WebHeader_Grove.png
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Be one of 603 listeners to make a gift to NHPR and help unlock $10,000 during our Public Radio for the 603 Challenge!
NH News

Where You Can Ring In The New Year In New Hampshire

proports.png

First Night activities run the gamut in New Hampshire, from ski slope-side fireworks to major New Year's Eve celebrations, such as First Night Portsmouth.

Here's a list of some events and big ideas for your First Night, New Year's Eve, or New Year's Day:

-----

First Night Portsmouth - Pro Portsmouth's party is open to all, with purchase of a ticket. Activities for this non-alcoholic event include street dancing from 5 p.m. to midnight, ice sculptures near North Church in Market Square from 1 p.m. onward, music at centrally located historic sites and centers, and fireworks at 7:30 p.m. at South Mill Pond. 

Claremont First Night: The Claremont First Night festivities include entertainment, tubing, skiing and ice skating at Arrowhead Recreation Area, horse-drawn carriage rides, and fireworks at Arrowhead at 10 p.m.

Currier Museum will hold its Noon Year's Eve celebration Dec. 31. The kid-friendly, art-friendly event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It includes art-making, outdoor activities, face painting, and entertainment. The museum is open to ticket holders, and there's a "huge balloon drop" at 2:45 p.m.

Celebrate in North Conway: Fireworks are scheduled to go off at 9 p.m. Dec. 31 at Schouler Park in North Conway.

Oceanside Fireworks: The Hampton Beach Village District is organizing a special New Year's Eve Fireworks on Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. The display will be between B and C streets off the boulevard.

The Children's Museum of N.H. holds its Family New Year's Eve Celebration on Dec. 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Organizers will have three "countdowns" to midnight: 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. Noisemakers and party favors included in the price of admission.

Moonlight Snowshoe Tours: King Pine in Madison has its tours of the N.H. Audubon's Hoyt Wildlife Sanctuary at Purity Springs Resort.

On New Year's Day, the state Division of Parks & Recreation is hosting a free, guided hikes event. It's called First Day Hikes.

And, of course, at 1 p.m. on Dec. 31, the New England Patriots play the New York Jets.

You make NHPR possible.

NHPR is nonprofit and independent. We rely on readers like you to support the local, national, and international coverage on this website. Your support makes this news available to everyone.

Give today. A monthly donation of $5 makes a real difference.