9 Fun Things to Do on New Year’s Eve in Maine

It’s almost time to ring in the new year! How will you celebrate? Some like to dance the night away, listen to live music or watch the ball drop on TV. Others prefer a more intimate setting, replete with champagne and a kiss. Still others celebrate with their loved ones and seek out a more family-friendly place to say, “Happy New Year!” No matter how you choose to celebrate, you’ll find plenty of options in the Pine Tree State. The following are the best New Year’s Events in Maine. Surely one or more will be perfect for you.

New Year’s Eve at The Westin Portland Harborview, Portland, ME

If it’s live music and dancing you’re seeking, consider the New Year’s Eve Bash at the Westin Portland Harborview. The Larry Williams Band will provide entertainment, and food is included. Tickets are $83.40 per person and room packages are available, too. 

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New Year’s Eve Last Blast, Old Orchard Beach, ME

Perfect for the entire family, New Year’s Eve Last Blast is set to begin at 5 p.m. the night before New Year’s Eve at Palace Playland on the beach. Hosted by OOB365, a nonprofit Old Orchard Beach group of businesses, guests can enjoy a bonfire, hot chocolate, cotton candy, kettle corn and more. Fireworks begin at 7:30. The entire event is over by 9, so parents can tuck the kids into bed and prepare for even more fun the next evening. Tickets are $5 per person, or $20 for a family.

Champagne Wishes & Caviar Dreams, Kennebunkport, ME

Ring in the New Year in Kennebunkport at the Boathouse with an overnight and a party filled with glitz and glitter. Champagne Wishes & Caviar Dreams packages include a room and two tickets to the party. Don’t want to stay overnight? Tickets at $75 per person—$100 per person for reserved seating, access to the rooftop deck lounge and a bottle of champagne. Party tickets include passed caviar hors d-oeuvres, a raw bar, food stations, dancing, a photo booth and a champagne toast when the clock strikes midnight. 

Last Dance, Bangor, ME

Ring in the New Year at Penobscot Theatre as Jeremy Sevelovitz of “Ring of Fire” fame takes to the stage with others to tell the story of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. You’ll love classics including Refugee, Breakdown, Stop Dragging My Heart Around and more. Plus, with shows at both 6 and 9 p.m., you’ll be home in time to uncork a bottle of champagne and watch the ball drop in Times Square—on TV, of course. Tickets are available online.

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Spectacular Event Center, Bangor, ME

Dance 2018 away at the Spectacular Event Center in Bangor, where two rooms of entertainment await you. In one, enjoy popular DJ Bill Lyons as he spins your favorite hits from yesterday and today. In the other, you’ll love the band Midnight Rose. Move from one room to the other throughout the evening at no additional cost. The $25 ticket includes all this, plus hot and cold appetizers, a photo booth and a champagne toast at midnight. Doors open at 7 p.m.

New Year’s Planetarium, Portland, ME

Ring in the New Year at the Southworth Planetarium at the University of Southern Maine. Starting at 6 p.m., and ending at midnight, take in all the new shows hosted by the planetarium during 2018—for the cost of just one show. This means that for no more than $10 per person, you can enjoy an exciting and educational New Year’s Eve. You’ll even get to watch the ball drop in Times Square on the planetarium’s full dome projector. 

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Mill Towne Tavern, Sanford, ME

When the Mill Towne Tavern opened in the downstairs of a mall in Sanford, Maine, people held their breath. Little did they know, they’d have a new, fun bar in town. On New Year’s Eve, the Mill Towne Tavern is hosting a party with Radio Revival providing the music. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and include finger foods, giveaways, raffles and more. Cocktail attire is appreciated.

The Brunswick, Old Orchard Beach, ME

Dance to Something Stupid and Riot Act on New Year’s Eve at The Brunswick. Stay at the hotel or just attend the party at the bar. See the New Year rung in on the lounge’s 22 TVs. Watch the fireworks from the deck lounge, order food and party the night away with your friends.

Masquerade Party at York Harbor Inn, York, ME

If you’ve always dreamed of attending a masquerade party, the York Harbor Inn will make that dream come true. Their New Year’s Eve Masquerade Party includes dancing to live music provided by Freight Train, as well as a champagne toast at midnight. Want to spend the night and enjoy a buffet the next day? Ask about their packages.

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