New Year’s Eve events for all ages are near and far; casual to formal; for families, couples, and singles. Be sure to continue to check for updates to existing events as well as new listings. A happy and healthy new year to all.

Classical Music

New Year’s Eve Concert, Greater Trenton Symphony Orchestra, Patriots Theater, War Memorial, Trenton, 609-396-5522. $25 to $65. 8 p.m.

Salute to Vienna, State Theater, 15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 732-246-7469. New Year’s concert features the Strauss Symphony of America led by Klaus Arp with soprano Katarzyna Donalska, tenor Daniel Vadasz, and members of the Kiev-Aniko Ballet of Ukraine. $47 to $97. 6 p.m.


Artists Network, Lawrenceville Main Street, 2683 Main Street, Lawrenceville, 609-512-1359. “Festive Friday” reception with egg nog, hot cider, and holiday treats. Free. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

On Stage

In One Bed and Out the Other, Off-Broadstreet Theater, 5 South Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell, 609-466-2766. Classic farce. $35 is special price for New Year’s Eve show. 7 p.m.

The History of Musical Theater (Part I), Villagers Theater, 475 DeMott Lane, Somerset, 732-873-2210. Timeline of songs and skits illustrating the evolution of Broadway. $25. Late show includes a post-show party with hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and midnight champagne toast, $50. 7 p.m.


California Mix Dance Party Gala, Central Jersey Dance Society, Universalist Congregation, 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, 609-945-1883. Merengue for beginners lesson at 8 p.m. Single step swing lesson at 8:30 p.m. Open dancing to music of Phil Chan with hustle, west coast swing, Latin, slow swing, and more. Prizes, hats, noisemakers, hot and cold buffet. No alcohol. Register by E-mail to with your name, phone number, and number of attendees. $20. 8 p.m.

Gala Benefit

New Year’s Eve Party, State Theater, Heldrich Hotel, New Brunswick, 732-246-7469. Food, dancing, open bar, live band, champagne toast, live and silent auctions, and fireworks at midnight. Register. $175 ($65 benefits the theater). 8:30 p.m.

Comedy Clubs

New Year’s Eve, Hightstown Engine Company, 140 North Main Street, Hightstown, 609-448-1245. Evening of Stand-Up Comedy features Tom “The Coach” Whitely and Chris Dubail. Buffet dinner, beer, wine, soda, champagne toast at midnight, party favors, a DJ, and dancing. Must be 21 plus. Register. $50 to $60. Proceeds benefit the fire company. 7 p.m.

Rodney Laney, Catch a Rising Star, Hyatt Regency, 102 Carnegie Center, West Windsor, 609-987-8018. Register. Early show, $35. Late show includes champagne toast and noisemakers, $50. 8 and 10:30 p.m.

Comedy Bash with Stephen Buda, Heart and Soul Singles Group, Nottingham Ballroom, 200 Mercer Street, Hamilton, 609-235-7414. $60 includes show, DJ, dancing, and a champagne toast. Cash bar. 8 p.m. Benefit for the American Heart Association.

First Night

Burlington County, Main Street, Mount Holly, 609-914-0811. Music, drumming, and dancing take place in and around the historic civil buildings of the county seat. Kids art workshops, Alice in Wonderland tea party, a pet parade, Klezmer music with Blue Suede Jews, and classic rock by Lost in Brunswick. $10. 5 p.m.

Bonfire — Postponed

This event has been postponed to Saturday, January 8, at 6 p.m. due to snow covering the parking areas. Hogmanay New Year’s Eve Bonfire, Lawrence Historical Society, Brearley House, Meadow Lane, Lawrenceville, 609-895-1728. Revelers of all ages gather in the Maidenhead Great Meadow to light up the night with a traditional Scottish New Year’s Eve bonfire. The ancient tradition celebrates a clean break from all that had been bad in the old year. Hot cocoa, cake, and music follow indoors at the Brearley House. Free. 6 p.m.

Light Show

New Hope Chamber of Commerce, Logan Inn, 215-862-9990. Winterland presents a 16-minute light show set to holiday music featuring more than 15,000 LED lights on the 35-foot Norway spruce on Ferry Street. Free. 6 and 8 p.m.

Food & Dining

New Year’s Eve, Rat’s Restaurant, 126 Sculptor’s Way, Hamilton, 609-584-7800. Dine from dinner menu or a five-course tasting menu featuring champagne and sparkling wines. Stroll the grounds before or after dinner. Arturo Romay presents Latin music from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Register. 5 p.m.

New Year’s Eve, Za Restaurant, 147 West Delaware Avenue, Pennington, 609-737-4400. Prix fix dinners include meat, lobster, vegetarian, and gluten free options. BYOB. Register. 5 to 10 p.m.

New Year’s Eve, Rocky Hill Inn, 137 Washington Street, Rocky Hill, 609-683-8930. Four-course prix fixe menu includes a glass of champagne and opera by Liana Guberman. Register. $60. 6 p.m.

Auld Acquaintance Wine Dinner, Stage Left, 5 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 732-828-4444. Hors d’oeuvres and dinner. Fireworks at midnight. Register. $159. 8:30 p.m.

Live Music

Uptown Express, Bob Egan’s New Hope, Ramada Hotel, 6426 Lower York Road, New Hope, PA, 215-794-7716. Repertoire culled from 80 years of pop music features Christopher Casewell, John DePalma, David Gurland, and Brad Parks. Their CDs include “Walk Like a Man” and “Take Your There.” Early dinner, a glass of champagne, and show, $100. Dinner at 9:30 p.m. with 11 p.m. performance, a glass of champagne, and dancing until 2 a.m., $110. 6 p.m.

New Year’s Eve Celebration, Santino’s Ristorante, 1240 Route 130 South, Robbinsville, 609-443-5600. Two seatings, 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Edward Boutross and Trio perform jazz vocal standards at the second seating. BYOB. Register. 6:30 p.m.

New Years Eve Gala, Princeton Elks, 354 Route 518, Blawenburg, 609-466-4945. Hors d’oeuvres, hot buffet, desserts, champagne toast, party favors, chocolate fountain, cash bar, DJ, and laser light show. Register. 7 p.m.

New Year’s Eve, KatManDu, Waterfront Park, Route 29, Trenton, 609-393-7300. Open bar, dinner buffet, party favors, and champagne toast at midnight. DJ Jeff Scott and VJ Paul Knox. 21 plus. $50 to $60. Register. 8:30 p.m.

New Year’s Eve, Salt Creek Grille, One Rockingham Row, Forrestal Village, Plainsboro, 609-419-4200. Open bar, hors d’oeuvres, dessert, and live music with 3D. Register. $99. (Dinner from a la carte menu available from 4 to 6:30 p.m.) 9 p.m.

Wendy Zoffer Trio, Westin Hotel, Copeland Restaurant, 2 Whippany Road, Morristown, 973-451-2619. Musicians include Nels Anderson on guitar, Larry Hinkes on drums, and Wendy Zoffer of Plainsboro on flute and vocals. No cover. 9 p.m.

New Year’s Eve Party, John & Peter’s, 96 South Main Street, New Hope, 215-862-5981. With Randy Now. 9:30 p.m.


New Year’s Eve, Princeton Singles, Call for location, 609-936-1634. Happy hour, buffet dining, music, wine, and breakfast. Register. $45. 6 p.m.

New Year’s Eve Bash, Steppin’ Out Singles, Days Hotel, 195 Route 18, East Brunswick, 732-656-1801. Dance, mix, and mingle. Hats, noisemakers, cake. Ages 40 plus. $35. 9 p.m.

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