Fireworks, clam drops, and skating! What's on your agenda for counting down 2015 with your family? We searched the area; from Biddeford to Portland to Yarmouth to Freeport. Here are Maine Doulas' top finds for the seriously cool events happening on New Year's Eve day.
1. Yarmouth's 4th Annual Clam Drop at Yarmouth First Universalist Church
97 Main St, Yarmouth ME | 7pm
Steamer, the Clam Festival mascot, will be lowered from the church belfry at 7pm. Music, cookies and cocoa! What could be better (or more Maine)?
2. Children's Museum New Year's at Noon
142 Free Street, Portland, ME | 11:30am
Children are encouraged to wear their PJs to ring in the new year (at noon)! This shindig is free with admission to the museum. Be sure to arrive by 11:30 to join in all the fun. At 12 noon they will drop balloons to mark the occasion.
3. Portland Library 2nd annual Family Contra Dance
5 Monument Way, Portland ME | 11am
Learn a variety of fun and easy dances suitable for children and adults. Maggie Robinson, who has been calling dances for 8 years, will be the caller and local musicians will perform. No experience necessary!
From the library event listing:
Contra Dance is a type of social dance where parallel lines of dancers stand opposite — or “contra to” — their partners. A caller, usually working with a group of live musicians, guides new and experienced dancers alike through a variety of dances. Contra dancing is about social interaction, meeting people, and making new friends, set to music. The accompanying music for contra dances includes, but is not limited to Irish, Scottish, and French-Canadian folk songs. The fiddle is considered the core instrument, though other stringed instruments such as the guitar and mandolin are used as well.
4. South Portland Library's 3rd Annual Noon Year Party
482 Broadway St, South Portland ME | 11:30am
Can’t stay awake until midnight? Come ring in the new year with our 3rd annual Noon Year Party instead! This all-ages event will take place on Thursday, December 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Main Library. Featuring fun crafts, story time, balloons, and a fantastic countdown to noon, this is sure to be a blast for the whole family! Feel free to wear your favorite PJ’s, dress to impress, or just come as you are. We can’t wait to welcome in the new year with you!
5. LL BEAN'S NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATION
LL Bean Campus, Discovery Park, Freeport ME
LL Bean always makes it exciting for the whole family. Ring in the New Year with their festive "KidNight," featuring live music from Rick Charette and a wintertime fireworks display at 6pm.
There are a few venues for ice skating, which always has great opportunities for silliness and laughter. Not to mention how much energy it uses! Can you say "early night"?
10 Thompson's Point, Portland ME
This is the perfect place for the whole family to enjoy some skating fun. With their beautiful warming room and heated lounge, there are great spaces for even the smallest ones to stay warm while family and friends skate. They also feature on-site food vendors and warm beverages to keep your energy up. A great NYE day adventure for everyone!
14 Pomerleau Street, Biddeford ME
Another great option for family fun. They offer snacks and cocoa to keep you skating the day away! Open for all ages and abilities.
8. Portland Pirates New Year's Eve Celebration at Family Ice Center
20 Hat Trick Drive, Falmouth ME | 1:20pm
Portland Pirates' New Year's celebration from 1:20pm-2:40pm will feature Salty Pete, a Pirate's shooting bay, free food, and giveaways!