Whether you are celebrating with the whole family or gearing up for a special date night, Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley has your New Year’s Eve covered. Check out these special events happening on December 31.  

Places to Pop the Champagne with that special someone... 

New Year’s Eve at Hamilton’s on Main  

Grab the one you love and make Hamilton’s on Main the perfect date night for New Year’s Eve. Raise a glass and ring in 2023 with an extraordinary 5-course dinner menu inside Newark, Delaware’s newest restaurant. After dinner, party the night away with live music by The Bachelor Boys, a 360 photobooth, grazing table, open bar and of course a champagne toast at midnight!  

HOTEL DU PONT and Le Cavalier at the Green Room’s New Year’s Eve Celebration 

Make reservations now to have your final meal of 2022 at Le Cavalier at the Green Room. The three-course dinner features Butter-Poached Lobster Tail Tartine; Steak Tartare with endive and chips; Pan-Roasted Chicken Breast with stewed white beans and escarole; and a spectacular Dame Blanche Sundae of vanilla ice cream with decadent, warm Eclat chocolate ganache, luxardo cherry on top and whipped cream. Plus, optional truffle and caviar supplements. There will be three seating options with the second and third including a special champagne toast. Reservations can be made on Resy.  

Looking to spend the evening? HOTEL DU PONT, a longstanding and elegant hotel in the center of downtown Wilmington makes for the perfect after party (and you don’t even have to walk that far). With in-room amenity delivery options and gorgeous holiday décor throughout inspired by du Pont legacies (including a reproduction of a 1960s NYE menu provided by Hagley Museum and Library) – a stay at the HOTEL DU PONT screams “A New Year’s Eve Well Spent!” 

Your getaway isn’t complete without starting 2023 off at the same place you ended 2022. A new offering at Le Cavalier, a three-course menu featuring elevated brunch classics like the frittata-style Provencal Omelette with the option to add lobster tail or Smoked Salmon and an indulgent Foie Gras Toast with prunes and walnuts. Reservations can be made on Resy. 

New Year's Eve Room and Dinner Package at the Hilton Christiana 

Looking to spend the weekend cuddled up with that special someone? Spend your New Year's Eve night at the Christiana Hilton. With their annual New Year's Room and Dinner Package it'll be a night to remember. The package includes overnight accommodations on December 31st, a four-course dinner for two at Market Kitchen & Bar with featured items like Chilean sea bass, seared ahi tuna, and cinnamon sugar beignets, perfect to satisfy anyone's sweet tooth. The package also includes a complimentary alcoholic beverage at the bar after 11:00 p.m. and late check out on New Year's Day. 

For more on this New Year's Eve Package visit: https://www.hiltonchristiana.com/dining/special-events

While hot chocolate and apple juice may be on the menu, you can’t go wrong celebrating the New Year with these family friendly events...  

Noon Year’s Eve at the Brandywine Zoo  

Celebrate the New Year “Zoo-style” with the kids, by ringing in the New Year at NOON!  The Brandywine Zoo will be providing a unique experience with games, crafts, and a celebratory atmosphere with a group countdown to the New Year (and in perfect timing for that afternoon nap).  This event will take place outside, so be sure to dress for the weather! Hot chocolate will be available for purchase. 

Please note that some animals may not be in a party mood because of the cold weather!  

Confetti Countdowns at the Delaware Children’s Museum 

The Delaware Children’s Museum, a well-known and eye-catching museum along the Wilmington Riverfront will be hosting FOUR Confetti Countdowns on New Year’s Eve. Four identical events will be held in just one day! The countdown to the New Year will be held at 11:00 am, 12:00 noon, 1:00 & 2:00 pm. Each celebration will countdown to 2023 with confetti cannons and a confetti storm followed by music from We Kidz Rock. Be sure to stay and play, we hear there will also be roaming puppets and a few photo opportunities to share with the grandparents.  

Suffering from a New Year’s Eve overindulgence? Start 2023 with some exercise...  

Voted Best Walking Trails in Delaware, join the New Castle County Parks and Recreation team for a New Year’s Day Hike at Rockwood Park! This two-mile easy-to-moderate hike along the paved paths ringing Rockwood's historic estate is the perfect event to work off those holiday cookies! Guides will lead visitors through mobile stories of Rockwood's architecture, gardens, and the unique landscape of northern Delaware. Be sure to get there early for a warm beverage and family activities before the walk.

Dress in layers and wear appropriate footwear (two pairs of socks!). The group will meet at the Courtyard to the Rockwood Museum entrance. Feel free to park in any of the Park's three lots. Afterward, warm up inside the museum with a self-guided tour of the season’s feature exhibition, Lighting the Trees: Rockwood’s Arboretum.

Registration link: http://apm.activecommunities.com/nccde/Activity_Search/18815

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