Your 2018 Guide to 18 New Year's Eve Events in Cincinnati - Cutler Blog
December 21, 2018 |

Your 2018 Guide to 18 New Year’s Eve Events in Cincinnati

Another year has come and gone and we can hardly believe it! Before the clock strikes midnight, there’s still time for one last celebration. Luckily, Cincinnati is bursting with fun and unique New Year’s Eve experiences to help us say goodbye to 2018!

We’ve rounded up 18 events in the Cincinnati area that will help you ring in 2019 in style. You’ll find family-friendly events like Noon Year’s Eve parties and even a kid’s New Year’s Eve cruise — as well as some more adult-friendly events like a Carnival party and a few brewery hosted celebrations. Regardless of how you choose to celebrate, there is sure to be an event on this list to match your taste. Have fun out there, and have a happy New Year!

For the Kids

New Year’s Eve Kids Cruise

Where: BB Riverboats

When: December 31, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Celebrate the new year without having to stay up too late! Board a riverboat for the afternoon and enjoy free party favors, a DJ, and fun activities. You can also meet with an eclectic cast of characters and enjoy a tasty lunch buffet. Take a look at the full menu and book your tickets here.

Cincinnati Library Noon Year’s Eve Parties

When: December 31, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

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Delhi Township Branch — 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Harrison Branch — 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Mt. Washington Branch — 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Come out and celebrate the new year at the library! Make crafts, dance the afternoon away, have a snack and see the balloon drop. No matter what library branch you decide to celebrate at, you’re sure to have a fantastic time.

Kids’ New Year’s Eve Countdown

Where: The Newport Aquarium

When: December 31, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Join all of the aquatic animals in saying goodbye to Scuba Santa before he swims back to the North Pole. Festivities begin in the Shark Ray Bay Theater, where kids will have a blast with music, dancing, giveaways and more.

Happy Zoo Year

Where: The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

When: December 31, 5-9 p.m.

“Party animals” of all ages are invited to celebrate the 10th annual Happy Zoo Year at the Cincinnati Zoo! Activities include shows like Winder Wonders by Madcap Puppets, a meet and greet with Father Time and Baby Zoo Year, an early countdown, and fireworks.

New Year’s Eve Game + Indoor Fireworks with the Cincinnati Cyclones

Where: U.S. Bank Arena

When: December 31, 6:05 p.m.

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Photo courtesy of Tony Bailey via  Cyclones Hockey

The Cincinnati Cyclones will be playing the Toledo Walleye this New Year’s Eve and will be making it a fun event for both you and your little ones. With the special start time of 6:05 p.m., you can make sure the kids can experience the game and a spectacular indoor fireworks display all before bedtime!

New Year’s Eve at Winterfest

Where: Kings Island

When: December 31, 5 p.m.-1 a.m.

This year, Kings Island will be offering a brand new way to celebrate New Year’s Eve. This family-friendly event will feature Snoopy’s Rockin’ Countdown Party, Charlie Brown’s New Year’s Eve Celebration and midnight fireworks show to finish off the evening.

New Year’s Eve Blast

Where: Fountain Square

When: December 31, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.


Start off 2019 with a bang by celebrating New Year’s Eve at Fountain Square! Alongside hundreds of fellow Cincinnatians, you can dance the night away, grab some grub and participate in goofy games on the Fountain Square stage and ice rink.

For the Adults

The Point’s New Year’s Eve Party

Where: Schwartz’s Point Jazz & Acoustic Club

When: December 31, 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

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For a classy, intimate affair this year, you’ll want to check out Schwartz’s Point! At this celebration, you’ll feel as though you’ve gone to Paris for the night with the excellent jazz music, delicious buffet dinner and a champagne toast.

New Year’s Eve Cruise

Where: BB Riverboats

When: December 31, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.

Ring in 2019 on the river! Cincinnati’s sparkling skyline will provide a spectacular backdrop as you cruise into the new year. The magical night will include a special three-entree buffet, entertainment, champagne at midnight, a late night snack buffet and party favors! Take a look at the delicious menu and book your tickets here.

MadTree New Year’s Eve

Where: MadTree Brewing

When: December 31, 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

MadTree’s second-annual New Year’s Eve celebration will be full of more brews, bands and balloons than ever before. Come out and listen to local bands 2nd Wind, The Colour of Rhythm, The Newbees and DJ B-Funk. Grab a beer, a glass of wine or a specialty cocktail before the champagne toast to accompany the appetizer spreads and the midnight breakfast buffet! Trust us when we say you won’t want to miss it. Make sure to get your ticket before they sell out.

New Year’s Eve at The Stretch

Where: The Stretch

When: December 31, 8 p.m.-2:30 a.m.

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Photo courtesy of The Stretch

The third annual “Clink and Drink” NYE Party at The Stretch is sure to be a party to remember! Enjoy party favors, access to the donut bar, large screens to watch the ball drop, DJ entertainment, and a champagne toast at midnight. There are a limited number of tickets available so make sure to get yours here.

The White and Ice Affair

Where: Glam Lounge 513

When: December 31, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

If you’re looking for fun, fashion and local entertainment this New Year’s Eve — you’re in the right place! There will be plenty of drink specials, a live band, live DJ, a flash mob fashion show, a surprise giveaway, light snacks and a champagne toast at midnight!

An Elegant Affair: Igby’s New Year’s Eve Celebration 2019

Where: Igby’s

When: December 31, 9 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

When the countdown to 2019 stars, you won’t want to be anywhere other than Igby’s! This exclusive party is the perfect place to spend your evening all dressed up and among friends. Party favors will be provided and DJ Ice Cold Tony will be spinning! Bottle service tables are now available so you can ring in the new year in style.

Mt. Adams Pavilion’s New Year’s Eve Ball 2019

Where: Mt. Adams Pavilion

When: December 31, 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m.

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Come out and ring in the new year at Mt. Adams Pavilion! You’ll receive a free party favor, champagne toast, complimentary hors-d’oeuvres buffet and so much more! Plus, there will be two DJs on two levels so you can dance the night away.

New Year’s Eve Party

Where: JACK Cincinnati Casino

When: December 31, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

Come out and celebrate the new year in style at the JACK Cincinnati Casino Event Center, where there will be live music, drinks, dancing and more. If you’re looking to get a little fancy this year, try their VIP Cabana Package, which includes exclusive Cabana seating for eight and 24 drink tickets!

Carnival – New Year’s Eve at the Netherland Plaza

Where: Hilton Cincinnati Netherlands Plaza, Continental Ballroom

When: December 31, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

Inspired by the Carnivals of South America and the Caribbean, this will definitely be one of the hottest New Year’s Eve parties in Cincinnati this year. Doors open at 10 p.m. to open lounge seating, a cash bar with specialty drinks, a DJ spinning Latin and Pop dance hits, heavy hors-d’oeuvres and a midnight toast. Carnival attire and costumes are encouraged. The best-dressed carnival themed couple will win a grand tasting for two with wine pairing at Orchids!


Have a Very Happy New Year!

Cutler Marketing Team

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