When thinking of New Year’s Eve parties, people often think of the world famous Times Square ball drop. But there are dozens of events on Long Island to ring in the New Year without the stress of getting into Manhattan. From afternoon family fun to late night galas, venues across both counties will be toasting to resolutions for the coming year and singing Auld Lang Syne for the year gone by.
New Years Laugh, Dine, and Dance
Start 2018 grinning from ear to ear as you watch top comedians perform their hilarious sets! Afterwards, stay around for champagne and dancing with DJ Phil. The Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $45-$55. 8 p.m. Dec. 31.
New Year’s Eve Gala
Put on your party hats and bust a move to DJ Tommy’s sweet tunes! Five hours of premium bar service will accompany a buffet, champagne toast, and live simulcast of Times Square. If you have a little too much fun “take the elevator home” to one of their luxury rooms by booking an overnight package! The Inn at East Wind, East Wind 5720 Route 25A, Wading River. eastwindlongisland.com $125. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 31.
Crest Hollow Country Club New Year’s Eve Event
Put on your sequins and glitter and get ready to Party until 2018 with hors d’oeuvres, gourmet dinner, a martini bar, and music by one of Long Island’s premiere DJ’s— all on the beautifully decorated grounds of the club! Crest Hollow Country Club 8325 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury cresthollow.com $150. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 31.
Fishes and Wishes
Enjoy a fun filled night with plenty of activities for everyone, including an opportunity to meet the aquarium’s star attraction: their penguins! Dance along to a live DJ while the kids participate in crafts–or better yet, boogie with the whole family! A buffet dinner with sparkling cider for the little one’s and spirits for the adults sets the stage for a “midnight toast” at 10:30 p.m.. Long Island Aquarium 431 East Main Street, Riverhead longislandaquarium.com $55-$99. 6:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Dec. 31.
Gatsby New Years Eve
Make Fitzgerald proud as you sip genuine prohibition era cocktails at this glamorous and tasteful soirée. An elegant three course dinner will be accompanied by the sultry melodies of a live Jazz band, culminating with a champagne toast at midnight. The Landing at Jones Beach 2000 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh. landingatjonesbeach.com $150. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 31.
New Year’s Eve at Prime
Ring in 2018 in style at this trendy and ultra modern restaurant. Serving a four course meal, each dish has been carefully selected to ensure your culinary delight. Greet midnight with a champagne toast and live music. Deposit Required. Prime 117 North New York Ave., Huntington. restaurantprime.com $150. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 31.
Fox Hollow New Year’s Eve Celebration
Welcome 2018 with your champagne glasses held high! This extravagant celebration features a three course meal, a top shelf open bar, music, and a dance floor. To top it all off, guests will be dazzled by a simulated ball drop as the clock strikes twelve. The Fox Hollow, 7725 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury thefoxhollow.com $165. Dec. 31.
Midnight on Main St.
Come dance on the street at Long Island’s very own Ball Ceremony. Music, noise-makers, and fireworks will be abound at this community centric event for the whole family. Afterwards, peruse the quaint town for a bite to eat or a glass of champagne! Patchogue Chamber of Commerce Main Street, Patchogue patchogue.com Free 8 p.m.- 9 p.m. Dec. 31.
New Year at Library Café
Hit the bar and not the books at this trendy joint. With an open bar, buffet, champagne toast, and party favors, this restaurant has everything you need to ring in the New Year right! Library Cafe 274 Main St., Farmingdale lessings.com $60. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 31.
New Year’s Eve Party At The Regent
Head over for an evening of appetizers, live music, and casino games in your most festive attire! There’s no better way to greet 2018 than under the shining lights of a disco ball. Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa, 290 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk newyearseveatgurneys.com $165. 9 p.m. Dec. 31.
New Year’s Eve at View
Overlooking a breathtaking bay, this restaurant, well deserving of its name, will host a new years celebration featuring a three-course price fixe dinner. With two seatings, early birds and night owls alike will both have a chance to celebrate the New Year with good food, a DJ, and dancing. View, 3 Consuelo Pl., Oakdale. lessings.com $88. Seatings available between 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 31.
Dinner Dance for Singles
With tables divided by age group, everyone will have a shot at finding love this New Year’s Eve. Maybe you will even get a kiss at midnight— right in time for the champagne toast! Residence Inn, 9 Gerhard Rd., Planeview.marriott.com $99. 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Dec. 31.
Ring in The New Year
The newly renovated Kingley, an expansive contemporary event space, will offer an evening to remember. Admission includes an open premium bar, bats, noise makers and more. The Garden City Hotel, 45 7th St., Garden City. gardencityhotel.com $175. 9:30 p.m. Dec . 31.