Whether 2016 was a stellar year for you, or if you’ve been ready to say farewell for months now, one thing’s for sure: There are plenty of reasons to look forward to 2017. So, let’s ring in the new year in true Hudson Valley form. Grab your nearest and dearest, and a glass of Champagne (or sparkling cider) and celebrate at one of these regional events.


New Years @ Noon

Joe Limardi, Townsquare Media of the Hudson Valley
Joe Limardi, Townsquare Media of the Hudson Valley

Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, Poughkeepsie. mhcm.org

December 31, 9:30 am-12:30 pm | $14, $10 members

Little ones with early bedtimes can still participate in New Year’s fun and festivities by counting down to 12 at the Children’s Museum — 12 noon, that is. Kids can enjoy fun activities, music, dancing, and more.


New Year’s Eve Dinner

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New World Home Cooking, Saugerties. newworldhomecooking.com

December 31

Maybe 2016 left a bitter taste in your mouth, but it doesn’t have to literally. New World is offering a four-course dinner for $59 per person, with unique selections put together by award-winning Chef Ric Orlando including gourmet soups, lobster tamale, sweetbreads, rib-eye steak, paella, braised rabbit, pumpkin cheesecake, banana tiramisu trifle, plus many other apps, main courses, and desserts.


Uptown Kingston New Year’s Eve

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Various Locations, Kingston. bspkingston.com

December 31, 8 pm.

Semi-annual street festivals are a common sight in uptown Kingston and the New Year’s Eve bash gets bigger each year. This year’s theme is Wild West — dress up like you’re headed to your favorite saloon, and check out live music at BSP, food and cocktails at Stockade Tavern and Boitson’s, and a post-midnight brunch at Duo Bistro.


New Year’s Eve Party

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Shadows on the Hudson, Poughkeepsie. shadowsonthehudson.com

December 31, 10 pm-2 am.

If you prefer to dress to impress at a swanky party, Shadows will be offering drink specials, giveaways, and a DJ dance party into the late hours. If Internet trends are your thing, take part in their Mannequin Challenge video taking place during the midnight countdown.


New Year’s Eve Dinner and Show


Towne Crier, Beacon. townecrier.com

December 31, 9:30 pm. | $50 show, $125 Dinner, Champagne, and show.

Looking for live music in a laid back setting? The Towne Crier is offering dinner and a show with Champagne (or, just a show, if you prefer to not dine) with live performances by the Chris O’Leary Band (blues roots music/New Orleans-inspired rockabilly) and Sari Schorr (fiery blues-rock). Dinner includes an appetizer, soup or salad, entrée, dessert, and a bottle of Champagne per couple.


Novella’s New Paltz New Year’s Eve Party


Novella’s, New Paltz. novellasnp.com

December 31, 7:30 pm-1 am | $112, includes tax and gratuity.

If you’re seeking a classier party away from the college crowds, join Novella’s for dinner, drinks, and dancing with a live DJ. This popular catering hall offers a selection of hors d’oeuvres, a plated dinner (options include filet mignon, seared salmon, risotto cakes, and more), dessert, an open bar, and a Champagne toast.


Mahoney’s New Year’s Eve Gala & Comedy


Mahoney’s Irish Pub, Poughkeepsie. mahoneysirishpub.com

December 31, 8 pm. | $75, includes taxes and gratuity.

Count down while comedians from Laugh it Up Comedy Club keep you entertained throughout the night. Enjoy cocktails and appetizers, followed by a buffet dinner, four-hour open bar, and Champagne toast at midnight. Come back the next day for New Year’s Brunch (11 am-2 pm; $21.95 adult, $10.95 child) to feast on selected breakfast and lunch items ranging from omelets, French toast, and pastries, to chicken Marsala, London broil, and vegetables. Reservations preferred.