Whether it's a family affair or a night out with friends, Central Ohio has you covered. Here are a few of the best—and brightest—celebrations to send off 2018 in style.
Franklin Park Conservatory
1777 E. Broad St., 614-715-8000
Seasonal treats and a handmade, 15-foot, Chihuly glass-ornament tree make this a perfect spot for celebration for all ages—and you can be back home well before midnight.
When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 17 to Jan. 2
Price: adults 13–59: $18; seniors 60+: $15; children 3–12: $11; children under 2, as well as members: free.
Dragon Lights Columbus
Ohio Expo Center
717 E. 17th Ave., 888-484-2698
Celebrate a little earlier in the evening at this Chinese festival featuring illuminated lantern displays, the Panda Theatre and other activities.
When: 5:30 to 10 p.m. Nov. 23 to Jan. 6
Price: children 5–16: $12–$14; adults 17–64: $17–$19; seniors 65+: $14–$16. Family Four Pack (two adults and two children): $50–$55. Children under 5: free. Ticket prices online may differ from box office. Parking is $6.
The Funk’n Ball Drop
1200 W. Third Ave., 614-299-4987
Keep your dancing shoes on and your tab open as you ring in the New Year the funky way. Featured acts include MojoFlo, TATTAT and Tony Monaco.
When: 5 p.m. Dec. 31
Price: $20 per adult
Chaos New Year’s Eve 2019 Party
6835 Caine Road, Dublin
Party like it’s (almost) 2019 with DJs Scott Kunkler and Corey Chaos, while devouring complimentary appetizers and toasting the new year with Champagne at midnight.
When: 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Dec. 31
Price: $15 general admission
NYE Party on the Farm
8677 Oregon Road, Canal Winchester
There is no better place to be a party animal than on a farm. The entry ticket includes a prime rib and seafood buffet, hors d’oeuvres, two signature cocktails and a Champagne toast at midnight.
When: 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Dec. 31
Price/package deal: $85 for one adult, $155 for an adult couple (must be 21 or older).
Columbus Blue Jackets
200 W. Nationwide Blvd., 614-246-2000
In what has become a favorite New Year’s tradition for many families, the Blue Jackets will play against the Ottawa Senators; fireworks follow.
When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31
Price: starting at $30 per person, includes pre-game ice skating, 4–6 p.m.
To read the rest of our New Year’s Eve package, pick up a copy of Columbus Monthly’s December issue at these locations.
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