New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and if you’re looking for something different this year you should consider celebrating in the coastal village of Rockport, Massachusetts. The Rockport New Year’s Eve celebration is a town-wide extravaganza that features entertainment at 18 different venues.
The festivities kick off at 6pm and run until the ball drops at midnight. You can watch the ball drop and count down the last few seconds of the year in historic Dock Square, singing Auld Lang Syne with hundreds of your new closest friends. It’s the perfect excuse to get out of town for a couple of nights and enjoy a romantic night or two away at our Rockport MA Hotel.
Here at the Addison Choate, we are centrally located so you can leave your car in our parking lot and walk on into town. All of our guests will receive a tasty complimentary breakfast, buttons to the event, as well as some New Year’s Eve swag so that they can hit the town in style.
Rockport New Year’s Eve (RYNE) is the perfect embodiment of what is so special about this coastal enclave. The mission of RYNE is “to broaden and deepen the public’s appreciation for the performing, literary and visual arts through innovative, diverse and high-quality programs.” And, they certainly deliver on that mission every December 31st.
All forms of art are on display and the event is a treasured tradition enjoyed by Cape Ann residents for years. The event is extremely well organized and each venue has entertainment scheduled every hour on the hour with 15-minute breaks in between the 45 minute sets. This allows patrons to walk between the venues and see as many acts as possible.
There is truly something for everyone with musical acts including folk, rock, reggae, blues, celtic, and a capella. There are puppeteers, poets, clowns, jugglers, story tellers and artists of all kinds.
Below is a breakdown of the different venues:
1. Rockport Community House Upstairs
2. Rockport Community House Downstairs
3. Rockport Community House Back Dining Room
4. Methodist Church
5. Unitarian Universalist Church
6. Town Hall Annex
7. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
8. Rockport Library
9. Spiran Hall Downstairs
10. Spiran Hall Upstairs
11. Baptist Church
12. Scout Hall
13. Roy Moore’s Fish Shack Restaurant
14. Rockport Art Association
15. Brackett’s Oceanview Restaurant
16. Shalin Liu Performance Center
17. Congregational Church
18. Congregational Church Hall
The full schedule of events broken down by time is available on the Rockport New Year’s Eve Website. Tickets to the event are free for kids 12 and younger, $10 for those aged 13-18 and $15 for 19+ if purchased before December 25th and $20 if purchased after December 25th.
So we hope that you will join us for Rockport New Year’s Eve to celebrate one more time before that brief fleeting season known as resolution season kicks in. We will leave with some New Year’s wisdom from the inimitable Benjamin Franklin: “Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.”