There is no shortage of places to celebrate the new year in Rhode Island, with the biggest and most diverse being in the Providence and Newport areas, but many others in between. What follows is a very incomplete list, a sampling of what to do to wish 2016 goodbye and welcome in 2017. For a fuller listing, see sites like www.goprovidence.com and www.whatsupnewp.com/new-years-eve-newport-december-31-2016.
The 2nd Annual One Providence New Year’s Eve Ball is being held at the Rhode Island Convention Center, with entertainment by Steve Anthony, DeeJ Tommy Dee and an evening full of promised surprise performances. Tickets are $50-$100, with a host of hotel packages available making it an easy and safe way to spend the night partying in the Capital City. For info, visit www.oneprovidencenye.com.
The Providence Marriott Downtown has its own “Sparkle” package, which includes the room, cocktail reception with signature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner and live music by Steven Palumbo, a comedy show with Rhode Island’s own premier funny man Frank O’Donnell, DJ and dancing and a champagne toast. Room rates start at $269, and they advise wearing “sparkly” clothing for the soiree. All info can be had at www.marriottprovidence.com
The views are smashing and so is the time promised at “Countdown Under the Stars” at Rooftop at the ProvidenceG, the city’s only rooftop restaurant and lounge. Free champagne upon arrival starts off the night, followed by wood-fired pizzas and gourmet apps, a dessert buffet and specialty cocktails to take in the twinkling city scene. There’s dancing under the stars with live music by DJ Naughty, and you can record your memories in the ProvidenceG’s photo booth, all in a heated enclosed space. Tickets are $75, and for info, visit www.rooftopattheg.com
Up in Lincoln, the Twin River Casino Event Center hosts its own New Year’s Eve party, mixing music of the ‘90s with today’s funk, dance and originals, and World Premier Band’s high energy. VIP tickets ($120) gets you all-you-can-eat buffet, two drink tickets, premium seating by the dance floor, party favor and champagne toast. The $90 option includes buffet, one drink ticket, party favor and champagne toast. For the full story, visit www.twinriver.com/entertainment
The Brick Alley Pub in Newport is doing it up with its famous appetizer reception and ends with a toast at midnight, with tickets running $89 (tax and tip included). Dinner includes soup, pasta, salad, entrée buffet and dessert. Check it out at www.brickalley.com
The regal Hotel Viking in Newport kicks it off with three seatings at 5, 7 or 9 p.m., with dinner that includes salad, entrée and dessert, the last seating coming with champagne toast, party favors and table cocktail service. Live entertainment will be held in the One Bellevue Lounge. Check it out at www.hotelviking.com/img/pdf/OneBellevue_NYE.pdf
Yuk it up with the masters of improve, The Bit Players in Newport at shows held at 7, 9 and 11 p.m., as they present their annual New Year’s Eve night of comedy at The Firehouse Theater. Each show is an hour long, all seats are $20 and you can bring your own bottle. The first show is family friendly, and the third show includes watching the ball drop on Times Square in New York on video display. Start the laughs at www.bitplayers.net or www.firehousetheater.org
Down the far end of the state, Ocean House in Watch Hill hosts a black-tie party that includes sweet and savory treats inspired by cuisine around the world, live entertainment, free cocktails and a wellness station to keep you dancing. The food choices are tremendous and varied, including Ninigret oysters, local clams, smoked prime rib, fried Ocean House pickles, lobster beignets, beet-cured salmon and more. Tickets are $175 each (includes tax and tip), and for all info, visit www.oceanhouseevents.com