The holiday season is far from over, but folks are already looking ahead to 2016. That’s why Best of NJ is revamping our ultimate guide to New Year’s. To kick things off, we’ve updated our events calendar so you can start planning where you’re going to celebrate the countdown to midnight. Be sure to keep an eye on this page, as our events calendar will continue to grow as we continuously add new parties and events as they are announced.

We’ll also be rolling out a number of New Year’s features, and the best way to keep track of them all is to stay tuned right here. If you’re attending a New Year’s event that you don’t see listed on our calendar, you can always submit events directly to us (listings are provided for free). From all of us at Best of NJ, we’d like to wish everyone a happy and healthy new year!

New Year’s 2016 Features

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New Year’s Day Activities: Kick off Your 2016 in Style!

As far as holidays go, January 1 has become an unlikely underdog. Year after year, all of the hype surrounding New Year’s Eve overshadows the lovely and peaceful 24 hours known as New Year’s Day. Don’t let the first day of the New Year pass you by in a leftover Christmas cookie-fueled Netflix marathon. Set the tone for an outstanding 2016…

Glasses of champagne and sparklers on bright background with bokeh effect5 Sparkling NJ Wines to Drink on New Year’s Eve

As the final countdown to the end of 2015 begins, quite a few people across the Garden State are buying bubbly to help kick off the new year. In fact, more than 20% of all Champagne and sparkling wine sales in the U.S. take place between Christmas and New Year’s, according to the Guild of Sommeliers. Read more…

Gamer playing a first person shooter on high end pc.Top 5 Games Releasing in 2016

With 2015 drawing to a close, it’s time to look ahead to a brand new year. 2016 will likely be one of the most exciting years for gamers in a long time. Now that the latest next-gen consoles are hitting their stride, the games releasing over the next year will be able to take advantage of each console’s near-full potential. See our top picks…

ConventionsTop 10 NJ Conventions & Expos to Attend in 2016

With all of the events going on each week in NJ, it can be hard to decide where to go and what to do. As we look ahead to 2016, we’ve come up with some suggestions for the best NJ conventions and fan expos happening all year round. The events come in many flavors, so be sure to mark your calendars…

New Years Finger FoodsNew Year’s Eve: Fab Finger Food Ideas for Your Party

You brave soul, you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve party for your nearest and dearest — and you have no idea what to serve everyone. Think beyond the frozen packs of hors d’oeuvres and try making your own. Whether or not your guests are of-age, we’ve got your New Year’s Eve entertaining menu covered. See what’s on the menu…

Groom Fashion TrendsThe Best 2016 Wedding Trends (For the Groom)

Whether he is waiting at the altar, greeting guests, or taking off the garter, the groom is expected to be dressed to impress. For you special guys out there, I have collected some of the top 2016 wedding fashion trends. So go get your bride-to-be and let’s research your wardrobe together. Be a wedding trailblazer…

Best MemesBest Memes of the Year

Oh, 2015. You sassy, silly year, you kept us glued to our smartphones, giggling over the latest viral craze. This is the year we asked the big questions, like: Why did those llamas cross the road? What’s up with Left Shark’s dancing? What’s up with Drake’s dancing? And let’s not forget the biggest question of all: What color was that damned dress, anyway?

Rutgers SportsBest Rutgers Sports Moments of 2015

As a Rutgers sports fan, you never really know what you’re going to get. If there’s anything I learned in my four years here (and I promise it’s not the only thing I learned), it’s that Rutgers has a way of keeping your life interesting — and its sports programs are no exception. These are true Jersey teams…

Best GamesThe Best Games of 2015

Since we’ve already tackled a list of the most promising games releasing in 2016, it wouldn’t be a proper New Year’s without a year-end recap of The Best Games of 2015. Gamers have a lot to be thankful for this year, with an assortment of incredible games having released over the past 12 months.

A New Year for Every Region

Before we get to our general event listings, we’ve also broken down New Year’s by each specific region of New Jersey. Take a look:

North Jersey New Year'sNorth Jersey New Year’s

Looking for the ultimate guide to North Jersey events on New Year’s Eve? You’ve come to the right place. We are always updating our listings for upcoming events. This guide in particular covers New Year’s Eve celebrations and dinners in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Sussex and Warren Counties. Check them out…

Central Jersey New Year'sCentral Jersey New Year’s

Looking for the ultimate guide to Central Jersey events on New Year’s Eve? You’ve come to the right place. We are always updating our listings for upcoming events. This guide in particular covers New Year’s Eve celebrations and dinners in Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset and Union Counties. Don’t miss ’em…

