Guide to New Year's Eve in Baltimore: Fireworks and Mega Events

Fireworks over the water in Baltimore, MD USA

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Baltimore, Maryland, is a fabulous place to celebrate New Year's Eve, whether you prefer a lively night on the town, a romantic evening for two, or a laid-back celebration with the kids. 

Ring in 2020 in style with a diversity of festivities that entail fireworks, live music and dancing, elaborate Christmas light displays, family-friendly events, and more. Make your plans early, as some celebrations require reservations.

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Cruise the Harbor

Spirit of Baltimore on the water

Entertainment Cruises

One great way to spend New Year's Eve is aboard a boat on the Chesapeake Bay, the country's biggest estuary. These cruises offer a prime view of the fireworks at the Baltimore Inner Harbor. Spirit Cruises will venture through the harbor for the countdown to 2020 with a holiday buffet, open bar, champagne, live DJ entertainment, and dancing. Guests must be 21 or older, and advance reservations are required. 

Spirit also offers an NYE lunch cruise and New Year's Day and New Year's week cruises on the harbor. 

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Party the Night Away

Confetti going off at NYE Live! At the Power Plant

 Power Plant Live!

NYE Live! At the Power Plant will keep you busy until the ball drops. This event for ages 21 and up includes several bars, food, champagne toasts, music, party favors, laser shows, dancing, and a midnight showing of the Times Square Ball Drop on two 20-foot LED screens, and more.

The Power Plant complex is located next to the Inner Harbor, so guests will have convenient access to transportation, parking, restaurants, and hotels. Tickets are ​online.

03 of 09

Ring in the New Year With Fireworks

Fireworks at Baltimore's Inner Harbor

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After having a late dinner at one of the city's great restaurants, head over to the Inner Harbor to watch the free show. Ring in 2020 at Baltimore's New Year's Eve Spectacular with family and friends watching the colorful fireworks fill the sky above downtown Baltimore and enjoying live entertainment.

Metro SubwayLink and Light RailLink service will be extended for one hour after the fireworks display. 

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Join an Enchanted Forest Moonlight Masquerade

New Years Eve party at Charm City Countdown

Charm City Countdown 

Charm City Countdown at the Hilton BWI Airport Hotel in Linthicum Heights (about a 15-minute drive from Baltimore) has an "Enchanted Forest Moonlight Masquerade" theme for New Year's Eve 2020.

Those 21 and up can enjoy tasty food, drinks from multiple bars, a balloon drop, a champagne toast, live entertainment, karaoke, and beyond. Guests will experience a Venetian Masquerade Ball with music and dance, along with a mysterious enchanted forest setting. Dress elegantly for the red carpet in cocktail attire or just wear your favorite mask or costume.

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05 of 09

Howl at the Moon

Interior of Howl at the Moon Baltimore

Howl at the Moon Baltimore

Howl at the Moon offers a variety of packages to help you celebrate the coming year in Power Plant Live!. The high energy show is centered around dance hits and party anthems. New Year's Eve packages include options for seating or standing room, food, and an open bar. The least expensive package called "Just Dance" includes an open bar, party favors, and a champagne toast.

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Celebrate During the Day With Your Kids

Baltimore Inner Harbor

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For family-focused events specially designed for kids, try the Port Discovery Children's Museum's Noon Time New Year. The children's museum counts down to the new year with activities including a juice and cookie toast, celebratory tunes, and more. With three floors of hands-on experiences, this is a great place to spend the afternoon with the kids. Regular admission fees apply. 

Maryland Science Center's Festival of Lights also helps the kids ring in the new year by playing with light in the darkest time of the year through creative projects entailing filters, projections, and more. Attendees pay normal admission fees. 

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Duck the Dropping Ducks

New Years Eve Duck Drop in Baltimore

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Head to Concord Point Park in Havre de Grace, about a 45-minute drive from Baltimore, for a different take on the holiday. 2020 will be the 20th Annual Havre de Grace Duck Drop celebration in which a big wooden duck—in honor of the local waterfowl—is dropped. The event also features fireworks and outdoor dancing to music by a local DJ.

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Thrill to a Murder Mystery

Murder Mystery Train in the snow

Visit Maryland

Though you'll have to travel about two hours by car to get to Cumberland from Baltimore, the New Year's Eve Murder Mystery Trains on December 31, 2019, are a special treat. Guests aboard the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad will watch a show, have dinner, and be part of a free champagne toast when the clock strikes midnight.

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Watch the 34th Street Ball Drop

Miracle on 34th Street in Baltimore

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For a more laid back New Year's Eve celebration, check out 34th Street in the Hampden section of Baltimore, where there is a wonderfully creative Christmas Street with holiday light displays. "The Miracle on 34th Street" block between Keswick Road and Chestnut Street is nicely illuminated and decorated for Christmas. You can also join the community's annual ball drop at midnight.

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