Your New Year's To-Do
How to close out 2018 in Erie
Hey guys — we did it. We survived another year. We made it to the finish line. 2019 is coming at us and it's going to be shiny and bright and full of incandescent joy!
Well okay, maybe it's a little early to be making predictions, but at least your New Year's Eve can be shiny, bright and full of joy as you party the day and night away. There is something to be said for NYE in
For the Fam/Not So Boozy
A Night in Wonderland at Splash Lagoon
Get inside where it's warm and wet and treat the kids to animal shows, activity stations, a dance party, midnight beach ball drop, and both champagne and grape juice toasts.
9 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. // 8091 Peach St. // See Splash Lagoon website for admission rates // splashlagoon.com
Rockin' Noon Year's Eve at the expERIEnce Children's Museum
Because your kids certainly aren't going to make it to midnight (if you have anything to say about it) — and there's a good chance you won't either! Balloons drop at noon and 2 p.m., with tons of fun activities and favors throughout.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. // 420 French St. // $4 for members, $9 for non-members // eriechildrensmuseum.org
New Year's Eve at Playport
Who loves Playport more — you or the kids? This NYE, it doesn't matter, and you can all enjoy with party favors, $1 hot dogs, sparkling grape juice at midnight and a ball drop live stream.
Mon. 11 a.m. to Tues. 12 a.m. // 2730 West 12th St. // Usual admission // playporterie.com
NYE Couples' Yoga Hour at the Co-Op
Nama-stay connected with your partner into the new year as Betty Amatangelo guides you through gentle movements that are suitable for both beginners and more experienced yogis.
4 p.m. to 5 p.m. // 1341 West 26th St. // $15/couple // wfcerie.coop/calendar
Erie Otters vs. Hamilton Bulldogs, UPMC NYE at Erie Insurance Arena
A perfect way to celebrate NYE with your older kids or a great way to start that 21+ night. Go Otters!
6 p.m. // 809 French St. // Adults $20-22 (see Otters website for full pricing info) // ottershockey.com
First Day Walk 2018-2019
A beautiful (and easy) three-mile walk, starting at the Stull Center at Presque Isle provides a gorgeously chilly nature-filled alternative to your typical hot and boozy party, with a celebration at midnight!
Mon. 11 p.m. to Tues. 12:30 a.m. // Presque Isle State Park Stull Center // Free (registration is required) // events.dcnr.pa.gov
7th Annual Frigid Frolic New Year's Day Bike Ride
Too fun not to share, even if it's not necessarily NYE. A brisk 13-mile bike ride will have you oohing and ahh-ing anew over PI, and the ride doubles as a blanket/winter weather wardrobe drive (so bring new/gently used coats, mittens, scarves, etc.).
Jan. 1 at 10 a.m. // Presque Isle State Park (meet at Sara's parking lot) // Free (blanket/coat/hat, etc. donation encouraged) // facebook.com/LakeErieCyclepaths
Boozy as All Get-out/Make Sure You Have a DD
Four-course Meal at The Cork 1794
Erie's newest in elegant dining is offering up three seatings for a scrumptious and decadent four-course meal that includes a complimentary glass of champagne and live music.
4 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. // 900 W. Erie Plaza Dr. // 4 p.m & 6:30 p.m. seating: $75/person; 9:00 p.m. seating: $85/person // cork1794.com
New Year's Eve at Presque Isle Downs and Casino
There is a lot going on at the casino for NYE, so whatever your tastes or budget, if you'd like to combine your partying with some slots, this is the place to be.
4:30 p.m. // 8199 Perry Hwy. // Various prices (see website for full listing) // presqueisledowns.com
Couples Retreat: A Night of Laughter and Dancing with April Macie at Jr.'s Last Laugh
Two shows, both featuring outrageous personality April Macie, and both with dancing to live music from the Pop Rockets, but the 9 p.m. event also includes champagne and a hot breakfast buffet.
6 p.m. and 9 p.m. // 1402 State St. // $20 (6 p.m.) and $35 (9 p.m.) // jrslastlaugh.com/april-macie-nye-2018
21st Amendment New Year's Eve Prohibition Party at Tap House
What better way to ring in 2019 than by celebrating that crazy time when Prohibition finally got struck down? The ales of featured brewery 21st Amendment, live music, prize drawings, and tons of fun abound.
7 p.m. to 10 p.m. // 333 State St. #110 // No door fee // upick6.com/events/tap-house
New Year's Eve: Old SKOOL Jam at the Metroplex Entertainment Complex
Put on your party-best (formal — no sneakers!) and boogie down with tons of
8 p.m. // 1837 Buffalo Rd. //pricing unavailable
New Year's Celebration at the Avalon
Guests can purchase party-only tickets, but The Avalon will be offering terrific overnight packages that include free parking, a breakfast buffet Tuesday morning, dinner credit at their in-house restaurants and, of course, a raucous good time at their NYE party.
8:30 p.m. // 16 West 10th St. // Party-only: $25/person, $45/couple (call 814.459.2220 for full package details) // facebook.com/AvalonErie
Boogie on the Bay New Year's Eve Party
Boogie down the Hollywood way at the Bayfront Convention Center for a glitzy night of glamour.
9 p.m. // 1 Sassafras Pier // $55/ticket // erieevents.com/events/boogie-on-the-bay-new-years-eve-party-2
Room 33 NYE Blues Bash
After taking wining and dining in Erie to a whole new level, Room 33 is bringing blues in the form of Ron Yarosz to their speakeasy for an ultra-elegant evening.
9 p.m. // 1033 State St. // $15/person (VIP packages available) // room33.bar
Brew Year's Eve
9 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Tues) // 123 West 14th St. // $50/ticket // brewerie.com
New Year's Eve Bash with The Breeze Band at Sandbar
Don't forget — your favorite neighborhood bar, like the Sandbar, probably has a sweet party going on, and in this case, you can count on snacks, party favors, champagne and a buffet for an even sweeter low price.
9 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Tues) // 2835 West 8th St. // $10/person, $15/couple // facebook.com/SandbarDrafthouseGrille
New Year's Eve Bash with Wanyama at King's Rook Club
Topping off a stellar year of live music and activities, both floors at KRC will be rockin' for their NYE party.
10 p.m. // 1921 Peach St. // facebook.com/kingsrookclub
New Year's Eve with Mckenzie and Friends at Scotty's Martini Lounge
Enjoy the optimistic apocalypse and a New Year's cigar with Mckenzie Sprague, her band Cult Classics, and special guests.
9 p.m. // 301 German St. // 21 + // facebook.com/Scottys.Martini