Whether you prefer quiet contemplation or want to party the night away, there are myriad ways to bid farewell to 2018 and welcome the new year. Here’s a sampling of events around the region.
ACTON The Discovery Museum at 177 Main St. is hosting two events on Monday, Dec. 31. Starting at 10 a.m., children can make their own party hats and noise makers to 11:45 a.m. at Bessie’s Noon Year’s Eve Party Prep. At The Pajama Dance Party, beginning promptly after the craft activities at 11:45 a.m., children can enjoy DJ entertainment and a countdown to noon. Admission to the museum and its events cost $14.50 for adults, $13.50 for seniors 60 and over, and $14.50 for children. Teachers and children under the age of 1 are admitted free of charge. Visit www.discoveryacton.org.
BEVERLY A family-friendly celebration will kick off New Year’s Eve early Monday, Dec. 31, from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Cabot Street. There will be a parade and a “Kids’ Countdown” beach ball drop at 6:45 p.m., as well as a parade, performances, games, crafts, and more. Special events — such as a magic show, train rides, and karaoke — require an admission button, but kids under 2 are free. Buttons are on sale for $8 at Aubuchon Hardware, Beverly Bank on Cabot Street, the Greater Beverly YMCA, and Henry’s Market. Visit www.beverlymainstreets.org.
BROOKLINE Ring in the new year at Hops N Scotch Bar’s New Year’s Eve Masquerade, on Monday, Dec. 31, starting at 10 p.m. A masquerade mask, music, and a Champagne toast at midnight are included at the celebration, at 1306 Beacon St. Tickets cost $30. Visit www.eventbrite.com and search “Hops N Scotch.”
COHASSET Start the year off with a walk through Holly Hill Farm’s 130 acres of marked trails. Participants can choose from a guided family hike or a slower-paced stroll, at 236 Jerusalem Road, on Tuesday, Jan. 1, from 1 to 3 p.m. Fresh egg sandwiches, soup, grilled cheese, warm cider, and coffee from the Farmhouse Kitchen will be served at the heated greenhouse. The walk is free but donations are welcome. Visit www.hollyhillfarm.org.
EASTON The Children’s Museum in Easton will celebrate New Years all day on Monday, Dec. 31. From 10 to 4 p.m., the museum will offer crafts, games, activities, and a magic show. There will also be glitter tattoos and a glow-in-the-dark dance party. Children and families can count down to the early New Year periodically throughout the day — with bursts of confetti, of course. The event at 9 Sullivan Ave. costs $10 a person. Visit www.cmeaston.org.
FOXBOROUGH Patriot Place at Gillette Stadium is hosting a number of New Year’s Eve events on Monday, Dec. 31. Most events are for ages 21 and older. Bar Louie will host a Black and White Masquerade party. Admission costs $10, and includes a champagne toast and party favors. Toby Keith’s I Love this Bar & Grill will host a “House Party,” with cocktails, party favors, giveaways, and a champagne toast. Pre-sale tickets cost $10. At The Comedy Scene, Christine Hurley will perform a show at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $25, open to ages 18 and up. Splitsville will offer special New Year’s Eve packages for bowling, food, drinks, and virtual reality golfing, but will be open only to the 21+ crowd after 8 p.m. The Winter Skate ice rink will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 31, costing $10 for adults, $6 for children, and an addition $5 for ice skate rentals. Visit www.patriot-place.com/NYE-at-Patriot-Place.
FRANKLIN The First Universalist Society, at 262 Chestnut St., is hosting a meditative labyrinth walk on Monday, Dec. 31, from 5 to 7 p.m. After a brief opening ceremony, participants can choose from two labyrinths, weather permitting: an outdoor, 20-foot Cretan-style labyrinth with lights and a firepit, or an indoor 30-foot Chartres-style labyrinth in a candle-lit room accompanied by soft music. The event is free to attend. Visit www.fusf.org.
LYNNFIELD MarketStreet Lynnfield will host a 1960s-themed Family Block Party on Monday, Dec. 31, from 5 to 7 p.m. The early evening event will feature a DJ, street performers, ice skating, photo opportunities, and a confetti burst at the 7 p.m. countdown for kids. Anyone dressed in costume will be entered to win a prize. The event is free and open to the public. Visit www.marketstreetlynnfield.com.
MILTON Novara Restaurant at 556 Adams St. is hosting a New Year’s Eve Gala on Monday, Dec. 31, at 9 p.m. Attendees will be greeted by a red carpet entrance, live music by the acoustic duo Little Black Dress, small plates food offerings, and a live stream of the ball drop at New York’s Times Square. Admission to the gala costs $75. Visit www.novararestaurant.com.
NEEDHAMNew Year’s Needham is gearing up for a full day of celebrations on Monday, Dec. 31. Starting at 10 a.m. eight venues around town will host the Tanglewood Marionettes, Charles River Ballet Academy, magic, storytelling, jazz, blues, rock, folk music, a mentalist/comedian, and more. Admission buttons are $5. Then head to the James Hugh Powers Hall in Needham Town Hall, 1471 Highland Ave, for a Countdown Party starting at 9:30 p.m. featuring The Family Jewels and saxophonist and flautist Paul Ahlstand. Tickets to the Countdown Party are $30 through Dec. 28, and $35 after. Visit www.newyearsneedham.org.
NEWTON Celebrate while giving to charity at the Mayor’s New Year’s Eve Open House & Food Drive on Monday, Dec. 31, from 10 a.m. to noon. Residents can drop off a food pantry donation at Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Ave., where face painting, crafts, and refreshments will be available. Visit www.newtoncommunitypride.org.
ROCKPORT The 22nd annual New Year’s Eve celebration will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31. The annual celebration of the arts will bring 40 performers to 17 venues in downtown Rockport until the ball drops at midnight. Aside from acts across genres, there will also be children’s activities, train rides, and a drum parade along Broadway. A special button, designed by contest winner and Rockport student Luke Wallace, will allow entry. The button, which can be purchased in local stores and online, costs $15.50 for adults and $10.50 for youth. Children under 12 are free. Visit rockportnye.org.
SALEM Kids and families in Salem can kick off 2019 early at Old Town Hall on Monday, Dec. 31. From 4 to 6 p.m., there will be hat making, face painting, games, activities, and a photo booth. The early New Year’s Eve countdown will start just before 6 p.m. A $5 donation is recommended. Visit salemmainstreets.org.