Here's Where to Spend New Year's Eve in the Hudson Valley

These local parties practically guarantee a stellar start to the new year.


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As December days fly out the window, the countdown to 2019 is officially on in the Hudson Valley. Locally, New Year’s Eve parties are just the thing to ring in the new year in the region. So while you may be knee-deep in holiday menus or snowy driveways, take a few moments to plan where you want to be when the clock strikes midnight. Whether the answer is on the dance floor or at a romantic retreat with your honey, you’ll find a little something for everyone in our Hudson Valley party guide.

 

Anthony’s Pier 9

7 p.m., $99
New Windsor

Anthony’s Pier 9 brings the party to New Windsor with a New Year Gala that loops in music, cocktails, and appetizing eats. Music Speaks Volumes Entertainment brings the tunes, while the eatery provides the top-shelf open bar. Get ready to ‘gram the ornate ice sculpture, over-the-top surf-and-turf, and sweet cannoli platter. At midnight, champagne and noise makers ring in the new year. All guests can go home with a breakfast to-go bag or, if they’re so inclined, take a complimentary shuttle to the Homewood Suites by Hilton.

 

Billy Joe’s Ribworks

9:30 p.m. – 2 a.m., $10 cover
Newburgh

Get ready to dance ‘til dawn — well, almost — at Billy Joe’s New Year’s Eve party. The official festivities kick off at 10 p.m., but make sure to get there early to secure your spot. A cover charge will get you through the door; inside, take advantage of the late-night breakfast buffet. Throughout the evening, test your luck to win prizes and giveaways. Whatever you do, make sure to bring your comfy shoes, since The Hype will be on-hand with party tunes to help you dance the night away.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Blue Hen

8 p.m. – 1 p.m., $195
Saratoga Springs

On the final day of 2018, The Adelphi Hotel’s Blue Hen treats guests to a five-course dining extravaganza. Executive Chef Chris Bonnivier spotlights local farm produce in the decadent menu, which offers a choice of two or three dishes per course. Dig into dishes like squab breast, pastrami salmon, and strip steak throughout the night, then finish it all off with a Viennese dessert display that includes bite-sized bits of confectionary favorites.

 

The Castle Fun Center

6-9 p.m., $39.50 and up
Chester

Families who want to celebrate together can make their way to the New Year’s Eve Party at The Castle Fun Center. The Chester hotspot opens up the Castle’s activities, which range from laser tag and an arcade to a rock wall, a laser maze, go carts, and roller skating. Admission includes a $5 arcade card and food at the two family-friendly buffets. For grown-ups, a full cash bar at Jesters Pub and a cash beer and wine bar in the Event Room will be open throughout the evening. For the “midnight” countdown, a balloon drop and confetti canons ring in an early new year for the little ones.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Colony

7 p.m., $20 before December 15 / $25 after December 15
Woodstock

This year, Colony Woodstock brings rocking tunes and top performers to the annual festivities. The show opens at 8 p.m. and includes musicians like Chris Wells and the Silver Spaceship, Jerry Marotta, Jennifer Maidman, and Anny Whitehead. At midnight, a champagne toast welcomes 2019.

 

Dutchess BBQ

8 p.m. – 1 a.m., $60
Poughkeepsie

Dutchess BBQ starts the party in Poughkeepsie with a nighttime fest that includes NYE essentials like an open bar, a champagne toast, and dancing into the wee hours. Dine on the buffet-style meal, then put on your party hats for the midnight countdown.

 

 

The Grandview

7 p.m. – 1 a.m.; $115
Poughkeepsie

The Grandview’s New Year’s Gala is a must for Hudson Valley party-goers who crave top tunes and decadent food and drink menus. Beginning at 7 p.m., the Poughkeepsie venue opens with a cocktail reception that segues into buffet-style appetizers and an elegant seated dinner. Taste specials like brown sugar-glazed corn beef brisket, a panzanella tower, and salmon Oscar before midnight, then celebrate the new year with dessert and goodbye treats like pretzels and breakfast sandwiches. If you’d rather overnight it than drive home when the clock strikes midnight, book a room at the nearby Holiday Inn Express. A complimentary trolley service to the hotel makes the deal even sweeter.

 

Heritage Food + Drink

7:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m., $149
Wappingers Falls

Heritage waves goodbye to an award-winning year (literally, it swept our Best of Hudson Valley 2018 awards) with an epic end-of-December party. Foodies will swoon over the seemingly endless circuit of passed food, show-stopping Venetian desserts, and premium open bar. DJ Parag brings the beats, while Ross Media take care of the photo booth and pictures. Lake night snacks and party props are essential, while a heated outdoor cigar bar is open to those who care to partake.

