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Where to Spend New Year's Eve in Delaware

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With the year winding down and 2020 fast approaching, how do you plan to celebrate it? Delaware is home to many bars, restaurants and venues perfect for ringing in the new year. Here is your ultimate guide to New Year’s Eve parties around the state to attend with your family or friends.

New Castle County

The Arden Club

Crash Harris is performing at the Arden Gild Hall on New Year’s Eve. Ring in the new year with beer, wine, Champagne and hors d’oeurves. The event starts at 8 p.m. and ends at 1 a.m. Tickets cost $35 for non-members and $30 for Arden Club members. 

2126 The Highway, Arden, Wilmington • Text 562-2215 for tickets

Bellefonte Brewing Co.

Bellefonte Brewing Co. in Wilmington is hosting a Roaring 20’s-themed gala. Dance the night away in an F. Scott Fitzgerald wonderland. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more.

3605 Old Capitol Trail, Wilmington • 757-4971

Candlelight Theatre

The Candlelight Theatre is throwing a New Year’s Eve bash on Dec. 31 starting at 7 p.m. The evening will include dancing, a buffet, a tenderloin carving station and a Champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are priced at $75 per person. Get more information and tickets here

2208 Millers Road, Wilmington • 475-2313

Brandywine Zoo

Spend your last day of 2019 with the kids, and animals of the zoo at this family-oriented event. The Brandywine Zoo’s annual celebration takes place at noon, so no need to miss bedtime. Games, crafts and a sparkling cider toast make this event extra festive. Tickets are free for members and $5 per person for non-members. Register here.

1001 N. Park Drive, Wilmington • 571-7747

Catch 202

Catch 202 Sports Bar & Restaurant in Wilmington is hosting a New Year’s Masquerade Party. This 21 and over event will feature food, fun, music, drinks and giveaways. Tickets are availible at eventbrite.com and include a buffet and Champagne toast at midnight.

4723 Concord Pike, Wilmington • 478-8638

Catherine Rooney’s

Catherine Rooney’s is throwing three parties in one night for New Year’s Eve. Enjoy three rooms of live entertaiment by Covert Pop, Sightline Events and DJ J Ski from 10 p.m.–1 a.m. Did we mention there’s no cover charge? Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.

1616 Delaware Ave., Wilmington • 654-9700

Delaware Children’s Museum

Ring in the new year without keeping the kids up past their bed time. Enjoy live music, dance parties and a confetti countdown at this kid-friendly celebration.

550 Justison St., Wilmington • 654-2340

Delaware Saengerbund & Library Association

Spend your last night of the decade at the Delaware Saengerbund’s New Year’s Eve bash. For $70, enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a four-course dinner, beer, wine and mixed drinks, plus Champagne, coffee and pastries at midnight. Act fast, tickets are sold for a limited time. Visit the Facebok page for the menu and more information.

49 Salem Church Road, Newark • 366-9454

Dew Point Brewing Co.

No need to party all night long, Dew Point Brewing Co. will be open from 2-8 p.m. and have a growler drop to celebrate the new year.

2878 Creek Road, Yorklyn • 235-8429

Docklands Riverfront

Docklands Riverfront in Wilmington is hosting a New Year’s Eve, all-inclusive event on Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. The event package includes a premium open bar, full dinner buffet and live entertainment. Come enjoy DJ Willoughby, DJ B-Lee, Under the Covers and It’s All Good. Tickets range from $70-$100 depending on preferred seating. Visit eventbrite.com for tickets and more information.

110 S. West St., Wilmington • 658-6626

Ernest & Scott Taproom

Ernest & Scott Taproom in Wilmington is hosting a dance party to kick off 2020. Enjoy live music, a four-hour open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., a mini dessert bar from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., and a Champagne toast and midnight balloon drop. Prices are: $55 per person if purchased before Dec. 26, $65 at the door and discounts are available for groups of six of more. Doors open at 9 p.m. for those 21 and older. Get more information here; for tickets, click here.

902 N. Market St., Wilmington • 384-8113

Grain H20

Grain H20’s inaugural New Year’s Eve party costs $85 and includes a top-shelf open bar, buffet, midnight Champagne toast and live music. Doors open at 7 p.m. with cocktails and appetizers. Open bar and buffet start at 8 p.m. Get tickets here.

3006 Summit Harbour Place, Bear • 440-4404

Hilton Wilmington/Christiana

While the Hilton Wilmington/Christiana’s Ultimate New Year’s Eve Party Package is sold out (call 454-1500 to be added to the waiting list), Market Kitchen and Bar will be hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration featuring a prix fixe dinner from 4-10 p.m. The Hilton Wilmington/Christiana is also offering a special package that includes dinner for two, gratuity, overnight accommodations and a $20 slot voucher to Delaware Park Casino. View the menu and secure your spot here.

100 Continental Drive, Newark • 454-1500

HOTEL DU PONT

Bring in the new year in style at HOTEL DU PONT’s New Year’s Eve Party. Feast on a five course dinner with wine pairings in the Green Room at 8 p.m., followed by a live band, dancing, festive party favors and a Champagne toast at midnight. Cost is $190 per person; $350 per couple over 21 years of age. Call 594-3154 to reserve your spot.

42 W. 11th St., Wilmington • 594-3154

Ole Tapas Lounge

Ole Tapas invites you to their Spanish-themed party from 9 p.m.–1 a.m. The $69 ticket includes a tapas buffet, Spanish-style buffet, midnight countdown and toast, select open bar, live music and dancing. Call 224-9378 to reserve your spot.

