New Year’s Eve is right around the corner and Baltimore is packed with great events and activities to help you make the most of it. From adults-only parties to kid-friendly festivities, our guide is packed with ideas for starting 2018 in style!

Here are 9 ways to celebrate 2018 New Year’s Eve in Baltimore:



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Midnight Noon at the Maryland Science Center

  • Located at 601 Light St. Baltimore, MD 21230
  • Time: 10:00am-2:00pm

This New Year’s Eve, let the little ones have some fun before bedtime with the Maryland Science Center’s Midnight Noon celebration. The entire Science Center will be open that day to explore and tons of festive activities will be held throughout the afternoon, including live music from the Grammy-nominated kids’ band, Milkshake. Your kids will get to watch their own ball drop and you will get to have some fun with them before your adult plans begin that evening; it’s a win-win for everyone! 


New Year’s Eve Spectacular

  • Located at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater (201 E. Pratt St. Baltimore, MD 21202)
  • Time: 9:00pm-12:30am

Hosted by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts, Baltimore’s annual New Year’s Eve Spectacular kicks off this year with live music from R&B/Soul artist, Alexis Joyce, at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater. Families can rock out and enjoy this music until 12:00am, when colorful fireworks will light up the sky above the Inner Harbor, signaling the start of 2018. Perfect for groups of all ages, this is one New Year’s Eve party you won’t want to miss. 


Photo courtesy of the Charm City New Year's Eve Fireworks Cruise website

Charm City New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise

  • Departs from 555 Light St. Baltimore, MD 21202
  • Time: 10:00pm-1:00am 

If you’re looking for a more intimate way to spend New Year’s Eve, check out the Charm City New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise on Raven (their newest yacht in the Inner Harbor). Dance the night away, enjoy some light snacks and adult beverages, and take in the breathtaking Baltimore skyline. As an added bonus, you can also climb to the open top deck of Raven and get a prime view of the harbor’s fireworks display; it’s a premier way to ring in the new year.


NYE Live! Baltimore

  • Located at Power Plant Live! (34 Market Pl. Baltimore, MD 21202)
  • Time: 9:00pm-1:00am

The biggest New Year’s Eve celebration in the mid-Atlantic area, NYE Live! Baltimore is a must for anyone who loves a good party. Fantastic food buffets, live music entertainment, cocktails, and more will be featured, plus a broadcast of the Times Square ball drop, complete with lasers and confetti blasts, to round out the evening. For a night you won’t soon forget, snag your tickets now for NYE Live!


Photo courtesy of the Charm City Countdown New Year's Eve Facebook page

Charm City Countdown New Year’s Eve 2018

  • Located at the Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport Hotel (1739 W. Nursery Rd. Baltimore, MD 21090)
  • Time: 9:00pm-2:00am

For an elegant twist on a New Year’s bash, grab a ticket for Charm City Countdown New Year’s Eve 2018. This Roaring 20s-themed party is packed with so much to see and do, you may not have time for it all! Open bars, multiple dinner buffets, ten party zones, party favors, and much, much more promise that you will never be bored. Whether you’re looking for a place to dance or a quiet place to chat with friends, you will find something you love at this one-of-a-kind celebration.


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Hampden 34th Street Ball Drop

  • Located at 720 W. 34th St. Baltimore, MD 21211

For a more laid-back celebration that the whole family can get in on, spend New Year’s Eve on 34th street in Hampden. This area is a spectacle every year, with gorgeous holiday light displays that are sure to dazzle. New Year’s Eve is the last day to catch these babies before they go dark for another year, so come check them out (and stay for the annual ball drop at midnight!). 



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Noontime New Year’s Celebration at the Port Discovery Children’s Museum

  • Located at 35 Market Pl. Baltimore, MD 21202
  • Time: 10:00am-5:00pm

Another great way to ring in the new year with the kids is the at Port Discovery Children’s Museum’s annual Noontime New Year’s Celebration. Arrive early and enjoy some live music and a winter wonderland filled with crafts and fun chilly-weather activities. Countdown to noon and celebrate 2018 with a balloon and confetti drop and then explore the museum for an entire day of excitement that your child won’t be able to get enough of!




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Big Night Baltimore New Year’s Eve Extravaganza

  • Located at the Radisson Hotel Baltimore Downtown-Inner Harbor (101 W. Fayette St. Baltimore, MD 21201)
  • Time: 9:00pm-1:30am

If you want to be part of the hottest gala of the season, purchase your tickets for the Big Night Baltimore New Year’s Eve Extravaganza. This awesome event features fully-stocked bars and food buffets, multiple party rooms and dance floors, and fabulous live entertainment, including the band Mr. Greengenes. With discounted hotel room options available, you can party all night and right into the new year without a care.



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Skate in the New Year at the Pandora Ice Rink

  • Located at Top of the Amphitheater, Inner Harbor, Between the Harborplace Pavilions (201 E. Pratt St. Baltimore, MD 21202)
  • Time: Open-12:30am

A unique way to spend New Year’s Eve, the Pandora Ice Rink will be open all day on the 31st until 12:30am. Take the family out for a night of skating and then catch the Inner Harbor fireworks at midnight from right there on the ice. It’s sure to be a magical experience that everyone will remember for years to come. 


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