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Nov 17, 2019








The balloons drop and the bubble wrap “fireworks” go off during the Currier Museum of Art’s Noon Year’s Eve event. Courtesy photo.

Noon Year’s Eve

When: Saturday, Dec. 31, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., Manchester
Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door
More family and kid-friendly New Year’s Eve events
• Join the Manchester City Library’s Main Branch (405 Pine St.) in welcoming 2017 with its annual New Year’s Party on Friday, Dec. 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The library will provide noisemakers, balloons, confetti and more to get you into the spirit. Admission is free, but registration is required. Visit or call 624-6550 x3328.
• Make your own noisemakers at the Nashua Public Library (2 Court St.) on Friday, Dec. 30, from 2 to 3 p.m. Materials will be provided to make quick and easy noisemakers, but space is limited for this program and registration is required. Visit or call 589-4600.
• The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire (6 Washington St., Dover) will be topping off a week’s worth of holiday vacation festivities with its annual Family New Year’s Eve Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Museum staff members will be ringing in 2017 with three “countdowns to midnight” at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Activities include a glittery disco ball, confetti and wish blimps to descend on the crowd. Local magician Magic Fred will be returning with mini magic shows throughout the day. Craft options include making sparkly recycled paper hats, and photo opportunities will be available in the museum’s photo booth. The celebration is included with regular museum admission ($9, $8 for seniors, and free for babies and members). Visit or call 742-2002.
• Join Cowabunga’s Indoor Inflatable Playground (1328 Hooksett Road, Hooksett) for a bouncing celebration into 2017 at its annual New Year’s Eve Party on Saturday, Dec. 31, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All three gyms will be open throughout the day, and the event will culminate with two special “confetti countdowns,” at noon and at 3 p.m. The cost is $10 for kids and free for adults and babies. Visit or call 625-8008.
• Watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks over Hampton Beach on Saturday, Dec. 31, beginning at 8 p.m. near the Sea Shell Stage (170 Ocean Blvd.). Admission is free and open to the public. Visit or call 926-8717.
• The Derry Public Library (64 E. Broadway) will celebrate the new year with a dance party and balloon drop countdown on Saturday, Dec. 31, at noon. Admission is free and open to all ages; no registration is required. Visit or call 432-6140.
• Join the Goffstown Public Library (2 High St.) in welcoming 2017 with its third annual New Year’s at Noon party on Saturday, Dec. 31, beginning at 11:15 a.m. Festivities will lead up to the “new year” celebration at noon, and all families with kids up to grade 3 are welcome. Admission is free, but registration is required. Visit or call 497-2102.
• The Hampstead Public Library (9 Mary E. Clark Drive) will host a kids’ New Year’s Eve at Noon celebration that kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 31, at 11:30 a.m. The first annual event will include fun games, opportunities to make your own party hats and more before a countdown to noon begins to ring in 2017. Admission is free. Visit or call 329-6411.

As good as noon
Celebrate New Year’s Eve early with these family-friendly events

By Matt Ingersoll

 If you’re excited about ringing in 2017 but not sure you can make it to midnight, there are plenty of family-friendly events going on during the day in the Granite State to celebrate before the sun goes down.

One of them is the annual Noon Year’s Eve at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, which is happening on Saturday, Dec. 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event features food, face-painting, music, dancing and even some magic tricks before culminating with a special “balloon drop” welcoming the new year a few hours early.
“The museum is pretty much taken over by kids and their parents, so that’s always fun for us,” said Steve Konick, director of PR and marketing at Currier, adding that the museum will be closed to the public for the duration of Noon Year’s Eve. “This is our fifth year doing it, and every year the population gets bigger and bigger.”
In fact, the event has become one of the largest family-friendly New Year’s Eve events in northern New England, according to Konick. Around 500 tickets are expected to be sold for this year’s event.
“Five hundred has become a sort of sweet spot in terms of number, because it allows a better chance for more kids to get to the grand finale, and also for fewer lines to get into different activities,” he said.
The museum will provide opportunities to make your own noisemakers, as well as a photo booth area where you can make your own hats, Konick said. Other activities will include a set of three separate half-hour-long magic shows by Boston-based magician David Hall alternating with performances by John Chouinard of the Ted Herbert Music School.
At 2 p.m., the party will gather in the Winter Garden Cafe for the main event: the balloon drop and bubble wrap stomp.
“[The cafe] gets transformed into a room with giant sheets of bubble wrap taped down to the floor, and we do a big countdown and all the kids just stream down and stomp down on the bubble wrap as the balloons drop, like fireworks,” Konick said.
Tickets to Noon Year’s Eve will be available at until the night before, Konick said. The museum will reopen to the public on Jan. 2. 

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