Your New Year’s Must-Dos

From NYE bashes to beach bonfires, XX+ ways to start 2020 off right


Little Rhody offers no shortage of ways to ring in the new year, from fine dining to fireworks, and everything in between: We’ve got you covered. Here are some ways to see out 2019 with a bang (or in some slightly quieter fashions), along with a few must-do’s for the morning after!

New Year’s Eve

Start the night off with a blaze at the Annual New Year’s Eve Bonfire at Ninigret Park. The fire will be roaring and hot cocoa piping until 7pm for this cozy outdoor gathering. 5 Park Lane, Charlestown

Spend a contemplative evening under the stars at Frosty Drew Observatory for a special night of New Year’s Eve Stargazing from 7-9pm. 61-62 Park Lane, Charlestown

Join The Trap and Safehouse in East Greenwich for the Black and Gold “Masked in Mystery” Masquerade Party. Don’t miss musical entertainment at both restaurants, along with food and drink specials. 195 Old Forge Road, East Greenwich

Live music from Narrow River Band, passed canapes, and champagne are all in store for you at the New Year’s Eve Bash at The Break. 1208 Ocean Road, Narragansett

Get your seafood fix at George’s of Galilee, presenting a special NYE four-course meal and complimentary bubbly. 250 Sand Hill Cove Road, Narragansett

Dine and then dance your way into the new year at Gas Lamp Grille, with live entertainment by After School Special and DJ Remedy. 206 Thames Street, Newport

Head over to Newport for a four-course NYE dinner at The Safari Room Restaurant, with a champagne toasting, of course, at OceanCliff Hotel. 65 Ridge Road, Newport

WaterPlace Park is your go-to spot for fireworks and festivities. All are invited to count down with the NYE One Providence Ball Drop. 1 Financial Way, Providence

Ogie’s Trailer Park is putting on all the bells and whistles (literally - noisemakers are included) for Blurry NYE, partying all night with drink specials, snacks, music, and more. 1155 Westminster Street, Providence

Choose your downcity experience with Providence G, which is hosting celebrations at Sarto, the Ballroom, the Rooftop, and Providence GPub to ring in the new year. 

Veggie lovers rejoice: Plant City is offering a six-course prix fixe meal for their NYE dinner and celebration. End the year full and happy! 334 South Water Street, Providence

The Wilbury Theatre is hosting the NYE edition of the monthly variety show, Revue Year’s Eve Hot ‘n’ Ready to close out 2019 with comedy, music, and dancing. 40 Sonoma Court, Providence

Slow dance into the new year to four decades’ worth of music hits at Troop’s New Year’s Winter Ball (evening formal wear optional). 60 Valley Street, Providence

Travel back to the 1920s to welcome in 2020 at Shelter Harbor Inn for The Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve Party. Dance the night away and come dressed in your ‘20s best! 10 Wagner Road, Westerly


New Year’s Day

Wake up early (or late) for beer and brunch at Bayberry Beer Hall served 10am-3pm. For double the beer fix, Bayberry is also seeing out 2019 with a NYE party the night before! 381 West Fountain Street, Providence

Usher in 2020 with a lively winter stroll through scenic Roger Williams Park for their free New Year’s Day Walk in the Park. 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence

Indulge in bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary’s at Rogue Island, which will offer a full brunch menu and specials for the new year. 65 Weybosset Street, Providence

Celebrate 2020 and the unveiling of Ellie’s new brunch program at Spritz Brunch. Treat yourself to French fare and day drinks served 10am-4pm. 225 Weybosset Street, Providence

Charge into the chilly waters of Easton Beach in Newport for the Polar Bear Plunge, a long-standing tradition benefiting A Wish Come True. Easton Beach, Newport

Show 2020 who’s boss: take on a shoreline obstacle course before plunging into Narragansett Bay at the Frozen Clam Dip and Obstaplunge. Proceeds support nonprofit, MENTOR Rhode Island. 1095 Ives Road, Warwick