Looking to go out for New Year’s Eve in Columbus for 2021/2022? We’re all ready for a new year (again), right? This next one HAS to be better!
We’ve compiled a list options to party the night away until the ball drop (and beyond). In the spirit of “cheap”, there are free, under $15, and under $25 per person options. We also include a few splurge events, because many of the higher ticket prices typically include food, drinks, and party favors.
The cheapest option for a New Year’s Eve celebration would be a gathering with friends and family at a home, with guests bringing food and drink to share. This will save you a lot of money, and may be the most enjoyable and personal option to start the New Year off right.
If you’d rather go out, every bar in town will offer some sort of New Year’s Eve fun, as it’s one of the busiest nights in the industry. Check for cover charges before you head out; some may be steeper than you’d expect!
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Noon Years Eve in Columbus 2021
These events are held to allow families with young children to enjoy a New Year’s Eve celebration and still have an early bedtime that night!
December 31, 2021. Celebrate New Year’s Eve preschool style with crafts and entertainment, and a countdown at Noon to celebrate the New Year. $10 per child; registration required. Activity #408604-01
December 31, 2021 from 11:30 am – 1 pm. Ring in the new year with stories, activities, and dance party fun! Count down to noon with a storytime featuring your favorite characters. Then dance the afternoon away at our after-party featuring crafts, your favorite tunes — and a visit from Llama Llama (wearing his red pajamas!). Free; all ages.
December 31, 2021 from 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. The ceremony is free and open to all but registration is required.
Instead of midnight, you’ll ring in the new year at noon (eastern standard time). Come participate in child focused activities and show us your best moves at our dance party. This fast-paced, virtual party will be the perfect sendoff to 2021! Balloons, decorations and festive attire are encouraged for this event!
December 31 from 12 pm – 4 pm. We’re counting down to the end of 2021, but our clocks have gone missing! Search the picnic area to find our missing clocks and earn a prize to help ring in the New Year. Meet at the Natural Play Area.
December 31 at 3:30 pm. Meet at Blendon Ravines, 5280 Cambria Way, for an off-trail hike up and down the ravines. Prepare for mud. Park along the street
New Year’s Eve in Columbus: $15 and under per person
New Years Eve, December 31, 2021
- Countdown to New Years Day with the Family at Skate Zone 71! 5-7:30 pm $14 Admission Includes Roller Skate Rental, Slice of Cheese Pizza, Drink & Noisemakers to MOCK COUNTDOWN to 2022!
- Ring in the New Year at Skate Zone 71! 8:30pm-12:30am All ages welcome! $16.00 Admission inlcudes Roller Skate Rental, Slice of Cheese Pizza, Drink, 10 Game Tokens & Noisemakers for our 2022 COUNTDOWN. $10 Non-Skating Adults
New Years Day, January 1, 2022
- New Years Glow Skate 12:00pm – 3:00pm. Early Bird Skate! Come Roll under our Glow Lights and celebrate the New Year. Admission: $2.99, Skate Rental: $4.50, Rollerblade Rental: $5.50
- FREE Lunch Skate Party 3:30pm – 5:30pm. Roll on in and enjoy our FREE Lunch! $10.00 Admission includes; Roller Skate Rental, Slice of Cheese Piza & Small Drink! Skate Rental: INCLUDED Rollerblade Rental: $1.00 Extra
- NYD Unlimited Pizza Skate 6:00-9:00pm Celebrate the New Years at Skate Zone 71 & Come Watch Football on our Big Screen! $12.00 Admission Includes Roller Skate Rental & Unlimited Cheese Pizza (served until 8:30), $7.00 Non-Skating Adults, Skate Rental: INCLUDED, Rollerblade Rental: $1.00 Extra
Partners Park, 125 E. Sixth St., Marysville, OH 43040
Saturday, December 11, 2021 – January 2, 2022 (closed Christmas Day). Skates provided. Outdoor heaters. 72′ x 40′ rink. CPR/First Aid staffed. FREE!
Open 5-8 pm on weekdays through December 17, and 2-8 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, and every day starting December 18. Closed Christmas Day. Extended hours, December 30th & 31st – 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
December 31 from 3 pm – 12:30 am. Paint and Karaoke on New Year’s Eve. Have fun painting and singing or listening to others sing! Come in when it is convenient for you to paint what you want and karaoke.
Let us know to expect you with a $10.00 RSVP that will be credited toward your in-studio purchase. If you decide to walk in that is OK!
Come in when it is convenient for you to paint what you want and karaoke with us!
Bring your favorite beverage and snacks. When you get to the studio, you will choose your paint project! Projects range from $10-$100+. We have a large variety of projects between $20-$35.
Damn Girl “Solid Gold” NYE Party at Seventh Son
Join Seventh Son for a SOLID GOLD New Year’s Eve featuring the DJs from Damn Girl! Dress in your finest gold threads. Pre-sale tickets are $10 through Eventbrite. Tickets will be $15 at the door. *Proof of vaccination or negative test results within 48 hours will be checked the night of the event.
