Ring in the New Year in Central New York

Have you made your plans for New Year’s Eve? If not, don’t worry—we’ve got you covered. There are plenty of parties going on; all you have to do is decide how you want to begin 2019. No matter which party you end up at, it promises to be a memorable night.

New Year’s Eve at Breezes Banquet & Event Center

ocnewyork Instagram 1954 ig 1820612475110225583 201600544Celebrate the New Year at an elegant new venue with a fabulous buffet of gourmet foods, including a selection of hor d’oeuvres, and entrees including prime rib, seafood and pasta specialties, and a range of desserts. Open bar will be available all night, and fireworks will light up the sky at midnight. Dance away the final hours of 2018 with Showtime, one of the area’s favorite party bands. Tickets are available in person at Breezes, by phone at 315-292-4221, or online. Tickets must be purchased in advance—they will not be sold at the door. Admission: $125 (includes tax and 18% gratuity). 8:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. 215 Leland Ave., Utica

OB NYE 2019 at Ocean Blue Restaurant and Oyster Bar

saintlawrencespirits Instagram 1954 ig 1801061586417606970 1796725912New Year’s Eve at Ocean Blue is shaping up to be one of the biggest parties around. The price of admission gets you premium-quality drinks all night long and a nice selection of appetizers. Music provided by DJ Smacktino + Derrick J. The festivities begin at 10:00 p.m. and just before they end at 2:00 a.m., the caring folks at Ocean Blue will feed you a light, departing meal to start 2019 off right. Just across the street, Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Utica is offering special rates for Ocean Blue party goers. Buy tickets for the event online. Special designated driver tickets are also available—email kati@oceanbluerestaurant.com for more information. Admission: $185 (includes tax and gratuity). 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. 118 Columbia St., Utica

Bites & Bubbly at Shade Bar and Grill

47119818 767042353648233 5057354180365123584 nAfter an $8 million renovation of the former Radisson Hotel was completed last summer, the Delta Hotel by Marriott is ready to show off. Shade Bar and Grill benefited from those changes as well and is throwing their first annual “Bites & Bubbly” celebration to bring in the New Year in style. Dance all night to hits played by Shade’s house DJ, and toast to new beginnings with a complimentary glass of champagne. Free hors d’oeuvres will also be served. The hotel is offering a special rate of $145 (plus tax) for overnight guests, which includes breakfast for two and parking. Admission to Shade’s New Year’s Eve party is free. 9:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. 200 Genesee St., Utica

Exit 33 NYE 2109 at Turning Stone Resort Casino

exit33 Instagram 1954 ig 1827741105925676824 424591006Once again, Turning Stone is pulling out all the stops for Central New York. Guests can select the New Year’s Eve package they prefer—all packages include access to Turning Stone’s Exit 33 nightlife venues, which will feature, in total, five bands and seven DJs. Dance the night away to Gridley Paige and Kick at The Gig, pop in to hear the country tunes of the Beadle Brothers and Nick Hickman at Tin Rooster, get down to classic, funk, and disco from Soul Play at Turquoise Tiger, and end the night on the dance floor at Lava. Don’t miss the confetti and balloon drop at midnight. Entertainment line-up, schedule, and tickets are available online. Packages: Gold: $40; Platinum All-Access: $125. 8:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m. 5218 Patrick Rd., Verona

A Black & White New Year’s Eve at Union Station

ocnewyork Instagram 1954 ig 1895243551845376752 201600544Utica’s train station will be decked out in black and white for this special occasion and guests are encouraged to dress in similar fashion. The red carpet will literally be rolled out as you enter. The cost of admission includes top shelf open bar all night long, and hors d’oeuvres catered by Trackside Tavern. Popular DJ Lou Malvasi, along with special guests, will provide the music. Several bars and food stations will be set up to reduce wait times, and the floor will be open for dancing. Be sure to stay for the countdown to midnight and balloon drop, and then get home safely using the Uber station that will be positioned outside. A Black & White New Year’s Eve is presented by Inkorporated Tattoo Studios. Admission: $100 (plus tax and service charge). Buy tickets online. 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 321 Main St., Utica

New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Utica Zoo

ocnewyork Instagram 1954 ig 1863347277357623712 201600544This is the perfect opportunity to get to the zoo and also get an early start on celebrating the New Year. A variety of kid-friendly activities will be available, along with S’mores, crafts, and an animal meet and greet. Raise a glass of sparkling juice at noon to toast good things to come. The event is free with zoo admission. Adult 13-61: $4.50; Senior 62+, Military, College w/ID: $3.50; Child 3-12: $3.00; Child 2 and under: Free. 1 Utica Zoo Way, Utica

New Year’s Eve Celebration at Vernon Downs Casino and Hotel

43722748 10156548940925102 2325208630204301312 oIf you want your choice of 500 + games, a selection of dining options, a balloon drop, and complimentary champagne and party favors at midnight, head to Vernon Downs. The Jason Wicks Band will perform live country music, and you’ll have a choice of dining experiences. The New Year’s Eve Buffet at Champions will serve prime rib, seafood scampi, curry roasted turkey, parmesan potatoes, and much more. Later, a late-night breakfast buffet will take its place. Mr. G’s Food and Spirits will serve a special New Year’s Eve menu. Dinner Buffet: 4-11 p.m. Adults: $24.99, Children $12.99. Free for kids under 5. Breakfast Buffet: 11:30 p.m. – 2 a.m. $7.99. Mr. G’s Food and Spirits: 5-10 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Call 1-877-888-3766 ext. 2123. 4229 Stuhlman Rd., Vernon

New Year’s Eve Party at Wanna Play Café

charlotteguyton Instagram 1954 ig 1777981239539948051 185088026Step back in time this New Year’s Eve with a little friendly, family-oriented competition at Utica’s first board game café. The cost of admission includes games, a full buffet dinner, coffee and a selection of non-alcoholic drinks. A special mocktail will be available to clink glasses at midnight. Celebrate the passage of time with a little nostalgia by revisiting throw-backs like Yahtzee, Candyland, and Twister. Plenty of newer games are also available. Admission: $25. 6:30 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. 15 Auert Ave., Utica

By Michele DeBella