South Jersey New Year'sSouth Jersey New Year’s

Looking for the ultimate guide to South Jersey events on New Year’s Eve? You’ve come to the right place. We are always updating our listings for upcoming events. This guide in particular covers New Year’s Eve celebrations and dinners in Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem Counties. Pick your favorite…

Jersey Shore New Year'sJersey Shore New Year’s

Looking for the ultimate guide to Jersey Shore events on New Year’s Eve? You’ve come to the right place. We are always updating our listings for upcoming events. This guide in particular covers New Year’s Eve celebrations and dinners in Atlantic, Cape May, Ocean and Monmouth Counties. Shore up your schedule…

Celebrate New Year’s in New Jersey

Hooray for the Holidays

Kwanzaa Celebration

Tuesday, December 29, 2015: Experience the symbols & principles of African American tradition, as Queen Nur lights up the stage with stories & song in celebration!

NYE Splash

New Year's Eve Splash

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Ring in the New Year with family, friends and fish at our New Year's Eve Splash! End the evening with fireworks over the Delaware River.


First Night Ocean County in Seaside Heights

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Don’t know what to do with the family this New Year’s Eve Day? Bring them out to First Night Ocean County in Seaside Heights. Fireworks 5PM

Hooray for the Holidays

New Years at Noon (and 3PM)

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Ring in the New Year, kid style! The entire Museum will be singing & dancing & counting down to 2016 with our biggest celebration(s) yet!

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Family New Year's Eve @ The Shannon Rose

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Bring the whole family! Face Painters, Sweet Treats, Balloons, Celebratory Toast and More! Call for prices.

First Night Maplewood

First Night at Maplewood

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Plan your entertainment-filled New Year's Eve with our incredible performers! Fireworks on Ritzer Field!


Kid's NYE @ Pilsener Haus

Thursday, December 31, 2015: For families with kids. The kids NYE Party from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Balloon animals, Kids band.

Flanders NYE

New Year's Eve 2015 Dinner

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Flanders Hotel - Served in Emily’s Ocean Room 4:00 to 9:00 pm Adults $34.95 (Kid's Menu – $14.95) Reservations Required 609-399-1000

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New Year's Eve Dinner at Bibi'z

Thursday, December 31, 2015 - Friday, January 1, 2016: Early Dinner from 4 pm to 7 pm Late Dinner (21 and older) from 10 pm to 1 am $90 per person with 4-hour open bar $150

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Ring in the New Year at Rails

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Say good bye to 2015 and toast new beginnings & exciting times. An exceptional dining experience and warm hospitality. Call for prices.

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New Year's Eve Dinner at Vidalia

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Reserve your table today for New Year's Eve celebration. Price Fixe Menu. Call for prices.


First Night Morris 2016

Thursday, December 31, 2015: NYE, First Night Morris features fun within walking distance of the historic Morristown Green. 2 Fireworks displays – at 9:15 & midnight!


First Night Haddonfield

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Haddonfield’s Kings Highway - over 15 venues featuring magic, music, comedy, dance & theater shows, midnight fireworks. For details, call 856.429.4700 (ext 300) or email

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New Year's Eve Dinner @ Palazzo

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Three Course Dinner. $69 per person + tax and Gratuity


New Years @ The Ebbitt Room

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Relax in our elegant dining room and enjoy an exquisite meal of farm to table cuisine. For reservations call 609-884-5700.  

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NYE Early Dinner @ Due Mari

Thursday, December 31, 2015: 3- course menu, from 5 pm till 6:30 pm; $75 per person - with suggested wine pairings - $110 per person.

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New Year’s Eve 2016

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Free Party in the Main Atrium - Live Music!  

Happy New Year

Hogmanay Bonfire

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Celebrate the coming New Year with this Scottish tradition.  Toss all of last year's bad memories into the fire.  Free refreshments.

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New Year's Eve at Minerals Hotel

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Diamond Ballroom Family-Style Early Buffet  Scrumptious Family-Style Dinner Buffet Cash Bar Available Throughout Buffet    

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New Year’s Eve Dinner at Satis Bistro

Thursday, December 31, 2015: We are offering two seatings: – 6pm Dinner or – 9pm Dinner + Celebration (DJ, Favors & Midnight Champagne Toast)


Salute to Vienna

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Celebrate with the ageless beauty of uplifting Viennese music at New Brunswick's annual New Year's Concert!

The Funplex

New Year’s Eve at the Funplex

Thursday, December 31, 2015: New Years Eve Package 6:30 to 12:30am Here it is. The party you’ve been looking for! Right here at the Funplex!


Paul Sottile

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Paul has performed with many of the top Jazz artists in Philadelphia at many of the most prestigious venues in the area. Call for prices.

