By Mikayla Alexander
The year 2023 is quickly coming to an end. We started the week off with Christmas and will begin next week by celebrating 2024. For students, such as myself, who are in town for the holidays you may be looking for New Year’s events to attend as celebrations continue. Here is a list of a few St. Louis events occurring on New Year's Eve that could be fun for the whole family or just the adults.
Photo via The History Museum
Noon Year’s Eve with the History Museum
The History Museum will host a day celebration, appropriate for younger kids without staying out late. They start at 10 am and end at 1 pm, offering a New Year's Resolution arts and crafts station as well as a numbers scavenger hunt while roaming the galleries. At 10:45 am, they will do a children’s book story time covering New Year’s foods from diverse cultures and celebrations. You can enjoy music from Fire Dog starting at 11 am until the Noon Year’s Eve countdown to 12 accompanied by a balloon drop.
Photo via The Gateway Arch
2) Gateway Arch Park Foundation’s ‘Winterfest’
Winterfest is a well-known event in front of the arch at Kiener Plaza. You can bring kids and adults alike as their main attractions are ice skating, igloo rentals, s’mores-making, and local food truck eats. For New Year’s Eve, they host “Neon Nights” at 4 to 8 pm. For free you can enjoy a DJ set, a 360 photobooth, fire dancing, and a grand finale of fireworks at 8 pm. Pour Decisions will be there on all Winterfest dates, including New Year’s Eve to serve hot cocoa, signature cocktails, and other non-alcoholic drinks. You do have to reserve a spot, so if this sounds like fun for you and your loved ones- do not wait too long! If you are interested in their traditional winter fun, they will open at noon on New Year’s Eve so that you may enjoy skating. Skate rentals are $12 for adults, $7 for children, and free if you bring your own!
Photo via The Armory STL
3) Armory STL’s “Blast from the Past”
The Armory STL is typically known for entertaining adults with indoor games, music, and drinks. For New Year’s Eve, they will throw a party for adults 21 and up, with six bars that each represent a different time. Dr. Zhivegas is a Chicago-based band that will provide you with live music all night to usher in the new year. General admission includes a champagne toast, an open bar, and food stations. They have a variety of tickets as well, ranging from early venue access to booth packages for groups of 10. Armory’s celebration is the most expensive on the list, with general admission starting at $100 but if you like a good theme, food, and an open bar- it might be worth it!
Photo via City Winery
4) City Winery hosts New Year’s Eve with The Hamiltones
City Winery is hosting an event at 7 pm with the renowned backup singers of Anthony Hamilton. Members Tony Lelo, 2E, and J.Vito formed The Hamiltones in 2016 and will host a live show with tickets starting at $55 to reserve a standard seat. You also have the option to reserve seats closer to the stage but at a rising price. The doors open at 5 pm for those wishing to reserve a table at the adjacent restaurant, the Barrel Room, or just to grab a drink.