New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Kansas City

How will you ring in the new year? From family friendly options to partying all night, find the perfect place to celebrate the new year and kiss 2018 goodbye!

New Years Eve Party

What type of celebration interests you?

▷Family Friendly Fun

▸World’s of Fun Winterfest: New Year’s Eve

▸Kansas City Zoo: Zoo Year’s Eve

▸Science City at Union Station’s: Noon Year’s Eve

▸Wonderscope: Wonder Eve

▷Casual Events and Parties

▸Kelly’s Westport Inn: Irish New Year’s Eve

▸Quality Hill Playhouse: New Year’s Cabaret Show

▸Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar: New Year’s Eve Feast

▸Blue Moose: NYE Dinner

▸Houlihan’s: NYE Fix Menu

▸New Year’s Eve at O’Dowd’s Gastrobar

▸ HopCat at Westport: New Beer’s Eve

▷Party All Night

▸Crossroads Hotel: New Year’s Eve Party

▸Union Station: New Year’s Swingin’ Eve

▸The View at Briarcliff Event Space: New Year’s Eve Party

▸Char Bar: Black Party

▸Power and Light: NYE Live!

▸The Temple IX: New Year’s Eve Party

▸One Block South: New Year’s 2019

▷Next Day Events

▸KC Running Company: The Hangover Half Marathon and 5K

▸Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar: Crab Boil

Family-friendly Fun

Winterfest at Worlds of Fun

►Tickets starting at $32 | 4545 Worlds of Fun Boulevard, Kansas City, MO

Worlds of Fun is continuing their fun all the way into the new year. For the first time, Worlds of Fun is celebrating New Year’s Eve as a part of their Winterfest. The park will be open from 5pm to Midnight. Enjoy your favorite Winterfest attractions until 10pm, then head over to the New Year’s Eve celebration that includes live music, Snoopy’s Rockin’ NYE Party, a big midnight countdown, and magical, midnight fireworks.

Worlds of Fun

Photo Courtesy of Worlds of Fun Facebook

Zoo Year’s Eve at The Kansas City Zoo

Tickets Adults: $11.50, Children: $8.50 | 6800 Zoo Dr, Kansas City, MO

What better place to be a party animal than the Kansas City Zoo? From 10 a.m. to  2 p.m. the Kansas City Zoo will celebrate the last day of the year by crafting New Year’s party hats, dancing to the tunes of their interactive DJ, and visiting some pretty awesome animals. This event is perfect for the whole family.

KC Zoo Penguin

photo courtesy of kansas city zoo facebook

Noon Year’s Eve at Science City at Union Station

Tickets $14.25 |30 W Pershing Rd. Kansas City, MO

From noon to 7pm, enjoy all your favorite Science City activties and more. Spend your time riding the Skybike, playing on their outdoor equipment, challenging your senses, building, exploring, and creating. Then at 6pm, celebrate an early New Year’s Eve celebration with a huge balloon drop your kids will adore!

Science City

Photo courtesy of Science City at Union Station Facebook

Wonder Eve at Wonderscope

Tickets $8 | 5700 King St, Shawnee, KS

Instead of waiting until Midnight, bring the kids in on the fun and get the party started at noon, at Wonderscope’s “Noon Year’s Eve” celebration. This event starts at 9 a.m. Enjoy this kid friendly celebration with hats, noise makers, confetti, and live music from Children’s song writer, Jim Cosgrove AKA Mr. Stinky Feet.

Jim Cosgrove

Photo courtesy of Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove Facebook


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Casual Events and Parties

Irish New Year’s Eve at Kelly’s Westport Inn

Free Cover | 500 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111

Celebrate the New Year at 6pm when it hits in Ireland for an early night at this Westport institution. Their will be a DJ, party favors, and drinks for purchase.

Kelly's Westport Inn

photo courtesy of Kelly’s Westport Inn Facebook

New Year’s Eve Cabaret Show at Quality Hill Playhouse

Tickets starting at $45 | 303 W 10th St, Kansas City, MO

You won’t just get the typical “Auld Lang Syne” at this New Year’s Eve performance. The night is still young after the 6:30 p.m. show, or you can ring in 2019 with a champagne toast after the 10:30 p.m. show.

Quality Hill Playhouse Singers

photo courtesy of Quality Hill Playhouse Facebook

Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar: New Years Eve Feast

►$65 per person | 4184 Roanoke Pkwy, Kansas City, MO

Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar is ringing in the New Year with a special 4 course prix fixe menu on
Monday, December 31. Guests will get the chance to enjoy the best bounty of the sea, with sustainably
sourced delicacies such as lobster, crab, shrimp, and scallops, all expertly prepared in a variety of styles
by the chef de cuisine. Reservations are required.

Jax Fish House Food

Photo Courtesy of Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar (Kansas City, MO) Facebook

Blue Moose NYE Dinner

$45 | 4160 West 71st St. Prairie Village, KS

If you plan on spending your New Year’s Eve with a special dinner, consider the Blue Moose. For New Year’s eve they have prepared a special 3-course prix fixe menu option for only $45.

Blue Moose NYE Menu

Photo courtesy of Blue Moose (Prarie Village) Facebook

Houlihan’s New Year’s Eve Menu

►Meals starting at $18 | Multiple location in the metro

Houlihan’s will be creating a 3 course New Year’s Eve dinner. The best part about this menu? It’s all about choice. With meal options that range from $19 to $29, you’ll be able to dine in style without breaking the bank. A sample Three Course meal could include Houlihan’s Famous ‘Shrooms, followed by a juicy Filet Mignon and finishing it off with a delicious Salted Caramel Gooey Butter Cake – what could be better? Not to mention, the bar will have a special Prosecco drink on hand to help ring in the New Year, their “Boba Bubbly,” which is La Marca Prosecco with Pomegranate popping boba pearls – a fun twist on a classic.