 

 

Liberty Street Bistro

9 p.m. – 1 a.m., $65
Newburgh

Liberty Street Bistro brings gourmet dining to its New Year’s Eve Bistro Bash with top-notch canapes, a raw bar, a dessert spread, and, of course, a champagne toast at midnight. Beverages are available, although not included in the ticket price.

 

Lydia’s Cafe

7 p.m., $20 and up
Stone Ridge

Beginning at 7 p.m., Lydia’s offers a few different party options for its New Year’s Eve fest. Guest can choose between dinner or dancing only or go all in with the three-course prix fixe dinner and champagne toast. Hudson Valley band Soul Purpose will be onsite for music-making all night long.

 

Mill Creek Caterers

7 p.m. – 1 a.m., $99 and up
Hopewell Junction

For its annual year-end party, Mill Creek Caterers opens the bar, passes the hors d’ouevres, and treats diners to prime rib, chicken Florentine, and a midnight munchie bar. On the entertainment end of things, The Music Masters and Capture the Moment make the most of the final hours of 2018.

 

 

The Roundhouse

5:30-9:15 p.m., $80 and up
Beacon

For a picture-perfect New Year’s Eve in the Hudson Valley, reserve a place at The Roundhouse’s evening dinner. With two seatings, beginning at 5:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. respectively, the Beacon eatery offers multi-course menus with the option of adding on a wine pairing. Not only is the food divine, but the fireplace setting and the waterfall views add to the intimate, romantic atmosphere.

 

Shadows on the Hudson

4-9 p.m., $49.95 and up
Poughkeepsie

As 2018 comes to a close, Shadows celebrates with a gourmet buffet that works just as well for families as it does for couples. Seatings begin at 4 p.m. and run until the early evening, making it perfect for diners who want to make it back home in time to watch the ball drop. As for what to eat, visitors can mix and match with Italian hot peppers, truffled burrata, and lobster ravioli. For dessert, the seasonal yule log, layered with raspberry jam and chocolate ganache, is the only way to properly end the year with a bang.

 

 

Stagecoach Inn

Seatings begin at 5 p.m., $95
Goshen

Head to the Stagecoach Inn in Goshen for a five-course menu that treats diners to the best of world flavors and winter ingredients. All guests receive a glass of champagne or wine upon arrival. For dinner, highlights include carne asada tacos, pasta carbonara, and sweet and sour duck breast. An assorted sweet spread for the table finishes out the meal.

 

Terrapin

Seatings begin at 5 p.m., $59
Rhinebeck

Terrapin brings the bells and whistles for its prix fixe three-course dinner celebration. The eatery forgoes its regular menu in favor of a curated one that favors indulgent treats like goat cheese wontons, blue cheese-crusted filet mignon, and butter-poached lobster tails. The main dinner takes place in the dining room, although the Red Bistro will also be open from 11:30 a.m. to late night on December 31 with its regular menu.

 

 

The Thayer Hotel

7 p.m. – 1 a.m., $200 and up
West Point

Looking for a truly unforgettable New Year’s Eve experience? Call in a reservation at the historic Thayer Hotel at West Point for a divine night of dinner, drinks, and toasts to the new year. For $200/person or $375/couple, guests can enjoy a gourmet cocktail hour, a four-course dinner with filet mignon, a champagne toast, and a divine dessert spread. If you want to stay overnight in the area, look no further than the Thayer Hotel for an elegant room located right in West Point.

 

Vanderbilt Lakeside

7 p.m. – 1 a.m., $65
Philmont

Add a little sparkle to your New Year’s Eve Plans with Vanderbilt Lakeside’s Giltter & Good Fortune Celebration. When doors open at 7 p.m., diners can mix and mingle over hors d’oeuvres, take part in tarot readings, or snap a pic in the Polaroid photo booth. Dancing and a lakeside bonfire warm up the night, while the cash bar and cocktail specials keep the drinks glowing. At midnight, a champagne toast and celebratory snack welcome the arrival of 2019.

 

Villa Barone Hilltop Manor

7:30 p.m., $160
Mahopac

On December 31, Villa Barone invites guests for a sparkling year-end party in the Hudson Valley. A cocktail hour kicks off the festivities, while a four-course lobster and filet mignon dinner follows. Add to that an unlimited open bar, a champagne blast, and party favors at midnight, and guests have everything they need to ring in the new year in style.

 

 

Villa Venezia

8 p.m. – 1 a.m., $110
Middletown

The New Year’s Eve Party at Villa Venezia brings the classic end-of-year party vibes to Orange County. An open bar, a buffet-style dinner, and music from Vargas Productions color the night, while a complimentary shuttle service helps guests at nearby Home2Suites return safely to their rooms.


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