New Year’s Eve

Celebrate the start of 2019 coastal-style with a New Year's Eve getaway to Wilmington and our Island Beaches. Between speakeasies, Parisian-themed 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 book your getaway now.

RESTAURANTS, BREWERIES & BARS

Midnight in Paris: A New Year's Eve Celebration

Indulge in a Parisian-style New Year's Eve at Le Catalan. Enjoy a five-course wine dinner, specialty New Year's Eve hats called "cotillions" and a champagne toast at midnight. Put an international twist on your celebrations while taking in beautiful river views. Bonne Anne! Begins at 5:30 p.m.

New Year's Eve With Cosmic Groove Lizards

Celebrate New Year's Eve with craft beer and live music at Wrightsville Beach Brewery. Grab dinner and enjoy funky tunes by the Cosmic Groove Lizards at 9 p.m. followed by a champagne toast at midnight to ring in the new year.

New Year's Eve Bash featuring Machine Gun

Rock n' roll into 2019 in Carolina Beach at SeaWitch Cafe and Tiki Bar. This sell-out event includes a speciality NYE dinner menu, drink specials, live musical performance by rock band Machine Gun, a DJ performance after midnight, heated tent, photo booth, complimentary midnight champagne toast and party favors.

Reggae Rockin' NYE Party with Jahson and the Natty Vibez

Head into 2019 in Irie fashion at Lazy Pirate Island Sports Bar and Grill. Enjoy a Jamaican dinner paired with tropical cocktails, in-house countdown as you watch the Times Square Ball Drop on live TV, complimentary champagne toast, party favors and live music all night long. Advanced tickets $15 per person or $25 per couple.

New Year's Eve "Any Shade" of Masquerade Party

Fancy up for New Year's while sipping local craft beer at Waterline Brewing Company. Don your own masquerade or pick from a selection on-site for last minute takers. Enjoy a special menu served at 6 p.m. and live music from the popular Striking Copper Trio at 9 p.m. Cheers to 2019 with complimentary champagne or beer toast at midnight.

Voodoo Visionary - "Songs in the key of Purple"

Have a soulful and eclectic New Year's Eve with live music at The Whiskey featuring Voodoo Visionary presenting "Songs in the Key of Purple - A Tribute to Prince & Stevie Wonder." Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Voodoo Visionary balances improvisational funk dance music with tight grooves, soulful organ, synthesizers and masterful guitar paired with moving vocals. Groove the night away into 2019.

New Year's Eve at Bluewater

Enjoy two ways to experience New Year's Eve at Bluewater Waterfront Grill with live music from Uptown Easy on the second floor or dance to DJ Sir Charles spinning out tunes on the tented, heated patio. Enjoy festive party favors, cash bar and a champagne toast at midnight. Arrive early for a special 3-course prix fixe menu prior to celebrations. 

NYE on the Water

Dress to impress at Wilmington's riverfront restaurant, Marina Grill. Dance and toast to the new year as you party the night away on the Cape Fear River. $10 advance tickets or $20 at the door includes a champagne toast at midnight. VIP packages and 4-course prix fixe dinner options available.

EVENTS

New Year's Eve Speakeasy Celebration

Ring in 2019 like its the roaring twenties at this speakeasy-themed New Year's celebration. Hosted at TheatreNOW, the party includes a multi-course tasting meal, party favors, cabaret-style entertainment and a champagne toast. Two separate times mean you can kick off, or end the night, in flapper fashion. Advanced reservations required, 6:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Island of Lights New Year's Eve Celebration

Celebrate 2019 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 at Kure Beach Oceanfront Park. A beach ball drop at midnight signifies the start of the New Year. Make sure to stay for the stunning fireworks show that follows. Event starts at 9:00 p.m.

 

New Year's Eve Gala

Celebrate 2019 in regal fashion at one of the most beautiful and historic theaters in the country, Thalian Hall. This dinner and a show includes a live performance of the smash-hit based on ABBA classics, Mamma Mia! After, dance to the sounds of a DJ, sip cocktails and party 2018 away welcoming 2019 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 and an epic confetti toss and juice toast at noon in the courtyard. 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Comedian Rosebud Baker

Laugh your way into the new year at Dead Crow Comedy Club. Be entertained by New York-based comedian Rosebud Baker, co-host of the weekly podcast Two Less Lonely Girls.

HOTELS

Embassy Suites New Year's Eve Soirèe on the River

Enjoy an elevated New Year's Eve stay at Embassy Suites Wilmington Riverfront Hotel with a package including overnight stay, specialty multi-course dinner, open bar, celebratory libations, valet parking, late night snacks and New Year's Day breakfast. The festive celebration includes live music by Pork City Shakedown and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Tickets $549.00 per couple, add an additional night for $99.

UNIQUE NIGHT OUT

South Front District

Welcome 2019 with a night out at the up-and-coming South Front District. Start your evening with small plates and fine wine at The Second Glass then carb up with pizza from celebrity chef Vivian Howard's Benny's Big Time Pizzeria. End the night at the eclectic Satellite Bar and Lounge offering indoor and outdoor sections, outdoor movie and live music.

 

Brewery Hop

Craft beer connoisseurs can hop on the Wilmington Ale Trail and ring in the New Year with a wide-array of libations fit for any palate. Try fresh, juicy IPAs at New Anthem Beer Project then experimental kettle sours and more at Flytrap Brewing. Keep it simple at Wilmington Brewing Company then pop over to Wilmington's newest and largest brewery, Flying Maching Brewing Company. Two floors and 30 draught lines mean plenty of options. End the night with hearty pub fries and a few more brews at Wilmington's first craft brewery, Front Street Brewery.

 

Craft Cocktails & Secret Hideaways

Celebrate New Year's like Gatsby at local speakeasies. Enjoy Moscow mules on tap at The Blind Elephant during the Great Gatsby Bash, or sip and savor with musical accompaniment by The Beehive Blondes at Tails Piano Bar and Lounge ($25 per ticket). Feel like royalty with a pretty pretty princess cocktail at KGB or lounge at the bar and try a selection of handcrafted cocktails at manna ave 123

2019 Island Style

Can't stay out till midnight but still want to do something fun? Enjoy an island-inspired dinner at Salt Fish Restaurant and Tiki Bar and sub the traditional champagne for a rummy yummy cocktail. Keep it low-key at the beach house rental and enjoy in-season oysters or a catered take home steam pot from Cape Fear Boil Company. Catch the last sunset of 2018 on the South End of Wrightsville Beach then dance into 2019 with live music at The Palm Room

 

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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