While we can’t celebrate at our favorite in-person events this year, many of our favorite Bay Area spots are recreating their events virtually for us all to enjoy. Check out the bell ringing ceremony at the Asian Art Museum, then make some Peanuts-themed crafts with the Schultz Museum before you (virtually) head over to the Chabot for the annual ball drop. There’s a full day of fun below, so you have no excuse not to celebrate the end of 2020!

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12th Annual PEEPSFEST®
Times Square rings in the New Year by dropping a giant ball, but in Bethlehem, PA we celebrate with PEEPSONALITY® by dropping a 4.9-foot tall, 400+lb Yellow PEEPS® Chick! To close out 2020 in the sweetest way possible, fans will experience the 12th annual PEEPSFEST® 2-day festival virtually featuring the PEEPS® Chick Drop and adorable at home activities. 7 a.m. PT. Event details

Children's Noon Year's Eve Party
Celebrate the new year in a child-friendly way! Read a story, do a craft, dance and count down to noon on Zoom. 8:15 a.m. PT. Event details

Noon Year's Eve Family Fun Party
Let's bring in the New Year 2021 with fun and your families! Girls and their family and friends are invited to celebrate with a STEM activity, creating party favors, learning about Girl Scouts and so much more. 9-10:30 a.m. PT. Event details

Countdown to Noon Year's Eve
Out with the old, and in with the new! Chicago's beloved family musician Tunes with Tim (a.k.a. Tim Bredrup) and acclaimed organic baby and children's clothing company Monica + Andy invite kids and grownups alike to ring in the New Year with a free, livestreamed "Noon Year's Eve Party" and Annual Balloon Drop. 9:30 a.m. PT. Event details

35th Annual Bell Ringing Ceremony
Celebrate the new year with San Francisco's Asian Art Museum. In addition to the traditional blessing by Reverend Akiba, the chanting of the Heart Sutra, and the purifying 108 rings of a Buddhist temple bell, this year’s event also includes a look behind the scenes of the preparation activities at Kojin-an. We will learn about the meditative process of cleaning the temple, special seasonal decorations and foods and New Year tea practices. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. PT. Event details

Yule Ball: Olivander's Wand Decorating
Kids ages 9 and up can decorate their wands and test them with some basic spell-practice just in time for the Yule Ball at this virtual class. You’ll need a blank wand (a chopstick or interesting stick will do) and paint or magic markers. 11 a.m. PT. Event details

Virtual NYE Balloon Drop Celebration
Continuing a 20-year Bay Area tradition, the original Balloon Drop at Chabot Space & Science Center returns virtually with a colorful daytime countdown. When it’s 12 p.m. in Oakland, it will be 2021 somewhere on the planet. To mark the occasion, Chabot will ring in the New Year with a Virtual Balloon Drop New Year Celebration. The event will include exciting STEM activities, a dance party, a family-friendly toast and the classic live balloon drop spectacle. 11 a.m. PT. Event details

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown
Join the Schulz Museum online for this annual New Year’s Eve festivities and spread the joy of celebrating together, no matter your location! Enjoy a virtual Noon-year’s eve celebration with Peanuts-themed crafts, special appearances by Snoopy and Woodstock and a countdown to the Museum’s annual up-down balloon drop at Noon. 11 a.m. PT. Event details

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Celebrate NYE with a Baby Rave
Come to the award winning Bay Area Children’s Theatre’s popular Baby Rave and get your kids to take part in a super fun and inspired childhood development focused dance party for families with toddlers, that encourages participants to “rock out” with the wonderful DJ ET, live! 11 a.m. PT. Event details

Unique Derique's Fool La La: Home for the Holidaze
Unique Derique brings holiday hijinks to you in a hippity-hop, online romp chock full of fun and cheer for all ages! Everyone deserves a break, so audiences are invited to zoom along with Unique Derique this season for a zany at-home online holiday celebration full of virtual mishaps and merry mayhem that prove being apart doesn't mean we can't have fun together! 11 a.m. PT. Event details

Aquarium of the Pacific's Noon Years Eve
Join an Aquarium educator as you and your family celebrate the New Year. Create a fish party hat, meet a live Ambassador Animal, and dance your way to the Noon Year’s countdown with the Pacific Pals puppets! Make sure to have your craft supplies ready to create the party hat for our festivities. 11:30 a.m. PT. Event details

Rockin' Rockfish Noon Year's Eve
Celebrate the beginning of a new year with the Seattle Aquarium's Rockin' Rockfish Noon Year's Eve! Gather the family to enjoy the full New Year's Eve experience without staying up past bedtime. Join in this free virtual event featuring music from Mikey the Rad Scientist, a dance party, fun facts about how the animals in our care are spending the holiday, a count down at noon and more. 11:30 a.m. PT. Event details

BADM's Noon Year's Eve
BADM's annual Noon Year's Even celebration is going virtual! Join us for music, dancing, a pajama fashion show, and a festive countdown at 12 noon. 11:30 a.m. PT. Event details

Noon Years Eve at Children's Discovery Museum
Adios, 2020! We’re ready to bid this eventful year farewell and welcome 2021. Let’s ring in the new year together. We’re not letting a pandemic get in the way of our lively annual celebration, so join us for a virtual Noon Year’s Eve. Our classic event is getting an online makeover. You can party from the comfort of your home where we’ll learn and share what others are doing across the world for New Year’s and we’ll ask you to share your wishes for 2021. 11:45 a.m. PT. Event details

