New Years Eve Events, Activities & Things to Do

By Barbara Evangelista, Publisher December 30, 2020

New Years Eve 2020 and New Years Day 2021 are going to be very quiet this year, I'm afraid.  This is the year for a family-focused celebration, for sure.  We've pulled together some online New Years Eve and New Years Day events plus listed all kinds of ideas for celebrating at home, from a balloon countdown to New Years crafts.  Enjoy sparkling cider and champagne and some yummy treats, play games, and share hugs and wishes for a brighter and healthier 2021.


Nashoba Valley Ski Area:  Skiing on New Year's Eve and Day  (note the Tubing Park is sold out through January 3)

Wamesit Lanes:  Book a lane package for 2 hours on New Years Eve

Acton Bowladrome: Open New Year's Eve until 9 PM and New Year's Day 10 AM to 9 PM

Discovery Museum:  Pajama New Year’s Countdown ~ register in advance (Two sessions)

Various locations:  Book tickets at a drive-through light display


SMILE Mass:  🖥️ Let's Play Bingo New Years Theme (All Ages) ~ register online in advance [Zoom]  ($)

Chelmsford Library: 🖥️ Noon Year's Eve with Rockabye Beats (Families with Kids Ages 5+)  register in advance [Online]

Yaymaker: 🖥️ Yaymaker Virtual Paint Events (Age 6+ and adult) ~ register in advance (New Years and winter-themed projects)

EcoTarium:  Noon Year's Eve online activities

KidStock Theater: New Years Eve and Day festivities

Art's Cool Middleton: New Year's Eve Party

First Night Boston:  Online performances from 6-12 PM on New Year's Eve on the First Night Boston website and major networks.

Jammin' New Years Eve with Jammin' With You (Wellesley):  Online concert for kids age 1-7 (register in advance)

Schulz Museum (CA):  Happy New Year Charlie Brown!  Crafts, activities and countdown with the Peanuts gang. $15, register in advance. 2-3 PM EST

Seattle Aquarium (WA):  Rockin' Rockfish Noon Year's Eve.  Music, dance party, animals facts and a countdown.  2:40-3 PM EST

Aquarium of the Pacific: Noon Year's Eve.  Puppets, crafts, dance party and countdown.  2:15-3 PM EST


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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Slow-Cooker Cranberry BBQ Meatballs

Three Party Dips

Mini Corn Dogs

Ham & Cheese Party Sandwiches

Sandwich Skewers

S'More Treats -- No Campfire Required

Snowman Cupcakes

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