Beachside Celebrations: Ring in the New Year along the coast

The end of December is a busy time around the Seacoast, and with so many different ways to ring in the new year it may be hard to decide which of the many local celebrations best suits your personal preferences. We have compiled information about all of the different New Year’s Eve celebrations, parties and events around the Seacoast this year to ensure that your 2018 goes out with a bang.

The Hampton Beach Village District will hold its annual New Year’s Eve firework celebration off the beach Monday, Dec. 31, at 8 p.m. at the top of B and C Streets, with the Atlantic Ocean as the backdrop. Bring the family and plenty of warm clothes. Prior to the fireworks, the State of New Hampshire, Division of Parks and Recreation, holds a yearly Open House on New Year’s Eve from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Seashell Oceanfront Pavilion Banquet Room located behind the Seashell Stage. Refreshments are provided and the event is free to the public.
Hampton’s Ashworth by the Sea (295 Ocean Blvd, Hampton) will ring in the new year with a special celebration for booked guests in their newly renovated grand ballroom. The night will begin with hors d’oeuvres followed by dinner for two prior to the viewing of the Hampton Beach Village District’s annual New Year’s Eve fireworks off the beach beginning at 8 p.m. The Ashworth New Year’s Eve celebration also includes a gala dinner dance and live entertainment from “The Wicked Smart Horn Band” between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m. A champagne breakfast buffet for two will be held the following morning on New Year’s Day. Visit for more information or to book your reservation, as the festivities are for hotel guests only.

The Blue Ocean Music Hall (4 Ocean Front N.) in Salisbury will hold New Years Bash With The Fools. The celebration begins with an optional buffet dinner served in Gradview Hall at 7 p.m. before the concert kicks off at 9 p.m. The party continues through midnight on a large dance floor that will incorporate a midnight balloon drop and champagne toast. Two different types of tickets are being sold, one for dinner plus the show and one acting as show-exclusive at prices ranging $26 to $90. The Fools are a Massachusetts rock band originally from Ipswich and the self-proclaimed “best party band in New England”. For more information or to buy tickets visit
Seaglass Restaurant (4 Ocean Front N.) will hold a special New Year’s Eve dinner function to welcome in the new year. For $79.95 per person, the night includes a four course dinner, dessert, dancing, and live musical entertainment from Boston’s “Airtight Trio.” Call 978-462-5800 or visit for information or to book your reservation.
— Andrew Clay

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