Pop the champagne and ring in the New Year! From swanky soirees, to a night of laughs, to an unforgettable meal, there are plenty of ways to say farewell to 2018 in Albany County. If you are searching for family-friendly celebrations, scroll to the bottom for a round-up of parties perfect for little ones.
Don't forget to take advantage of ride-sharing this New Year's Eve and catch a ride home with Lyft. Happy New Year!
Location: New World Bistro Bar
Address: 300 Delaware Ave., Albany, NY 12209
Price: $75 a person
New World Bistro Bar's special New Year's Eve dinner menu is titled the "2019 Grande Dames of Gastronomy." The four-course meal includes dishes from Julia Child, Diana Kennedy, Marcella Hazan, Paula Wolfert, Claudia Roden, and Madhur Jaffrey. Dine on dishes such as Julia Child's "Beef Bourguignon Two Ways" or Marcella Hazan's "Rabbit Cannelloni."
Location: Albany Marriott Hotel
Address: 189 Wolf Rd, Albany, NY 12205
Time: 6:30 PM to 12:30 AM
Price: $99 per person for dinner & show, $299/couple for overnight package
Head to the Albany Marriott for a night of throwback hits from musical legends Elvis Presley, Elton John, Janis Joplin, Mick Jagger and more by "GROOVIN'...
The Capital Districts Premier Rock & Roll Legends Show." Dance the night away at this fun celebration and stay overnight in the hotel with the New Year's Eve package.
Location: The Egg
Address: Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12223
Time: 8:00 PM
Price: $30 through 12/24; $35 12/25 through 12/30; $40 day of show (12/31)
Say goodbye to 2018 with a night full of laughter at the Egg Performing Arts Center! The "First Night of Funny" showcases four professional comedians with four unique and hilarious perspectives on the world. The comedians are Matt Bergman, as seen on AXS TV, Sherry Davey, as seen on Comedy Central, Mike Gaffney, as seen on Last Comic Standing, and Albany native Nat Christiana.
Location: ADCO Bar & Bottle Shop
Address: 75 Livingston Ave., Albany, NY 12207
Time: 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Albany Distilling's NYE Bash will be a night to remember! The $125 general admission ticket includes a four hour open bar, passed hors d'oeuvres, complimentary glass of champagne for midnight toast, music and NYE party favors.
Location: Desmond Hotel Albany
Address: 660 Albany-Shaker Rd, Albany, NY 1221
Time: 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Price: Packages starting at $430
If you are looking for an all-inclusive night of fun, check out the Desmond's New Year's Eve Bash! This year's theme is "The Boardwalk After Dark", so the hotel will be transformed into an amusement park with street performers, a sideshow, carnival games, photobooths, and much more! Enjoy four hours of open bar, carnival-inspired cuisine, signature cocktails and endless champagne.
Want to join in on the fun but already have New Year's Eve plans? Drop by the New Year's Eve Kickoff Party in The Tavern from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. There is no cover charge as this event is separate from the large party.
Location: Dave & Buster's
Address: 1 Crossgates Mall Road, Albany, NY 12203
Time: 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Price: Tickets starting at $48 per person
Eat, drink, play, party and ring in the New Year at Dave & Buster's! All of the party packages include a dinner buffet and play in the Million Dollar Midway. There will also be a champagne toast at midnight. Make a staycation out of it and book a room at the new Homewood Suites and Try by Hilton! Take advantage of the "Stay & Save" savings pass for hotel guests and spend New Year's Day shopping at Crossgates.
Location: City Beer Hall
Address: 42 Howard St., Albany, NY 12207
Time: 10:00 PM to 3:00 AM
Join City Beer Hall for the spot's annual New Year's Eve Party! There will be a countdown to a balloon drop at midnight, a FREE champagne toast and party favors. Plus, there is no cover charge!
Kid-Friendly: First Night Bethlehem
Location: Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce
Address: Four Corners, Delmar, NY 12054
Time: 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Price: $10 in advance, $15 day of the event, Kids 12-18: $5 (Under 12 FREE)
Looking for a family-friendly New Year's Eve celebration? Head to Delmar's Four Corners for First Night Bethlehem. The celebration kicks off with a dazzling fireworks display at 6:30 PM and then stick around for outdoor ice sculptures, face painting, crafts, special performances food and more!
Kid-Friendly: Family Fun Night
Location: Staybridge Suites Albany Wolf Rd-Colonie Center
Address: 39 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12205
Price: Package price starts at $159.00
Enjoy a family-friendly staycation at the Staybridge Suites near Colonie Center! The overnight package includes accommodations, full dinner, dessert, movies & assorted games and access to the indoor heated pool and hot tub!
Kid-Friendly: D&B Family Celebration
Celebrate New Year's Eve at Dave & Buster's in Albany! The whole family will love the New Year's Eve Package including an appetizer buffet, dessert, video games and a countdown to ring in the New Year!
Kid-Friendly: Noon Year's Eve
Location: Children's Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST)
Address: Rensselaer Technology Park, 250 Jordan Rd , Troy, NY 12180
Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM; 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Price: Sold out!
Are you one of the lucky ones registered for CMOST's 14th annual Noon Year's Eve celebration? This popular annual event featuring face-paining, a parade, an animal show and a countdown to the Noon Year has already sold out! Keep this fun kid-friendly event in mind for next year and make a note to register early!