People celebrate the New Year with fireworks, bonfires, ice skating, even the wacky polar plunge. But some of us like to stay warm, thank you very much. Below is a sampling for indoor New Year celebrations, for all ages and tastes. And remember, all First Night celebrations include many indoor entertainments. See more here.
Middlebury, VT — New Year’s Eve 2017 with the Grift . Dec. 31
The best band in New England rocks the region’s biggest dance floor for a New Year’s Eve Party with a free champagne toast at midnight. Town Hall Theater, Pleasant Street
Bangor, ME — NYE! Prince Tribute. Dec. 31
Dean Ford & The Beautiful Ones have plenty of surprises up their frilled sleeves when Ford, as Prince, and the company perform everything from “Purple Rain” to other material from the catalog of his royal badness. Bangor Arts Exchange, 193 Exchange Street
Providence, RI — Star Light, Star Bright NYE Celebration. Dec. 31
Celebrate a celestial New Year’s Eve celebration at Providence’s rooftop restaurant and lounge. Sip a glass of Champagne upon arrival. Enjoy wood fired pizzas, gourmet passed appetizers, and a dessert buffet. Soak up the beautiful views while dancing under the stars. Rooftop at the ProvidenceG, 100 Dorrance Street
Manchester Center, VT — New Year’s Eve Gala at the Equinox. Dec. 31
The Whole Shebang. Dining in the Colonnade ballroom is a plated dinner of Vermont ingredients. Piano for cocktails and appetizers and a band from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. New Year’s Eve Countdown. Party attire is recommended. Equinox Resort, 3567 Main Street
Boston, MA — New Year’s Eve Big 80’s Dance Party. Dec. 31
DJ Carney Lansford plays the best of Prince, Michael Jackson, Duran Duran and more. Party favors, special prizes like tickets to sporting events and brewery tours and a midnight Champagne toast. Cask ‘N Flagon, 62 Brookline Avenue
Norfolk, CT — Adam Ezra Group. Dec. 31
Greet the new year with two of our favorites here in Norfolk. Great musicians, incredible song writing, and a celebration to bring in the New Year. Infinity Hall Norfolk, 20 Greenwoods Road West
Mystic, CT — Black and White Ball: NYE 2018. Dec. 31
Usher in the New Year enjoying the classic elegance of the Black and White Ball at Mystic Aquarium. Don your best black/white attire and kick up your heels to live entertainment by Nancy Paolino & The Black Tie Band. Mystic Aquarium, 55 Coogan Blvd.
Portland, ME — Paradise, NYE 2018 by Otherworld Circus. Dec. 31
Discover exotic, animal themed acrobatics in a lush amazonian atmosphere filled with live visuals, primal electronic dance music, lasers, four bars and fire performers at an upscale warehouse. Balloon drop, jungle acrobatics, gogo dancers, live painting, fire performers. Brick South Events & Catering Co., 8 Thompsons Point
Bath, ME — New Year’s Eve Newfoundland Style with Pat Colwell and the Soul Sensations. Dec. 31
We will look to the Atlantic time zone for this rock and roll party. That means there will be plenty of time for dancing and food and fun and still be home in time at the New Year, Cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, dance floor. Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington Street
Meet Rudolph and his pal Bumble at Mystic Aquarium. Take a photo with Rudolph and Bumble for your holiday cards and see Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D. Mix Christmas entertainment with views belugas, seals and sea lions. Mystic Aquarium, 55 Coogan Blvd.
Manchester, NH — Noon Year’s Eve Party. Dec. 31
Enjoy art-making, outdoor activities, face painting, a live juggling performance, and more. Wrap up a day of celebrations with bubble-wrap fireworks and a huge balloon drop. Prepare to be wowed by the astounding comedy and juggling act by Bryson Lang and live music. Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash Street.
Freeport, ME — L.L. Bean’s New Year’s Eve Celebration. Dec. 31
Children’s entertainer Danny Lion; create party-inspired Crafts with artist Julie Yeo; Sounds and Crowns with ArtVan artists; Magician Norman Ng; finale of Musical Holiday Light Show “KidNight” Celebration with musician Rick Charette. L. L. Bean, Discovery Park, 95 Main Street
Woodstock, VT — Christmas at Billings Farm & Museum. Through Dec. 31
Learn how Christmas was celebrated in late 19th century Woodstock in the farmhouse and linger in the cozy kitchen as treats are baked in the woodstove. Holiday programs and making historic ornaments. Billings Farm & Museum, Route 12 & River Road
Essex, CT — Holiday Train Show. Through Jan. 17
This 26-foot model train layout features more trains, new scenery, and lots of surprises. Visitors are challenged to find a scavenger list of objects hidden in the settings. Young kids can get hands-on at an American Flyer and Lionel Train layout designed for toddler size viewing. Connecticut River Museum 67 Main Street
Ludlow, VT — Family New Year’s Eve at Okemo. Dec. 31
Bring friends and family to enjoy a magic show, horse wagon rides, bingo games and trivia. There will be an early, kid-friendly DJ dance party with balloons, photo both, fire dancers and fireworks. A kids dinner party will happen in the Roundhouse at Jackson Gore. Okemo Mountain Resort, 77 Okemo Ridge Road
Newry, ME — New Year Eve’s 2017-28 at Sunday River. Dec. 31
PG-13 New Year’s Eve Party at Mahoosuc Room in South Ridge Lodge with a bounce house, giant inflatable twister and more; count down to midnight; fire dancing at Slopeside at South Ridge; New Year’s Eve Party featuring Skosh at Foggy Goggle. Sunday River ski area, 15 South Ridge Road