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, it will be a celebration to remember. Check out a sampling of the area's New Year's Eve events below and book your getaway now.


Midnight in Paris: A New Year's Eve Celebration

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

Check back closer to New Year's Eve for additional restaurant offerings as they become available.


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 on both Kure Beach and Carolina Beach. 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.

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.

For everything special happening this season, check out our page of Seasonal Highlights.