Experience the best of the best with this Top 8 list of things to do and see in Portsmouth.
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Celebrate the New Year with a noon glittery ball drop and juice toast at the Children’s Museum of Virginia. Face-painting, magic, and balloon-making will take place prior to the countdown, along with a photo-booth and refreshments. Visitors can also enjoy wagon rides. Families can enjoy these New Year’s festivities – all before bedtime!
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This annual event is modeled after Scotland’s Hogmanay Festival, where the walk is a day when townspeople honor their community and merchants, wishing good luck and prosperity in the coming year. An unofficial pub crawl follows.
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After the Scottish Walk concludes, many of the participating fiddler’s will move into Legend’s Brewing Depot for a Jam Session starting at 6. Legend’s will extend happy hour and offer all year round and seasonal beers at $1 off. The Jam will last about 90 minutes and Legend’s closes for the evening at 8 p.m.
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The Olde Towne Public House is throwing a Roaring 20’s party to celebrate the new decade. Reserve your table early by stopping by the restaurant. Tickets are $10 each and includes champagne for the table at midnight. Dress in your best 20’s costume and enjoy a night of good food, good drinks, and a good jam by DJ J-Crush starting at 9 p.m.
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The 30th Annual New Year’s Eve Gala takes place at the Renaissance Hotel starting at 6:30 p.m. Professional dancers strut their stuff between 7 p.m. and 9.pm for you to enjoy during your dinner. At 9 p.m., the floor is open to all. Champagne toast at midnight. Open seating begins at 9 as well.
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Fish and Slips Restaurant has a special surf and turf prix fixe menu for New Year’s Eve. At 8:30, Doug Dunn (of Doyle and Dunn) takes the stage for an evening of acoustic music. A Champagne toast is included with your meal. Located at the end of Dock B at Tidewater Yacht Marina, Fish and Slips has the best city view in all of Hampton Roads.
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The Twisted Pig Ale and Smokehouse is hosting an 80’s themed party to celebrate the New Year from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at their restaurant over in Port Norfolk. Dress in your best 80’s attire and enjoy food and drink specials and 80’s karaoke throughout the night. Ring in the New Year and receive a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.
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The party starts at Roger Brown’s Restaurant and Sports Bar at 10 p.m and is sponsored by Ciroc Vodka. DJ Rick Geez spins the latest dance music and guests will enjoy a special appearance by DJ Inc. Tickets range from $15 general admission with reserved seating starting at $100. Bring 40 friends and have a private party in the Ciroc Party room for only $1500.
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American Legion Post 190 has a rocking New Year’s Eve party hosted by a 757 favorite, DJ Sharp. His show offers great music and sound along with an awesome light show. Your $15 cover charge includes entertainment, party favors, a champagne toast, and breakfast after midnight. Beer and wine for purchase or bring your own bottle.
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Amici’s midtown restaurant says goodbye to 2019 with a special dinner offering. For $20.19, you get a pizza dinner, salad, and non-alcoholic drink for two. They will also offer a special steak and seafood selection (not for $20.19), Happy Hour extends from 11:00 A.M. until 9:00 P.M.
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American Rapper, Plies, comes to Venue 757 on George Washington Highway for a special New Year’s Eve concert. Grammy nominated songwriter, Plies received nominations from BET Rap Awards and Ozone Awards. He’s performed with Lil’ Wayne, K Camp, Ludacris and others, Plies has released 5 albums since 2007. This is a 21 and up concert and tickets range from $35 to $50. VIP packages available.
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The Elizabeth River Ferry runs between Portsmouth and Norfolk. On New Year’s Eve, it runs until 2 A.M. so you don’t have to worry about driving through the tunnel. The last ferry back to Norfolk leaves High Street Landing at 1:30 A.M. and leaves Norfolk’s Waterside at 1:45 A.M.
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These are just a few of the things you can do. Look for other bars and restaurants to offer dinner specials, entertainment, and more. Come out to Portsmouth on New Year’s Eve and have a great time. Be safe and enjoy!