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:

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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…

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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…


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