Ready to celebrate the New Year in Greenville? Kidding Around’s Deborah Pope has 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.
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 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.
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 $99.99 – $199.99 for a 2.5 hour rental.
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.
Hidden Pastures Unicorn Farm– (Closed New Years Eve Due to Rain)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.
Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site – 10 am – 11 am – Take part in a First Day Hike with a self-guided 1.5-mile hike along the Tyger River Trail. First Day Hike hand sanitizers and stickers will be given out while supplies last. Free park admission.
Musgrove Mill State Historic Site – 9 am-11:15 am, 1 pm-1:30 pm, and 2 pm-3 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 – 11 am-12:30 pm and 4 pm-5:30 pm – This year’s First Day Hike is around Lake Placid. 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!
More Events and Things to Do For New Year’s
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.