Say Goodbye To 2020 – Safely & In Style Last Updated 12/20

The time is finally here: bidding adieu to everyone’s least favorite year. 2020 has been difficult on all levels, so we all deserve to celebrate its departure – safely, of course. While the state’s holiday guidance calls for smaller or even virtual gatherings, Connecticut has many ways to welcome 2021 in style.

From virtual parties and dancing to festive feasts and special escapes, we’ve pulled some great safety-friendly ways to spend New Year’s Eve this year. Even better, the fun doesn’t just make your night great — it helps support beloved Connecticut businesses who have been hit hard by the pandemic.

As always, all businesses are working dilligently to prioritize safety and create enjoyable experiences during this time. Be sure to check with each location before making plans as hours and details may change due to COVID-19.

Here’s to a brighter and more hopeful 2021!

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Attend A Virtual Celebration

This year, First Night Hartford will be turning their 32nd annual New Year’s celebration into a robust television broadcast, Facebook and Youtube livestream, and live Zoom workshops — with party kits! Made in collaboration with Hartford Prints, First Night Hartford’s Party Kit includes a coloring book, party masks, temporary tattoos, crayons, and an activity book with the following: word search, crossword puzzle, madlibs, connect the dots, maze, matching, and scavenger hunt. RSVP now and prepare for a safe and fun at-home celebration that'll feel like you're right there in person.

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Ski ‘Til Midnight & Parade-Watch

Ski in the New Year at Ski Sundown with all-day skiing and a torchlight parade a few minutes before the clock strikes 12.  Enjoy tasty food, drink specials and night lift tickets for no extra charge, so you can ski right until midnight!

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Dance Your Heart Out

If you’re used to spending New Year’s Eve dancing the night away, you can still get a taste of the magic by taking daytime lessons in Salsa, Hustle, and West Coast Swing – while wearing a mask, of course. At the end of your session, take home a free “party in a bag” with goodies to enjoy at your own at-home celebration.

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Dine Out

Make the night memorable by dining out! Savor a New Year’s Eve dinner or even New Year’s Day brunch at Madison Beach Hotel’s restaurant, The Wharf.  Or make your evening memorable by dining among the lights at Cava Restaurant in Southington, which boasts over 200,000 lights, 75 Christmas trees, thousands of ornaments, and themed rooms such as The Polar Express, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, James Bond, The Little Mermaid and more.

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Order In

Plan on staying in? Let someone else do the cooking – and support local businesses while you’re at it. Order takeout, delivery, or curbside pickup from your favorite spots all across the state. You can even enjoy pick up these take-home libations and perhaps a ‘Holiday Date Night’ kit from Black Hog Brewing Company. Or make the meal an activity with cook-at-home ingredients from the award-winning Grano Arso. Decorate sweet treats with DIY cupcake kits from Forever Sweet Bakery, get cocktail kits from Fifth State Distillery, or pickup up homemade truffles, fudge, caramels and more along the Connecticut Chocolate Trail.

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Find An Escape

After this year, we could all use a little escape. Plan a relaxing getaway to a Connecticut hotel, inn, or B&B. Enjoy champagne, deluxe accommodations, early check-in and late check-out with the Inn at Middletown’s New Year’s Overnight Package Special. Stay waterfront at Water’s Edge Resort & Spa in Westbrook and receive a four-course prix fixe dinner for two, $50 brunch voucher, a spa discount, and champagne with the New Year’s Eve Package. Or plan a cozy fireside stay at Manor House Inn in Norfolk and enjoy a cheese & fruit platter, New Year’s Day breakfast and more with the New Year’s Weekend Getaway Package. At the Copper Beech Inn in Ivoryton, enjoy a couples New Year's package including a stay in a Super Deluxe Room, bottle of champagne in your room, $100 voucher towards dinner, a full breakfast for two and more.