Fun & Festive New Year's Eve Celebrations Last Updated: November 2022

Ring in the New Year at one of Connecticut’s festive New Year’s Eve and First Night celebrations! Be sure to plan an entertaining outing of celebration and cheer with family and friends this year. And be on the lookout for newly added events here.

Here’s what’s in store for welcoming in the New Year:

Family Fun Celebrations

Celebrate the New Year through the arts at First Night Hartford! This multi-cultural, artistically unique, family-friendly event features a “scavenger hunt” style walk through downtown – plus two dazzling fireworks shows (6 p.m. and midnight) in Bushnell Park. Bring the crew to Hartford’s first holiday market, Winterfair, which features holiday-themed activities, vendors, and pop-up kiosks. The event is running for 23 days, but all culminates on New Year’s Eve for the annual First Night Hartford celebration. Also, in Hartford at the XL Center, have fun watching the Hartford Wolf Pack hockey game that begins at 5:30 p.m. on December 31st against the Springfield Thunderbirds.

Families with young children can end the year with a daytime celebration in Niantic - Countdown to Noon - where kiddos will meet live animal friends, make crafts, devour pizza, and capture memories in the photo booth. 

Or, try a little night skiing at the New Year's Eve Ski & Torchlight Parade at New Hartford's Ski Sundown.

Grown-up Fun

Make your resolution to party in style at any one of these great events going on around the state:

Ease into 2023

Many Connecticut hotels are offering New Year’s Eve packages, so plan now and book early.

Here’s to a wonderful 2023!