Our New Year’s Eve 2021 Picks

Check out our list of top NYE happenings to help you ring in 2022.

Whether you’re looking to party into the wee hours of the new year or trying to get the kids home by bedtime, there are plenty of New Year’s Eve events to choose from in Cincinnati. Check out our list of top NYE happenings to help you ring in 2022.


New Year’s Eve Kids’ Cruise with BB Riverboats

Celebrate the new year on this daytime family cruise along the Ohio River. Your family can countdown to noon and enjoy a lunch buffet, a live DJ, characters like pirates, princesses, and superheroes, and more.

Boarding at 10:30 am, sailing 11:30 am–1 pm, BB Riverboats, 101 Riverboat Row, Newport

Happy Zoo Year

This event for “party animals” features family activities, music by Q102’s DJ Kay and a dance floor, glow games like tic-tac-toe, cornhole, and hopscotch, and a kid-friendly countdown at 8 p.m.

1–9 pm, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale

Midnight in Munich at Mecklenberg Gardens

Toast the neujahr at the historic Mecklenberg Gardens, where you’ll enjoy an authentic German buffet, German bier specials, and live music. Don’t miss the toast at 6 p.m. (that’s midnight Munich time) featuring a live stream of the Brandenburg Gate fireworks in Berlin.

4–8 pm, Mecklenberg Gardens, 302 E. University Ave., Corryville

New Year’s Eve at Vinoklet Winery

Choose from a Grilled to Perfection Dinner package, which features delicious dishes and award-winning wines, or a Dinner and Dancing package, featuring live music from DJ Dave King, dinner, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres.

5 pm–1 am, Vinoklet Winery, 11069 Colerain Ave., Colerain Twp.

Family New Year’s Eve Party at Bircus Brewing Co.

This family-focused event features a performance and workshop from Circus Mojo, wood-fired pizza, and a ginger ale toast and “ball drop” at 8 p.m.

6–8 pm, Ludlow Theatre, 322 Elm St., Ludlow

Indoor Fireworks at the Cincinnati Cyclones Game

Catch a Cyclones game at Heritage Bank Center on New Year’s Eve and enjoy exciting indoor fireworks to ring in 2022.

6 pm, Heritage Bank Center, 100 Broadway St., downtown

New Year’s Eve Salsa Mixer at Esoteric Brewing

Looking for something different to do on NYE? Dance the night away at Esoteric Brewing’s inaugural Salsa Mixer with iNpersonal, where you’ll learn salsa moves throughout the evening.

6–8 pm, Esoteric Brewing, 918 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills

Party Like It’s 1999 at Newport Syndicate

Reserve a spot at the Syndicate for a night of dancing, drinks, late night Dixie Chili coneys, party favors, and music by the Rusty Griswolds, Q102’s DJ Mark McFadden, and Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar.

6:30 pm–midnight, Newport Syndicate and Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar, 18 E. Fifth St., Newport

New Year’s Eve at Music Hall: Shaken, Not Stirred

John Morris Russell and the special agents at the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra are on a top-secret mission to entertain you this New Year’s Eve with a lineup of classic songs from the greatest spy movie franchise.

7:30 pm, Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine

New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise with BB Riverboats

Ring in the new year with skyline views of Cincinnati as your backdrop on this Ohio River cruise. Enjoy a three-entrée buffet, entertainment, champagne at midnight, a late-night buffet, and party favors.

Boarding at 8 pm, sailing 9 pm–1 am, BB Riverboats, 101 Riverboat Row, Newport

Gatsby’s House New Year’s Eve at The Westin Hotel

Calling all flappers, gangsters, and anyone who knows how to dance the Charleston: this exclusive 1920s-themed New Year’s Eve party features a live DJ, dancing, apps, premium drinks, champagne, casino games, and a countdown to midnight in the grand ballroom of The Westin Hotel.

8 pm–1 am, The Westin Cincinnati, 21 E. Fifth St., downtown

New Year’s Eve at Lytle Park Hotel’s VISTA Rooftop Bar

Celebrate the new year with gorgeous views of the city at Lytle Park Hotel’s rooftop bar, where you’ll find DJ Zachary Walker spinning beats all night long.

9 pm–1 am, Lytle Park Hotel, 311 Pike St., downtown

Freakshow Deluxe at Bircus Brewing Co. New Year’s Eve Celebration

This vaudeville show may be the most unique way to spend New Year’s Eve. See stunning carnival-style side show performances at Bircus Brewing’s celebration and chow down on wood-fired pizza.

9 pm–12:30 am, Ludlow Theatre, 322 Elm St., Ludlow

Bubbles & Bowties: Igby’s New Year’s Eve Party

Don your cocktail apparel and head to Igby’s lounge to ring in the New Year in style with music, dancing, and champagne.

9 pm–2 am, Igby’s, 122 E. Sixth St., downtown

New Year’s Eve at Queen City Exchange

A ticket to this downtown NYE party gets you drinks from the open bar, pizzarogies from Babushka’s Pierogi, chips and dip from Lalo, donuts from Holtman’s, and of course, a champagne toast at midnight.

9 pm–2 am, Queen City Exchange, 322 W. Court St., downtown

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