After being rated the #1 City in the the United States 3 years in a row by Conde Nast Traveler, it’s only fitting that Charleston would also host some of the best New Year’s Eve parties.
We want to make sure you ring in the New Year right, so we’ve provided a brief breakdown of the top parties and events to consider attending in the Holy City this year.
The Yorktown Countdown
All aboard for Charleston’s largest New Year’s Eve celebration on the USS Yorktown! This amazing aircraft carrier party sports magnificent views, multiple admissions options, and great live music. Whether you’re trying to enjoy live rock, funk, soul, hip hop or your favorite Top 40 billboard hits, the Yorktown Countdown has plenty of entertainment for all. Featured acts include legendary party band Sleeping Booty and Charleston’s own Stoplight Observations. Dress to impress, and enjoy a premium open bar and light hors d’oeuvres while overlooking beautiful Charleston Harbor. This is the premiere ball drop event for Charleston New Year’s 2014!
Snyder Grand Ball
The Snyder Grand Ball at the South Carolina Aquarium has been a landmark New Year’s Eve party in Charleston for over 12 years. The black tie affair offers guests an open bar and heavy hors d’ouevres while surrounded by fish, turtles, and stingrays. Advertised as the biggest dance party in South Carolina, this year’s musical guests include Elise Testone and DJ NattyHeavy. The Snyder Grand Ball provides a unique backdrop for guests to welcome in the coming year, while also providing great entertainment and stunning views. Definitely a top contender!
The Rose Ball
The Rose Ball is one of Charleston’s newest New Year’s Eve events. In its second year, The Rose Ball takes place at the Johnson Hagood Stadium. Guests can enjoy indoor and outdoor entertainment, light hors oeuvres, and an open bar at the Club Level and VIP Suites of the stadium. There will be live music in addition to visual arts productions and breathtaking views of the city of Charleston. For partygoers looking to enjoy entertainment across a variety of genres this New Year’s, The Rose Ball is an excellent option to consider.
If you are looking for a more unique way to spend your New Year’s Eve in Charleston, then this masquerade is the event for you. The event serves as a hybrid between party and performance, with live ice carvings, illusionists, and circus performers. Food and an open bar by Absolut Vodka are included, and masks are provided for guests who need them. This event is both spectacle and sophistication, a one of a kind way to welcome the New Year.
Red’s NYE Bash
Red’s Ice House, an already popular spot for tourists and Charleston natives alike, knows how to throw a party. Why should New Year’s be any different? The bar hosts a beautiful view of Shem Creek, and makes its New Year’s Bash extra special by taking over the adjacent lighthouse for the festivities. A ticket gets you access to a fantastic live band, party favors, a buffet, and drinks. Red’s is the ideal place for the more casual New Year’s partier.
Other Charleston New Years Eve Events
For partygoers looking to have a quiet night out, Charleston’s restaurants offer a myriad of opportunities to enjoy the festivities. McCrady’s, Circa 1886, and Mercato are all offering fixed menu options that include a glass of champagne and a way to avoid this year’s crowds. Restaurants such as Blossom, Magnolias, and Halls Chophouse will also help you welcome the New Year in style. For guests looking to spend a little less, Charleston’s restaurants will be hosting an array of celebrations that are an alternative to the dance parties and big-ticket events.
For families there are also plenty of options. Head to Marion Square for Happy New Year, Charleston!, a free non-alcoholic event that features comedy, live music, and dance performances. You can also bring your kids to the Charleston Museum of the Lowcountry for Noon Year’s Eve. This event is free with a museum membership, and will have art projects and a ball drop for the children to enjoy.
There are also numerous options to enjoy live music without dropping a fortune. Sol Driven Train will be rocking the Pour House this New Year’s Eve for the casual crowd. And Southend Brewery is hosting a celebration with live music and champagne for only $10. No Matter your budget or taste in parties, Charleston has enough options to please any reveler this holiday season.