Best New Year’s Eve Events for Families Around Cincinnati

Looking for ideas for New Year’s Eve that are family-friendly?

I’m sharing the BEST New Year’s Eve events for families around Cincinnati. 

Our family has personally attended many of these New Year’s Eve events over the years and they are great ways to create memories together. 

You’ll find plenty of options around Cincinnati on New Year’s Eve for families of all ages. I’ve included several events with an early celebration that are perfect for younger families.

Kids Guide to Kings Island WinterFest

New Year’s Eve at WinterFest at Kings Island

6300 Kings Island Dr, Mason, OH

December 31, 2022 from 4PM – 1AM

Celebrate the last night of the year with friends and family at Kings Island’s New Year’s Eve celebration.

This year there will be two New Year’s Eve countdowns at Kings Island:

  • One in Tannenbaumhaus beginning at 9:30 PM that’s perfect for younger families
  • Midnight countdown complete with fireworks

Park guests will also experience the shimmering lights, activities and the extravagant décor of WinterFest along with the final park rides of the year.

*Rides at Kings Island operate from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo

Happy Zoo Year at the Cincinnati Zoo

3400 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH

 (513) 281-4700

Day and Time: NYE December 31, 2022 1-9 PM

(The Cincinnati Zoo is also open on New Year’s Day January 1)

Admission: This event is included with Cincinnati Zoo admission

This New Year’s bash will take place at the Zoo on Saturday, December 31.

Guests are invited to ring in the New Year at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

“Party Animals” of all ages invited to celebrate the 13th annual Happy ZOO Year powered by Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Honda Dealers.

Cincinnati Zoo guests can experience a kid-friendly, early countdown at 8pm.

ice skating at Fountain Square

New Year’s Eve Skate at Fountain Square

520 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 

Time: NYE Saturday December 31, 2022 6:00 pm – 12:30 am

*Also open on New Year’s Day January 1, 10 am- 9:30 pm

Two NYE Countdowns at Fountain Square:

  • Kids Countdown starts at 7:10pm with fireworks
  • Midnight Countdown starts at 12am with fireworks

Natalie Jones from Q102 and Jay Kruz from Mix 94.9 are hosting the event, and Fountain Bar will be open with concessions and drink specials.

Ice Rink session reservations can be made 3 weeks in advance here

Fountain Square Rink Session Times:

  • 6p to 7:30pm
  • 8p to 9:30pm
  • 10p to 12:30am
BB Riverboats

New Year’s Eve Kids Lunch Cruise With BB Riverboats

Newport Landing Dock in Newport, KY

When: Saturday, December 31, 2022

  •  Sailing : 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
  •  Boarding: 10:30 am


  • Adults GENERAL ADMISSION- $49.00
  • Children AGES 4-12- $39.00

Bring the whole crew aboard and ring in the New Year with us….just not so late at night.

The kids will have an absolute blast as we countdown to 12:00 noon!

Your cruise will be complete with all the party favors as well as a DJ for entertainment.

There will be some great activities throughout the day for the kids as well as a tasty lunch buffet. Some of your favorite characters from our Pirate, Princess, and Super Hero cruises will be onboard celebrating with you!

Ring in the new year in style without having to stay up to the wee hours of the night.

New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise With BB Riverboats

Ring in the New Year on the river! Cincinnati’s sparkling skyline provides a spectacular backdrop as we cruise into the new year!

The magical night includes a special three-entree buffet, entertainment, a split of champagne at midnight, late night snack buffet, and party favors. It is the perfect way to celebrate the New Year!  All seating is reserved. 

Saturday December 31, 2022


  • 9:00 pm – 1:00 am


  • 8:00 pm

Dinner Buffet

  • Adults GENERAL ADMISSION -$130.00
  • Children AGES 4-12 – $90.00
Christmas Nights of Lights at Coney Island Amusement Park

Christmas Nights of Lights at Coney Island Amusement Park

6201 Kellogg Ave, Cincinnati, OH  

Come see over 1 million lights synchronized to traditional and newer, rocking Christmas music played through your car stereo. 

With two and a half miles to drive through, your family can see displays and light shows made of over a million lights driven by more than forty thousand computer channels.

When: Open Saturday December 31,2021 -January 2, 2022

Christmas Nights of Lights will be open every night including holidays.

Hours: Dusk to 10:00 P.M.

Any cars still in line at the time of closing WILL be permitted to enter and enjoy the show.


