You’ve heard the motto: “Virginia Is for Lovers” — and what could be more romantic than celebrating New Year’s Eve in one of the best, most vibrant cities in the entire state? Yep, while Norfolk, Virginia is known for its terrific food and drink scene; one of the coolest, fastest-growing art districts on the East Coast; and the charming, friendly people, it’s also an incredible place to spend the holidays. And, from bustling restaurants and fun cocktail bars to family fun at the zoo, there are plenty of fun ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Norfolk. If you’re not sure how to begin planning your itinerary on welcoming 2024, we’re here to help. We put together this short list of some of the most fun things to do in Norfolk on New Year’s Eve, so read on to find out how this year’s holiday is going to be the best one yet.


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New Year’s Eve in Norfolk with City Cruises

new yearFor those of you who don’t have plans for New Year’s Eve, you have to grab a spot on the Norfolk New Year’s Eve Signature Dinner Cruise. You and your guests will ring in 2024 on the water and countdown to midnight with an unforgettable New Year’s dinner cruise experience in Norfolk. Whether for a romantic date night (like we said, Virginia is for lovers!) or a special celebration with friends and family, get ready to celebrate the new year in style on the Elizabeth River with a dinner buffet freshly prepared by the on-board chef, the distinctive hospitality of the entire City Cruises team, and — of course — full bar service. While on the water, everyone will enjoy exceptional views of the Navy’s Atlantic fleet, dining and dancing, a sparkling wine toast, DJ entertainment, and festive New Year’s Eve décor. And, since everything is taken care of for you, all you have to worry about is having a great time — and taking lots of pictures, too! Plus, you can also enjoy the same incredible experience earlier in the day aboard the Norfolk New Year’s Eve Signature Brunch Cruise, complete with all the same incredible amenities and out-of-this-world hospitality.


Celebrate New Year’s Day 2024 on the Water


If you already have New Year’s Eve plans, that’s okay — there are a ton of fun things to do on New Year’s Day in Norfolk, as well. We can’t recommend the Norfolk New Year’s Day Signature Brunch Cruise enough, where you’ll kick off the new year the right way: by soaking in beautiful daytime views of the city, digging into some delicious food, knocking back a few refreshing drinks, and reveling in the great company. This incredible experience includes a festive brunch buffet freshly prepared by the on-board chef, exceptional views of the Navy’s Atlantic fleet, full bar service with bottomless mimosas (yum!), and — of course — City Cruises’ distinctive hospitality. Oh, and did we mention that there’s a live jazz band, too? It might sound too good to be true but trust us: It’s the real deal.


Other Fun Norfolk New Year’s Options

Have kids, and looking to celebrate the new year without losing any sleep? Then look no further than Noon Year’s Eve, a kid-friendly celebration that allows kids to join in on all the fun of ringing in the new year all while keeping bedtime in mind — including a dance party, a sparkling juice “toast,” and a countdown and ball drop at noon. Everything kicks off right at 10 a.m. with fun photo ops. Plus, guests will receive complimentary party favors to add some extra fun to the festivities, and guests are free to explore the zoo and have a relaxing day after the party.

For the adults, Downtown Norfolk is the place to be on New Year’s Eve. The area is rife with exciting bars and restaurants to indulge in as you countdown to midnight. Start your crawl at The Grilled Cheese Bistro to put a layer down before your big evening, then stop by Grace O’Malley’s Irish Pub and Restaurant for a pint of Guinness and some cheer, before popping into, say, Leone’s for a delicious Italian meal and a glass or two of Champagne to cap off your evening.




Book Your Norfolk New Year’s Celebration with City Cruises Today!

Book your memorable New Year’s celebration today with City Cruises Norfolk. Just remember: Regardless of how you decide to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Norfolk, the whole City Cruises team hopes you have a safe night full of New Year’s cheer. Here’s to starting off 2024 with an unforgettable holiday!