#Goodbye2017 is already trending, and we haven’t even made it through Christmas. When you’re ready to ring the New Year, there are a lot of places you can dress up, turn up, and say Hello to 2018. Many of these events are adult only – meaning 21 and up, usually, so prepare to have your ID with you because you know you’ll need it. Have fun this winter, but be safe – make sure that you arrange transportation if you plan to drink, and go ahead and download Uber or Lyft if you haven’t already – the surge pricing is still cheaper than the alternative! Let’s explore some of the hottest New Year’s Eve events in RVA. If you liked my advice for the best Christmas Lights displays in RVA, you’ll love my NYE suggestions.
🎦New Year’s Eve Ball Rise
Hosted by HofGarden, this inverse Times Square event is back in Carytown. Started in 2006 at the Byrd Theatre in Carytown, the event grew until 2012. After that, the crowds got too large, and it wasn’t feasible to host. But it’s back! The 40-foot Ball Rise was originated by Byrd Theatre Manager Todd Schall-Vess, who says, “I think it’s pretty neat that the tradition will be moving from one 89-year-old building to another.” (The Byrd Theatre and the Hofheimer Building were both built in 1928.) This year’s Ball Rise is ticketed, instead of a street event, and tickets are selling fast. Each admission includes a complimentary buffet dinner, party favors, and a midnight toast. The theme this year is Rio – so get ready to shake it in an exciting Carnival atmosphere. Tickets are $35 in advance and $50 for VIP. Because dropping a ball is something only a Yankee would do.
🎭The Stone Foundation NYE Masquerade Party and Fundraiser
Ring in the New Year with good friends, a great time, and a giving heart. The Stone Foundation works to provide health care, food, and potable water, and access to education and opportunity to those in the direst need. Purchase individual or couple tickets, or get a group together and purchase a table for 10.The NYE theme this year is masqueraded, so let your imagination run wild and come in your most elaborate disguise. Enjoy appetizers, dancing, and a toast at midnight. Proceeds from this event will sponsor a mission trip to Jamaicia, including construction and funding for a school for children. Tickets are $50 per person or $600 for a table for 10. Since this goes towards charity, save your receipt for your tax deductions, too.
🍷Enjoy NYE Dinner at The Stables
If you’re looking for something a little less… loud… than a dance party with a DJ, then make reservations for one of two seatings at The Stables fine dining restaurant. Ticket includes a decadent 5-course meal featuring Surf and Turf, some of their signature starters, and a champagne toast to celebrate the end of 2017. Enjoy impeccable service and professionally recommended wine pairings and handcrafted premium cocktails. Please call for details and to make your reservation. They also accept seating for large parties, as available. Seatings are at 5 pm and 8 pm, so if you decide to head out and dance off some of that delicious food and decadent dessert, you’ll have plenty of time to find a place to get down.
💃Hilton Richmond Hotel at Short Pump
Grab a date or a group and enjoy an elegant New Years Eve bash at the Hilton Richmond. Each ticketed admission includes dancing all night, with live music featuring KOS and DJ Dave keeping the party rocking until the early morning hours. Don your favorite sparkly party dress and make him wear a tie (click the link – you’re welcome) to get ready to dance the night away! Make sure to check out additional details here.
Take a break from the dance floor and enjoy Casino Night with blackjack, Roulette, and craps, along with party favors and plenty of great prize giveaways. You won’t get hungry – there are butler-passed heavy Hors d’Oeuvres as well a scrumptious dessert buffet. Stop by the ATM for a cash bar, and each event ticket includes two free drink tickets per person. Ring in 2018 with a Champagne Toast at midnight and the NYE Countdown and Balloon Drop. Single tickets are $130; book as a couple for only $250. If you’re ready to make a whole night of it – and avoid getting out on the roads late – book a hotel room package for the party for only $325 – price includes breakfast for two in the morning.
🕹The Circuit Brew Years Eve Party
If you’d rather say goodbye to 2017 in jeans and a t-shirt (and let’s be honest, maybe 2017 isn’t really worth dressing up for anyway) and have a lot of interactive fun with friends, celebrate NYE 2018 at the Circuit Arcade’s Brew Year’s Eve party. Enjoy interesting microbrews put on the self-serve taps specifically for this pre-party, as well as over 50 different arcade games – including vintage pixel classics. Circuit Arcade is working with only a select number of local and Virginia breweries to bring you a very exclusive selection of seasonal, limited edition, and newly released ales and pilsners for one night only! Wax Moon Records will be here playing all the tunes you want to hear in the new year. Show up early and stay late to win raffle prizes and brewery giveaways, or when you’re ready to show off, go head-to-head in lip sync battles (yes, you’ll end up wanting to do this). $35 in advance or $45 at the door will get you a token cup with 20 tokens, delicious appetizers, and a raffle ticket (more are available to purchase) as well as exclusive access to the best brew party in Richmond.
🥂Masquerade Ball at the Quirk Hotel
Ring in 2018 with a bit of mystery, intrigue, and fun as the Quirk Hotel in downtown Richmond is transformed into a Venetian Palazzo. Don your formal attire and an exotic eye mask and prepare to move in beauty like the night. Enjoy dancing with a live DJ and a balloon drop and toast at midnight. There will be cash bars with specialty themed cocktails. You’ll have plenty of time to go out for a nice dinner beforehand, as the party doesn’t start until 10 pm. Tickets are $35 at the door, or $25 if you pay in advance. If you want to make a night of it, there are hotel rooms still available, but you’ll need to hurry and book, as they’re going fast.
🕵NYE Murder Mystery
Dine at Maggiano’s Little Italy and enjoy delicious Italian cuisine with a side of murder. Your fun-filled (and a little spooky) evening includes dinner and a show at the Maggiano’s Ballroom for a night of Mystery, Murder & Pasta! The special NYE edition will end early enough for you to head to another party – hours are 6.30-9.30 pm and the show starts at 7:00 along with the 1st course. Purchase all-inclusive tickets for just $65, including a delicious, made from scratch, family-style meal. If you choose to have a cocktail or bottle of wine, it’s extra but you can run a tab with your server. Seating for larger groups is available, just make sure that you call in advance for reservations.
🎨Line Dance Paint Party
New Year’s Eve has never been so much fun. Hosted by Been Creative, the 3rd annual NYE Bash combines two of my favorite things – line dancing and adult paint-by-numbers. (Can you tell I need a bit of help with directions?). The first 40 people to register will paint for free, and dancing is free for all. The event is held this year at 150 North Restaurant & Lounge. Join Been Creative & The Line Dance Prince for a night filled with creativity, dancing, great food, and fun. Paint your own Masterpiece with Been Creative guides to help you step by step. Get creative in a positive atmosphere with new people, your significant other, or a group of your friends. And while your canvas is drying, enjoy some of the best Soul Food in Richmond on a night you will not want to miss. Food and drink specials will be available for purchase – your ticket covers admission and an exciting midnight celebration.
With so many great options around town, please remember to be safe, drink responsibly, and have a great time. Remember UBER, LYFT, or Taxis are available for your safety if need be. Happy New Year from The Wilson Group