Photo courtesy of Houlihan’s (Overland Park) Facebook

New Year’s Eve at O’Dowd’s Gastrobar

►$10 Cover after 11pm | 4742 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO​

Nothing says New Year’s Eve like an all day party. From 4-8pm enjoy music by Eddie Delahunt. At 6pm, ring in the Irish New Year with a complementary champagne toast. Then continue the party into the evening with DJ Highnoone, a midnight champagne toast, and party favors.


Photo courtesy of O’Dowd’s Gastrobar Facebook

HopCat in Westport

Cover is free | 401 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO

Ring in the New Year with an exclusive craft beer countdown. A timed beer tapping begins at 7 p.m., where HopCat will tap a different beer on the hour, every hour, until 12 a.m. Each beer tapped is an exclusive beer to be found nowhere else in town.

HopCat Beer

Photo courtesy of HopCat (Kansas City, MO) Facebook

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Party All Night

New Year’s at the Crossroads Hotel

Tickets starting at $150 | 2101 Central Street Kansas City, MO

Come dressed up or just as you are. This New Year’s party will include unlimited drinks, appetizers, aerial acrobatic performances by Quixotic, DJ’s House of Dante and Marvin Gardens, a spectacular balloon drop by Molly Balloons, and access to the Moet & Chandon ultimate champagne experience.

Crossroads Hotel Light Show NYE

Photo courtesy of Crossroads Hotel Kansas City

A New Year’s Swingin’ Eve at Union Station

Tickets starting at $120 | 30 W Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO

Swing into the new year with a dance party at Union Station. This fun throwback party has different ticket packages. General admission tickets include live Swing music from Dave Stephens and the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra 7 (KCJO7), party favors, appetizers, unlimited drinks, and of course, a midnight countdown ball drop.

NYE Union Station

Photo courtesy of Union Station Kansas City Inc. Facebook

New Years Eve at The View at Briarcliff

►Tickets starting at $119 | 4000 N Mulberry Dr. (located inside the Courtyard by Marriott at Briarcliff) Kansas City, MO

The Briarcliff is celebrating New Year’s Eve with their 5th annual over the top party. This party will include DJ entertainment, live music later in the night by KC cover band: Lost Wax, party favors, complementary photo booth, open bar, balloon drop, midnight countdown, and champagne toast. There is also a variety of ticket packages that also include an assortment of food to keep your energy up all night!

Briarcliff NYE

Photo courtesy of The View at Briarcliff Facebook

Black Party at Char Bar

Tickets starting at $69 | 4050 Pennsylvania Ave #150, Kansas City, MO

There’s an extra cause for celebration at the city’s most elegant New Year’s Eve party–it’s the 15th year of the Black Party. Enjoy unlimited drinks, food, and fabulous DJ music. Make your reservations and pick out your black dress to start 2019 in style.

Char Bar NYE Confetti

Photo courtesy of The Black Party- New Year’s Eve Kansas City Facebook

NYE Live! at Power and Light

Tickets starting at $65 | 50 East 13th Street, Kansas City, MO

If you are looking for a place to party into the wee hours of the night, Power & Light is where it is at. This party includes all-inclusive food and drink packages, great DJs, confetti cannons, party favors, live performances, access to 12 bars and clubs, and a midnight ball drop.

Power and Light NYE

Photo courtesy of Kansas City Power & Light District Facebook

New Year’s Eve at The Temple IX

Tickets starting at $59 | 1330 E. Linwood Blvd. Kansas City, MO

Enjoy New Year’s eve at the Scottish Rite Temple. This bumping party will include 4 levels, 5 DJs, 8 dance floors, unlimited drinks, food trucks, and party favors. If you are hoping to join this over the top party, be sure to get your tickets in advance and abide by their strict dress code.

The Temple IX NYE

Photo Courtesy of Facebook

New Year’s 2019 at One Block South

Tickets $20 | 7300 W 119th St, Overland Park, KS 66213

Looking for some variety in your night? One Block South’s general admission allows access to 4 different bars including a nightclub, a billiards bar, and a country themed bar. Celebrate your night with music from awesome DJs, a variety of spirits available for purchase, and a countdown at Midnight.

One Block South

Photo Courtesy of One Block South Facebook

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Next Day Events


Hangover Half Marathon and 5k at KC Running Company

Tickets starting at $18 | 4760 West 135th St. Leawood, KS

What better way to start your new year off right than with a New Year’s Day race? This race travels through Indian Creek Parkway Trail. All participants will be chip timed. Food and beverages will also be waiting for runners at the finish line.

Hangover Run

Photo Courtesy of KC Running Company Facebook

Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar: Crab Boil

$45 a persong | 4184 Roanoke Pkwy, Kansas City, MO

Celebrate the start of 2019 with a Jax classic—our world-famous, family-style Crab Boil. Dungeness & Snow Crab, Andouille Sausage, Shrimp, Corn and Potatoes are all simmered in a spicy, savory, lemon-rich broth and served with homemade cornbread. It can be ordered to-go or enjoyed in-house at Jax, for parties of all sizes. And in honor of our longtime guests and good friends that have made the Jax family what it is today, we are harking back to the early days of our little fish house and celebrating with 1999 prices. Since there is limited availability, Jax’s Fish House requests that guests reserve their spots ahead of time.

Jax Fish House Crab

Photo courtesy of Jax Fish house & Oyster Bar (Kansas City, MO)

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