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New Years Eve in Baltimore 2012


Whether you are looking to watch a spectacular fireworks display from the deck of a historic ship or count down the New Year while watching a makeshift ball fall in quirky Hampden, there are plenty of ways to ring in the New Year in Baltimore. And if the ball drops before your bedtime, there are still plenty of activities that start earlier in the day--which is great for those of us with children.

Be sure to also check out About.com Baltimore's other New Year's content: By the way, anyone who is drinking should consider taking a cab, water taxi, or public transportation in the city.

Noontime New Year Superhero Spectacular with Eric Energy
Monday, December 31, 2012
Port Discovery! Kids Museum will ring in the New Year early at their annual Noontime New Year. This year, the museum will celebrate super heroes and super powers with the character Eric Energy. Kids are encouraged to dress in their favorite costumes, and will be able to create noisemakers before a countdown takes place at noon--complete with a juice and cookie toast. Eric Energy will perform at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Midnight Moon
Monday, December 31, 2012, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Maryland Science Center will once again host Midnight Moon, it's annual New Year's Even celebration. Kids will enjoy face painting and making their own party hats and noisemakers. Popular children's band Milkshake will take to the stage at 11:30 a.m., and activities such as craft making and puppet shows will take place throughout the day. Advance tickets are recommended.

Midnight at 7
Monday, December 31, 2012, 5-7 p.m. (last admission at 6:30 p.m.)
The Symphony of Lights, one of the most famous Christmas light spectacles in the Baltimore area, will allow visitors to walk through the lights during this family friendly event. Enjoy entertainment, dancing, and giveaways, plus fireworks at 7 p.m. Early reservation is encouraged, with advanced tickets priced at $15 per person. Discounts are available for groups of three or more. Children age three and under are free.

11th Annual New Year's Eve Deck Party
Monday, December 31, 2012
The U.S.S. Constellation, one of Baltimore's historic ships, will once again host a deck party on New Year's Eve. Festivities include party favors and giveaways, special tours, cannon firings, and champagne. It's the perfect place to take in the fireworks that go off high above the Inner Harbor--and you'll feel good knowing your money goes toward restoration projects and future exhibitions.

The Last Stop
Monday, December 31, 2012, 5 p.m.
B&O American Brasserie
Ring in the New Year at B&O American Brasserie at this party featuring dishes specially created by Chefs Tom Dunklin and Bradley Willits, cocktail/beer pairings, a DJ, and a champagne toast at midnight. Reservations are encouraged. The next day, the restaurant will host a brunch with a Bloody Mary bar.

Baltimore's New Year's Eve Spectacular
Monday, December 31, 2012, 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Ring in 2013 at this annual holiday celebration in Baltimore's Inner Harbor featuring music and a colorful midnight fireworks display. Music starts at 9 p.m. in the Inner Harbor Amphitheater (Pratt and Light streets), while the choreographed fireworks show will start at the stoke of midnight. The light display can be seen from downtown restaurants and hotels, as well as surrounding neighborhoods such as Fells Point and Federal Hill.

Charm City Countdown
Monday, December 31, 2012, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Set in the 1840's Ballroom (29 South Front St.) near the Inner Harbor, this New Year's Eve bash attracts singles and couples ages 20s to late 40s. The party takes place on four floors, each with a different theme, menu, entertainment, and an open bar. There will be a martini bar, wine bar, and shooter bar, plus a cigar lounge on the outdoor courtyard. A champagne toast will take place at midnight, and revelers should be able to catch the fireworks downtown from this spot. Tickets start at $99.

NYE Live!
Monday, December 31, 2012, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
The Power Plant Live! entertainment complex will host a New Year's celebration of its own. An all-access pass gets partygoers into nine different venues, where there will be gourmet food, live entertainment, a midnight celebration, and--of course--open bars. Tickets are $95 in advance or $110 the week/day of the event.

New Year’s Eve Extravaganza
Monday, December 31, 2012, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Enjoy live music by Starfire, dancing, a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, party favors, and a Chesapeake-inspired, four-course meal at The Rusty Scupper. Not only are you guaranteed to have a great time, but you'll also be able to see Baltimore's fireworks! Prices start at $119.99 per person.

Ball Drop on 34th Street
Monday, December 31, 2012, 11:45 p.m.
For something a little more laid back--but still uniquely Baltimore--head to Hampden's 34th Street, where Christmas lights have been lighting up the block between Chestnut St. and Keswick Rd. all season long. Every year, the block hosts its own makeshift ball drop, where revelers count down in the streets.

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