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10 Free Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in NYC

By / October 31, 2018

If you think it’s impossible to celebrate New Year’s Eve in New York City without spending big bucks, we’re happy to tell you you’re wrong! Whether you’re looking to party, see fireworks, or bike your way into 2019, there’s a free way for you to have fun on the final day of the year.

New Year Meditation

Bujinkan Rukasu Budo Dojo

Celebrate the new year by connecting your heart and mind with a practice that focuses on setting resolutions through meditation and affirmations.


New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Prospect Park

Grand Army Plaza

Avoid the insanity in Manhattan and head to Brooklyn for live performances and watching fireworks light up the sky, all for free!


Amazura New Year’s Eve Party


RSVP and arrive before 11pm to receive free admission to one of the city's hottest parties. Dress to impress and prepare to dance all night throughout this multi-level club.


Times Square Ball Drop

Times Square

You could watch the ball drop at home with friends. Or you could be there in real life for the excitement as confetti rains down to welcome 2019!


New Year’s Eve in Coney Island

Coney Island

Enjoy free live music, sideshow performances, fireworks, and more at the fifth annual celebration in Brooklyn’s seaside town.

   Fred Askew

19th Annual New Year’s Eve Bike Ride & Outdoor After Party

Belvedere Castle, Central Park

Bike or skate your way from the Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge up to Belvedere Castle in Central Park where a massive dance party will go down!


New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace

Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

Join this joyous affair started by composer Leonard Bernstein in 1984, where people come together to light candles and sing uplifting songs to ring in the new year.


5th Annual NYE Flamingo Formal

Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club

Wear your best black, white, and pink outfit and party (for free) at this sprawling Gowanus club that promises a night of dancing, shuffleboard, and good times.


Ride the Staten Island Ferry

Whitehall Ferry Terminal

Take advantage of this free ferry and ride across the Hudson River a couple of times while watching the fireworks show taking place above the skyline.


Free New Year’s Party at Aloft Harlem

Aloft Harlem

With a “Hollywood Glam” theme, this party invites attendees to sport gowns and tuxedos to set the tone for this extravagant affair that’s free to enter!



Melanie is a Jersey girl who now calls Brooklyn home. She’s written for Fuse TV, MTV News, Interview Magazine and more, and enjoys creating content that informs, inspires and entertains people. She’s passionate about music, running, cheese and dachshunds, and her husband fully accepts her love affair with NYC.

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