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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. 

Many of these New Year’s Eve options with kids still allow you to celebrate the New Year and be home before midnight.. if you to be.

Kings Island Winterfest

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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, 2023, 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 is 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.

Use these tips for Kings Island Winterfest before you go.

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

Purchase Discount Tickets for Kings Island Winterfest Here
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, 2023, 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.

  • Glow games and giveaways begin at 4:00pm.
    • Games include Giant Jenga, LED Cornhole, and more!
  • Music from Q102’s DJ Kay starts at 6:00pm.
  • Countdown to the New Year featuring the digital tree and the CUE Live app at 8:00pm.
  • Interactive photo opportunities
  • *Everything takes place in Vine Street Village!
Purchase Discount Tickets for Cincinnati Zoo Festival of Lights Here
ice skating at Fountain Square

New Year’s Eve at Fountain Square

Cincinnati Bell’s New Year’s Eve Blast, presented by La Marca

520 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 

Time: NYE Sunday, December 31, 2023, 6:30 pm – 12:30 am

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

• Hot, cold, and bubbly drinks a Fountain Square’s Bar
• Heaters and high-top tables to gather around with family and friends
• DJ Tweet & host, Jay Kruz, onstage setting the party vibe
• A dazzling light show dancing across the plaza and ice
• Photo booth
• $10 Ice Skating*
• Socially distanced games throughout the night
• Glow vendors
• Countdown and Firework show at midnight

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

BB Riverboats

New Year’s Eve Kids Lunch Cruise With BB Riverboats

Newport Landing Dock in Newport, KY

When: Sunday December 31, 2023

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

Price:

  • 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 late-night snack buffet, and party favors. It is the perfect way to celebrate the New Year!  All seating is reserved. 

Sunday, December 31, 2023

  • Sailing9:00 pm – 1:00 am
  • Boarding -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 Sunday, December 31,2023 

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.

Admission: 

1-8 person vehicles
$30

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

Cash & all major credits accepted

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park

Holiday Lights on the Hill at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park

(513) 868-1234

1763 Hamilton Cleves Road Hamilton, OH 

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 2023

Admission:

  • $25 Per carload for non-members
  • $15 Per carload for members
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 improvements 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 from Thanksgiving Through New Year’s Eve

6pm – 10pm

Admission: Cash donation – you set the price!

shark tunnel at Newport Aquarium

Newport Aquarium

1 Aquarium Way, Newport, KY

Hours: 9am – 7pm on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day – There isn’t a special NYE event but the attraction will be open.

*Make a ticket reservation online

Explore the Newport Aquarium with 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, sharks, rays, and more!

Purchase Discount Tickets for Newport Aquarium Here
snow tubing at Perfect North Slopes in Indiana

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

19074 Perfect Lane, Lawrenceburg, IN

Hours: 9:30 am – Midnight December 31, 2023

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

There is a DJ in the main ski lodge, a torchlight parade by ski instructors to start the countdown til midnight, and a fireworks show at 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 have 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.

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. 

balancing a ladder at Family Matinee Circus and Workshop at Bircus Brewing Company

Family New Year’s Eve Party at Bircus Brewing Co.

322 Elm St, Ludlow, KY

6 PM – 8PM

A family-friendly New Year’s Eve at Bircus Brewing Co. will feature a Circus Mojo performance and instructional workshop, woodfired pizza, and an 8:00 “ball drop” with a ginger ale toast at “midnight”.

Party with your kids for New Year’s and be home by bedtime, what more could you want out of a New Year’s Eve?

Each ticket includes a Circus show and workshop, pizza, and a ginger ale toast at “midnight”. You can purchase additional tickets for your group for $20 per person

They pre-assign tables before opening the doors. If you plan to ring in the “new year” with other families, please purchase tickets together or email them and let them know.

NYE Indoor Fireworks at Cin

Cincinnati Cyclones New Year’s Eve + Indoor Fireworks

Heritage Bank Center -100 Broadway, Cincinnati,  OH

When: Sunday, December 31, 2023

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

Enjoy the Cincinnati Cyclones hockey game against the Jacksonville Icemen on New Year’s Eve followed by indoor fireworks.

Cincinnati Cyclones Game

This is a fun adventure for families of all ages.

Deck the Y'alls Lightfest in Florence KY

New Year’s Eve at Deck the Y’alls Lightfest

Thomas More Stadium, 7950 Freedom Way, Florence, KY

  • 5:30 -12:30 AM on New Year’s Eve (Fireworks Show)
  • 5:30- 9 PM on New Year’s Day

Deck The Yall’s Lightfest features more than 2.5 million brilliant lights and dazzling decorations, holiday activities, an ice skating rink, photo ops, food and drink options, fireworks, and more for individuals of all ages.

Check ticket pricing here.

*Ice skating and concessions are an additional fee.

Deck the Y’alls Lightfest is on the POGO Pass.

Dave and Buster's New Years Eve Celebration

New Year’s Eve at Dave & Buster’s

Starts 4PM – 1 AM

Dave & Buster’s will have NYE events at two local locations:

Their ticket sales will be open until about an hour before the event is set to start. 

NYE at Dave & Buster’s Admission includes:

NYE Celebration Admission includes Access to their yummy appetizer banquet, unlimited soda, coffee, & tea, a $20 Power Card® with Unlimited Video Game Play, a special Ginger Ale New Year’s Eve toast & video countdown, a suggested 18% gratuity, and taxes. 

Tickets are required for all in attendance, toddlers under 2 are the exception but they don’t get food and gameplay without the ticket.  Any minors need to have a chaperone or guardian with them.

Dave & Buster's

New Year’s Eve at Dave & Buster’s is the place to be, with unforgettable entertainment, incredible bites worthy of being the last meal of the year, and OH — and Unlimited Video Game Play ALL night long.

Plus enjoy an all-ages ginger ale toast accompanied by a special video countdown.

Grab tickets for the whole family and come through for a New Year’s Eve celebration that’s as fun as can be.

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ice skating at Fountain Square in Cincinnati, Ohio

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