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New Year's Eve on Long Island: Something for Everyone!


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Whatever your taste and budget—from gala ballroom celebrations and luxurious overnight accommodations to theatre performances with hors d’oeuvres and late-night dessert, from five-course gourmet dinners and grand international buffets to live entertainment with party hats, noisemakers, and all-night dancing, and from concerts and kid-friendly activities to simple down-home family celebrations—we’ve assembled a guide to a variety of events across the Island, together with links to websites offering lots of creative homespun crafts and ideas, to help make your New Year’s Eve celebration fun, exciting and truly memorable.  Enjoy!

New Year’s Eve Gala at the Inn and Spa at East Wind
5720 Route 25A
Wading River, NY 11792
8 pm – 1 am
$125 per person, all inclusive

The Inn and Spa at East Wind invites you to bring in 2012 in grand ballroom style!  Festivities for the evening include an extensive international buffet, premium open bar, champagne toast at midnight, party hats, noisemakers, and horns.  Dance away the night with DJ Tommy Tunes Entertainment.  Must be 21 and over, ID required.  “Stay the Night” package is also available.


Lombardi’s on the Sound New Year’s Eve Candlelight Ball
44 Fairway Drive
Port Jefferson, New York 11777
8 pm - 1:30 am
$125 per person, all inclusive

Enjoy a magnificent buffet in the Lombardi tradition of fine cuisine and elegant dining, a premium five-hour open bar, champagne with fresh berries, and live DJ entertainment featuring In the Mood Productions.


Gurney's Inn Annual New Year's Eve Party
290 Old Montauk Highway
Montauk, New York 11954
7 pm – 1 am
$135 per person

Gurney’s Inn presents its 49th annual New Year's Eve party with live band and DJ.  The evening begins with a one-and-a-half-hour "Enchantment by the Sea" cocktail party that includes a seafood bar, pasta station, and hot and cold hors d'oeuvres.  A five-course sit-down dinner, including Gurney's famous Viennese dessert table follows.  Top-shelf open bar all night, raffle.  A two-night package is also available for $375, plus tax and service charge per couple.


Danford’s Hotel & Marina New Year’s Eve Dinner and Hotel Package
25 East Broadway
Port Jefferson, New York 11777
Seatings at 6 pm and 9 pm
$89 per person, plus tax and gratuities

Enjoy a delicious culinary montage prepared by Executive Chef Jonathan Levine with live entertainment.  New Year’s Eve Hotel package also available (starting at $449, plus tax and gratuities), including luxurious overnight accommodations, a four-course dinner for two, a full American breakfast buffet on New Year’s Day, and late check out.



Amazing New Year's Eve Bash at Jackson Hall American & Grille
335 East Main Street
E. Islip, NY 11730
Saturday, December 31st from 9:30 pm- 1am
$75 per person + tax&gratuity, reservations strongly suggested

Looking for a fabulous all inclusive party to go to this year, but don't want to break the bank? Jackson Hall is serving up a savory selection of hors d'oeuves, appetizers, delicious main courses, and of course lavish deserts.  Entree choices include roasted salmon, eggplant rollatini, various pasta choices, flank steak, and more. Admission includes full access to the bar, which is stocked with premium liquors, wines, and beers.


New Year’s Eve Package at Montauk Manor
236 Edgemere Street
Montauk, New York  11954
December 30, 2011 through January 2, 2012
Starting at $327.50 per person, based on double occupancy, plus NYS tax

Enjoy accommodations for three nights amid the breathtaking hilltop vistas of the Atlantic Ocean, Gardiner’s Bay, and Block Island Sound and a New Year’s Eve celebration that includes a one-hour cocktail party, dinner, dancing, a champagne toast at midnight, and a five-hour open bar.  Buffet breakfast served on New Year’s Day.  Package must be reserved in advance and is limited to availability.


New Years’ Eve Sag Harbor Getaway
Sag Harbor Inn
45 West Water Street
Sag Harbor, New York 11963

Celebrate the New Year with a fabulous night of music, dancing and fun.  Your package includes two tickets to Bay Street ( to dance the night away to New Orleans jazz and soul, complimentary champagne toast and dessert, overnight harborside accommodations, and a complimentary breakfast for two.  Ring in 2012 Sag Harbor Style!


Windows On The Lake New Year’s Eve Celebration
235 Lake Shore Road
Lake Ronkonkoma, New York 11779
8 pm – 1 am
$99.95 per person, plus service and tax

Bring in the New Year at this beautiful lakeside location.  Festivities include entertainment by DJ Frankie playing the sounds of yesterday and today, appetizer and salad combo, grand international hot and cold buffet dinner, carving block, gourmet desserts, and more.  Five-hour premium open bar, champagne toast at midnight, party hats and noisemakers, large plasma TVs for live New Year’s countdown, and free shuttle to nearby Courtyard Marriott.