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JASHN 2016 - New Years Eve

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Non-stop Bollywood Music. Lavish Dinner. Kid's entertainment & Menu

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New Year's Eve Party at Orale Mexican Kitchen

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Standard Open Bar 4-Course Dinner DJ Spinz 90s Cocktail Toast at Midnight

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New Year’s Eve @ Bar Anticipation

Thursday, December 31, 2015: NJ’s Biggest New Year’s Eve Celebration! Either a traditional NYE open bar w/Buffet. Or, pay as you go. Party until 4am!

Sahara Sam's

New Year’s Eve Bash

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Splash the night away on our indoor water attractions, jam out with our DJ, win giveaways - our New Year’s Eve Party includes it all!

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Rasoi 3 New Years Eve Party

Thursday, December 31, 2015: DJ Music, Live Singing, Belly Dancer, Ball Drop, Party Favors, Premium Open Bar, Veg & Non-Veg Multi Cuisine Food Courts

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RS Entertainment - New Years Eve 2016

Thursday, December 31, 2015: With DJ Sunny P & DJ Drew, Belly Dancing Show, Live DHOL Player All Night Long

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Deewan Banquet - New Years 2016

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Deewan Banquest Presents Moroccan Theme New Year's Eve 2016! Exotic Moroccan Dancers, VVIP Cabana Lounge, Premium Liquor, Open Bar

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NYE @ Stress Factory Comedy Club

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Comedy of Jessica Kirson. 7:30pm show $59 show tickets & buffet! 10:30pm show $109 show tickets, Open bar, buffet, champagne & dancing!

The American Longboards

NYE from Rock & Roll USA

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Come have a rocking New Years Eve with The American Longboards, a super-energetic band who play classics! Call for prices.

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The New Year Dhamaka!

Thursday, December 31, 2015: The place to be New Year's Eve! MC; Host world class comedian Tushar Singh. Appearance by Akaash Singh, Comedian. Rock Star Bollywood DJ.

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Akbar NYE Party 2016

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Live countdown of balldrop at midnight, International food stations, Kids entertainment with clown & magician, Champagne toast at midnight

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Bollywood Fiesta NYE 2016

Thursday, December 31, 2015: America's No. 1 DESI-New Year's Party since 2000! DJ Magic Mike, Live Carnival & Bollywood Dancers, Lavish Indian & International Buffet

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Chand Palace - NYE 2016

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Live Chef Stations, All Night Open Top Shelf Bar, Midnight Champagne Toast, Dance to Bollywood and Bhangra

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DJ Ripple - New Years Eve 2016

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Belly Dancing Show. Children's Entertainment. Champagne Toast at Midnight!

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Dj Savan Presents Envision 2016: Masquerade Edition

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Dj Savan & Dj Dugan - Top 40, Bollywood, Punjabi, House, & Hip Hop music! Hors D'oeurve Champagne Toast Midnight. Childrens Entertainment!


Erik Hetzel

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Erik keeps you entertained with smokin’ keyboard skills as he sings the songs you love best! Call for prices.

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Hotel Executive Suites NYE

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Indian Buffet with Classic Indian Dishes, DJ playing all of your Bollywood favorites, Premium Open Bar, Champagne Toast at Midnight


New Year's Eve @ FantaSea Resorts

Thursday, December 31, 2015: FantaSea Resorts Flagship. 4 Course Buffet, Champagne Toast, DJ KC, Door Prizes, Complimentary Masks, Beads and Noisemakers and Cash Bar.


New Year's Eve Fireworks

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Join us for a fabulous fireworks display on the beach.

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New Year’s Eve 2015 @ The Ryland Inn

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Welcome 2016 at The Ryland Inn. Aubry Champagne Cocktails, followed by a four-course dinner, DJ & dancing! Champagne toast at midnight!

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NJPA New Year's Eve

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Ring in the New Year with NJPA! Bring your family, bring your friends!


NYE @ the Chelsea

Thursday, December 31, 2015: This New Year welcome in 2016 in The Chelsea ’s Crystal Room! DJ, 5-hour premium open bar, complimentary appetizers & festive party favors!

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NYE @ The Pool @ Harrah's

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Not your typical New Years Eve party. It's a wet "N" wild special event with a Champagne toast & Party Favors. Open Bar from 9PM - 11PM

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NYE Bash @ Red Tail Lodge

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Cocktail Hour at 7pm Plated, Dinner 8-10pm, Live Band - The Buzz 8pm – 1am Cash Bar, Champagne toast at midnight, Fun Party Favors

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Royal Ballroom New Year's Eve

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Non-stop DJ entertainment, Enjoy 30 courses of food, Open bar, dance, games, fun, family & friends

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Crown of India - New Year's Extravaganza

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Welcome 2016 with family & friends,  With special dinner & DJ  


NYE 2016 at Battello

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Come Celebrate New Years Eve 2016 with Batello, Premium Open Bar. Live Music, DJ & Entertainment, Gourmet Stations  


Rockin' New Year's Eve Sock Hop

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Featuring Quiet Storm & The Razorbacks. Dinner Buffet & open bar, Champagne Toast at 12, Dessert & Breakfast after 12. Party until 3 AM!

