Happy New Year! It is time to pop the champagne, ponder new resolutions and reminisce about the end of a decade. Celebrate the end of 2019 at a festive soiree, kid-friendly party or historic holiday celebration. Keep reading for the details on New Year's celebrations in Albany County. 

Special thank you to YTK Photography for the above photo. 

Soirees & Parties

NYE 2020

Location: The Hollow Bar + Kitchen
Date: December 31, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM to 4:00 AM
Price: 3-course dinner - $55/person; Open Bar Package - $50/person

Raise a glass at The Hollow Bar + Kitchen's annual New Year's Eve Bash. The downtown Albany restaurant offers a special three-course meal for your friends and family. Or, if you are looking to celebrate until dawn, purchase an Open Bar Package or Champagne Table and dance the night away. 

Groovin' New Year's Eve

Location: Albany Marriott Hotel
Date: December 31, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM to 12:30 AM
Price: Dinner & Show Package - $104/person; NYE Overnight Package - $339/couple

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." Move and groove until midnight at this fun celebration and stay overnight in the hotel with the New Year's Eve package.

New Years Eve Party at Skyloft

Location: Skyloft in Crossgates
Date: December 31, 2019
Time: 8:00 PM
Price: $30 in advance; $40 day of show

Jam to local favorites Skeeter Creek at Crossgates' newest entertainment venue, Skyloft, this New Year's Eve. Tickets should sell quickly, so make sure to snag yours before the event sells out!


New Years Eve Party 2020

Location: City Beer Hall
Date: December 31, 2019
Time: 10:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Price: No cover and free champagne toast!

Say goodbye to 2019 at City Beer Hall! Countdown to a balloon drop at midnight with party favors and decorations. Party guests can cheers to the New Year with a free champagne toast! As an added bonus, the eatery is open on New Year's Day for a special Hangover Brunch to help kick off the New Year the right way. 

After counting down to midnight and popping the champagne, don't forget to take advantage of ride-sharing and catch a ride home with Lyft

Kid-Friendly Celebrations

New Year's Mid-Day Celebration

Location: New York State Museum
Date: December 29, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Price: Free

Welcome the 2020s with a throwback to the Roaring '20s at the New York State Museum. Create a 1920s headpiece, take a fun photo and dance in celebration of a new decade! 


Frozen Science

Location: Children's Museum of Science & Technology (CMOST)
Date: December 31, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Price: Activities included with $8 museum admission 

Create glitter slime, build ice castles, participate in a dance party, and investigate the science of all things frozen at CMOST. These "frozen" activities lead up to the countdown to "Noon Year" and a museum-wide parade. 


Noon Year's Eve

Location: Colonie Center Mall
Date: December 31, 2019
Time: 10:30 AM
Price: Free

Dress to impress in your best "Frozen In Time" outfit to ring in the New Year at Colonie Center Mall! Meet the Snow Sisters and the Frost Protector while enjoying face painting, crafts and more. Stick around for the massive balloon drop at noon! 


First Night Bethlehem

Presented by: Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce
Date: December 31, 2019
Location: Four Corners in Delmar
Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Price: $5, Ages 12 - 18; $10, Adults 

First Night Bethlehem, hosted by the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce, is a great nighttime family-friendly option. The celebration kicks off at 6:00 PM at Four Corners in Delmar with a dazzling fireworks display. Afterwards, stick around for outdoor ice sculptures, live music, balloon animals and more!

Twelfth Night Gatherings 

While not officially a New Year's Eve celebration, Twelfth Night (or the Feast of Epiphany) was the final holiday of the season celebrated by the Dutch and English of 17th and 18th Century. Celebrate at the following events. 

Salutations of the Season

Location: Schuyler Mansion
Date: January 4, 2020
Time: 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Price: $7 Adults; $6 Seniors & Students; $2 Children (12 & Under); $5 Friends Members

Party like a Schuyler! Salutations of the Season at the Schuyler Mansion highlights the holiday the way it may have been celebrated by the Schuyler family in the 18th century. Enjoy festive old-fashioned treats and wassail toasts while marveling at the decked out mansion rooms. Make a wish for the New Year and toss it in the fire burning outside on the mansion grounds.


Twelfth Night

Location: Crailo State Historic Site
Date: January 4, 2020
Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

The festivities continue across the river with a historic celebration at Crailo State Historic Site. Learn about Albany’s Dutch roots while munching on holiday cookies, baked goods and more. Remember to head down to the basement for open hearth cooking demonstrations from costumed interpreters.