Posted by Abiha Naqvi ● December 29, 2016

Home Sweet HoCo: Top 5 Local Events to Celebrate the New Year

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Celebrate 2017 in style with one of these 5 events local to howard county

 2017 is right around the corner, and we’re just as excited as you are to ring in the new year in Howard County. But where to celebrate? Traditional New Year’s Eve events like Times Square and even the semi-local DC bars are maybe too much of a hike for most. Lucky for us, local businesses in Howard County and the surrounding areas are hosting New Year’s celebrations of their own.

1. Midnight at 7

Howard County General Hospital is teaming up with Symphony of Lights to put on their annual “Midnight at 7” fireworks show. Enjoy a walkthrough of the light displays and indulge in the entertainment, music, food, and party favors! This is the largest annual fundraiser to benefit Howard County’s only hospital. Gates open at 5 p.m., and fireworks will go up at 7 p.m., weather permitting. Admission is $20 per individual or $50 for a group of 4. 

2. New Year’s Eve Spectacular in Baltimore

If you’re willing to make a short drive to charm city, the New Year’s Eve Spectacular is certainly worth it. Experience the city’s annual extravaganza featuring great music, food, and ice skating in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. And the best part? A vibrant fireworks display on the promenade at midnight to welcome the New Year.

Want to have your own party but still catch the show? The fireworks show can be seen from the following neighborhoods: Federal Hill, Locust Point, Canton, Harbor East, and Fell’s Point.

3. Clyde’s Stoli New Year’s Eve Bash

Clyde’s of Columbia is ringing in the New Year with an all-inclusive event for $60 per person. The event features a DJ, dance floor, raffle, party favors, midnight toast, and of course – a tempting open bar. The party goes from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., so bring your friends along for a night of drinks and fun. You can call 410-730-2829 or visit for tickets, must be 21 and over to attend.

4. New Year’s Eve Kids’ Party

Just because your kids are young doesn’t mean they should be missing out on all of the celebrating! EcoAdventures in Millersville is hosting a children’s NYE party for kids ages 5-12. For $70 per child, they'll get pizza, games, arts and crafts, animal presentations and more! The party runs from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., so this is also a good option if you want to do some “adult celebrating” on New Year’s Eve and can’t find a sitter.

5. Keep a Kid Smiling (KAKS)

If you’re planning on celebrating in Charm City, this event is a good option to keep in mind. KAKS in Baltimore will keep children ages 2-8 overnight while the parents ring in the new year. For $50, kids have the option of participating in a variety of age-appropriate activities while munching on both healthy and unhealthy snacks (breakfast is included as well). Doors open at 8 p.m. and will be locked 9 p.m. to 10 a.m. the next day.

Celebrate Responsibly

Apex Home Loans urges you to be safe this NYE. Don’t drink and drive; make sure to call Uber or Lyft if you need some extra help getting home.

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