New Year’s Eve Dinner at Three Village Inn & Tavern
150 Main Street
Stony Brook, New York  11790
Reservations from 5:30pm
$60 per person ($30 per child) tax and gratuity not included

Getaway hotel package starting at $299 also available.


Prime–An American Kitchen & Bar
117 New York Avenue
Huntington, New York 11743

Seatings from 4pm – 8pm for ala carte dinner.  Late seatings from 9pm – 11pm for $125 price-fixed four-course dinner.  Bring in the New Year with DJ dancing after 10pm and champagne toast at midnight.


Garden City Hotel Grand Ballroom Gala
45 Seventh Street
Garden City, New York   11530
8:30 pm – 2 am
$195 per person, all-inclusive, with advance reservations and payment required

The Garden City Hotel New Year's Eve Gala begins with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in the Rotunda, followed by a three-course dinner and open bar in the hotel’s grand ballroom.  Live music will be provided by Hank Lane Music & Productions, featuring rock, hip hop, '80s, dance, and top 40 music for an evening of dancing and celebration, followed by a televised New Year's countdown to midnight.  A New Year's Eve Overnight Extravaganza package is available for $695 per couple plus room tax. The package includes the ballroom gala, overnight accommodations with champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries upon arrival, and a New Year’s Day breakfast buffet.  Guests may also book the hotel’s award winning brunch for an additional $100 per couple.


Three New Year’s Eve Gala Celebrations at The Inn at Fox Hollow
7755 Jericho Turnpike
Woodbury, New York 11797
40 plus:  7:30 pm – 1 am
21-31:  8 pm – 1:30 am
Somerley:  7 pm – 1 am

The Inn at Fox Hollow is hosting three New Year’s Eve Galas.  The 40 plus and 21-31 Galas ($115/pp, plus tax & administrative fee = $150/pp) offer a full cocktail hour, sit-down dinner with dessert, premium open bar all night, champagne toast at midnight, and live DJ entertainment.

The Somerley Gala ($175/pp) offers an extensive cocktail hour, sit-down dinner reception, dessert lounge, premium open bar all night, champagne toast at midnight, and live DJ Entertainment with light show.

Overnight accommodations at The Inn include:  a chilled bottle of champagne, two commemorative champagne glasses, a box of Belgian chocolates upon arrival, and a full American breakfast buffet from 7:00am-11:00am on New Year’s Day.  Late check out 1pm.  Call 800-291-8090 for details.


CM Performing Arts Center New Year’s Eve Gala
931 Montauk Highway
Oakdale, New York   11796
Festivities begin at 9 pm
Admission $80 per person

Welcome 2012 at CMPAC’s New Year’s Eve Gala.  Festivities include hors d’oeuvres, wine, and beer, followed by a 10 pm cabaret featuring some of Long Island’s favorite performers.  A hot buffet dinner catered by Saviano’s Restaurant follows the cabaret.  Satellite broadcast of the Times Square countdown with festive hats, noisemakers, and a champagne toast.


The Gateway Playhouse Holiday Hop
71 W. Main Street
Patchogue, New York 11772
Hours 7 pm, 10:30 pm
$61-$86 includes open bar

Ring in the New Year with ‘50s and ‘60s Motown legends!  The Cornell Gunter Coasters, The Marvelettes, and The Platters will perform their timeless classics.  Celebrate and dance to the sounds of “Charlie Brown”, “The Great Pretender”, “Only You (And You Alone)”, “Please, Mr. Postman”, and “Yakety Yak.” Admission includes open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and a champagne toast.


New Year’s Eve Dance Ball at Bay Street Theatre
Bay Street and Main Street
Sag Harbor, New York 11963
9 pm
$60 per person

Celebrate the New Year with a fabulous night of music, dancing and fun!  The Who Dat Loungers, New Dawn, and special guests will fill the dance floor at Bay Street Theatre with their New Orleans jazz, soul, and oldies tunes.  New Year's Eve countdown from Times Square on the big screen with complimentary champagne toast, late night desserts, cash bar, DJ dancing between band sets, and fun holiday film clips by Joe Lauro.  Dress in festive party attire.

