The Weekend: Break Out the Party Hats and Noisemakers

Local New Year’s Eve celebrations for all ages.

From a noisemaker craft for kids at the library to ballroom dancing with champagne at midnight, this weekend offers a New Year’s Eve Celebration for everyone. There is a murder mystery dinner in Bloomfield, a dinner dance in Caldwell, First Night in Montclair, and a party in Livingston. Read on to find the perfect celebration for you!

Where/When: , 268 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell; Friday starting at 9 a.m.

Why Go? Happy New Year from the Caldwell Library! Children of all ages are invited to drop in at any time during library hours to make a noisemaker craft and hear stories about New Year’s Eve.

Pricing: FREE

Where/When: , 31 Westville Ave., Caldwell; Saturday at 8 p.m.

Why Go? Dance the night away at Dancesport4You’s New Year’s Eve Dinner Dance. Waltz, foxtrot, rumba and other Latin and ballroom dances will keep you moving to the beat, while an open seafood bar tempts your palate. Champagne at midnight is followed by the first fish soup of 2012! Dessert is included.

Pricing: $99

Where/When: Kip's Castle Park, 22 Crestmont Road, Verona; Friday and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

Why Go? Experience the castle all decked out for the holidays! Decorated in the holiday style of circa 1928, the first floor will available for self-guided tours.

Pricing: FREE

Where/When: Hillside School, 54 Orange Road, Montclair; Saturday starting at 5 p.m.

Why Go? A fabulous lineup of entertainment awaits you! Ring in the new year with performances by Warren Zanes, Zara Phillip, the Afrocuba Band and more; Comedian Steve Shaffer; Magician Joe Fischer; and family-focused activities including Wild ‘N Whacky, Lasermania, BubbleMania, and square dancing. Too much to list, so click here for more details!

Pricing: $15 adults; $5 youth (3-17)

Where/When: Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange; Friday and Saturday, from 5 to 9 p.m.

Why Go? New Year’s Eve will be the final evening of the Holiday Light Spectacular at the Turtle Back Zoo. Do not miss the 40 lighted displays, with 100,000 bulbs illuminating the night. The zoo is collecting non-perishable food and new, unwrapped toys for the needy.

Pricing: FREE

Where/When: , 36 Broad St., Bloomfield; Saturday at 9 p.m.

Why Go? What could be more fun than a New Year’s Eve dinner theater murder mystery? Piano’s is hosting an evening that includes a buffet dinner, show, champagne, hats and noisemakers, and Midnight Countdown.

Pricing: $40, and reservations are a must

Where/When: , 299 Eisenhower Pkwy, Livingston; Saturday at 8 p.m.

Why Go? The Knights of Columbus are throwing a big party with an open bar, full buffet, and DJ entertainment all night.

Pricing: $40


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