7 Fun Things to Do on New Year’s Eve in Minnesota

Dress up in your best Gatsby-era outfit, dance the night away to the best area DJs, or bring your little ones to the park for some early evening excitement. New Year’s Eve in Minnesota is just around the corner and that means it’s time to start making your plans. From the family-friendly to the adult-oriented, here are the best NYE celebrations in the state. 

Pre-New Year’s Eve Party, Edinborough Park, Edina, MN

Edinborough Park’s pre-New Year’s Eve party is perfect for kids and adults of all ages. The event is from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., meaning your children can have fun but still make their usual bedtime. It’s on December 30, making it a go-to option for people who want to ring in the new year with a bit of fun but want to avoid the chaos of traveling on the actual holiday.

New Year’s Eve on Ice, Roseville Skating Center, Roseville, MN

The New Year’s Eve on Ice celebration lasts from 2:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is only $9, and it’s a great way to celebrate with your friends, family, and kids—or even by yourself! You can skate indoors or outdoors and take part in the door prizes and concession stands. Different activities will happen throughout the day in addition to skating, including an inflatable bouncer, face painting, and a magic show. Countdown begins at 9:30 p.m.

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Noon Year’s Confetti Dance Party, Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, Saint Paul, MN

The Noon Year’s Confetti Dance Party at the zoo is the perfect way to make sure your kids feel included in the year-end celebrations! From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on December 31 and January 1, you can ring in the new year with a high-energy, interactive kids DJ, contests, prizes, craft making, animal enrichment, giveaways, and a countdown to noon.

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New Year's Eve: A Roaring 2020 at Metropolitan Ballroom, Golden Valley, MN

This roaring celebration has $45 general admission tickets (doors open at 8 p.m.) and $75 VIP tickets (doors open at 7 p.m.) available for purchase. Enjoy a mix of dance, electro-swing, and old school music as you’re entertained by dancers, aerialists, and more throughout the night! This event pays tribute to the Gatsby era, where mobsters and prohibition were prevalent—except this time, you’ll be raising a perfectly legal glass of champagne for a midnight toast!

New Year’s Eve Mystery Dinner at Bunkers of Course, Buffalo, MN

Bunkers’ New Year’s Eve Mystery Dinner features a crime to be solved. Come dressed in your fanciest evening gown or suit and join in on a night of suspenseful mystery and a thrilling conclusion. Dinner for this 21+ event includes a 12-ounce ribeye and Cajun chicken alfredo pasta. The evening starts with a social hour and dinner selection at 8 p.m. before moving on to the main event, and there will be party favors and a champagne toast at midnight.

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Uptown NYE, Minneapolis, MN

Uptown NYE brings in some of the area’s top DJs, ensuring you’ll have a fantastic night of partying to ring in the new year. General admission tickets start at $20 in advance and are $40 at the door. Dance and drink the night away with some of your closest friends, but tickets are limited, so make sure you get yours soon to lock in your spot!

Hogwarts Yule Ball at Savage Library, Prior Lake, MN

Every Harry Potter-loving child can celebrate the new year at Savage Library as the Hogwarts Yule Ball will feature two events: One for ages 3-11 and another for ages 12-18. The events are held at 3 and 5:30 p.m., respectively. Experience “Hogwarts extracurriculars,” like freeing Dobby and dueling for fame and glory. Come dressed as your favorite character and participate in a costume contest, judged by audience applause and Hogwarts faculty.

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