2019 New Year's Eve Celebrations

Get dressy and get out to ring in the new year

A New Year's Eve party hat with confetti! Photo from Fotolia/Brad.
Photo by brad/fotolia

With New Year’s Eve being a night of champagne toasts, balloon drops, new beginnings, and more, it’s the perfect excuse to bring out your favorite outfit, put a twist on a timeless look, or treat yourself to a shopping spree to start 2019 in style.

There are a multitude of New Year’s Eve festivities going on all around Minneapolis and St. Paul. While we have put together 10 events that are sure to be a ball, if they are not your cup of tea, no worries. Dance parties are by the dozen like the one at Minneapolis Club Event Center, the Batman-themed one at Union Rooftop Bar & Gril, TSA & Salsa Police’s Midnight Masquerade, or Cirque du New Year, which also has nonstop aerial performances. Other celebrations focus on other entertainment, like the comedy night at Sisyphus Brewing, the dinner and magic show at Lord Fletcher’s, or the five-course special dinner at Saint Genevieve. And, of course, there are specially made ones for the whole family like Dave & Buster’s in Edina and Maple Grove, the Oval in Roseville for ice skating, or Como Zoo and Conservatory’s Noon Year’s Confetti Dance Party.

Ten Places to Dress to the Nines for New Year’s Eve

Bollywood Ball NYE 2019

Come to a night of Bollywood that you can bring your whole family to: One dance floor is for kids, and one is adults only. Ticket options are either dinner and dancing or just dancing—in short, you’re going to be moving at this New Year’s Eve bash. A full bar is available.

Capital City, a New Year’s Eve Celebration at Can Can Wonderland

Think the ostentatious style of the capital city Panem from The Hunger Games and dress accordingly to this New Year’s Eve party full with things to do. More than 70 local artists will be performing across three sages, and the night isn’t complete without a champagne tower, confetti cannons, and thousands of balloons.

Crystal Ball 15th Year Anniversary

Look out over the city from the 50th floor of IDS Tower this New Year’s Eve. You can party all night long with some of the top DJs in the Twin Cities; a hilarious and entertaining pair of dueling pianos; a game room with arcade games, interactive LED games, foosball, and more; and even a piano karaoke lounge. When you need a break from the excitement, there are even some lounge areas to rest your feet and chat with your friends. Cocktail attire is suggested, and black tie is optional (but why wouldn’t you?).

A Mid-Century Holiday Affair … Bond Style at Betty Danger’s

Last year Betty Danger went all out with an overt GOLD Party, and this year they’re going covert. Your ticket includes four complimentary cocktails of your choosing a ride on the vertical sleigh ride the Danger, live musicians, and a champagne toast at midnight.

Minne-Apple New Year’s Eve at Hewing Hotel

The Hewing Hotel brought all of New York into its wings for New Year’s Eve. Wander around the boroughs to find Central Park, China Town, Time Square (complete with performances, of course), and more. As you explore, refuel on New York-styled bites and New York-inspired classic cocktails.

A New Year Celebration: Vänskä Conducts Bernstein, Copland and Gershwin

As the kickoff of the monthlong American Expressions concert series in January, the night has music director Osmo Vänskä conducting some of America’s favorite composers. Hear pieces including Copland’s “Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo” and Gershwin’s “An American in Paris,” and then ring in the New Year with a party in the lobby featuring music from local jazz band Belle Amour.

New Year’s Eve at Pig Ate My Pizza or Travail

Okay, so this one you don’t actually have to dress up that much … but it seemed so fun, I couldn’t help but include it. Go for Pig Ate My Pizza’s all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink (for champagne and beer) party, including games, raffles, and swag, or check out the luau going on at Travail. At Travail, the seated dinner is sold out, but you can Crash the Party at 10:30 and enjoy bottomless champagne and beer and dessert—with, of course, some “Travail shenanigans.” (If you’re still looking for luau fun, check out Psycho Suzi’s – Lost in Paradise.)

New Year’s Eve Mystery Dinner

Come in your most sophisticated garments for a museum unveiling, but stay for a murder mystery, delectable dinner, and a New Year’s countdown with free champagne and party favors at Bunkers of Course in Buffalo. Our tip? Make a mini vacation of it and stay overnight in the city.  

Speakeasy: A Roaring New Year’s Eve at the Metropolitan Ballroom

Go for the glamor of the roaring ‘20s in the art deco interior of the Metropolitan Ballroom. Music ranges from electro-swing, dance, top 40, disco, old school, and house, and as the hosts of the event are wont to say, “A little party never killed nobody.”

Stella’s Winter Wonderland All Inclusive (Drinks Included) New Year’s Party

Everyone who attends the “o-fish-al” New Year’s Eve party of Minneapolis receives a night of dancing, a balloon drop, light eats, and complimentary, unlimited drinks, whether they are rails, calls, taps, or house wine.