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DJ Squirm-a-Lot's New Years Eve Bash
Your favorite Story Pirates DJ is planning a huge party to ring in 2021! Unfortunately, his old nemesis Yorma the ice dragon is trying to spoil the fun with her icy dragon magic. Will DJ Squirm-a-Lot, Peter, Meghan, Rachel, Nimene, Eric, and the rest of the Story Pirates be able to foil Yorma's plans? With your kids' help, they just might have a fighting chance! 12 p.m. PT. Event details

New Philharmonic Concert with the MAC
College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center is ready to help you ring in 2021 with New Philharmonic and Maestro Kirk Muspratt. Introduce the kids to Strauss waltzes and polkas, arias, light classical, pop tunes and movie music via a livestreamed concert. 12 p.m. PT. Event details

Yule Ball: Escape from Durmstrang
Kids ages 9 and up will enjoy a difficult mix of Harry Potter-themed puzzles as they attempt to escape from Durmstrang Castle. Wands and costumes encouraged as part of the New Year's Eve Yule Ball celebrations. 2:30 p.m. PT. Event details

First Night Monterey
Ring in the New Year with a First Night first!  This special program for New Year’s Eve will bring you around the country and feature music, art, dance, and poetry from Florida to Illinois and onward to California.  Built around the four pillars of First Night (Art, Celebration, Community, and New Year’s Eve), we will have a historic event for the entire family to enjoy. 3 p.m.-midnight PT. Event details

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Times Square's NYE Live
Times Square New Year's Eve host Jonathan Bennett and street correspondents will provide live, commercial-free, webcast coverage of the festivities leading up to the Ball Drop at midnight including the lighting and raising of the New Year’s Eve Ball at 6 p.m. EST, hourly countdowns, live musical performances from 2x Grammy winner and global music legend Gloria Gaynor (“I Will Survive,” “Joy Comes in the Morning,” “Never Can Say Goodbye”), special guests and the pushing of the Waterford Crystal button that signals the Ball Drop at midnight. 3 p.m.-9:30 p.m. PT. Event details

Rapunzel's New Year's Eve Party
Get ready to let down your hair and say good riddance to 2020. Rapunzel is hosting this virtual Zoom party that includes an easy at-home craft, a dance party to the soundtrack of Tangled and a kick-off to the New Year with confetti, balloons and all of your at-home festive props. 4 p.m. PT. Event details

THE FOUR C NOTES Virtual Performance
THE FOUR C NOTES are back for New Year's Eve after last year's sold-out concerts! Created by John Michael Coppola, best known for his appearance in Chicago’s long-running production of the Broadway, smash hit Jersey Boys, The Four C Notes are the Midwest’s only tribute dedicated to recreating the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons! Performances at 4 and 6:30 p.m. PT. Event details

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NYE Virtual Family Game Night
Looking for something safe and fun to do with your family and friends this New Year’s Eve? Grab the whole group for the ultimate virtual game show, where one team will take home a $500 grand prize! Join other families around the country for an hour of live games and trivia, and compete for a $500 gift card from Main Event and a $250 virtual birthday party from Two Bit Circus. 5 p.m. PT. Event details

New Year's Eve Family Comedy Night Fundraiser
If you have not seen JSmiles and Alex Scott (The Comedy Dad), you are in for a treat. These comedians are guaranteed to have you, your kids and even your teens LOL together. If that is not enough, they will also have DJ Edde L and DJ Drew keep your entire family on their feet as you laugh and dance into 2021. 5-7 p.m. PT. Event details

Yule Ball: The Rock Cats
Comprised of animagi, The Rock Cats are the only cat band in the entire world! Disguised for muggles as ordinary house cats, this troupe of former orphans, rescues and strays traveled across the country performing entertaining and educational shows while encouraging and supporting feline fostering, rescue and adoption. 5 p.m. PT. Event details

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Yule Ball: Tonks & The Aurors Concert
Attention Wizards and Witches, celebrate New Years Eve with a live concert from Tonks and the Aurors. Be sure to wear your dancing shoes, because this concert is going to rock. Costumes and wands encouraged! 6 p.m. PT. Event details

Kids New Year's Eve ZOOM Party
Let’s have fun celebrating New Year's Eve. We will sing a few songs, have a dance party, do some crazy science experiments, give away prizes, and have a Kids Countdown! 7 p.m. PT. Event details

Yule Ball: Prisoner of Azkaban Movie Chat
Join the Harry Potter & the Social Distancing Book Club with a discussion of the movie Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban. Plug your movie into the player, stream from your own streaming service or just download free clips from the internet. Your hosts will be live-chatting their copies of the movie and counting down the New Year around the world. No actual movie required to attend! 7:30 p.m. PT. Event details

New Year's at the Needle
The Space Needle will usher in 2021 with a sensational and innovative new show for T-Mobile New Year’s at the Needle. This year’s celebration will feature striking visuals in a wondrous display of digital effects, engineered to bring you bigger thrills than ever before–all safely from the comfort of home. The party begins before midnight with musical performances, celebrity cameos, a celebration of our community's resilience in 2020 and much more! 11:35 p.m. PT. Event details. 

—Kate Loweth


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