Seventh Son Brewing Co. 1101 North 4th Street, Columbus, OH 43201
The ReDO: NYE ’22 at Aura
The ReDO wants to bring in 2022 with you and we’re doing it big at Aura (formerly Avalon)! Five of your favorite DJs spinning nothing but vinyl as we party our way into the new year. Tickets start at $15.
205 North 5th Street, Columbus
Events $25 and under per person
New Years Eve Party at BBR
106 Vine St. Columbus, Ohio 43215 614.224.3002. website
December 31, 2021 from 7 pm – 2 am. Multiple Djs and MCs, Great giveaways and party favors, countdown confetti blast at Midnight and passed hors d’oeuvres early. Tickets are $20. VIP tables available.
Mustard Tiger at Hoof Hearted Brewery & Kitchen
850 N 4th St, Columbus, OH 43215 details
December 31, 2021 from 10 pm – 1 am. Free surf-punk show to ring in the new year. Featuring Dana, Brat Curse, and Tetnis. 21+ over.
You’ll find many ways to enjoy the night at Hollywood Casino on New Years Eve. Head to the H Lounge at 9 pm for a free standing room only New Years Eve party with live music from Lt. Dan’s New Legs (9:30 p.m. – 1 a.m.) and balloon drop. Admission to the casino is free; dining and beverages are additional. There are also several dining options available throughout the casino for New Year Eve and New Years Day.
Dress to Impress for this NYE with a Hip-Hop R&B Dance vibe from DJ Surge at Dahlia Nightclub. 21+ only. General admission just $20 in advance. VIP tables suggested for large groups. Text 614-401-0308 to book.
147 Vine Street, Columbus
Party with an all-request Dueling Pianos show that will have you singing, laughing, and dancing all night long. Table reservations will sell out, so get your tickets early!
Tickets start at $25 for general admission. Reserved seating tickets available at various levels. All guests must be 21 years old or older and have a valid form of ID to enter.
The Big Bang Dueling Piano Bar. 1516 North High Street, Columbus
Events $50 and under per person
AMF New Year’s Eve Bowling Parties
AMF Sawmill, 4825 Sawmill Rd. Columbus, OH 43235, 614-889-0880
AMf Stardust, 2434 Old Stringtown Rd. Grove City, OH 43123
Three options for celebrating at the lanes with special packages; New Year’s Eve day, New Year’s Eve night and New Year’s Day. Having your own lane and unlimited bowling during your reservation is the perfect way to celebrate with family and friends. Book online and enjoy contactless payment and a faster check-in experience.
NYE Family Package: multiple times available, both days. Get 2 hours of unlimited bowling and soft drinks, plus shoe rental and food. Menu includes pizza, chips & salsa, salad, chicken tenders, fries, and cookies. $25.99 per person at Sawmill, $21.99 per person at Stardust, minimum of 4 per private lane. Add on bar package for guests over 21.
NYE Ball Drop: 9 pm – 1 am. Four hours of unlimited bowling, including shoes, large signature menu, and sparkling cider and champagne toast. $45.99 per person at Sawmill, $41.99 per person at Stardust, minimum of 4 per private lane. Add on bar package for guests over 21.
Grandview Theater & Drafthouse New Year’s Eve BEER Tasting
Tickets are $40.00 and include: 9 samples from some of America’s best breweries (full list is still being confirmed, we’ll announce them soon,) a custom pint glass, funny stuff, a ton of raffles, and the ball drop on the BIG SCREEN. The 10th sample will be bubbly. Hosted by Andy Wuelfing, the tasting will begin at 10pm SHARP. 21 and over only and no refunds unless event is cancelled. Purchase tickets here.
The Forge Tavern: A Labyrinth Masquerade Ball New Year’s Party
1375 Bethel Rd, Columbus
A Labyrinth Masquerade Ball New Year’s Party! Wear your best ballroom attire. We will be decorating in the theme of Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. Guest host Robert Turk from Wicked Clever.
This is strictly a ticketed event! Tickets include your meal consisting of four-point sandwiches, pinwheel sandwiches, vegetable tray, cheese tray, fruit tray and dessert. Ticket price also includes a midnight toast with our house bubbly and entrance into the fantasy realm of the Labyrinth Ball! Don’t have a masquerade mask? We will have some available with ticket purchase. Limited supplies!
There will be a professional photographer for photo ops. Proof of vaccination or negative test within 48 hours of the party.
Early bird special! $40.00 if tickets purchased prior to December 4, 2021. $45.00 from December 4 through December 18. $50.00 from December 19th to the date of the event. $55.00 at the door if we don’t sell out before hand. This event will likely sell out.
Friday, December 31st at 7:00 PM
Qfm presents Flannagan’s NYE Party featuring South of Eden, Harmless Habit, and more! All ages are welcome. All minors must be accompanied by an adult.
