How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in the Twin Cities

The holiday season is quickly approaching, but not before we celebrate New Year’s Eve in the Twin Cities! Making New Year’s Eve plans is always a bit of a challenge. You don’t want to hype it up too much in case it turns out to be a bust, but you want to make good plans!

Here’s a not-so-quick rundown of the fun things planned in the Twin Cities this year so you can celebrate New Year’s Eve in style. We’ve started with family-friendly events and then cap things off with the area’s best adult-only parties.

Enjoy!

Nickelodeon Universe® presents New Year’s Eve Moonlight Circus
Where: Mall of America, Moonlight Big Top Rotunda
Time: 7pm & 9pm
Details: Entertainment by Xelias Aerial Arts Studio including contortion, juggling, unicycle and more. A Family Countdown to the New Year will take place at the south entrance to Nickelodeon Universe at 10pm & midnight.
Cost: FREE!
More details here.

Noon Year’s Party
Where: Como Zoo & Conservatory Visitor Center, Saint Paul
Time: 10am – 1pm
Details: Come for games, dancing and music from the DJs of the Kidsdance. There will be noise-maker making, special animal enrichment, zoo keeper talks, giveaways, and a countdown to noon when hundreds of beach balls will be dropped from the ceiling.
Cost: FREE!
More details here.

New Year’s Eve Snowshoeing
Where: North Mississippi Regional Park, Minneapolis
Time: 11am – 3pm
Details: Get into the spirit of the season by checking out a pair of snowshoes to explore the park! Self-guided nature activity: New Year’s Eve Winter Fun & Games.
Cost: FREE!
More details here.

New Year’s Eve Day Nature Chill-Out
Where: Maplewood Nature Center
Time: 1-3pm
Details: Chill with nature; something for grownups, or for the whole family! Indoor options include gorgeous nature coloring pages, sipping hot-cocoa, and a funny scavenger hunt in our indoor exhibits. Outdoor options include a self-guiding trail hike set up especially for the day to search for our local yeti, and other wildlife. You can also try our snowshoes if there is snow!
Cost: $5/pp, register & pre-pay by Dec 30
More details here.

New Year’s Eve Celebration
Where: Silverwood Park, St Anthony
Time: 5:30 – 7pm
Details: Hats off to 2016! Create a festive hat, visit the photo booth with your family, and roast marshmallows. Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult.
Cost: $5/pp, discounted 20% for groups of 4+
More details here.

Family New Year’s Eve Party
Where: Shoreview Community Center
Time: 5:30 – 8pm
Details: Admission includes access to the Tropical Adventure Indoor Playground and Tropics Indoor Waterpark, carnival games, face painting and crafts. A balloon drop will take place at 7:45pm. Food is available for purchase.
Cost: In advance – $10/pp ages 1-17, $8/pp 18+, $12 at the door.
More details here.

Candlelight & Ice: New Year’s Eve at Wood Lake
Where: Wood Lake Nature Center, Richfield
Time: 6 – 9pm
Details: Celebrate the New Year at Wood Lake with family and friends! Follow hundreds of candle-lit luminaries on a walking trail through cattails and trees while on the lookout for deer, fox, and owls. Roast marshmallows over a crackling fire or warm up inside with hot cocoa. Make a craft, play a game, or just sit back and relax.
Cost: $5/pp, no pre-registration required
More details here.

New Year’s Eve on Ice
Where: Roseville Skating Center
Time: 2:30 – 10pm
Cost: $7 admission or admission plus skate rental for $10/pp
Details: Skate indoors and out on the OVAL plus a magic show, inflatable bouncer, face painting and a countdown at 9:30pm with favors.
More details here.

New Year’s Eve in the Wild
Where: Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Eagan
Time: 5-8pm $10/pp at the door. Ages 5 & under are free.
Cost: $10/pp at the door only. Ages 5 & under are free.
Details: Enjoy candlelight hiking, snowshoeing, ice skating and sledding (bring your own equipment), bonfires, live animals, storytelling, magic shows, and a ball drop at the Visitor Center.
More details here.

New Year’s Eve Party
Where: Edinborough Park, Edina
Time: 5 – 8pm, countdown at 7pm
Cost: $10.50 plus tax per pre-registered child, $11.50/day of, adults free
Details: Ring in the New Year with a Kidsdance DJ, face painting, hats, a photo booth and admission to Adventure Peak.
More details here.

Family New Year’s Eve Party
Where: Bielenberg Sports Center, Woodbury
Time: 6 – 9pm
Cost: $8/pp pre-registered or $10 at the door if available, under 3 admitted free
Details: Recommended for families with children under come celebrate with games, moonwalks, obstacle courses, ice skating, music and more. Door prize drawing will be held at 8:30 p.m. followed by the big countdown to 2017.
More details here.

New Year’s Eve Party at Afton Alps
Where: Hastings
Time: Events run 9:30pm – midnight
Cost: NYE festivities are free, fees apply for skiing, snowboarding, and rentals.
Details: Skiing & snowboard from 9am – midnight, enjoy live music starting at 8:30pm and fireworks.
More details here.

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There’s no shortage of family-friendly activities happening throughout the metro area this New Year’s Eve, that’s for sure.

Happen to have a sitter for the night? Ditch the kids and check out one of these New Year’s Eve parties instead.


’90s New Year’s Eve Bash
Where: James Ballentine VFW Post 246, 2916 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis
Time: 9 p.m.
Details: Celebrate the countdown to 2017 in full 90s glory at James Ballentine “Uptown” VFW – Post 246 on Lyndale and Lake, we present you with the Ultimate 90’s New Year’s Eve Party!! The 90s Preservation Society and You Oughta Know combine forces to bring you the very best of the very best decade of music and motion the world has ever known. Event is 21+.
Cost: Tickets are $10/pp in advance or $15 at the door.
More details here.

612Brew’s New Year’s Eve
Where:  612 Brew, 945 Broadway St. NE, Minneapolis
Time: 9 p.m.
Details: Masquerade party with DJ Daniel Berube and free toast at midnight.
Cost: FREE!
More details here.

Flip Phone New Year’s Eve: Glam
Where: Muse Event Center, 107 3rd Ave. N., Minneapolis
Time: 9 p.m.
Details: Featuring DJ Shannon Blowtorch and DJ DBaz, drag queen Derrick Barry, beauty bar and glitter station, photo booth, Absolut ice luge, Vincent the Destroyer as Prince, and live music from Lady Midnight.
Cost: Tickets are $50/pp
More details here.

Hey, That’s My Jam: NYE Dance Party
Where: 331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis
Time: 10 p.m.
Details:  Featuring Hey There Handsome vs. Slow Moe.
Cost: FREE!
More details here.

Honey New Year’s Eve
Where: Honey, 205 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Time: 9:30 p.m.
Details: Honey Resident Jimmy TwoTimes is your host to ring in the New Year once again, dropping Hip Hop Hits and Classics all night. Special early set by Vaughn Solo.
Cost: $20; $55 for open bar ticket
More details here.

A full list of adult-only New Year’s Eve events can be found here, courtesy of Jessica Armbruster at City Pages.

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