Where to Spend New Year’s Eve in Delaware

From the bar to the beach, the First State has a place for everyone to kick off 2019.


Not sure how you want to ring in the new year?  Don’t worry; there are plenty of options—from a low-key day with the kids to a decadent four-course dinner. Make your plans before it’s too late.

If you love food…

New Year’s Eve at Domaine Hudson
Dine a la carte with seasonal specials or choose the special celebratory five-course prix fixe menu, which is $85 or $135 with wine pairings. Stay and celebrate the New Year with a midnight champagne toast. First seating is at 4 p.m., call the restaurant for reservations at 655-9463, or email at info@domainehudson.com.
1314 N. Washington St., Wilmington

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NYE at 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, or make a reservation online. Cost is $115 to $175 per person.
35 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach

1861 New Years Eve Party!
Enjoy a five-course prix-fixe dinner for $50 (or choose from the full dinner menu). Pianist Kevin McCove will be performing live from 6 to 9 p.m. DJ Trevor Duffy will be performing from 10 p.m. to 1a.m., and for only $35 a person, enjoy open bar, multiple hors d’oeuvres stations and a champagne toast at midnight. Open bar includes mid-shelf mixed drinks, select specialty cocktails, red and white wine selections, draft beer, domestic bottled beer and more. Call 376-7956 for reservations, or reserve your spot here. First seating is at 5 p.m.
423 N. Broad St., Middletown

If you love to dance…

NYE Dance Party 2019
Ernest & Scott Taproom in Wilmington is hosting a dance party to kick off 2019. Enjoy live music, a four-hour open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres from 9 p.m. to 1 a.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. 23, $65 at the door and discounts available for groups of six of more. Doors open at 9 p.m. for those 21 and older. For tickets, click here.
902 N. Market St., Wilmington

White Panda at Bottle & Cork
Ready to dance in the new year? Check out hit DJ White Panda and DJ Knappy 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 $39 per person.
1807 Highway One, Dewey Beach

If you love live music…

NYE Party at Rusty Rudder
Local bands Love Seed Mama Jump and Blue Label headline this Dewey Beach event. The open bar, photo booth, fortune teller and buffet are more reasons to go! 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 1 a.m., and tickets cost $110 per person for those 21 and over.
113 Dickinson St., Dewey Beach

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If you love beer…

Early Bird New Years
No need to party all night long, Dew Point Brewery will be open from noon to 7 p.m. and have a growler drop at 6 p.m. to celebrate the new year.
2878 Creek Road, Yorklyn​​

Keg Drop at the Crooked Hammock Brewery
Tired of watching the ball drop on television? Head over to the Crooked Hammock for their keg drop celebration instead. The party is from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m and features live music from Clifford Keith and DJ Gregg, an open bar, party favors and appetizers are in store for the evening. Tickets $99 per person for those 21 and over.
36707 Crooked Hammock Way, Lewes

If you love fireworks…

New Year’s Eve Riverfront Family Fun
Join the City of Wilmington and celebrate the start of 2019 on the Riverfront. The event takes place at the Riverfront Rink from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., so be sure to bring your skates, or rent them for $4. Enjoy music, food trucks, vendors and giveaways when you’re off the ice. Be sure to stick around until 9 p.m. for the firework viewing party.
308 Justison St., Wilmington

If you want to watch the ball drop…

Dewey Beach Ball Drop
Celebrate Dewey-style with a beachside ball drop. Enjoy party favors and hot chocolate. Be sure to head to Dagsworthy Beach for the annual Dewey Dunk on Jan. 1. Registration starts at 11:30 a.m. Children under 12 cost $10.00; adults are $20.
New Orleans St., Dewey Beach

If you have kids…

New Year’s Rockin’ Noon at the 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. Pre-registration is highly encouraged. Events are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets $8.75 per person.
550 Justison St., Wilmington

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Noon Year’s Eve at the Brandywine Zoo
Spend your last day of 2018 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 Dr., Wilmington

If you want to celebrate for two nights…

The Ultimate New Year’s Eve Package at Hilton Christiana
Along with overnight accommodations, a midnight champagne celebration, a five-course dinner and an open bar, the Hilton Christiana is offering a special BOGO deal. When you book their New Year’s Eve package, you can stay on Dec. 30 for free. Why not make the holiday last a little longer? Check out their other New Years packages here.
100 Continental Drive, Newark

If you want something all inclusive…

Heritage Shores Rockin New Year’s Eve
Dress to impress and celebrate ‘New York City’-style with passed hors d’oeuvres, a four-course dinner, late-night snacks, open bar and a champagne toast at midnight. Reservations are required—call 337-9910 ext. 325. Cost is $95 for residents and $115 for non-residents.
1 Heritage Shores Circle, Bridgeville​​

New Year’s Eve at Docklands
Simplify your night with an all-inclusive event from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Docklands Riverfront. Their New Year’s Eve package includes a premium open bar, an all-night dinner buffet and plenty of live music. Tickets range from $75 to $105 for those 21 and over.
110 West St., Wilmington

New Years Eve 2019 at Chesapeake Inn
Chesapeake Inn’s New Years Eve Ballroom Bash may be sold out, but luckily they’ve provided another option to ring in the New Year. The deck party includes live entertainment, champagne toast, late-night snacks and a complimentary shuttle service available within a 10-mile radius of Chesapeake Inn. Cost per person is $35, or $45 at door. Cash bar and regular deck menu will be available.
605 2nd St., Chesapeake City, MD

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