New Year’s Eve is coming up and several New Jersey communities are offering First Night celebrations — family-friendly events to ring in the new year. We’ve compiled a list of events you can enjoy Dec. 31. If you know of other events, tell us in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
First Night Burlington
Location: Around Burlington County
Time: 1 p.m. to midnight
Cost: Adult buttons are $18.69 and children’s buttons are $4.67. Some events require separate buttons. All buttons can be purchased at the First Night Burlington office, first floor of City Hall, Memorial Auditorium, or online at http://www.firstnightburlington.com/page.php?pid=5&pname=buy-buttons.
Event: Various locations around Burlington. See events schedule here: http://www.firstnightburlington.com/fnb_editor/assets/FNB2014/FNB14-Schedule-8.5×11-2pg-web.pdf
Battleship New Jersey
Location: Battleship New Jersey, 62 Battleship Place, Camden
Time: 6 p.m. to midnight
Cost: Various ticket prices for different events. See prices and purchase tickets here: http://battleshipnewjersey.ticketleap.com/fireworks-view-six-pm/
Event: Firework displays, family tours and simulator rides
First Night Haddonfield 2014
Location: Various venues around Haddonfield
Time: 5:30 p.m. to midnight
Cost: $15 buttons. Buttons can be purchased at the Haddonfield Information Center or online: http://www.firstnighthaddonfield.org/buttons.php.
Event: Various events around Haddonfield. See event schedule here: http://www.firstnighthaddonfield.org/schedule.php
New Year’s Eve Kids Kazoo Parade
Location: Pop Shop, 729 Haddon Ave., Collingswood
Time: 4:15 p.m.
Event: Children can play kazoos while parading down Hadden Avenue. Kazoos will be provided.
New Year’s Eve Splash
Location: Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden
Time: 5 to 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $30 adult tickets; children ages 2-12, $25. Children under 2 are free. Purchase tickets here: http://store.adventureaquarium.com/tickets/buy-tickets.aspx
Event: Animal exhibits and experiences, “countdown” dance party, fireworks, music, children’s activities.
CAPE MAY COUNTY
Ocean City First Night 2014
Location: Various locations around Ocean City
Time: 4 p.m. to midnight
Cost: $15 admission button. Button is good for all events. Purchase buttons here: https://www.firstnightocnj.com/store/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=1&cat=OC+First+Night+Online+Store
Event: Various events around Ocean City. See events schedule here: http://www.firstnightoceancitynj.com/schedule.asp
Hogmanay Bonfire in the Great Meadow
Location: Brearley House, 100 Meadow Road, Lawrenceville
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Event: Scottish traditional bonfire, where you can toss ll of last year’s bad memories into the fire. Free refreshments.
First Night Morris
Location: Various locations in Morristown
Time: 7 p.m.; fireworks at 9 p.m. and midnight
Cost: Tickets are $20 each or $17.50 each if you buy a four-pack. Additional packages are also available here: http://firstnightmorris.com/buy-tickets/
Event: Morris County New Year’s Eve celebration features more than 400 artists and 80 performances throughout various venues in Morristown such as The Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown High School and Morris County administration buildings. This is a non-alcoholic event.
First Night Ocean County in Seaside Heights
Location: Various venues on the Seaside Heights Boardwalk
Time: Noon to 5 p.m.
Cost: $5 admission bracelet can be purchased at the County Connection in the Ocean County Mall, Casino Arcade, Coin Castle Arcade, Lucky Leo’s Arcade and Shake Shoppe Arcade.
Event: Various events on the boardwalk. See events schedule here: http://exit82.com/first-night-ocean-county/