9 plans for New Year’s Eve & Day Events around Jersey City


12 Days of Science

Liberty Science Center, Jersey City

December 21 – January 3 (closed 12/25)

The LSC will be open both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, so it’s the perfect place to get out of the cold and get the kids active! This holiday celebration includes the new Infinity Climber, building and displaying a huge snowflake, meet a live penguin, Animals Out and About, Solve It! Avalanche Challenge, Animal Encounter, Beekeeping: The Sweetest Science, Story Time: Winter Exploration, Snowflake Village, Rainforest Rescuers, Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream, Touch Tank.



Various Dates and Times

Looking for something fun and different to do on New Year’s? Take the kids to see Aladdin at New Amsterdam Theatre in Manhattan. There is a 1:00pm showing on New Year’s Eve. Tickets range from $151 – $383.


Holiday Lights

Now – January 3, 2016

Turtle Back Zoo, West Orange

You still have time to check out Holiday Lights if you haven’t already done so this season. Holiday Lights will be open on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day from 5pm – 9pm through January 3. The zoo will not have Holiday Lights on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. However, Holiday Lights will be open on New Year’s Day, although the zoo won’t be open during the day. The event is free to the public, though donations of canned goods, toys and pet food are encouraged.



New Year’s Eve Family Cruise

December 31, 2015

Pier 16, South Street Seaport, NYC

Take the whole family along for a night of New Year’s Eve fun on the New York Harbor! Kids and parents can dance the night away, play Wii games, enjoy treats, party favors and more. This event is best suited for older children, as the cruise boards at 9:10 pm and sails until 12:20am. Tickets are $115 per child ages 3 – 12 and $190 per adult. Family packs are available for $550 (2 adults and 2 children).


Newport Skates

Newport, Jersey City

95 River Drive South, Jersey City, NJ 07310

Take the family skating for the day at Newport Skates! They will be open both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day from 11am – 9pm. Admission is $7/person and skate rentals are $6.


New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace

December 31, 2015 from 7pm – 9pm

St. John the Divine, NYC

Enjoy an evening of music at a beautiful location. This year’s concert is hosted by Harry Smith and features Judy Collins and Jason Robert Brown. A limited number of general admission seats are free and open to the public, on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticketed seating is also available.


The Rink at Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center, NYC

If you are in the mood for ice skating and don’t mind crowds, take the family to this iconic ice skating rink in NYC. Skate together under the infamous Christmas tree. They have various hours daily, including New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Peak rates are $32/adult and $15/child (under 11) and skate rentals are $12.


Arsenal Gallery Exhibition: Wreath Interpretations

December 31, 2015 at 9 am to 5 pm

Central Park, NYC

NYC Parks celebrates the holiday season with its 33rd annual exhibition of unique, unconventional wreaths.  A diverse selection of 50 fine artists, designers, and other spirited contributors enliven this ageless holiday symbol.  Venetian blinds, surge protectors, Q-tips, forged steel and lost winter gloves are among the many varied materials used to examine diverse themes ranging from jellyfish overpopulation to the upcoming presidential election.  This exhibition is an imaginative and enjoyable experience this holiday season.

This event is free and open to the public.


New Year’s Day Brunch Family Bowl

January 1, 2016 at noon

Brooklyn Bowl, NYC

Start the New Year off with a strike! Enjoy bowling and brunch starting at noon. All ages until 6pm. There will be no cover charge.

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