New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Celebrate the start of 2020 coastal-style with a New Year's Eve getaway to Wilmington and our Island Beaches. Between speakeasies, festivities on the river, dinner and a show, a lighted beach ball drop and family-friendly events, celebration choices abound. Check out a sampling of the area's New Year's Eve events below and make your getaway lodging plans now.


New Year's Eve Gala

Celebrate 2020 in regal fashion at one of the most beautiful and historic theaters in the country, Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts. This dinner and a show include a live performance by the Opera House Theatre Company alongside an enchanting evening of dinner, drinks, desserts and performance of the Broadway classic "La Cage Aux Folles." After, dance to the sounds of a DJ, sip cocktails and welcome 2020 with a champagne toast at midnight. Starts at 7:00 p.m.

New Year's Noon

Enjoy a family-friendly New Year's Eve daytime event at the Children's Museum of Wilmington. This kid-friendly celebration features crafts, singing, dancing, an epic confetti toss, and an apple juice toast at noon in the courtyard. Event times are from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

New Year's Eve River Cruise

Ring in 2020 with Cape Fear Riverboats, Inc. aboard The Henrietta with a river cruise. Dance to tunes played by a DJ on the heated lower level deck, stroll the upper deck and take in the skyline of historic downtown Wilmington. Light appetizers will be served alongside a fully-stocked cash bar, enjoy a complimentary champagne toast at midnight and celebrate the New Year in style. Reservations are required and tickets are $60 per person with boarding beginning at 6:30 p.m. and the cruise running from 9:30 p.m.- 12:30 p.m. 

Island of Lights New Year's Eve Celebration

Celebrate 2020 island-style with this family-friendly event featuring a night full of activities. Enjoy dancing to the sounds of a DJ, provisions for purchase and a raffle on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. A beach ball drop at midnight signifies the start of the New Year. Make sure to stay for the festive fireworks show that follows. The event starts at 9:00 p.m.



Embassy Suites New Year's Eve Roaring 20's on the River

Ring in 2020 with a 1920's celebration at the Embassy Suites Wilmington Riverfront Hotel with a package including an overnight stay, specialty multi-course dinner for two, open bar, celebratory libations, live music by the Dance Candy Band in the Riverfront Grand Ballroom and a midnight champagne toast. Tickets are $499.00 per couple.

New Year's Eve Celebration at the Blockade Runner

Ring in a new decade beachside at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort's New Year's Eve Celebration. Enjoy coastal classic celebrations that include a night of luxury accommodations, two tickets for a plated pre-fixe dinner followed by dancing the night away to live music in the hotel's ballroom and sparkling wine at midnight. The next day, indulge in the New Year's Day Brunch and relax with a late checkout time of 1 p.m. Price varies per room and ranges from $135.00 - $350.00 per night. 


Celebrate the start of 2020 at the Beacon House Inn, a vintage Bed & Breakfast cottage in Carolina Beach. Attend the pre-dinner cheese reception and champagne toast from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. and commence 2020 as a proper foodie with a New Year's Day brunch including Mimosas, Bloody Mary's or a Bellini prepared by the resident mixologist. Enjoy a late checkout of 1:00 p.m. with everything included in the rate. Room rates begin at $189/night plus tax. 


Bluewater's New Year's Eve Bash

Celebrate the start of the New Year waterside at Bluewater Waterfront Grill in Wrightsville Beach. The New Year's Eve Bash includes two ways to ring in 2020; inside on the second floor with live music from Brickhouse playing beachy rock tunes or outside with a DJ on the tented and heated patio. A cash bar is available with complimentary party favors and a bubbly toast at midnight. Tickets are $20 per person and the event runs from 9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. 


Swinging New Year's Eve: The Phantom Playboys

Dance into 2020 on the disco ball dance floor during Swinging New Year's Eve with live music by The Phantom Playboys at Lazy Pirate Island Sports Grill in Carolina Beach. Fuel up with a discounted New Year's Eve Dinner and cheers with a midnight champagne toast. Tickets are $15 per person and the event runs from 8:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. 

New Year's Eve Dance Party at Tails Piano Bar

Celebrate the start of the New Year in regal fashion at local speakeasy, Tails Piano Bar and Lounge. Dance to live music filled with rhythm, blues, soul and jazz sung by Lemetrius Nolan accompanied by Adam Spenser on piano and Riley on drums. Enjoy complimentary cake and a midnight champagne toast. Cover charge to be announced and reservations are required with the event running from 8:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. 

New Year's Eve Bash: SeaWitch Cafe & Tiki Bar

Usher in 2020 at SeaWitch Cafe & TIki Bar in Carolina Beach with a night of fun and live music. Start the New Year with a red carpet walk-in, adorn complimentary party favors and hats, capture the night in the photo booth and dance to live music by Feebs in the large dance floor heated tent. Tickets are $20 per person and the event begins at 6:00 p.m. with live music from 8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. and a DJ from 12:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m. 

Check back closer to New Year's Eve for additional events as they are announced.

Hotels and lodging options book up quickly. Reserve your accommodations now to celebrate New Year's Eve in Wilmington and our Island Beaches.

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