coverage. This page features our top 10 list of the best events in the state.
Our First Night in New Jersey listings feature celebrations that are family friendly and non-alcoholic alternatives to the standard New Year’s Eve events. Our N.J. New Year’s Eve Calendar is now live and filling up. We’ve had promoters listing their special dinners and dances for several weeks now. Some of our favorite events are already sold out for this year so there’s a section at the end of the article that highlights celebrations that you might want to check out for next year.
N.J. New Year’s Eve by Region:
Bergen, Hudson, Essex, Morris, Passaic, Sussex & Warren County
Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset & Union County
Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester & Salem County
Atlantic, Cape May, Ocean & Monmouth County
Best New Jersey New Year’s Eve Events of 2013-14
Here are our choices for the best ways to ring in the new year in New Jersey.
New Year’s Eve @ The Manor, West Orange, Essex County, North Jersey, $69.95 to $145.00 per person: The Manor has been hosting weddings and special occasions since 1956. It is situated on a 20 acre estate with manicured gardens and next to Eagle Rock Reservation. For New Year’s Eve you can choose from a dance party for $75.00 complete with champagne, party favors, pastries and a D.J., or a lobster buffet for $69.95 with prime rib, lobster, oysters and lamb, or a 5 course dinner for $79.95, or an all inclusive Gala Dinner Party Package for $145.00 that includes the lobster buffet, a Viennese dessert table, premium open bar, continuous dance music and a champagne toast at midnight.
New Year’s Eve @ Crystal Springs Resort, Vernon, Sussex County, North Jersey, $25.00 to $345.00 per person: Crystal Springs has a multitude of celebrations that they are featuring for New Year’s Eve. You can pay as little as a $25.00 cover charge for the party at Kites restaurant that features a DJ, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. If you’re looking for a more refined celebration, you can check out Restaurant LaTour’s 7-Course Prix Fixe Formal Dinner with wine pairings for $345.00. The resort has a wide array of celebrations in every price range. Some of the more popular ones are already sold out. Update, December 30th, 2013 we just checked and 5 of the events for the later seatings are sold out.
New Year’s Eve Hogmanay Bonfire, Lawrenceville, Mercer County, Central Jersey, Free: The Hogmanay Bonfire has been a Lawrence Historical Society tradition for 16 years. Hogmanay is a Scottish New Year’s celebration that has it roots in Pagan tradition. The celebration involves creating a list of all the bad things you want to forget about the past year and bring it to the fire. Toss it in the giant flames and watch it burn. It’s a cleansing ritual for a new start, for a new year. Get More New Jersey Hogmanay Info
Trenton New Years Eve Concert, Trenton, Mercer County, Central Jersey, $25.00: The New Jersey Capital Philharmonic will host their annual New Year’s Eve concert this year at the Patriot’s Theatre at the War Memorial. This year the concert will feature a spectacular program of popular classics featuring Miklos Rozsa’s “Spellbound Concerto”, from the classic Hitchcock film with Gabriela Imreh, pianist. Also included are works by Liszt, Bernstein, Johann Strauss and much more. Daniel Spalding, conductor. Update, December 30th, 2013, good seats and tickets are still available. More info
New Year’s Eve Fireworks, New Brunswick, Middlesex County, Central Jersey, Free: New Brunswick celebrates the coming of the new year at midnight with a fireworks display sponsored by The Restaurant Guys. The display is staged by Garden State Fireworks at midnight at Monument Square Park. In previous years, the fireworks were shot off the roof of the Heldrich Hotel. The park is located at Livingston Avenue and George Street. Some local restaurants are serving regular menus and the local bars will be serving champagne. Update, December 30th, 2013, one of New Brunswick’s most popular restaurants the Frog and the Peach will be open from 4:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. serving an a la carte menu all night long. They will be serving an amuse bouche and holiday specials to celebrate the coming of a new year.
New Year’s Eve Kids Kazoo Parade, Collingswood, Camden, South Jersey, Free: Take the kids out for a chance to toot their own horn or their own kazoo. The Pop Shop in Collingswood will be holding their 5th annual kazoo parade this year. All the kids will be given kazoos at the restaurant and the parade will start at 4:15 p.m. Mummers from a local string band will lead the children down the street where a New Year’s Eve countdown will be held and cookies will be served. The restaurant will be serving dinner that night till 10:00 p.m.
New Year’s Eve Fireworks @ Battleship New Jersey for $10.00 & Overnight Encampment, $64.95, Camden, Camden County, South Jersey: Ring in the New Year in Camden and stay overnight on the Battleship New Jersey. You’ll have one of the best seats in the house to see the fireworks over the Delaware River that are being staged in Philadelphia at 6:00 p.m. and at midnight. A $64.95 ticket gets you dinner, a chow-line breakfast, a tour of the ship and a ride in the 4D Flight Simulator are included. More info on BestofNJ.com
New Year’s Eve at David Burke Fromagerie, Rumson, Monmouth County, Jersey Shore, $105.00: David Burke is ringing in the new year with an exquisite 4 course dinner that includes your champagne toast. Menu highlights include: a pretzel crusted crab cake, zampone (holiday stuffed pork sausage), lobster steak, lamb shank and seared trout. Dinner seatings are available from 5:00 to 10:30 p.m. The restaurant will also be serving a New Year’s Day Brunch from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Update, December 30th, 2013: It looks like the restaurant has a few spots available at the latest seatings (@ 10:30 p.m.)
New Year’s Eve @ Tuckahoe Inn, Marmora, Cape May County, Jersey Shore, Entrees @ $12.00 to $33.00:: Tuckahoe is one of the South Jersey’s and the Jersey Shore’s favorite restaurants. It is located on the Great Egg Harbor Bay just off the Garden State Parkway. For New Year’s Eve they are offering their extensive regular menu at their regular prices. Reservations are highly recommended. Early bird seatings start at 11:30 a.m. and go till 5:00 p.m. Dinner reservations available until 10:30. There will be live music by Chameleon from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Update, December 30th, 2013, Having just checked the inn’s Facebook page, it looks like they still have spots available for tomorrow night.
Ocean City First Night, Ocean City, Cape May County, Jersey Shore, $15.00: Ocean City sponsors one of the biggest parties in New Jersey to ring in the new year that culminates with a grand fireworks display at midnight. The celebration starts early and continues all night long. The festivities include a long list of concerts: rock, country, folk, doo wop, Broadway, gospel, big band and barbershop quartets. You’ll also find jugglers, magicians, story tellers and Irish Dancers. There’s also a Taste of the Jersey Shore dinner.
See our N.J. Events Calendars in Different Formats:
New Jersey New Year’s Eve Balls and Galas to Consider for 2015
New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball @ the Westwood, Garwood: $145.00 per person & $275.00 per couple The NYE Masquerade Ball features a 5 hour premium open bar, coat check, unlimited dining, DJ playing top 40 hits, dancing, a champagne toast and a live broadcast of the ball drop from NYC. The event is limited to the first 280 guests to purchase a ticket. Local lodging at discounted prices available at the Hilton Homewood Suites in Cranford and at the Holiday Inn in Clark.
Glitter Ball @ Congress Hall, Cape May: $179.00 per person The Glitter Ball sells out every year and features a 5 course dinner, a full open bar, live music by the Tribeca Grand Band. Special Glitter Ball packages are available at any of the Cape Resort Properties with a 2 night stay.
If you know of any fabulous New Year’s Eve party in New Jersey that we’ve missed for this year just leave us a comment below.