Places to Go for the New Year's Countdown in Connecticut

by Shelly Barclay

During the ten seconds before midnight, people like to celebrate the coming year by counting down. Several public venues schedule New Year's countdowns in Connecticut. In Connecticut, outdoor countdowns are likely to have cold weather and possibly snow.


Bushnell Park, a public park in Hartford, Connecticut, is the location of two annual New Year's Eve fireworks displays. The fireworks at 6 p.m. do not include a countdown, but this celebration is at a time more convenient for families with children. Another fireworks display begins at midnight. Guests countdown to the New Year and then watch the fireworks display in the park.


Mohegan Sun (, a casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, is open 24 hours a day. The casino schedules a variety of entertainment every New Year's Eve into New Year's morning. The countdowns are different every year and more than one countdown may be scheduled, since the casino has bars, lounges, nightclubs and main guest areas. Foxwoods (, another Connecticut casino open 24 hours a da, has bars, lounges and restaurants that are open past midnight every day of the year. Foxwoods hosts sporting events, live entertainment and parties. Foxwoods New Year's Eve celebration it is always different. Contact the casino or visit their website to get information on upcoming New Year's Eve events.

For Children

The Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut ( hosts a special countdown for children. The party and countdown take place on Dec. 31 before noon with the ball drop occurring at noon. The event allows children who would not be able to stay awake until midnight a count of their own. The museum incorporates crafts, learning and party favors into the celebration.

First Nights

Several towns and cities in Connecticut hold First Night celebrations to bring in the New Year. First Night festivals are held in a number of communities, including New Haven, Hartford, Danbury, Westport and Weston. Not all First Night festivities involve countdowns, but the celebrations are family friendly and community oriented.

About the Author

Shelly Barclay began writing in 1990, focusing on fiction. She has been writing nonfiction articles since 2008. Her work appears on various websites, focusing on topics such as history, cooking, scrapbooking, travel and animals. Before she began writing, Barclay was a line cook for 10 years.