New Year’s Eve in Omaha has changed over the years, but you can still count on fireworks, a few daytime activities for families, and a few bars with free champagne at midnight. Here’s a list of some of the city’s most unique celebrations to ring in the New Year. UPDATE: For New Year’s Eve 2022 activities, visit this list of New Year’s Eve events in Omaha 2022.
New Year's Eve 2021 | All Ages
Bubbly New Year's Eve Party
Omaha Children’s Museum will have the Bubbly New Year’s Eve Party is Dec. 31 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. with hourly bubble drop countdowns and themed activities like bubble wrap stomps. Masks are recommended. Activities included with museum admission and free for member families.
500 S. 20th St.
Noon Year's Eve
Go Kids Gym will have a Noon Year's Eve Balloon Drop on Dec. 31 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The balloon drop will take place at noon. Cost is the price of the drop-in fee, so $10 per child, and free for members.
4223 S. 120th St.
Noon Year’s Eve Celebration
UPDATE: SOLD OUT
The Durham Museum's Annual Noon Year’s Eve Celebration is Dec. 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Masks required, and due to capacity, reserved tickets are required and expected to sell out. Event is included with museum admission and free to members.
801 S. 10th St.
New Year's Eve Ice Skate
The City of Omaha will open Motto McLean Ice on Dec. 31 from 1 to 3:15 p.m. for ice skating. The cost is $4 per person, which includes skate rental.
Hitchcock Park, 5105 S. 45th St.
New Year's Eve Night Hike
Celebrate the New Year under an open sky with a guided hike in the beautiful and serene Loess Hills. Hitchcock Nature Center will have a Night Hike on Dec. 31 starinng at 6 p.m., and ending atop the HawkWatch tower with a birds-eye view of the downtown Omaha fireworks. Cost is $5 per person. Cost covers park entry free.
27792 Ski Hill Loop, Honey Creek, Iowa (meet at the Loess Hills Lodge)
New Year’s Eve Dance & Dinner
The German-American Society will have a New Year’s Eve dance and dinner on Dec. 31 starting with doors opening at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., and ball drop in sync with NYC at 11 p.m. Dress code is formal/semi-formal. Dinner is prime rib or salmon and music will be by Greg Spevak Orchestra.
Cost is $60 per member or $70 for non-member. Dancing only begins at 8:30 p.m. and is $20. Reservations must be made by Dec. 28.
3717 S. 120th St.
Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience
Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience will have New Year’s Eve shows on Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. at the Slowdown. Doors open one hour prior to showtime.
Tickets are $35 General Admission (first come, first serve), $50 Reserved Pit (Seated), $50 Reserved Pitside East/Reserved Pitside West (Seated), and $100 Reserved Balcony (VIP Bar, Seated).
729 N. 14th St.
New Year's Eve Fireworks Spectacular
The New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular is Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. at CHI Health Center Omaha. Tune in to STAR 104.5 to hear the music. Free parking is available in MECA Lots A, B, and C and Gallup Parking Lots. ParkOmaha is offering free downtown parking after 5 p.m. The fireworks show is free.
455 N. 10th St.
1920s New Year's Eve
The 1920s New Year’s Eve Party at Edge of the Universe starts at 7 p.m. Free champagne and sparkling cider at midnight. No cover.
6070 N. Maple St.
And if you’re looking for a kid-free night out, there are several restaurants, bars, and venues hosting New Year’s Eve events this year. These events are strictly for the 21 and older crowd.
New Year's Eve Parties 2021 | 21+
New Year 5-Course Meal
The Collins will have a five-course pre fixe dinner and live music on Dec. 31 starting at 4 p.m. There will be a free champagne toast as well. Reservations needed since seating is limited.
1101 Jackson St.
New Year's Eve All-Inclusive
The New Year’s Eve all-inclusive party at Barrel & Vine starts on Dec. 31 at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour, followed by dinner and music by DJ Semi Colon from 7 to 9 p.m., and a live show by Zach Miller at 9 p.m. Cost is $150 per person for complete package; $75 for dinner-only or $75 for drinks only.