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mur.mur Presents Vice

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Celebrate New Year's Eve at mur.mur with music by Vice. Ticket includes admission to mur.mur and open bar from 9:00pm - 11:00pm

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New Year's Eve at Grand Cascades Lodge

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Grand Cascades Lodge is hosting the hottest New Year’s Eve this side of Times Square, with exquisite dining to ‘fun-for-all’ festivities!  

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New Year's Eve Dinner at Restaurant Latour

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Celebrate New Year’s Eve at one of the NY Metro area’s most acclaimed restaurants. -  Seatings 9pm-10pm

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New Year's Eve Party at The Shannon Rose

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Live Music - Passed Hors d' Oeuvres - Chef's Dinner Table Buffet - Premium Open Bar - Late Night Snack All Inclusive/80 per person

Champagne & Fireworks Celebrations

NYE @ Fire n Ice Hookah Lounge

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Two floors of fun, Multiple DJs, Dhol Player, Belly Dancer, Grand Buffet style dinner, Live ball drop from big Apple

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NYE at the Pier - Atlantic City

Thursday, December 31, 2015: The biggest NYE Event on the East Coast - 6 Parties under one roof, room for 3500 people! The Playground Pier at Caesars in Atlantic City.  


NYE with DJ Fergie

Thursday, December 31, 2015: A collection of mind-blowing, jaw-dropping productions, ready to make an explosion that will truly announce the arrival of Fergie.  

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Paradise NYE 2016

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Live Ball Drop at Times Square, Lavish Indo-Chinese Buffet, Call for group discounts

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Sparkles - New Year's Bash

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Ring in the new year & rock out the old with Sparkles Annual New Year's Eve Gala. 5 hour open bar, dinner, desserts.


Spirit of NJ NYE Dinner Cruise

Thursday, December 31, 2015: A romantic evening of dinner & dancing abroad this luxury cruise ship. A stunning view of fireworks display from right on the Hudson River.

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Willie McBride's New Year's Eve

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Open Bar from 9pm-3am Hot Buffet from 9pm-10:30pm Champagne toast at midnight.


Billy D Light Trio

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Billy D. Light Trio shows are truly a hip experience, solidly based in good old Rock ‘n’ Roll! Call for prices.

Happy New Year

Right On Band NYE Dance Party

Thursday, December 31, 2015:   The Right On Band is known for their outlandish ’70s costumes. Specializing in Motown, Disco, and ‘70s Funk!

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Nanking NYE Masquerade Ball

Thursday, December 31, 2015: 4hrs Open Bar, Live simulcast of NYC balldrop, Champagne toast at midnight, Electrifying global music

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New Year's Eve at The Grand Arcade

Thursday, December 31, 2015 - Friday, January 1, 2016: Celebrate New Year's Eve Thursday, December 31st at The Grand Arcade at Convention Hall. This black tie evening promises to be the best party around. There will be an Open …

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NYE @ The Hyatt Regency

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Catch A Rising Star comedy show, Dinner for 2, party favors, live Times Square television feed, champagne toast, dancing. Includes Room.


Tony Orlando

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Tony and America recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of his recording of "Tie A Yellow Ribbon ‘Round The Ole Oak Tree"


Fireworks @ Tropicana

Thursday, December 31, 2015: Send 2015 out with a bang on the Boardwalk at Tropicana, along with the Multimedia Sound and Light Show.

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New Year's Day Breakfast at Kites

Friday, January 1, 2016: Kites Breakfast Buffet ~ 2 seatings 8am-11am or 12pm-2:30pm Full Breakfast Buffet in Kites Restaurant Reservations required Cash Bar  

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New Year’s Day Breakfast Buffet

Friday, January 1, 2016: Served in our elegant ballrooms   Reservations Required 609-399-1000 Call for prices.

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New Year's Day Brunch at Grand Cascades Lodge

Friday, January 1, 2016: Emerald Ballroom  Grand Brunch including Champagne & Mimosas Reservations are required. Space is limited.  

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Celebrate New Year’s Day at Matt & Meera

Friday, January 1, 2016: Join us on New Year's Day! Call for prices & check out our American and Indian menu.

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Polar Bear Plunge

Friday, January 1, 2016: Take the plunge into the New Year at our H20 Pool!  Bar opens at 11 am.

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