How To Spend New Year’s Eve 2014 in Coastal Virginia
It’s often said that the way you spend your New Year’s Eve is an indication of how you’ll spend the next year. So in order to ensure that 2015 is an extremely memorable and fun year, you’ve got to ring in the new year in the most wonderful way. Here are some options for ways to spend your New Year’s Eve in Coastal Virginia, whether you’re spending time with friends, enjoying a romantic evening for two or incorporating the kids.
The Central Business District Association is once again hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration with live entertainment, fireworks and a laser light show. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., guests can Toast to the New Year in Town Center’s Countdown Square from 5:30 p.m.–midnight with performances by Llamas at Brunch, The Fuzz Band and Seth Stainback & Roosterfoot. From 10:30–11:58 p.m. enjoy a headlining performance by Eddie Money on the Countdown Square Stage. Then from 11:58–12:20 participate in the countdown followed by fireworks and a laser light show
All activities and entertainment are free. Food and adult beverages will be available for purchase. Free parking is available in Town Center garages with overflow parking at Pembroke Mall.
This exclusive event will be held at the luxurious Waterside Marriott ball room in Downtown Norfolk. Musical ambiance will be provided, and the dress code is chic, sexy and couture ballroom. All guests can enjoy complimentary party favors, balloon drop, champagne toast at midnight and many more surprises.
Early Bird tickets $20
General Admission tickets $30
VIP (includes no waiting in line, separate lounge access, private bar and 5 star buffet hors d’oeuvres) $60
Start the new year off with some serious laughs at Funny Bone Comedy Club in Virginia Beach. Comedian and SNL alum Finesse Mitchell will keep the party and the guests rolling with his hilarious antics. Admission to this 10 p.m. show includes a fruit and cheese platter, party favors, a Funny Bone souvenir and champagne toast.
$50 per person
Ringing in the Romance
Experience a perfect mix of romantic togetherness and social merriment at Kingsmill’s roaring 20s paradise held in the James River Grand Ballroom. Tickets include reserved seating all night, beer and wine, a three-course dinner, midnight champagne toast and snack, dessert bar and live music by Soul Expressions. Then, skip the drive home and snuggle into a one-bedroom suite with a wood burning fireplace. Sleep in and breakfast will be ready for you enjoy before your late checkout.
Prices start at $499/couple, and childcare options are available.
Bring your beloved to an elegant and sumptuous buffet dinner and dance at The Founders Inn and Spa. Enjoy an open bar and champagne toast at midnight, along with entertainment by the 10-Spot band, a six-piece ensemble playing a variety of Motown, Big Band productions and modern hits as well as classical party songs. The price also includes overnight accommodations in a standard guestroom for two adults and New Year’s Day Champagne Brunch for two.
$350 per couple
Start 2015 out on the water! Head to Norfolk's exciting waterfront for an entertaining New Year's party unlike any other. Aboard Spirit of Norfolk's 2014 New Year's Eve Dinner Cruise you'll enjoy a sumptuous buffet with hot passed hors d’oeuvres at boarding, DJ music for dancing, party favors, open soda bar for all passengers, premium open bar for guests age 21 and older and awesome views of the Navy' s Atlantic Fleet—all for one price.
Celebrate the New Year as the Regency Room's chefs and service staff present a night to remember. Enjoy a seven-course Gala menu coupled with entertainment by a live band. Enhance your dining experience with a selection from their 350-bottle award-winning wine list and conclude with a midnight champagne toast. Remember the event all year-round with the Regency Room's traditional New Year's Eve keepsake.
$210 includes tax and gratuity.
The whole family can enjoy this day-time western-themed New Year’s event at the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News. Come dressed as a cowpoke. Meet Bubbles the Clown and special animal friends form the Teeny Tiny Farm, make crafts, play games and enjoy fun activities. Count down to the New Year at noon.
$10 in advance, $12 at the door for all special activities, in addition to museum admission.
As part of the Central Business District Association’s 2nd Annual “Last Night on the Town” New Year’s Eve Celebration, families can gather at Pembroke Mall at Virginia Beach’s Town Center for the Magic of Kendl & Company. Roving performers including stilt walkers and a cirque mime troupe will delight the crowd throughout the mall, while a yo-yo artist, animated characters and puppet storytellers entertain on several stages. Krendl’s not-to-be-missed Grand Illusion Show times are 2:30 and 4:15 p.m. Adults and children can celebrate together during a countdown celebration following Krendl’s performance at 4:15 p.m.
Free fun for the whole family.
Bring the family out to the Ice Park for skating at midnight! The park is staying open until 12:30 a.m., allowing your bunch to skate in the new year. Begin the festivities with a short exhibition by the Tidewater Figure Skating Club at 6 p.m., followed by unlimited skating from 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Live bands will play from 7 p.m. to midnight. There will be snowball wars, free mini train rides from 6–9 p.m., games for kids with Balloon Art, children’s movie special in heated tent (Frozen with free popcorn and juice), vendors and a bbq dinner option.
Family (5 people) Package: $65
Date Night Special (2 people) $30
Children and adults are invited to join in the fun for games, activities and sparkling non-alcoholic beverages in the Marsh Pavilion from 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Price is included with Aquarium admission.
Countdown to noon with a glittery ball drop and toast to the new year. Face painting, magic and balloon making will be held in the Art Annex prior to the countdown, along with a photobooth and refreshments. After the “Noon Year” has arrived, kids can create their own fireworks by walking on the “carpet of bubbles” that pop underfoot.
Enjoy the area’s finest professional entertainers including singers, instrumentalists, magicians, storytellers, puppeteers, jugglers, clowns, bands, a Big Band orchestra and more! A variety of music is featured, including classical, shag, blues, R&B, Broadway, jazz, country, bluegrass, folk and patriotic. Children's show begins at 3 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m. Admission buttons are available at 20 retailers or may be ordered online. Buttons ordered online will not be shipped; they may be picked up at Sadler Center, William & Mary Campus.
$15 for souvenir admission button