Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Wilmington NC

New Year's Eve

Looking for an exciting way to ring in 2019? Here are some of the biggest New Year’s Eve events in Wilmington, NC.

Adult Events

Midnight in Paris: A New Year’s Eve Celebration

Le Catalan Café

5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Call for reservations – (910) 815-0200

This is the perfect New Year’s Eve event for anyone who can’t make it to midnight (like me!). Dine on delicious French cuisine along the enchanting Riverwalk in historic downtown Wilmington. At 6:00 p.m., enjoy a glass of bubbly for a toast when it is midnight in Paris.

Midnight in Paris: A New Year’s Eve Celebration


New Year’s Eve Gala

Thalian Hall

7:00 p.m.

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Eat a delicious dinner with dessert and drinks and enjoy a live performance of Mamma Mia! by the Opera House Theatre Company. After the show, ring in the new year with a champagne toast, DJ, dancing, and karaoke.  For a little bit more, get a VIP ticket to enjoy it all from the Starlight Room, the private 3rd level (must call for these tickets – (910) 632-2285.


New Year’s Eve with Cosmic Groove Lizards

Wrightsville Beach Brewery

9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Call for more info – (910) 256-4938

Grab dinner and stay for the show.  Enjoy an extra hour of craft beer topped off with a champagne toast.


New Year’s Eve Bash featuring Machine Gun

SeaWitch Café and Tiki Bar

6:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

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Tickets for this event go fast. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and Machine Gun plays from 8:00 p.m. – Midnight. The SeaWitch goes all out with a red carpet, photobooth, special menu, large dance floor, complimentary favors and champagne for the New Year’s toast. You can make a dinner reservation for the night, but you must have a ticket for the show to do so.

New Year’s Eve Bash featuring Machine Gun


New Year’s Eve at Bluewater

Bluewater Waterfront Grill

9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

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Bluewater is hosting TWO New Year’s Eve parties. Patrons can choose between a live band, Uptown Easy, on the second floor and DJ Sir Charles on the tented, heated patio. Both parties will have favors and bubbly toasts. Patrons can also come early and enjoy a 3-course meal for $45/person (last seatings enjoy complimentary entry to the parties). You must call for reservations – (910) 256-8500.

You can also celebrate the new year the following day with Bluewater’s New Year’s Day Brunch. The menu will have traditional New Year’s Day items (black eye peas and collards), as well as a Build your own Bloody Mary option.


New Year’s Eve “Any Shade” of Masquerade Party

Waterline Brewing Company

8:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Call for more info – (910) 777-5599

Enjoy a fun masquerade event on New Year’s Eve at Waterline Brewing Company. Get creative and make a mask (sunglasses also welcome). No mask? They’ll have some onsite. A special menu will be served at 6 p.m. and live music from the popular Striking Copper Trio will start at 9 p.m. A complimentary champagne or beer toast will be provided at midnight. NO cover.

New Year's Eve "Any Shade" of Masquerade Party

New Year’s Eve Speakeasy Celebration


Two Parties – 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

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Kick off the New Year with cabaret-style entertainment (live music, comedy, vaudeville, and burlesque), a multi-course tasting meal, party favors, and a champagne toast. Celebrate at the early time or make it a traditional night out with the late event. Reservations are required.

New Year's Eve Speakeasy Celebration

New Year’s Eve with Rosebud Baker!

Dead Crow Comedy Club

Two shows – 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

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Not into the party scene? Celebrate the New Year with a whole lotta laughs. Dead Crow Comedy presents Rosebud Baker, a New York-based comedian, actress, and writer who was recently selected to be a New Face at the prestigious Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival 2018. She was the winner of the New York Comedy Competition at New York Comedy Club in 2016 and was a finalist in New York’s She-Devil Comedy Festival.


Dig & Dive Presents New Year’s Eve

Dig & Dive

8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Call for more info on tickets – (910) 202-9350

Hang out at Dig & Dive on New Year’s Eve and enjoy a buffet and champagne toast at midnight. Tunes will be cranked out by DJ SBz starting at 9:30 p.m.

Dig & Dive Presents New Year’s Eve

Voodoo Visionary – “Songs in the key of Purple”

The Whiskey

8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

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Take in the improvisational funk music of Voodoo Visionary as they present “Songs in the Key of Purple – A Tribute to Prince & Stevie Wonder.” Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and the show starts at 10:00 a.m.

Voodoo Visionary - "Songs in the key of Purple"

Reggae Rockin’ NYE Party with Jahson and the Natty Vibez

Lazy Pirate Island Sports Bar and Grill

8:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

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This event features a Jamaican dinner and tropical cocktails, an in-house countdown with the Times Square Ball Drop on live TV, complimentary party favors and champagne toast, and live music all night long. Tickets are available for purchase at the Lazy Pirate.


Hell’s Kitchen New Year’s Eve Bash

Hell’s Kitchen

9:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.

Call for more info – (910) 763-4133

Paperwork will be providing the music at Hell’s Kitchen’s New Year’s Eve Bash. There will be a money balloon drop, champagne toast, party favors, and food and drink specials.


Family-Friendly Events


New Year’s Noon

Children’s Museum of Wilmington

9:00 a.m. – Noon

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Let the kiddos enjoy their own special New Year’s event before their parents take to the town. This event features crafts, singing, dancing, and an age-appropriate confetti toss and juice toast at noon in the courtyard.

New Year's Noon


Island of Lights New Year’s Eve Celebration

Kure Beach Boardwalk

9:00 p.m.

Enjoy watching the giant beach ball drop at the Island of Lights New Year’s Eve Celebration. This year it’s in Kure Beach (it alternates between Kure Beach and Carolina Beach). Listen to music provide by a local DJ and enjoy the fireworks after the ball drop. This is a family-friendly event.

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Where to Celebrate New Year's Eve in Wilmington NC

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