Celebrate 2020 in Style at These Westchester New Year's Eve Parties and Ball Drops
Westchester’s biggest blow-outs are here to help you ring in the new year!
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2019 was a big year for Westchester! We saw our first property tax decrease in almost a decade, got our very first Michelin Stars, and even had a few laughs. It’s no surprise, then, that Westchester would want to end its year with a celebration worthy of such greatness.
Before you resign yourself to your neighbor’s couch with a plastic cup of bubbly and Ryan Seacrest, here’s where you should be making plans to usher in the future that is 2020 here in Westchester!
Music & Entertainment
Maybe standing around waiting for a ball to drop isn’t your thing, or maybe you just love grooving out to classic tunes. Either way, we’ve got you covered.
Peekskill’s Paramount Hudson Valley Theater will be hosting a New Year’s Eve performance of “Shadows of the ‘60s” A tribute to Motown Supergroups. Head into the future by remembering past hits by amazing groups like Temptations, The Four Tops, The Supremes, and more! The show opens at 7 p.m. and tickets start at $40.
Meanwhile, over at the Tarrytown Music Hall, Emmy nominee and Westchester comedy circuit mainstay Nick Di Paolo will have you rolling down the aisles and into 2020 with New Year’s Eve With Nick Di Paolo. Join Nick and special guests for brash and blunt comedy from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. — leaving just enough time to make it to one of the below parties! Tickets are $30.
Sometimes, there’s just no beating a good, ol’ fashioned New Year’s Eve Ball Drop. It’s tradition! For fans of the classics, here’s where you’ll want to head.
For the younger crowd, New Rochelle will hold its 10th Annual “Ring in the New Year at Noon” at New Rock City. The fun starts at 10:30 a.m. on December 31 for kids aged 2-10, with activities like face painting and clowns, rides, arts and crafts, soccer, snacks and goodie bags, raffles and prizes, and tons more, all in a very Times Square atmosphere. At noon, more than 3,000 balloons will rain down from the rafters to celebrate the new year in a countdown that’s way easier to stay awake for. Register online with a $10 (for a family of 4; $5 single person) donation to the New Rochelle Library Foundation.
In Valhalla, Westchester Winter Wonderland culminates in the family-friendly Third Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop starting at 5 p.m. at Kensico Dam Plaza. On top of everything else Wonderland has to offer, the ball comes down at 7 p.m., followed by a pyrotechnics display.
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For the child-free this year, the White Plains New Year’s Eve Celebration will once again be one of the largest ball drop gatherings in the metro area outside of NYC itself. Starting at 10 p.m. and featuring tons of great local businesses taking part and running concurrent specials and parties, the festivities include ball drop, confetti, fireworks, live music, and is entirely free to enter! As always, Heineken USA will be encouraging responsible drinking by providing free rides home to any residential destination within Westchester County from their stand on the corner of East Post Rd and Mamaroneck Ave between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m.
Farther north in Peekskill, the city’s annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop will commence at 10 p.m. downtown and include tons of performances by local musicians and a few special guests! (Despite the rain, last year featured Larger Than Life, “the ultimate boy band tribute,” and live fireworks.)
If you love a good countdown but hate standing outside in the cold, this is your perfect middle ground! Great food, great drinks, great tunes, and plenty of friendly revelry to help you celebrate the end of one year and the start of something new!
Drop by Yonkers Brewing Co. as early as 8 p.m. for an evening of merriment featuring live DJ and dancing, drink specials, and the brewery’s signature menu.
A rising star in Westchester’s foodie world, Eugene’s Diner in Port Chester will be hosting the appropriately kitschy A Disco New Year’s Eve starting at 9 p.m. Food stations including a raw bar, prochetta, holiday meat pies, greens, disco fries, and more will combine with passed plates like French toast and foie gras, mini meatloaf, caviar, et al. Drinks with feature craft cocktails, beer and wine, boozy milkshakes, and more, while DJ Drummer Steve blasts the tunes. Tickets are $95 and you can register online or by calling 914.481.5529.
Castle Hotel & Spa in Tarrytown will be holding a Masquerade Ball from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. including open bar, hors d'oeuvres, charcuterie and cheese, and dessert buffet. Tickets are $200, but guests can combine with the Equus NYE tasting dinner (normally $225) for just $325 total.
In Dobbs Ferry, sister site The Parlor will be hosting all-you-can-eat wood fired pizza (in Queen Margherita, "Roni, Roni, Roni," "Holy Cheesus,""The Lemonator," "the Balls," and "Go Ask Alice" varieties) starting at 9 p.m. The $55 door price also nabs you open bar until 12:30 a.m. with draft, bucket, and bottled/canned beer, adult slushies, specialty cocktails, and even a few "flask cocktails."
In Eastchester, Mickey Spillane’s 14th Annual New Year’s Eve Party also kicks off at 9 p.m. $60 per person gets you an open bar (minus shots), live DJ, party favors, and a Champagne toast. Preorder online and get $10 off!
Glitz & Glamour at the Radisson will have New Rochelle bopping all night, thanks to its dinner buffet, open wine bar, Champagne toast, party favors, Times Square ball drop, and live DJs. Bonus: Your $95 ticket price comes with free parking and free coat check, plus tax and tip. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.
If you’re in White Plains but aren’t feeling the al fresco evening, The Brazen Fox is welcoming the new year starting at 9 p.m. DJs will be spinning hits all night while guests enjoy an appetizer buffet from 10 p.m. till midnight, followed by a Champagne toast. Celebratory party trinkets will also be included, all for $120.
Peekskill is giving you a couple different indoor options this year. Gleason’s, on South St, will be featuring DJ Joey Mercedes and drink specials starting at 9 p.m., while Fin & Brew’s New Year’s Eve will rock the waterfront also starting at 9 p.m. Here a relatively modest $25 per person comes with live music at River Outpost Brewing Co. downstairs, a dance party with DJ Catch1 upstairs in the Facoria event space, a complimentary gaming card for Spins Hudson in between, plus a midnight snack buffet and Champagne toast! Buy your tickets online and get $5 off.
Join us for New Year's Eve and ring in the New Year! GENERAL ACCESS $20 PER PERSON ($25 AT THE DOOR) Includes: Live Music from Shane Scarazzini & EightFingers at River Outpost 🎸Dance Party with DJ Catch1 upstairs in the Event Space 🎵 Complimentary Spins gaming card 🎟Midnight Snack Buffet 🥘 Champagne Toast 🥂