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NYE Bashes Across ILM: A preview of New Year’s Eve events happening around town

The time has come to make resolutions and get out the party hats. 2015 is fast approaching, and Wilmington has a host of events primed to ensure this New Year’s Eve will be one for the books. Here’s a preview of events taking place across town:


Pretty in Pink ‘80s Prom
Blockade Runner Beach Resort
275 Waynick Boulevard; (910) 256-2251

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in the lap of luxury at Blockade Runner Beach Resort in Wrightsville Beach. The decadent destination will offer up a night perfect to jumpstart 2015, with a party and an all-inclusive package. The complete package will run $300 and includes a one-night stay for two at the oceanfront resort, with a welcoming gift. The fun will get underway with their Pretty in Pink ‘80s Prom, complete with live music by the cover band Mighty McFly. Party-goers are encouraged to come dressed to the nines, with teased hair, shoulder pads and all. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will make the rounds, and there will be a champagne toast at midnight. Guests can recover from the night with breakfast  in the East Ocean Front dining room on Thursday morning. Folks also can purchase a party-only ticket for $100. For more information, call (910) 256-2251

1920s Paris Dinner
Canapé, 1001 N. Front St.
(910) 769-3713

Having opened just this year, Canapé will deliver a night of indulgence to ring in 2015. Ornamented with a 1920s Paris theme, guests will enjoy a five-course menu, with craft cocktail pairings for each course (nonalcoholic and wine options also will be available). Fare willl include oysters and caviar, foie gras torchen, langoustine and truffles, filet of beef, and petit fours. There will be two seatings: One at 6:30 p.m. and one at 8:30 p.m. Live music and a complimentary champagne toast will lift the festive spirits. Reservations are $100, and can be made by calling (910) 769-3713; make them by December 27 for a 15 percent discount, or email by December 27, with “New Year’s 2014” in the subject line, for a chance to win a free dinner.

The Bon Baiser NYE Masquerade
Ziggy’s By the Sea, 208 Market Street

One of Wilmington’s premier nightlife hubs, Ziggy’s by the Sea, will yield a New Year’s Eve to remember with The Bon Baiser (french for the good kiss) New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball. Featuring spun tunes by DJ Battle, DJ SBz and DJ Brewtal, Ziggy’s will begin pouring from their open bar at 9 p.m. Attendees can put on their best masquerade masks and attire to flaunt their stuff for photographers. Tickets are $45, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Make A Wish Foundation.

Eastbound on the Rooftop
Reel Cafe, 100 South Front St.
(910) 251-1832

Enjoy a rooftop view on New Year’s Eve at Reel Cafe. All three levels of the local haunt will come alive on December 31 for an extravaganza unlike any other. Live acoustic music from Jeremy Norris will permeate the patio while dance music spun by DJ Time ensues on the second floor. Eastbound will entertain with their rock-country tunes on the rooftop, which will be outfitted with a heated tent. The night’s specials will include $2.50 Coors Light and $4 Ezra Brooks Cinnamon, and menu items will be available until 2 a.m. The festivities kick off at 8 p.m.

New Year’s Noon
The Children’s Museum of Wilmington, 116 Orange Street
(910) 254-3534

Before the adults imbibe their glasses of bubbly, the Children’s Museum of Wilmington will hold a special event for the kiddies, which will take place on December 31 and January 1. Fun for the whole family, the museum will offer a juice toast for 2015. Party crowns, streamer sticks, glittery slime and more will be doled out. The festivities all lead to a confetti toss at noon in the courtyard. Starting at 10 a.m. on both days, a 15-month membership will be available for the price of 12 months. Members are get in for free, and admission is $9 per person for everyone else.

Une Soirée Cabaret
TheatreNOW, 19 S. 10th St.
(910) 399-3669

Head over to TheatreNOW for a New Year’s Eve party and dinner. The night will feature a French-inspired cabaret show, and a five-course French dinner tasting. Can-can dancers, acrobats, live music, comedy and more will pass the time until the clock strikes midnight. Party favors will be handed out and, of course, there will be a champagne toast to celebrate the beginning of 2015. Tickets, which are $80 per person and $150 per couple, can be purchased at

New Year’s Eve Bash
Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess Street
(910) 763-4133

Ring in the new year at Hell’s Kitchen this year. Alternative country troupe Bootleg Dynasty will be performing throughout the evening. As well, Hell’s Kitchen will be serving up deliciousness from their savory menu until 1 a.m. Party favors will be given out, and there will be a money balloon drop at midnight. Folks can feast their eyes upon an ice sculpture, too. The party starts at 9 p.m., and admission is a $10 cover.

New Year’s Eve Party
Sputnik, Pravda and KGB, 23 N. Front St.
(910) 254-9853

Give a sendoff to 2014 right at Sputnik, Pravda and KGB. All three floors will ratchet up the energy with tunes spun by DJ Milk, DJ Riz, DJ DST, DJ Rio, and DJ Rene. Make reservations now at for $100 or $200 for a night of VIP status. The reservation includes a bottle of champagne, party favors, and a reserved table. The fun kicks off at 9 p.m.

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