Family-Friendly options for New Year’s Eve

Crews prepare the world famous ball for the annual Times Square drop on Wednesday night.

MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — If you don’t have plans for New Year’s Eve already, there’s still a few family-fun things to do in Connecticut Wednesday night.

At Hubbard Park in Meriden, the Festival of Silver Lights continues for another week. It features over 200,000 lights on more than 300 characters.

Of course, the cheapest option is to stay home and watch the ball drop on your TV.

Netflix is offering something new this year, a midnight countdown for kids with an animated lemur that you can put on any time during the evening. So at 8:30 you can say “hey kids, let’s do the countdown and then go to bed.”

For more honest family fun, Stamford Twin Rinks is holding a public skate from 10:00 a.m. until 3:50 p.m. It costs just $6.50 for really little ones, $8.50 for ages 7 and up. Skate rental is extra.

Powder Ridge Ski Resort in Middlefield is offering a buffet dinner, s’mores around a bonfire, and a torchlight parade. The cost for that is $38 for adults, and $19 for kids. For $75, you also get a nighttime lift pass so you can do some skiiing.

Hartford is doing its annual First Night celebration starting at 3:00 p.m. They’ve got fireworks in Bushnell Park at 6:00, and then again at midnight. They also have ice skating, comedy shows, art, and live music.

It’s the 26 annual first night celebration in Hartford and, coincidentally, the 26th annual Festival of Silver Lights here at Hubbard Park as well.

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