New Year’s Eve Roundup: Ring in 2015 Locally

Still looking for New Year's Eve plans? Look no further than New Jersey.

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Jersey City

Battello, located on the Hudson River waterfront in Newport, Jersey City, invites guests to ring in the New Year at their first New Years Eve party, A Black Tie Affair. The celebration begins at 8:30PM with a live band, photo booth and special surprises throughout the evening. A premium open bar, hors d’oeuvres and a midnight champagne toast are included in the ticket price ($175 per person).

The Westin (Newport, Jersey City) celebrates the new year at its Half Moon Lounge for a vibrant night filled with music and cocktails. There will be a live show and DJ provided by D’Amico Entertainment and vocals and piano by Deb De Lucca from 9PM to 2AM.

Liberty House invites guests to ring in the new year at one of their conveniently timed dinner seatings: 5 pm, 6 pm and 9 pm.  Diners attending the 9 pm seating are invited to stick around for live music, dancing and a midnight champagne toast.

Jacksonville Restaurant & Lounge hosts a New Years Eve White Carpet Affair.  If you’re looking for some good DJs & Sexy Entertainment we recommend you spend your New Year’s Eve at Jacksonville Restaurant & Lounge in Style & Going out with a Bang! This “Sexy White Carpet Affair” will Be Sponsored By Sx Liquor & Budweiser.

Dominic’s RC is hosting a New Years Eve Gala, featuring a pre fix menu including an appetizer, entrée, drinks and dessert.  Each guest will receive their very own Dominic’s New Years Eve Gala party bag filled with hats, horns and party favors to kick in the the New 2015 year! The night will be filled with great southern Italian food, great drinks, live music & wonderful company.


Crystal Springs Resort rings in 2015 with New Year’s Eve celebrations and prix fixe dinners featuring an extravagant Biosphere Party, where guests can dance the night away to the sounds of a live DJ in the spectacular tropical Biosphere (9pm – 1am, $125). Tickets include two hours of passed hors d’oeuvres, open bar and an ice bar serving specialty cocktails. Watch the ball drop on the giant screen and toast the New Year with champagne at midnight.

Crystal Tavern offers a five-course tasting menu ($190) including a slow-cooked Short Rib and a luxurious surf and turf “Land and Sea” entrée with char-grilled filet mignon and butter-poached Maine lobster with truffle potato gratin. Seatings available at 5pm and 5:30pm. Dinner at Crystal Tavern includes admission to the Biosphere Party. Restaurant Latour will serve a nine-course early dinner with seatings from 5pm-6pm. ($195-$290 with wine pairing). On New Year’s Day, brunch will be served in the Emerald Ballroom from 10:30am –3pm. ($34.95, ages 4 – 11 $18, 3 & under free).


Blue Morel in the Westin Hotel rings in the New Year with a two indulgent New Year’s Eve dinners accompanied by live jazz and a Champagne toast. The first seating is from 5:30pm–7pm, featuring a three-course menu ($85) with multiple options and then the second seating 7:30pm–10pm for the four-course menu ($129). The restaurant will also serve a brunch buffet on New Year’s Day with seatings from 12pm–2pm ($28 for adults, $14 for children under 12).

First Night Morris County is the largest alcohol free New Year’s Eve event in New Jersey, featuring more than 400 artists spread across 24 venues in Morristown. Tickets offer access to all venues, complimentary shuttle service and free parking. Don’t miss the fireworks on the historic Green at 9:15 and midnight.


Rock and roller and host of TV’s Rock Star Kitchen Lisa Bouchelle will perform in a special New Year’s Eve concert at Hamilton Stage at Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway on Wednesday, December 31st at 8:30 p.m.  Luke Elliot will open the show (tickets starting at $25). The concert is part of the on-going Split Level Concert Series which highlights critically acclaimed singer-songwriters in a uniquely intimate setting.



Asbury Park

Wonder Bar hosts a Very 90s New Year’s Eve, featuring six local bands each covering one popular 90’s band including Nirvana, Sublime, Rage Against the Machine, Rancid, Radiohead and Green Day.  Doors will be at 8PM with a $12 cover and everyone will receive a free champagne toast at midnight.


Looking for something to do with the kids? Join iPlay America for the family-friendliest New Year’s Eve celebration around. Families, couples, teens and anyone looking to have a great time are invited to iPlay America for its fourth annual new year’s eve bash. With party favors for everyone, a confetti cannon, light show and great music provided by a live D.J. The night includes unlimited rides and attractions, a $10 game card, spectacular prizes and giveaways throughout the evening, and an area for adults to purchase and enjoy cocktails. ($39.95 per person, toddlers are free). iPlay America will also offer a reserved seating prix Fixe dinner ($39.95 per adult and $19.95 per child) available only to those who have purchased the party pass. Reservations begin at 7:30 p.m.

New Brunswick

Head to Monument Square between 11:30 and midnight, where a DJ will be spinning some tunes to warm us up. Then we’ll count down to begin the new year with a spectacular fireworks display shot off the roof of The Heldrich Hotel. Many of New Brunswick’s Bars an Restaurants will be open late for a post fireworks nightcap.

Both Stage Left and Catherine Lombardi offer the regular menu throughout the night.  This year, The State Theater hosts Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes at 10 pm and A Salute to Vienna at 6 pm.




Ring in the New Year on the Camden Waterfront with fireworks by Sugar House Casino over the Delaware River at both 6 pm and midnight, and family friendly events happening at both Battleship New Jersey (ever wanted to sleep aboard the ship with all of your friends and family? Well, now you can!) and the Adventure Aquarium at the New Years Eve Splash Party.


Ring in 2015 during First Night Haddonfield, a family-friendly, alcohol-free evening of fun in Downtown Haddonfield from 6 pm to midnight. First Night features a spectacular New Year’s Eve celebration complete with live entertainment, activities, fun for all ages and a dazzling fireworks display.

More than 40 performances in 20 different indoor venues on Kings Highway are scheduled – for audiences of all ages from children and families to teens and seniors – to take place including headliners: The Doo-Wah Riders, The Screaming Orphans and The Unexpected Boys. Young kids and kids at heart will delight in the variety of acts and activities available just for them in the First Night KidZone. The KidZone, geared toward children ages 9 and under, and will feature hours of special entertainment and activities including: Give and Take Little Circus, Give and Take Jugglers, Brian Richards Magic Show and The Paisley Pickles – Not Your Ordinary Kids Band.

Atlantic City

The Pool After Dark at Harrah’s hosts a New Year’s Eve party with doors opening at 8:00 pm and an open bar from 9-11 pm ($75, must be over 21). Amenities include full DJ and entertainment lineup, champagne toast and party favors.

The Claridge Hotel hosts a Gatsby Rockin’ NYE Dance Party from 9pm-1am in the new ballroom on the 6th floor. Includes four hour open bar, lavish buffet with carving stations and desert extravaganza, live band and DJ with continuous entertainment, noise makers, hats, and party favors, confetti cannons with midnight champagne toast. Seating is general admission, round tables of 10 ($150 per person).

The Crystal Room at the Chelsea Hotel
opens its doors and celebrate New Year’s Eve in true nightlife show-stoppin’ style. All tickets (starting at $69) include a 5 hour premium open bar from 9pm to 2am, complimentary passed appetizers from 9pm to 11:30pm, & party favors to roll in the New Year.

The Borgata
hosts New Years Eve parties at Gypsy Bar, Mur.Mur and MIXX with ticket prices starting at $75.

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