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Ring in the New Year with fun events both night and day

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Ring in the New Year with fun events both night and day

The New Year is a great time to reflect on everything we’ve done over the past year. We take stock in the milestones that have passed, the accomplishments we’ve made, and the hardships we’ve endured. We celebrate endings and new beginnings, as the quintessential New Year’s Eve song ‘Auld Lang Syne’ characterizes. And once we get beyond all that sentiment, it’s time to PARTY!

Where will YOU be partying this year? Sure some of you will hit the bars and ring in 2016 with live music and lots of shots (and there is plenty of that revelry all over town). But if you're looking for something to do that may not involve a really bad hangover in the morning, we have a few options for you that are family-friendly and fun for big kids too!


If you over-indulged on calories during the holidays, spend the final day of 2015 working off some of the good times by running in a 5k. The ‘Race into the New Year 5k’ begins at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand at noon. There is also a ¼-mile kids' run. The event includes a post-race party and awards presentation. The race is sponsored by Seashore Striders Delaware and benefits local charities. The cost is $20 if you pre-register by Tuesday, December 29 and $25 after that up until race day.

Move over Times Square! Dewey Beach has its own version of the ball drop. Gather with friends and family on New Orleans Street for the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop. The festivities begin at 11:30 p.m. For more information, call 302-228-3701.

Ring in the New Year as the anchor drops at the historic Lightship Overfalls in Lewes. The celebration begins at 11:30 p.m. and includes hot chocolate, toasty fires and seasonal music. This event is weather dependent and will not be held in rain, ice or snow. For more information, call 302-644-8050.

If an intimate New Year’s dinner is more your speed, most local restaurants will be open for business and will have special holiday dinners planned for a fixed price. Consult your favorite restaurant for menu and pricing options.


Once you roll out of bed on New Year’s Day, and shake off the cobwebs, there are still more things to do to keep the festivities rolling. While there will be plenty of opportunities to belly up to a bar and partake in the hair of the dog that bit you, and a plethora of college bowl games to watch all day long, here are a few other fun activities you may want to consider on the first day of 2016.

Why not wash away the night at the 4th Annual Dewey Dunk. Meet on Dagsworthy Beach at noon to “Dew the Dunk” into the chilly waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The cost is $20 and includes bonfire, t-shirt, and wristband for post-dunk discounts at local restaurants and businesses. Registration begins at 11:00 a.m. at The Starboard or on the beach. All proceeds benefit the Dewey Business Partnership.

If freezing your heiney off in chilly water isn’t your idea of fun, then stick to warmer, drier ground and go for a hike instead. The 'First Day Hike at The Point' meets at Seaside Nature Center at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, and begins at 11:00 a.m. The Point is where the Delaware River meets the Atlantic Ocean. Discover how wind, waves and people have shaped this unique landmark. You may even see seals and winter water fowl as you hike and beach comb. This free, 1.8-mile hike is suitable for ages 7 and up (with an adult). Pre-registration is recommended by calling 302-645-6852. Check out all the First State, First Day, First Hikes at Delaware State Parks.

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