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The big ball is about to drop on 2022, and Delaware’s getting ready for a sizzling statewide party. Families can have a blast at the free fireworks shows, and revelers can dance and dine the night away at some of the state’s most happening nightspots and restaurants.

NORTHERN DELAWARE

New Year's Eve Fireworks @ Wilmington Riverfront
Wilmington
9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Free
The fireworks will light the Christina River in a show that will be visible from anywhere along the Riverwalk. (Tip: A prime viewing spot is between the Public Dock and Riverfront Market areas.)

New Year's Eve Confetti Countdown @ Delaware Children's Museum
Wilmington
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
$12 general admission; Free for DCM Members and children 12 months and under. Click here for tickets.
The celebrations last all day here, with “confetti drops” scheduled at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., and live music and puppet shows adding to the fun.

Free New Year's Fireworks Show @ Delaware Park
Stanton
9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Parking and admission are free
Here’s a family-friendly event that won’t break the bank. There will be plenty of food and beverages available for purchase at this firework show at the racetrack-casino.

Roaring into the New Year @ Delaware Museum of Nature & Science
Wilmington
9:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
$3 for DelMNS and Winterthur Members; $3 plus museum admission price for non-members. Click here for tickets.
Everyone in the family can find reason to celebrate this get-together featuring festive science stations, live animal presentations, a special story time, and make-your-own hats and noisemakers for cheering the science-related ball drop at noon.

New Year's Eve @ Docklands Riverfront
Wilmington
9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
$99 – $159 per person. Click here for tickets.
Stay toasty inside, or head out to the heated patio for a great NYE package including an open bar, full dinner buffet, and live entertainment!

New Year's Eve 2022 @ Tonic Seafood and Steak
Wilmington
9:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
$40 per person. Click here for tickets.
What the Funk + DJ Zip provide the music, and a midnight champagne toast will welcome the new year.

New Year's Eve @ Hamilton's on Main
Newark
6:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
$100 – $125 per person. Click here for tickets.
Raise a glass and ring in 2023 with an extraordinary 5-course dinner menu, then groove the night away with live music by The Bachelor Boys.

New Year's Eve @ Crooked Hammock Brewery
Middletown
8:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
$110 per person. Click here for tickets.
One of the state’s best breweries wants everyone to "put on your party hat and head to the Hammock for a night of revelry and unbridled optimism for the future.” We’re in!

New Year’s Eve Extravaganza @ Mid County Lanes/Family Fun Galaxy
Middletown
9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
$249 per lane (6-8 people). Click here for tickets.
Here’s a great way to “roll” into the New Year: Four hours of unlimited bowling, a buffet dinner, and live music all night long.

Noon Year’s Eve @ Brandywine Zoo
Wilmington
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Members free; Non-members $5; Children under 3 free. Click here for tickets.
The kids will love the countdown at noon, when they get to toast the new year with a mug of hot chocolate.

CENTRAL DELAWARE

The Green Stinger New Year's Eve Party
Dover
8:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Free
Enjoy the music and celebrate with some friends at one of Dover’s favorite hangouts!

NYE Dance Party @ Harrington Raceway & Casino
Harrington
9:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
$20 per person. Click here for tickets.
The casino has put together a big night featuring Central City Orchestra, a champagne toast at midnight, party favors and glow sticks.

Delaware Thunder vs. Danbury Hat Tricks
Harrington
7 p.m.
$12-$20 per person. Click here for tickets.
It’s the perfect time of year for some ice-related fun, as the state’s ice hockey team takes on the Danbury Hat Tricks at the Delaware Fairgrounds Center Ice Arena.

SOUTHERN DELAWARE

Starboard New Year's Eve Party
Dewey Beach
8:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
$43 per person. Click here for tickets.
The fabulous and fun Starboard welcomes back its popular New Year's Eve Party, complete with great food, lots of revelry and some toe-tapping live entertainment.

New Year's Eve @ Rusty Rudder
Dewey Beach
9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
$110 per person. Click here for tickets.
Join the party at the Rudder for live music featuring GoGo Gadget, Love Seed Mama Jump, and Hector and Hugh.

New Year's Eve Ball Drop
Dewey Beach
11:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Free
Hit the hotspots while you can, because everyone will be heading to New Orleans Street at 11:30 for Dewey’s annual “ball drop.”

New Year's Eve Anchor Drop
Lewes
11:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Free
The Lightship Overfalls is the center of attention at this time each year as the ceremonial anchor is lowered at midnight.

Crooked Country New Year's Hoedown @ Crooked Hammock
Lewes
8:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
$50-$110 per person. Click here for tickets.
Enjoy an open bar featuring the brewery’s beer and cocktails, a pig roast, live music, and a midnight toast as the keg drops.

New Year's Eve Celebration @ Dickens Parlour Theatre
Millville
7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
$140 per person. Click here for tickets.
Tuck in for a lavish meal featuring steak and crab cakes, then settle down for the magic show featuring Derek Hughes.

New Year’s Eve @ Chesapeake & Maine
Rehoboth Beach
7:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
$75 per person. Call 302-226-3600 for tickets.
The three-course dinner includes lobster, slow-braised short rib and beer or cocktail, along with bluesy, soulful music from musician Kerri Anthony.

Winter Wonderfest Fireworks
Milton
6:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
$25 per vehicle. Tickets available at gate.
This holiday light spectacular goes out with a bang and delivers a big fireworks show this year.

New Year’s Eve Bash @ The Boardwalk Plaza
Rehoboth Beach
9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
$15 per person. Call 800-33-BEACH for tickets.
The party is in the Ballroom, but you can start your evening with dinner at Victoria’s, libations at The Plaza Pub, or plan to stay the weekend at The Boardwalk Plaza Hotel – package plans available!

Lefty's Alley & Eats New Year's Eve Party
Lewes
8:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
$99 per person; kids under 3 free. Click here for tickets.
Here’s a family-friendly option that’s full of fun diversions, from digital axe throwing to mini duckpin bowling and karaoke. Unlimited food!