Ringing in 2019 in Rochester

A Night to Remember

No matter what other holidays you celebrate, New Year’s Eve is a special time for just about everyone. The transition to each new year is full of hope, promise, and potential. Whatever stage of life you’re currently making your way through, there’s a special celebration in Rochester that’s perfect for you. Here are some of the highlights on this year’s calendar for December 31st. If you don’t see something that suits your fancy, just search local event listings or Facebook’s Events section. Rochester offers a wide array of opportunities to either close out 2018 in style or enjoy a family-friendly night of activities for all ages.

First Night Rochester at Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex

Monday, December 31, 2018, from 6 to 10 pm
Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex, 2700 Brighton Henrietta Town Line Rd, Rochester, New York

First Night Rochester is our area’s largest family-friendly New Year’s Eve event, providing a smorgasbord of fun for kids. It features hourly countdowns (so little ones can ring in the New Year without missing bedtime), three ice skating rinks, a huge turf-covered indoor play area decked out in decorations, bounce houses, music, & face painting, and a family-friendly DJ. All event activities are designed for families with children of all ages and are guaranteed to create a memorable experience that your family will cherish for years to come. For parents, Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex features a full-sized Bill Gray’s Restaurant and Tap Room overlooking the Party Zone.

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City of Rochester NYE Celebration

Monday, December 31, 2018, from 6 pm to 9 pm
Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 E Main St, Rochester, New York 1460

The City of Rochester’s New Year’s Eve celebration will look a little different this year. There are new hours, with the event running from 6 to 9 pm. More importantly, there will not be fireworks to ring in 2019. There will, however, be a kid-friendly DJ, giant bounce houses, an obstacle course, airbrush tattoos, photo booths, caricature artists, magician, clowns, giveaways, free parking, free ice skating, and more! This free party at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center offers something for everyone and, while not explosive, will surely be a memorable way to end 2018.

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Monday, December 31, 2018, from 8 pm to 2 am
City Grill, 384 East Avenue, Rochester, New York 14618

Want to see and be seen this NYE? Join 600 dressed-to-impress friends at a newly expanded SKYBALL celebration. City Grill’s Bar and Restaurant, as well as Ballroom384, will all be decked out to ring in the New Year! The all-inclusive, open-bar ticket runs $99 per person and includes passed-appetizers and dessert stations; scotch, bourbon, and champagne tastings; live entertainment and an internationally renowned DJ; a champagne toast at midnight; and party swag. Keep in mind that tickets must be printed for proper scanning, and your ID must match your ticket. The event is 21+ only.

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A Down Home New Year with Cline & Cash

Monday, December 31, 2018, at 9:30 pm
Historic German House, 315 Gregory St #1, Rochester, NY 14620

Just want to kick back and relax your way into the New Year? A the Historic German House, you can do just that while taking in incredible renditions of Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline tunes. A popular WBEE Morning Coffe Club host will be emceeing the festivities for this unique New Year’s Eve event. For those in search of an extra-special experience, a few VIP tickets are available. They’ll get you a special table in front of the stage and a champagne toast at midnight.

Tickets here.

No matter what you decide to do this New Year’s Eve, please travel safely and keep in mind that ridesharing services Uber and Lyft are available 24/7 to provide a safe ride.