1311 S. 203rd St.
New Year's Eve at the Switch
Head to the Switch Beer and Food Hall on Dec. 31 for music, food, and drinks with opportunities to win gift cards to Blackstone businesses starting at 7 p.m. Eenjoy a complimentary glass of champagne at midnight.
3618 Farnam St.
Neon New Year's Eve
The Throwback Arcade Lounge will have a New Year's Eve party with DJ JIIK and a confetti blowout at midnight. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Dress to impress. Entry tickets are $25, with options to reserve booths and tables for more. Each entry ticket receives a champagne bottle.
1402 Howard St.
Omaha's Finest New Year's Eve
The Jewell will have two shows on New Year's Eve featuring Allison Nash, Enjoli Mitchell, Aly Peeler, Myles Jasnowski, Mitch Towne, David Hawkins, and Jacob Sorensen. Reservationsn can be made for Dec. 31 at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m.
Tickets are $25 and includes one glass of champagne or non-alcohol beverage and party favors. There will be food and beverage service at the 7:30 show but only beverage service at the 10:30 show.
1030 Capitol Ave.
The Roaring 20s New Year Party
The Roaring 20s New Year Party at Tangier Shrine Center is open to the public and starts at 8 p.m. on Dec. 31. Dress code is 1920s themed. There will be music, dancing and karaoke. Cost is $15 per person or $120 for a table of eight.
2823 S. 84th St.
New Year's Eve at The Max
Dance floors at The Max will open at 8 p.m. Expect a balloon drop at midnight.
1417 Jackson St.
New Year's Eve Bash
Taxi Driver is playing at Ameristar Casino at the New Year's Bash starting at 8:30 p.m. Tables will be set up in the pavilion, and food will be available in the Sports Book which can be taken out to the Pavilion. No cover.
2200 River Road, Council Bluffss, Iowa
A Karaoke New Year's Eve at Goldeez
Goldeez will celebrate New Year’s Eve with a karaoke party starting at 9 p.m., and will have a champagne toast at midnight. No cover.
5502 N. 103rd St.
Lexus of Omaha and Channel 94.1 Present: To the NYnes
Lexus of Omaha and Channel 94.1 present To The NYnes New Year’s Eve Experience is Dec. 31 starting at 9 p.m. at the Omaha Design Center. Music by DJ Chicks. Tickets are $130-$475.
1502 Cuming St.
Dinner & 2 Bands
Sinners N Saints and Audio Mind will perform at Firewater Grille on Dec. 31 starting at 9 p.m. Dinner-only is $50 per person (grand buffet is from 7 to 9 p.m.). Dinner and party is $60 per person. Hotel package is $209. To make a reservation, call 402-934-4900.
7007 Grover St.
Downtown New Year's Eve Party
Moe & Curly’s Pub and Grill will have a party starting at 9 p.m. A DJ will be at Howard and Fine and karaoke will be at Moe & Curly’s. Tickets are $90 and include open bar and cover charge. Reserving a table and champagne bottle is an additional cost.
1011 Capitol Ave.
FLIXX New Year's Eve Celebration
FLIXX Lounge & Cabaret Show Bar will have an celebration on Dec. 31 starting at 9 p.m. that will include noisemakers, party favors and a balloon drop. FLIXX is an all-inclusive, LGBTQIA-owned bar.
1015 S. 10th St.
New Year's Eve With Joe & Tay
The Dubliner Pub will starts its New Year's Eve celebration at 9;30 p.m. with Joe and Tay.
1205 Harney St.
More things to do on New Year’s Eve
Not everyone is up for a crowd, so if you want some other idea for New Year’s Eve, here are my recommendations:
- There are several light displays and drive-thru light events that continue through early January 2022.
- Omaha has an abundance of options for winter activities, both indoor and outdoor. Many businesses will be open on Dec. 31, though you’ll want to check ahead of time if they close early. Businesses are more likely to be closed on New Year’s Day in Omaha.