New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Celebrations in Greenville, SC {for kids}

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Ready to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Greenville? We’ve compiled this list of great events to ring in the New Year and some fun things to do on New Year’s Day. You’ll find noon-time countdowns, free events, parties, special hikes, and more! Happy New Year from all of us at Kidding Around!

“We wish you a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!” You may have a plethora of ways to celebrate Christmas with your children, but do you have any ideas for celebrating the New Year in Greenville with your children? And, what do you do with your children on New Year’s Day? We have compiled a list of various options to celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day with your children.

New Years Eve in Greenville, SC

Things to Do on New Year’s Eve With Kids

From parties to crafts and noon countdowns, here are several options to help your children celebrate New Years Eve!

Noon Years Eve on Saturday at TCMU-Greenville and Spartanburg from 9 am – 12:30 pm – Included with admission. There will be party hats, time capsules, and confetti poppers. Advance tickets are recommended.

Noon Years Eve Party at the Little Gym from 11:15 am – 12:15 pm – Members are $20/child and non-members are $20/child. Perfect for little kids that includes playtime and a balloon drop. MUST PRE-REGISTER.

Family Fun at Spare Time Entertainment starting at Noon. You can buy a “party” for your family that includes lane and shoe rental, a large pizza and soft drinks, noisemakers, and unlimited bowling. Lane rentals at Noon and the later the time, the most costly the lane rental. Rentals range from $119.99 – $209.99 for a 2.5 hour rental. Reservations are recommended.

Roller Sports NYE Skate in Taylors from 7 pm – 1 am. Price is $15/person and includes a slice of pizza and drink after 11 pm.

Upstate Holiday Light Show – 6 pm – 11 pm – New Years Eve is the last night to take the family to see this spectacular, drive-through light show.

Nights of Lights at Heritage Park on New Years Eve – 5-10 pm. Tickets are $10/age 16+ and $8/ages 6-15; ages 65+ are free on Sunday.

Swamp Rabbits New Year’s Eve & Glow Night – 6 pm – New Years Eve. Go watch and support the Swamp Rabbits for their New Year’s Eve game. There will be glow in the dark jerseys and prizes. And after the game there will be a fireworks show.

New Year’s Eve Early Bird Ball Drop at Magnetic South Brewery – 12 pm – 10 pm on New Year’s Eve. Head to Magnetic South Brewery in Anderson, SC to ring in 2024…early bird style. There will be live music and a ball drop at 9 pm with champagne toast.

Kids $5 Play at Group Therapy all day on New Years Day – Kids ages 12 and under pay just $5 per game at Group Therapy on New Years Day.

Hidden Pastures Unicorn Farm– 11 am to 9 pm on New Year’s Day. See the animals and enjoy the holiday lights. There will also be a food truck and a special move on New Year’s Eve! Tickets are $12-$14.

And if you need more lights in your life, several local light displays operate through the first of the year!

Things to Do on New Year’s Day in Greenville & Spartanburg

If your children did not stay up on New Year’s Eve, they will probably be ready to go on the first morning of the year. Pick up some breakfast from your favorite local restaurant. Then, go have some fun.

Go hiking!

Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site – 11 am – 1 pm – Take part in a First Day Hike with a self-guided 1.5-mile hike along the Tyger River Trail. Free park admission.

Musgrove Mill State Historic Site – 11 am – 11:45 am. 1 pm – 2:30 pm. Enjoy a self-guided, kid-friendly First Day Hike along the 1-mile British Camp Trail. Admission to the site is free.

Paris Mountain State Park – 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm and 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Take a self-guided hike for the First Day Hike at Paris Mountain. Signs at station posts provide activities along the way. Park admission is $6 an adult, $3.50 a child, and free for under 5.

Or create your own adventure using Kidding Around’s Hiking Guide!

Try one of these perfect winter hiking trails

Make Memories at an Amusement Park on New Year’s Day

What about spending the beginning of the New Year at an amusement park? That’s one way to make it memorable!

Dollywood  – A favorite destination for the Kidding Around team, there’s no shortage of things to see and do in at Dollywood and in Pigeon Forge.

Carowinds – Conveniently located just over an hour from the Upstate, a visit doesn’t require an overnight stay.

Six Flags – This could be the year you overcome that fear of thrill-rides. The Pandemonium ride at Six Flags would be the amusement ride version of jumping into the deep end of the pool!

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New Year’s in Columbia, SC: Head down toward the Midlands for a heap of additional New Year’s Events, including Capital City Fireworks at midnight.

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James Waldrop
5 years ago

Are there any firework shows for New Years Eve in the upstate

5 years ago
Reply to  James Waldrop

None that we know of. If there were, they may likely be cancelled due to the impending rain. If you find any, please comment!

4 years ago

NYE Glow Party at Children’s Museum has been cancelled.

4 years ago

I am assuming all of the times that say 12pm actually mean 12 am, am I correct? 12 pm is noon and I am confused looking at your list

4 years ago
Reply to  Ethan

We mean Noon. It’s for kids so it’s not at midnight.

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