Whether you can’t wait to see 2015 go or you’re sad to see the year come to an end, Pittsburgh has plenty of parties to help you ring in 2016. Forget spending the night at home on the couch watching the ball drop on TV, and experience the fun and festivities for yourself at one of these five New Year’s Eve celebrations. Whether you want a unique city-themed bash, a wild night on the town or a more formal event, there’s a place for all to party this year. Ring in the New Year bigger than ever before at these five must-attend parties in Pittsburgh.
Gateway Clipper Fleet New Year’s Eve Dinner
350 W. Station Square Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Imagine ringing in the New Year aboard Pittsburgh’s spectacular riverboats during its New Year’s Eve dinner party. Start your evening off by sightseeing from the gorgeous Three Rivers, then feast on a thoughtfully prepared dinner buffet featuring hand carved prime rib, beef or boneless chicken breasts, hearty sides, fresh dinner rolls and warm drinks. Dance the night away with DJ entertainment until 8 p.m. when the boat docks back at Station Square. Tickets are $65 per person for adults and children 13+; admission is free for children ages 3-12.
Highmark First Night Pittsburgh
Various locations throughout the Cultural District
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Clear your calendar for Thursday, Dec. 31, and make plans to bring your friends and family to the Cultural District’s gigantic New Year’s Eve party. The festivities and fun kick off at 6 p.m. and continue until the ball drops at midnight. Kiss 2015 so long to live music, fireworks, dance performances and more winter fun at various locations throughout the city. All guests will need an admission button to attend Highmark First Night Pittsburgh; get yours for $8 in advance from Giant Eagle locations or the box office at Theatre Square or for $10 at the door. Children age 5 and under receive free admission.
Heaven New Year’s Eve
Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel
107 6th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
This year’s Heaven’s New Year’s Eve bash takes place on Thursday, Dec. 31 at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel and features three types of packages to pick from, including a “Dining in Braddock’s Heaven” VIP package priced at $150 per person, a “Dining in Heaven” buffet dinner package for $120 per person and a general admission ticket for $75 per person. Say goodbye to 2015 with dinner, a champagne toast and dancing to music from MetroMix DJ John Hohman. Room packages are available for this special celebration; contact the hotel directly to book.
Simon Event Management invites you to wrangle in the New Year at its 2015 Country New Year’s Eve Party, set to begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31 at The Showroom in the Monroeville Convention Center. Country music fans will enjoy the area’s hottest country bands, as well as a great selection of imported and domestic beer, wine, cocktails and delicious food from its dinner buffet. Don’t forget to enter for the chance to win a trip for four to Orlando, Hilton Head or Myrtle Beach and other door prizes. Tickets are available online for $16.82 to $32.64 per person.
This year’s event is scheduled for Thursday, Dec 31 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. in the bar/restaurant’s upstairs space. Dress to impress and eat, drink and be merry as you wait for the ball to drop at midnight. The party lasts all evening long with music by FastLaneDJ, a celeb-worthy photo shoot, party favors, an open bar with premium liquors and an impressive selection of cold and hot hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are available through Olive or Twist’s website and range in price from $150 for singles to $300 for couples. Olive or Twist is located in the bustling downtown area of Pittsburgh.
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Jessica Wasik is a graduate of Robert Morris University with a degree in English Studies. She is also a contributing writer for AXS.com and Examiner.com. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.