Celebrate New Year’s Eve with free rides and ice skating on Coney Island

Posted On Wed, December 20, 2017 By

Posted On Wed, December 20, 2017 By In Coney Island, Events, holidays

Deno’s Wonder Wheel courtesy of kzoop’s Flickr

Editor’s Note: Due to the extreme cold conditions, Deno’s Wonder Wheel and Stop the Zombies ride will NOT open on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. The B&B Carousell will be open.

Overpriced clubs, surging Ubers, and Manhattan crowds not your thing? Check out the fourth annual New Year’s Eve party at Coney Island’s historic boardwalk instead. Four rides, including the iconic Wonder Wheel, will be free of charge beginning at 6 pm until 9:30 pm on December 31.  Nathan’s Famous, Coney Island Brewery, and Tom’s Restaurant will also stay open for the festivities.  As amNY learned, there will be live entertainment and the countdown to 2018 will feature a digital “burst” of lights from the Parachute jump at midnight.

The Abe Stark Skating Rink will be open to the public free of charge, as well as the B&B Carousell, the Thunderbolt Roller Coaster and Stop the Zombies 7D. The New York Aquarium will remain open until 9 pm.

Hosted in partnership with the Alliance for Coney Island at Steeplechase Plaza, the event complements NYE events held in Grand Army Plaza by the Prospect Park Alliance. Last year, 15,000 visitors rang in the New Year at Coney Island’s party.

“For family-friendly New Year’s Eve fun, there’s nowhere better to be on the calendar’s biggest night than Brooklyn, the center of the universe,” Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said in a statement. “Tens of thousands of revelers from our borough and beyond will be celebrating at two of our city’s most iconic locations, Coney Island and Prospect Park, with plenty of cheer to go around.”

[Via amNY]

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