8 Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Celebrations Around the US

Let’s face it, you may not make it to the typical Champagne
witching hour of midnight with your kids along for the festivities,
but a New Year’s Eve with the family promises tons of wholesome
togetherness and fun. From city celebrations in Annapolis, a big
resort hotel bash in Texas, to New Year’s Eve during the day at a
downtown Denver museum, the country is full of family-friendly New
Year’s Eve parties where you can cash in those points and toast
to 2019 in style. And while TPG advises the
optimal time to make flights reservations for New Year’s Eve
is coming up soon, I wouldn’t wait any longer to
snag hotels for these fun events.

1. Annapolis New Year’s Eve Celebration

This historic city on the Chesapeake Bay is always a hit with
families thanks to its walkability and friendly, small-town vibe.
New Year’s Eve festivities
kick off at 3pm at various
locations throughout downtown Annapolis, where the free fun for
kids includes face painting, moon bounces, an obstacle course and
more. An early fireworks display will light up the sky around
5:15pm, with a later edition set for midnight along the waterfront
at Susan Campbell Park.

New Year

You can use your Marriott Rewards points to stay nearby at the
recently renovated Westin Annapolis or earn/cash in Hilton Honors
Points at the Hilton Garden Inn Annapolis Downtown. Rooms at both
of these hotels are still available for the festivities as of the
writing of this article: Westin Annapolis has a Cash + points rate
of 17k points + $140 for a traditional double room while the Hilton
Garden Inn is 60,000 points for a room with two queen
beds. Baltimore Washington International Airport is about 25 miles
north of town
and here are some free and family-friendly activities when visiting

2. NYE Experience at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines

Around 25 miles east of Austin, the charming Texas town of

Bastrop does family New Year’s Eve in a big way
at the
Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa
. The wooded Texas property
turns into an enormous playground for the occasion with carnival
rides, tractor rides Ferris wheel, petting zoo, and a Champagne and
cider toast. A two-night minimum stay on Dec. 30 and 31 is
sometimes required to take part in the fun, but right now I do see
Dec. 31 only reservations available. Other New Year’s Eve
highlights include a s’mores roast, a family-friendly barbecue
and, of course, a countdown fireworks finale. The NYE package
includes the fun activities, NYE dinner and a New Year’s Day
brunch before you head home. 

Photo courtesy of Hyatt Regency Lost PinesPhoto
courtesy of Hyatt Regency Lost Pines

Award stays are not currently available, but paid rates are
available (but be prepared for some sticker shock) at about $500
– $600 per night. However, keep in mind that isn’t just
lodging, but also some meals and a full slate of activities. If you
want to experience this fun on points next year (20k points per
night), start stalking the calendar for NYE 2020 this week.

3. Rock the Block at the Boca Raton Resort and Club (Waldorf
Astoria Resort)

If you are ringing in the New Year’s in Florida, consider
cashing in some Hilton Honors points (standard rooms from 80k
Hilton Honors points) to stay at this historic, pink grande dame
resort in Boca Raton. The onsite New Year’s Eve block party
stretches a quarter-mile and is all-the-way family-friendly.
Tickets are available for purchase online (and
aren’t cheap)
. This year’s highlight will be KC and The
Sunshine Band, performing live, as well as carnival games, a VIP
teen experience, bounce houses, bungee games, a rock climbing wall
and an appearance by the old-fashioned Good Humor Ice Cream

4. Fernandina Beach New Year’s Eve Lighted Shrimp Drop

Want to see a giant illuminated shrimp heralds the arrival of
the New Year? At this family-friendly festival in the Northeast
Florida shrimping town of Fernandina Beach, families love the
old-timey ambiance of the New Year’s Eve street festival with
face painting, craft stalls, live music and games for kids. The
town counts down to the New Year at 7pm, so early-to-sleepers can
get in on the excitement.

