Do you want to spend New Year’s Eve doing something other than binge-watching Netflix and falling asleep at 11 p.m.?
Whether your thing is gaming, dressing up, or just good old-fashioned drinking and dancing, we got you covered. We assume you don’t to relive your glory days sprawled on the bathroom tiles — but if you do, pick the one that comes with a hotel room. Happy hunting.
Roaring ’20s New Year’s Eve Party
Celebrate New Year’s Eve 1920s-style, minus the actual Prohibition and police raids. Fedoras, flapper dresses, and feather boas are highly encouraged. The evening includes a gourmet dinner, dancing, specialty cocktails, live entertainment by Bluestone Ivory (horn-driven classic rock) and a convenient hotel room. (Cincinnati Marriott North, 6189 Muhlhauser Road, West Chester Twp., Dec. 31, 6 p.m., $369 per couple, call 513-874-7385 or visit Cincinnati Marriott North Facebook page for more info).
New Year’s Eve Blast
This is our version of a Time’s Square ball drop. Come mingle with thousands of your fellow Cincinnatians at downtown’s most prestigious landmark. Jay Kruz of Mix 94.9 will lead the party that includes dancing, silly party games and plenty of food and drink. The ice skating rink will be open, and a fireworks show at midnight will usher in 2020. (Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., Cincinnati, Dec. 31, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., no admission cost, call 513-621-4400 or visit www.myfountainsquare.com for more info)
New Years Eve at Winterfest
Winterfest at King’s Island is rolling out a new, family-friendly New Year’s Eve party. First, the elves of Tinker’s Toy Factory will give an early countdown for the little ones from 7:30-9 p.m., complete with character interactions and a giant balloon drop. Later, the Peanuts gang will provide character meet-and-greets and oversized lawn games. Winter-friendly rides will be available, a live DJ will spin modern tunes, and Snoopy and other characters will bring in the New Year at the park’s 314-foot Christmas tree, which will be turned into a giant countdown. (Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Drive, Dec. 31, 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Tickets start at $27.99, call 513-754-5700 or visit www.visitkingsisland.com for more info).
Taft’s Totally ’80s New Year’s Eve
This 1980s-themed New Year’s Eve party invites you to rock your spandex, parachute pants, perms and hairspray bangs. The top dance floor will feature a DJ spinning 80s hits with the occasional modern track, while the bottom floor is all karaoke. Taft’s will be serving their craft brews throughout. (Taft’s Ale House, 1429 Race St., Cincinnati, Dec. 31, 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m., $50-$100, call 513-334-1393 or visit Taft’s Totally 80s NYE Facebook page for more info)
Soon To Be Hard Rock New Year’s Eve
Jack Casino is offering two New Year’s Eve parties to choose from. One takes place in the Event Center, with 10 bars and live entertainment by the Eden Park Band (covers). The other goes down with DJ Ice Cold Tony. Start out with dinner at the Prism Steakhouse Restaurant or any other of the dining locations within the casino. (Jack Casino Cincinnati, 1000 Broadway St., Cincinnati, Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $25-$75, call 513-252-0777 or visit www.jackentertainment.com)
New Year’s Eve at Jags
Our local premier steakhouse is also throwing a Roaring ’20s New Year’s party. The evening includes a four-course dinner, optional wine pairings, a complimentary champagne welcome, Prohibition-style cocktails, live music by My Sister Sarah (rock/pop/hip hop/funk covers), and a toast at midnight. (Jags Steak & Seafood, 5980 West Chester Road, West Chester, Dec. 31. Reservations are required. Dinner is $85, wine pairings are $25. For more information, call (513) 860-5353 or www.jags.com)
New Year’s Eve with the Rusty Griswolds (20th Anniversary)
One of the biggest New Year’s Eve parties in the Tri-State offers several packages and experiences. Every room offers dinner, drinks, party favors, and a late night nacho bar. For live entertainment, the headliner is The Rusty Griswolds, Cincinnati’s top 1980s cover band. Q102’s DJ, Mark McFadden, and the Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar will also be on hand. (Newport Syndicate, 18 E. 5th St., Newport, Kentucky, Dec. 31 at 6:30 p.m.. Tickets start at $85. For more information, call 859-491-8000 or visit www.newportsyndicate.com.
20/20 New Year’s Eve Party
Think a New Year’s party at a museum can’t be fun? Think again. The first 300 guests will receive a pair of diffraction glasses to heighten the Technicolor effect of the laser display, brought to you by some of the same artists who designed the BLINK festival. Admission comes with two drink tickets as you dance to the beats of DJs Glittertitz and Dancefix. Commemorate the occasion in the photo booth with a special, artist-created backdrop. (21c Museum Hotel, 609 Walnut St., Cincinnati, Dec. 31 from 9 p.m.- 1 a.m. Tickets are $35. For more information, search for the event at www.eventbrite.com).
Topgolf New Year’s Eve Party
Celebrate New Year’s at Butler County’s most popular gaming destinations. Reserve a bay for up to six guests and enjoy game play mixed with live entertainment and a fireworks show. Upgrade to VIP for a chef-inspired buffet and a complimentary bottle of bubbly. (Topgolf, 9658 Water Front Drive, West Chester, Dec. 31 from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. For more information and reservations, call 513-342-6249 or visit www.topgolf.com).
Midnight in Munich
New Year’s Eve revellers who want to celebrate Cincinnati’s German heritage at the same time will want to check out this party. The evening includes dinner, hors d’oeuvres, authentic German beer specials, and live music. You will also be celebrating two New Year’s Eves. 6 p.m. Zinzinnati time is midnight in Berlin, so you’ll have an early (for you) champagne toast while watching a live stream of the Brandenberg Gate fireworks. (Mecklenburg Gardens, 302 E. University Ave., Cincinnati, Dec. 31 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $43 for adults and $17 for children 10 and younger. For more information, call 513-221-5353 or visit www.mecklenburgs.com.)