General admission tickets are $35, or 4 for $120. VIP tickets are $55 and include Early entry, Meet and greets, Beer pong with the bands, Catered dinner, Special gift, and Discount on nearby hotel
A portion of the proceeds benefit The DVS Foundation focusing on mental health. All credit cards will be charged by The DVS Foundation/Flannagan’s Tickets.
Flannagans Dublin Indoor, 6835 Caine Rd Columbus, OH 43235
New Year’s Eve 2022 at Howl at the Moon Columbus!
504 North Park Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Howl at the Moon Columbus offers a variety of NYE packages to kiss 2021 goodbye and start the New Year having a blast. There are seated packages in addition to the Just Dance package, ranging from $100-$120, including food and more.
JUST DANCE, $50 per person. Premium open bar 9PM-12AM. Champagne toast at mi$45dnight. Food and seating not included. Must arrive between 9PM-12AM.
VASO New Years Eve Experiences
Rooftop of AC Dublin, 6540 Riverside Drive, Dublin, OH 43017 (614) 698-2525
Guests can ring in the new year in style with live music and party favors at VASO. Cap off the year with panoramic views, a delicious dinner and Instagrammable cocktails like ‘My Lips are Sealed’.
General admission tickets start at $50 and include a complimentary Cava toast for once the clock strikes midnight. Revelers with champagne taste can upgrade by booking a private dining or igloo experience or make a night of it and crash at the AC Hotel Columbus Dublin with a room package which includes a table for two. Visit www.vasodublin.com to reserve your ticket.
New Year’s Eve in Columbus: Splurge Events
AC Hotel Columbus Downtown and Lumin SkyBar New Years Eve
As centrally-located as it gets, the recently-opened AC Hotel Columbus Downtown welcomes guests to a perfect home base at the intersection of the Arena and Short North Arts Districts.
New Years Eve at Lumin SkyBar: On the eighth floor, Lumin SkyBar doubles as a communal space by day and a lively social hub by night. Overlooking Park Street, the city’s social hub with scenic views, the refined rooftop experience transports guests to evenings in Barcelona with a variety of Spanish-inspired tapas, local craft beers and hand-crafted cocktails.
Ring in 2022 on the 8th floor of the AC Hotel Columbus Downtown at Lumin Sky Bar. Join us from 8pm-2am for a night of celebration and entertainment, with music provided by international performer, DJ Xtreme.
All tickets include a champagne toast at midnight, drink tickets, live music, photobooth, and late night snack. Tickets start at $63.25 for late night entry – book here. There are also options for reserved seating and private Igloo reservations. *Ticket price includes tax and gratuity*
New Years Bash 2022 by Park Street Tavern
501 Park Street, Columbus
December 31 from 8 pm – 1 am. All Inclusive evening includes drinks, tapas buffet, champagne toast, party favors, and Live music by The Fabulous Johnson Brothers! Tickets are $75.
New Year’s Eve Bash at Park Street Cantina
Park Street Cantina, 491 Park Street, Columbus, OH 43215
December 31 from 7 pm – 2 am. Enjoy quality drinks and unique times with your friends and family. Very limited tickets available so Purchase your ticket to guarantee your spot. Live Djs will be spinning top hits all night long. Must be 21+ to enter. Tickets start at $120 for admission, open bar, and more.
New Year’s Eve 2021 Celebration at Callahan’s
Callahan’s Columbus, 520 Park Street, Columbus, OH 43215
December 31 from 7 pm – 2 am. Come join us at Callahan’s for a special night and enjoy quality drinks and unique times with your friends and family. Purchase your ticket to guarantee your spot. Live Djs will be spinning top hits all night long. Must be 21+ to enter. Tickets start at $120 for admission, open bar, and more.
New Year’s Eve Party at Short North Julep
With your ticket purchase you’ll enjoy the admission to the hottest party in the Short North at Julep with party favors, premium bar packages and ball drop watch party. Admission is $120, and includes general admission, party favors, and open bar.
Granero Lounge New Years Eve Party
Multiple Djs will be rocking the dance floors. Tickets include an open bar from 9pm till midnight with General Admission, ball drop watch party, premium bar package, party favors and so much more. Check out our different drink packages. Please reserve your spot early as we will definitely sell out early. This event is 21+ only. Tickets start at $120 for general admission and open bar.
I’ll add more events when I come across them, but if you want to go to any of these, buy your tickets now (prices could increase as demand increases). Please comment below, or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you know of other events that should be included.
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Friday, December 31, 2021
Saturday, January 1, 2022
Cancelled for 2021
First Night Columbus: Annual Family-friendly New Years Eve Celebration is cancelled for 2021/2022. This year First Night will be at COSI and there will be plenty of activities to enjoy inside and out, including movies, high-wire unicycle, musical entertainment, the planetarium, games and fun COSI exhibits, Little Kids Space activities, Holiday Lights Show, live entertainment, and fireworks at Midnight.
New Years Eve at the Renaissance Hotel: Cancelled for 2021/2022