There are many points hotels in the area, including the Hampton
Inn & Suites Amelia Island-Historic Harbor Front (a premium
award is currently pricing at 101,000 Hilton Honors points or about
$250 per night), and splurge-worthy options like The Ritz-Carlton,
Amelia Island that is still available for just 50,000 Marriott
Rewards points per night (versus $599 for a balcony room with two
double beds). In fact, that Ritz Carlton is one of our top picks
for using an annual 50k certificate from the Starwood Preferred Guest®
American Express Luxury Card

for a family vacation

(Photo courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island)A
splurge-worthy hotel option in Fernandina Beach: The Ritz-Carlton,
Amelia Island. (Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island)
5. New Year’s Eve in Carlsbad

This charming oceanfront town in California dubs itself
Carlsbad, Kidifornia! and no doubt it’s one of the most
family-friendly places to find yourself for New Year’s Eve fun.
About 36 miles north of the San Diego International Airport,
Carlsbad is home to tons of points hotels. Among the best of the
bunch that puts on their own New Year’s Eve party is The Westin
Carlsbad Resort & Spa (35k Marriott Rewards points per night or
use can use a
35k Marriott certificate
available with these cards): 

courtesy of the Westin Carlsbad

This New Year’s Eve Speakeasy Bash features a live DJ, buffet
for kids and adults and a dedicated kids party zone with an early
balloon drop at 9pm for the kids to countdown the East Coast New
Year’s Eve (get tickets
). The hotel also has a private entrance to
LEGOLAND California Resort
, home to another epic
family-friendly New Year’s Eve bash on Dec. 31. Legoland’s ball
drop is, in fact, made of Legos. It replicates the Times Square
ball drop and takes place at 6pm, so you can get back to the hotel
for more fun afterward.

6. Noon Year’s Eve at the Denver Children’s Museum

Head to the
Denver Children’s Museum on New Year’s Eve
between 9am and
4pm for face painting, fun science experiments, snacks and a ball
drop every hour to ring in an early 2019. Instead of fireworks, the
museum lays out huge swaths of Bubble Wrap for kids to stomp across
and cause a proper New Year’s Eve ruckus. The city is full of
points hotels, among them is the Residence Inn Denver City Center
(25k Marriott Rewards points or 12k + $105), Hampton Inn &
Suites Denver Downtown Convention Center (currently 50k Hilton
Honors points for a premium award) and the Kimpton Monaco for
50,000 IHG points per night. Mommy
Points enjoyed a stay at this Kimpton with her kids earlier this
 If you stay, remember to use the secret
password for extra goodies

A large shiny ball makes its way down a pole as the count down takes place and the children are invited to jump up and down on a large sheet of bubble wrap as the ChildrenA
large shiny ball makes its way down a pole as the count down takes
place and the children are invited to jump up and down on a large
sheet of bubble wrap as the Children’s Museum of Denver hosts its
annual Noon Year’s Eve event, treating the outdoor plaza like New
York’s Times Square. Kathryn Scott Osler, The Denver Post (Photo
By Kathryn Scott Osler/The Denver Post via Getty Images) 7.
Yote’s Family New Year’s Eve Party at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak

Yote refers to Coyote, the fun-loving mascot at the
Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, a great points property located
about 10 miles from Sky Harbor International Airport within easy
reach of both Downtown Phoenix and Scottsdale. Yote
throws quite a family-friendly NYE bash
, it turns out, complete
with a magician, face painting, family photo booth and an early
10pm ball drop celebrated with rounds of festive sparkling cider.
Another fun Phoenix celebration to set your sights on earlier in
the day is Noon
Year’s Eve
at the Phoenix Zoo, from 9am to noon, complete
with 30 tons of snow, bounce houses, a DJ dance party and the
hilarious Dung Beetle Ball Drop at noon. Rooms are still available
at Squaw Peak for 60k Hilton Honors points or about $200 per

8. New Year’s Eve in Philadelphia

Gather the family in Philly for tons of
New Year’s Eve fun
. The main event is the SugarHouse New
Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront with a 6pm
extravaganza on the agenda in addition to the usual midnight
version. But you can stay busy long before at attractions like the

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
, where the family can go
ice-skating and warm up with hot chocolate at a chalet-style lodge
or play video games at the kids’ lodge. Among the city’s many
hotels where you can earn and redeem points are The Ritz-Carlton
Philadelphia (50k Marriott Rewards points per night),
The Westin Philadelphia
 (35k Marriott Rewards points per
night) and there are a variety of options in the Choice Hotels

Ice Skaters at RiverRink at Winterfest at Penns Landing, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo via Getty Images)Ice
Skaters at RiverRink at Winterfest at Penns Landing, Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania. (Photo via Getty Images) Bottom Line

With those ideas to get you started, it’s nearly time to start
counting down… Where will your family spend New Year’s Eve as
we welcome in 2019? We’d love to hear all about it.

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Source: FS – All-Travel destinations-News2
8 Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Celebrations Around the US