Celebrating New Year’s Eve doesn’t have to mean staying up till midnight. Check out some of the New Year’s Eve events going on.
Currier Museum of Art
Noon Year’s Eve
Where: 150 Ash St., Manchester
When: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (the party starts at 10 a.m. for members)
Cost: Tickets include all performances and activities. Ticket prices are $15 in advance and $19 at the door for adults; children ages 13 to 17 will pay $10 or $14 at the door; and ages 1 to 12 will pay $5 or $9 at the door.
Noon Year’s Eve brought in about 700 people last year at the Currier Museum of Art. This year, families will be able to ring in 2014 with bubble wrap fireworks and a balloon drop from the ceiling.
“There will always be adult parties at night, but with Noon Year’s Eve, kids get to have their fun too. It’s earlier in the day and they can make hundreds of new friends,” said Steve Konick, director of PR and marketing for the Currier Museum of Art.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be an ice carving demonstration by Ice Breakers, a scavenger hunt throughout the gallery, photo portraits, face painting and crafts.
The Winter Garden Cafe will offer lunch with sparkling cider or hot cocoa. The cafe will have a kids’ menu. The cafe will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The magic of David Hall and live music by guitarist John Chouinard will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A countdown to New Year’s will start at 2:50 p.m.
“I hope everyone sees the Currier as a fun place to visit and an important part of the community, both socially and culturally,” Konick said. “Museums don’t always have reputations as places where kids can have fun. The staff at the Currier loves to create fun, family-oriented programs that help kids explore their inner artist, or just get a sense of the beauty in the world around them. If Noon Year’s Eve is their ticket to exploring how cool art can be, I’m all for it.”
Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
New Year’s Eve Celebration
Where: 6 Washington St., Dover
When: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $9 for adults and children, $8 for seniors and free for children under 1 year old; free for Children’s Museum members
For more than 20 years, the Children’s Museum has been hosting its daytime New Year’s Eve celebration.
“For years, it has been the only celebration of its kind in New Hampshire,” said Heidi Duncanson, marketing director for the museum. “Families love it because it’s a fun daytime event, so they can celebrate New Year’s Eve with their kids and then still have a New Year’s Eve out for themselves if they choose.”
When families walk in the door, everyone gets a party horn or a noisemaker for the evening. Everyone is encouraged to make a crazy party hat.
“We put out all kinds of holiday wrapping paper, sparkly garland, ribbons and tape, and each person can fashion their own hat,” Duncanson said. “No two are ever the same and many are quite creative.”
The event will feature a glittering ball drop with three countdowns to midnight, at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Those interested can write New Year’s wishes on colored paper and launch them from 30-foot towers from the Build It, Fly It exhibit during midnight countdown.
“For families, it’s a great way to end the old year and start a new year,” Duncanson said. “Many families come year after year because it’s become part of their holiday season tradition.”
New Year’s Eve Family Celebration
Where: 686 Flanders Road, Henniker
When: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 3 p.m. to midnight
Cost: Party and skiing tickets are $90 for adults and $50 for juniors and seniors. Party-only tickets are $70 for adults and $35 for juniors and seniors. Skiing only is $38 for adults, juniors and seniors, and tubing is $20.
Bring in the new year with snowboarding, skiing and fireworks at Pats Peak.
Food will be provided by Pats Peak gourmet chef Guy Pelletier, American Bistro, Mama Mia, That’s Italian and Chinese New Year.
The slopes for skiing, snowboarding and tubing will run from 3 to 10 p.m., and the New Year’s party will start at 6 p.m. There will be party favors, a Champagne toast, dancing, a comedy show, live music, raffle prizes and fireworks at midnight.
Guests can choose to purchase a party and skiing ticket, which allows access to every activity; a party-only ticket; a skiing-only ticket or a tubing-only ticket. Prices do not include rental equipment. There is childcare available for an additional fee. Reservations are required and need to be made 24 hours in advance.
Gunstock Rocks New Year’s Eve
Where: 719 Cherry Valley Road, Gilford, Gunstock
When: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 4 p.m. to midnight
Cost: $55 for adults and $40 for children and seniors
Gunstock Rocks New Year’s Eve will have activities for all ages on New Year’s Eve day, right up until midnight. The mountain will be open for skiing, snowboarding and tubing from 4 to 11:30 p.m. At midnight, there will be fireworks over the mountain to ring in the new year.
Anyone who has a night lift ticket, a primetime lift ticket or a season pass will be able to go on a horse-drawn carriage ride, go for an hour of tubing on Thrill Hill, go on a snowshoe tour and even learn skiing and riding tips from the Learning Center Pros.
Throughout the night there will also be face painting, roaming jugglers, s’mores by the fire pit and some live music by Nobody’s Fault inside the main lodge. Outside, DJ Christine will provide music.
The Cobble Mountain Food Court, Powder Keg Pub and the Pistol Pub will all be open until midnight to serve.
Open Gym Day
Where: 1328 Hooksett Road, Hooksett
When: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $10 per child, walking to 18. Adults will get in free with their paying child.
Bring your kids to play at Cowabunga’s on New Year’s Eve for open gym day. The gym will be open from 10 to 4 p.m. for families who want to spend some time jumping around at the inflatable playground. Families can bring their own nut-free food to eat in the lobby or buy
As seen in the December 26th, 2013 issue of The Hippo