With New Year’s Eve falling on a Saturday this year, there’s going to be a huge amount of NYE events in Omaha planned for all ages. If you’re looking for a special place to celebrate the New Year, check out this list of places.
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All Ages New Year’s Eve Events (2023)
The New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular starts at 7 p.m. Tune in to STAR 104.5 to listen to the music the fireworks are choreographed to. Fireworks will be launched from 10th and Cass streets, near CHI Health Center & Charles Schwab Field. That’s also the recommended viewing area.
Arrive early and park for FREE to view the up-close show in the recommended viewing areas: CHI Health Event Center Lots A, B & C (lot opens to the public at 6 p.m. and Lot A is only the lower lot); and at Gallup Parking Lots, 1001 Gallup Drive. All Downtown Omaha parking meters will be free after 5 p.m. on Dec. 31, courtesy of Park Omaha.
For a change of pace, head to Hitchcock Nature Center, 27792 Ski Hill Loop, Honey Creek, Iowa, for the guided New Year’s Eve Sunset Hike from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate hiking shoes or boots. Cost is $5 per person and free for ages 3 and younger.
The New Year’s Eve celebration at Elie’s Chinchorro Caribbean Bistro, 3020 S. 32nd Ave., starts at 8 p.m. on Dec. 31. There will be a dinner buffet and champagne included with tickets. Live music provided by the Andy Williams Orchestra. Dress is semi-formal. Tickets are $100 per person, $190 for a couple, and $50 per child.
Family New Year’s Eve Events
- The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St., celebrates the New Year a day early. Noon Year’s Eve is Dec. 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for all ages. There will be live music from Dino O’Dell and the T-Rex All-Stars, crafts, goodie bags, and the most fun of all, the bubble wrap stomp and the exciting balloon drop at noon. Noon Year’s Eve is included with admission, which is free to museum members. Regular admission for non-members is $15 adults, $12 seniors, $8 for children 3-12, and free for those 2 and under. Advanced registration is highly encouraged due to limited capacity.
New Year’s Eve Events for Adults (21+)
- Joslyn Castle & Gardens, 3902 Davenport St., celebrates With Time Warp New Year’s Eve, starting at 9 p.m. on Dec. 31. Dress up and time travel to your favorite decade, and celebrate whichever year you like best. DJ Riche Niche provides the music. There will be a cash bar, free Photo Booth from 9 to 11 p.m., and complimentary light snacks. Admission includes a complimentary champagne toast at midnight! The party runs until 1 a.m. Tickets are $45 and registration is required.
- For a low-key but tasty night out, Wine Cellar 510, 7474 Towne Center Parkway, Papillion, is holding its Annual New Year’s Eve Dinner and Wine Pairing, featuring a French dinner paired with Ferrari Carano Wines, starting at 6:30 p.m. with Banshee Brut. The meal includes a French country salad paired with Fume Blanc; Creamy Onion Soup with Rye Croutons paired with Sangiovese Blend; Coq Au Vin with Creamy Smashed Potatoes & Garlicky Green Beans paired with Pinot Noir; and Chocolate Gateau paired with Tresor, Bordeaux Blend. Space is very limited, and it’s recommended to make reservations ASAP at 402-933-3836. Cost is $85 per person.
- 1% Productions Presents Ringing In The New Year With Secret Weapon, Omaha’s Only All 80’s Rock, Pop, And Everything In Between Cover Band. Their live shows are a lot of fun! Doors open at 8 p.m., shows starts at 9 p.m., on Dec. 31 at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. Admission is $10.
- Punch Clock Martyrs will play at The Dubliner, 1205 Harney St., on New Year’s Eve starting at 9:30 p.m. Cover is $5.
- The Bourbon Ball, featuring progressive bourbon tastings every hour, is Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at The Jazz Club at the Omaha Marriott Downtown, 1030 Capitol Ave. Selections will be from Evan Williams 1783, Larceny Small Batch Bourbon, Heaven Hill BIB 100 Proof, Henry Mckenna 10 year bottle in bond 100 proof, and at midnight, Elijah Craig Private Barrel. Food includes a seafood feast, charcuterie spread, burrata station, Mezze Platter, and an assortment of desserts. Live music from Matt Wallace and the Fusion Force runs from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Cost is $180 per ticket.
- WoodHoops will play at The Down Under Bar, 3530 Leavenworth St., on Dec. 31 starting at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and include party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Purchase tickets at the bar or from members of the band.
- Joystick will play at Philly Sports Bar & Grill, 8478 Giles Road, La Vista, starting at 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.