The Box Office will be open Wednesday-Saturday through December 20 from 1 pm-5 pm; December 29-30 from 1 pm-5 pm; December 31 from 11 am through the event. Call 631-725-9500.  Tickets also available on line at


Long Island Philharmonic Annual New Year’s Eve Spectacular
New Year’s Eve Broadway Forever

C.W. Post Campus Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
Greenvale, New York 11548
7:30 pm
Admission: $110, $85, $70, $55

The Long Island Philharmonic brings together another glittering year-end evening featuring Broadway's most beloved showstoppers.  The orchestra, led by David Stewart Wiley, will be joined on stage by four star vocalists of musical theater, all of whom are making their Philharmonic debuts.  The performers are actor Matt Cavenaugh, who starred as "Tony" in the 2009 Broadway revival of West Side Story; actress Jenn Gambatese, who originated the leading role of "Natalie/Ed" in the hit musical All Shook Up; actor Sean MacLaughlin, most recently playing "Raoul" in Broadway's longest running show, The Phantom of the Opera; and actress Michele Ragusa, who starred as "Elizabeth" in Mel Brooks' musical Young Frankenstein.


New Year’s Eve Under the Stars
Custer Institute
1115 Bayview Road
Southold, New York 11971
8 pm
Suggested donation: $25 Members and their guests, $30 Non-Members, $15 Students, $5 Children

Now in its sixth year, there's no better way to celebrate the passing of the old and to welcome in the new.  Refreshments include finger foods, desserts, and beverages (you're welcome to bring your favorite dish or dessert to add to the buffet). Dance to live R&B, jazz, and favorites by Ahmad Ali and Friends. Champagne toast at midnight and more! To reserve, email or call 631-765-2626.

The Custer Institute and Observatory is Long Island's oldest public observatory (est.1927).


New Year’s Eve Gala Skyline Princess Cruise
Corporate Headquarters:
1 World’s Fair Marina
Flushing, New York 11368
Boarding from World’s Fair Marina at 8:30pm, sailing 9:30pm, returning at 2am
Standard Adult Package (ages 13 and over) $195 (Cabaret seating, mingle and socialize with others)
Standard Child Package (ages 0-12) $150
Premium Adult Package (ages 13 and over) $225 (Private Table for your group size)
Premium Child Package (ages 0-12) $180

The New Year’s Eve Party aboard the Skyline Princess has become one of the most popular party cruises in New York.  The gala includes a five-hour cruise through New York Harbor viewing the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty, a premium open bar, a delicious gourmet dinner buffet, a champagne toast at midnight, DJ entertainment all night, the best view of Macy’s fireworks, and free parking across the street.  This is a great way to spend the New Year.  Book now—this event ALWAYS SELLS OUT!

Here’s Some Fun-Filled Events and Activities

For The Entire Family To Enjoy:



Fishes, Wishes and Gourmet Dishes
Atlantis Marine World
431 East Main Street
Riverhead, New York 11901
631-208-9200 ext. 426
6:30pm – 11pm
Admission: Price: Children 3-12 & Seniors 62+: $49.00 plus tax ($39.00 plus tax for Aquarium Members)
Adults: $85.00 plus tax ($75.00 plus tax for Aquarium Members)
Children 2 & Under: Free
Tables of 10 or more - 20% Off!

Celebrate New Year's Eve family style at Atlantis Marine World Aquarium!  Bring the kids and join Atlantis Marine World for their annual Fishes & Wishes Celebration!  There will be plenty of great food and great fun, plus entertainment you won't find anywhere else, including fireworks along the Peconic Riverfront.  Kids are invited to their very own winter wonderland, which includes unlimited submarine simulator rides, animal encounters, ray bay feeding, face painting, crafts, and much more!  You'll ring in the New Year in spectacular fashion with an evening that includes:  champagne and sparkling cider greeting, cocktail hour, dinner buffet (beer and wine included), dessert and ice cream bar, mock-midnight champagne and cider toast, and live DJ and light show.


Countdown to 12
Long Island Children’s Museum
11 Davis Avenue
Garden City, New York 11530
Admission to event included in museum admission:
General admission:  $11
Visitors over 65:  $10
Members:  free
Children under 1: free
12pm – 4:30pm

Join LICM for a kid-centered New Year's Eve party!  Themed crafts, live music, dance party, sneak preview of the “Feasts for Beasts” exhibit, and ball drop at 4pm.  LICM will be ringing in the New Year all day long!


There Are Plenty of Great Websites, Full of Inexpensive,

Fun-Filled Ideas to Bring in the New Year



For lots of fun crafts, online games, recipes, and family-friendly resources to prepare for your New Year’s family celebration, including instructions for making hats, horns, a foam sequin ball, garland, water bottle noise makers, a countdown clock for kids, can noisemakers, and so much more visit:


For more fun-filled ideas, including a midnight balloon shower, a New Year’s tree, and a bubble wrap stomp, click here.

For games ranging from guessing the resolutions to word scrambles, and from fun photos to indoor treasure hunts, click here.

For ten simple ways to celebrate the New Year with family click here!



…and if all else fails, remember, there’s always Times Square!




This Article was Written by Vickie Moller-Pepe.

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