Ring in 2022 with White Panda and other New Years entertainment
If ringing in the New Year over dinner and wine has become a little too monotonous for you, would you rather be interested in walking on hot coals?
You might be laughing, but it’s a real option for the Delawarens who want to enter 2022 like a boss.
Those who prefer ice cream to fire can enjoy a cool concert featuring an EDM artist who is a Firefly favorite. There’s also an event dedicated to furry cosplayers and chic kid-friendly events, including an apple cider toast during the day.
Here are 10 fun ways to celebrate New Years in Delaware, including a sweet event in Ocean City.
New Year’s Eve at the Zoo in Brandywine
Instead of popping champagne bottles at midnight, your little ones can toast to sparkling cider at noon, surrounded by a bunch of animals and new friends. Young people will also appreciate crafts.
Since the event takes place in the zoo, consider coming dressed for the weather. Members must register for this event.
Brandywine Zoo (1001 N. Park Drive, Wilmington) starting at 11 a.m. on December 31. Tickets are $ 5 for non-members and free for members. Visit brandywinezoo.org or (302) 571-7788.
New Years Fur Ball in Newark
Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite furry costumes and play table games as they step into the New Year (with dice) in this celebration with a unique twist. The event, presented by the Furst State Foundation, is a love letter to the furry community (cosplayers who wear furry costumes) and includes a merchant den, buffet dinner (including Bourbon Street pork and vegetarian tricolor Tortellini al Fresco) and more. .
Guests are required to provide a vaccination card or a negative COVID 19 test within 72 hours before the start of the event if you are allergic to the vaccine.
Embassy Suites By Hilton Newark Wilmington South (654 S. College Ave., Newark) from 4:00 p.m., December 31 to 1:00 p.m. Pre-registration tickets are $ 40 to $ 100 (until December 24) or $ 45 to $ 105 (door). Admission for pre-registration for children 8 to 17 years old is $ 35 or $ 40 (door). Visit newyearsfurryball.com or 368-8000.
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New Years at the Grand in Wilmington
A big concert takes place with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and guests from OperaDelaware and Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell. The evening will consist of two acts and will include Viennese waltzes and polkas, a celebration of Broadway music and New Year’s concert tunes. There will also be a champagne toast. Guests are required to wear masks and provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-1 test within 72 hours of the event.
The Grand (818 N. Market St., Wilmington) at 7:30 p.m. on December 31. Tickets cost $ 155. Visit thegrandwilmington.org or (800) 37-GRAND.
White panda on New Years Eve at Dewey Beach
What is black, white and red everywhere? This is called pandemonium. Firefly’s favorite DJ White Panda will paint Dewey Beach red with good vibes when he returns for another New Years Eve celebration. Panda has released their new album “Nightclub” this year with an eclectic roster of over 30 artists. titles, including “Power Of Pac” (2Pac and Huey Lewis and the News), “1nce Again Friends” (A Tribe Called Quest and Madeon), “Take What Is Toxic” (Post Malone, Ozzy Osbourne and Britney Spears) and ” Walkin ‘On Jackie Chan â(Smash Mouth, TiÃ«sto and Dzeko).
Bottle & Cork (1807 DE-1, Dewey Beach) at 9 p.m. on December 31. Tickets cost $ 42. Visit bottleandcork.com or (302) 227-7272.
The Sands on New Years Eve at Rehoboth Beach
Say goodbye to 2021 on a tropical tiki-inspired night on the beach. The celebration will include a buffet dinner, hors d’oeuvres, gourmet dessert station, cafe bar, open bar and champagne toast. The soundtrack for the evening will be Sons of Pirates. One must reserve.
The Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center (1 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach) at 8 p.m. on December 31. Tickets are $ 439 per couple (includes two tickets to the party, hotel, and breakfast for two) and $ 165 per person (one ticket to the party only). Visit atlanticsandshotel.com or on Facebook or (302) 227-2511.
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Painting with a twist on New Years Eve in Newark
Not everyone is a night owl. And Painting with a Twist knows it. Adults will have the opportunity to celebrate the New Years early while connecting with friends over a glass of wine and munching on their favorite snacks. Seriously, guests are allowed to bring food / snacks and small plates. But this is not a BYOB event, as free drinks (including) wine will be provided. No creative painting skills are needed either, but be sure to bring it along if you have it.
Painting with a Twist (400 Suburban Drive, Newark) from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on December 31. paintingwithatwist.com/studio/newark
Seacrets on New Years Eve in Ocean City, Maryland
Premier Ocean City Seacrets nightclub aims to get you dancing later than most New Years Eve events. This year they’ll have you rocking until 4am. The celebration includes a champagne toast and a midnight balloon drop, followed by four additional hours of live entertainment. The whole evening will feature five bands and three DJs. Guests can also enjoy a three-course dinner at an additional cost.
Seacrets (117 49th St., Ocean City, Md.) At 4:00 p.m. Dec.31 until 4:00 a.m. Jan. 1. The cover charge is $ 40. Visit Seacrets.com, Seacrets on Facebook or (410) 524-4900.
Firewalk on New Years Eve in Middletown
People who are eager to kick off 2022 can do so by standing on hot coals. âIgnition the Firewalk: New Years Eve Galaâ is for brave souls interested in walking barefoot over 1,200 degrees of scorching rocks.
This event is a test for anyone who wants to break their limiting beliefs. At the same time, people should see a doctor if they are unsure if they are healthy enough for this challenge. After all, spending New Years in the hospital wouldn’t be cute.
108 Patriot Drive, Suite A, Middletown; 6:30 p.m., December 31. Admission is $ 99 to $ 149. Visit “Light the Fire: New Years Eve Gala” on Facebook.
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Rusty Rudder on New Years Eve at Dewey Beach
Dance, eat and have fun at this year’s final party. The evening features performances by Love Seed Mama Jump, Laura Lea & Tripp Fabulous, JJ Rupp and Kono Nation. There will be food and an open bar.
Rusty Rudder (113 Dickinson Ave., Dewey Beach) at 9 p.m. on December 31. Tickets cost $ 110. Visit rustyrudder.com or (302) 227-3888.
Confetti Countdown to New Years Eve in Wilmington
Mom won’t you let you stay up late to see the ball fall? No problem, kids can get around this problem by enjoying a countdown from 10 that ends with an explosion of confetti cannons. Since once the countdown is not enough, there will be four countdowns; and families can choose a time that works best for them. In addition, there will be a musical performance by We Kids Rock.
Masks are mandatory for all guests, aged 2 years or older.
Delaware Children’s Museum (550 Justison St., Wilmington) at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on December 31. Admission costs $ 12 and is free for children 12 months or younger. Visit delawarechildrensmuseum.org or Delaware Children’s Museum on Facebook (302) 654-2340.
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