1-8 person vehicles
$25 | Monday-Thursday

$30 | Friday-Sunday

Tickets can be purchased at the gate upon arrival. The ticket is valid for one person on the day of the visit through January 2, 2022.

Cash & all major credit accepted

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park


(513) 868-1234

1763 Hamilton Cleves Road Hamilton, OH 

See Journey BOREALIS, an artful adventure through the holiday lights at Pyramid Hill, November 19th, 2021 through January 2,2022.

This 2.5 mile, one-of-a-kind, drive-through holiday light spectacular features more than 1,000,000 lights and holiday art installations created by regional artists including Brave Berlin, the creators of BLINK Cincinnati.

When:  6-10pm on New Year’s Eve 2022


Light up the Fair at the Boone County Fairgrounds



5819 Idlewild Rd Burlington, KY

A Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Drive Through Christmas Lights Display, at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

There are a 500,000 individually controlled LED Christmas lights!

 Each and every one of the ½ million LED Christmas lights that adorn the 1.5-mile driving path at the Light Up The Fair this year, are individually controlled.

Captivating displays along the way will light the path with something the whole family is bound to enjoy. Articulately choreographed to holiday-themed music, the show is conveniently broadcast live to the comforts of your car radio’s 97.9 FM channel. 

When: December-January 3

New Year’s Eve 5:30-10:00pm

  • $7 per person (1-3 people)
  • $25 carload of 4- 8 people
  • Open all holidays including Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Years Eve, and New Years Day
  • You can order tickets in advance online or pay with cash or credit at the gate
  • Open all holidays including Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Years Eve, and New Years Day
Light Up Middletown
Image courtesy of Butler County Visitors Bureau

Light Up Middletown

Smith Park

Tytus and Verity Parkway

500 Tytus Avenue, Middletown, Ohio

The mission of Light Up Middletown is to raise funds to make improvement to Middletown City Parks and to present a first-class holiday event that will draw guests not only from the immediate area but from a wider region.

By working with other local holiday event planners and light displays, Light Up Middletown hopes to make Middletown a hub of holiday activity.

When: Open Every Night Thanksgiving Through New Year’s Eve

6pm – 10pm

Admission: Cash donation – you set the price!

shark tunnel at Newport Aquarium

Family-Friendly Attractions Around Cincinnati Open on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

These attractions do not have special New Year’s Eve events but they are open if you are looking for additional options on that day.

jellyfish at Newport Aquarium

Newport Aquarium

1 Aquarium Way, Newport, KY

Hours:9am – 7pm on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day 2022

*Make a ticket reservation online

Explore the Newport Aquarium with both Shark and Stingray Touch tanks, penguin viewing, and walk across the Shark Bridge.

There is an assortment of aquatic animals to view including fish, alligators, eels, shark rays, and more!

snow tubing at Perfect North Slopes in Indiana

Go Skiing, Snowboarding, or Snow Tubing at Perfect North Slopes

19074 Perfect Lane, Lawrenceburg, IN

Hours: 9:30am – Midnight December 31, 2022

Perfect North Slopes will be open for skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing from 9:30 am to Midnight!

One person is allowed per tube and there is no minimum height required for tubing. Perfect North prefers that the child be at least 4 years old to tube on the main hill. 

Kids 3-6 years old also a separate small tubing area to enjoy while they are supervised by their parent or guardian. 

Tubing Tickets are available for a 2-hour session. Ticket ages are grouped by ages 12 & under, 13-59, and 60+.

Check the Perfect North website for snow tubing and lift ticket pricing.

tubing lanes at Perfect North Slopes in Indiana

I highly recommend the tubing option if you have a family with a wide range of ages.

Regardless of age, Snow Tubing allows everyone in your group to have a great time and stay together. The moving sidewalk makes it easy to return to the top of the hill after your ride down. 

There are also lanes specifically for groups who want to link up and go down the hill at the same time. 

NYE Indoor Fireworks at Cin

Cincinnati Cyclones New Year’s Eve + Indoor Fireworks

Heritage Bank Center -100 Broadway, Cincinnati,  OH

When: Saturday, December 31, 2022

Enjoy a Cincinnati Cyclones hockey game on New Year’s Eve followed by indoor fireworks.

Cincinnati Cyclones Game

Doors open at 5 PM and the puck drops at 6PM.

This is a fun adventure for families of all ages.

Best New Year's Eve Events for Families Around Cincinnati

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