1126 Capitol Trail, Newark • 224-9378

Riverfront Wilmington

Start 2020 off with a bang at a fireworks show on the Riverfront. Horizon Services Riverfront Rink will offer skating, food and drinks from Constitution Yards Beer Garden and live music by WSTW. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.

308 Justison St., Wilmington • 425-4890

Kent County

The Boulevard Live Entertainment Restaurant

The Boulevard Live Entertainment Restaurant in Dover is hosting a New Year’s Eve Celebration on Dec. 31, at 8 p.m. until Jan. 1 at 1 a.m. Ring in the new year with performances by Best Kept Soul and DJ Mega Skills, plus food, a Champagne toast and party favors. Tickets are $25 and are availible at eventbrite.com.

1036 Lafferty Lane, Dover • 264-9322

Dover Downs Hotel & Casino

Dover Downs Hotel & Casino is throwing a New Year’s Eve Bash at Fire & Ice on Dec. 31, at 7 p.m. with live entertainment from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are priced at $35 per person and include a Champagne toast at midnight.

1131 N. DuPont Highway, Dover • 674-4600

EasySpeak Spirits

New Year’s Eve at EasySpeak Spirits includes a buffet, live music by DJ Storm and a midnight Champagne toast. Tickets are $30, get more information here.

586 Milford Harrington Highway, Milford • 503-3313

Sussex County

Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center

Reserve your space now at Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center in Rehoboth Beach. Tickets range from $155–$429 and include a hotel room, breakfast, live music and more.

1 Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth Beach • 227-2511

Bethany Beach Ocean Suites Residence Inn by Marriott

Celebrate Dewey-style with the fourth annual beach ball drop. Enjoy party favors, hot chocolate, a DJ and light show, plus more. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.

New Orleans St., Dewey Beach • 228-3701

The Blue Moon

Celebrate in style at the Blue Moon’s annual New Year’s Eve party. Dine on their exquisite four-course menu and enjoy a live performance by Pamela Stanley in the Atrium showroom. If you prefer something quieter, the dining room also features a special menu for the night. First seating is at 5 p.m., call 227-6515 to secure your spot. Cost is $115 to $165 per person.

35 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach • 227-6515

Bottle & Cork

Ready to dance in the new year? Check out hit DJ White Panda at Bottle & Cork for a dance party that lasts all night. Doors open at 9 p.m. for those 21 and older, and tickets are $49 per person. Get tickets here.

1807 Highway One, Dewey Beach • 227-7272

Crooked Hammock Brewery

Kiss 2019 goodbye at Crooked Hammock in Lewes. Your $99 ticket includes open bar, heavy appetizer stations, party favors, live music from Jimi Smooth & HitTime, a midnight toast and the release of two new beers, including a Brut IPA and a dry-hopped sour Champagne ale and more. Doors open at 9 p.m., get tickets here.

36707 Crooked Hammock Way, Lewes • 644-7837

Heritage Shores

Head to Heritage Shores for an all-inclusive winter wonderland-themed experience featuring a five-course meal, open bar, Champagne toast and live entertainment. Call 337-9910 ext. 316 for tickets. Cost is $90 for residents and $115 for non-residents, visit the Facebook page for more.

1 Heritage Shores Circle, Bridgeville • 337-9910

Irish Eyes Restaurant & Pub

Spend New Year’s Eve at Irish Eyes in Lewes and enjoy live entertainment from Bryan Clark, plus a special menu and dessert station. Tickets are limited and cost $75 per person. Visit irisheyespub.com to purchase.

213 Anglers Road, Lewes • 645-6888

Mulligan’s Pointe Country Club

Mulligan’s Pointe is going all out for their New Year’s Eve extravaganza. Nostalgia will fill the air as they turn back the clock and celebrate past decades. There will be live entertainment, food, games, prizes, contests, a Champagne toast and even a post-party buffet. Visit mulliganspointe.com to view the different ticket packages.

22426 Sussex Pines Road, Georgetown • 856-6283

The Pines

The Pines will be studded with 20s-themed decor for their Roaring 20’s New Year’s Eve event. Expect appetizers, desserts, a cash bar with specialty drinks, live music and a midnight toast. Get tickets and more information at eventbrite.com.

56 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach • 567-2726

Rusty Rudder

Laura Lea & Tripp Fabulous and 3am Tokyo headline this Dewey Beach event. This event is a must for music lovers, so get your tickets while they’re still available. The event is from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., and tickets cost $110 per person for those 21 and over, visit eventbrite.com to get yours.

113 Dickinson St., Dewey Beach • 227-3888

The Starboard

The Starboard’s New Year’s Eve party features entertainment by Kristen & The Noise and DJ Smoky, plus heavy hors d’oeuvres, Champagne, and party for $40. Get tickets here and more information here.

2009 Coastal Highway, Dewey Beach • 227-4600

Over the line

Chesapeake Inn Restaurant and Marina

This year’s Deck Bash celebration at Chesapeake Inn features a dinner buffet from 8-9:30 p.m., an open bar from 8 p.m. to midnight, favors, and live entertainment from Chorduroy and DJ Super Dan. Early bird tickets are $75, regular admission is $85. Get tickets here.

605 2nd St., Chesapeake City, Maryland • (410) 885-2040

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