From fireworks shows to murder mystery parties, Maryland knows how to ring in the new year.

When it comes to celebrating New Year’s Eve, there are multiple factors to consider. To go out or to stay in? To go to a hotel or to a restaurant? It depends on your preferences, but one thing’s for sure: Maryland has plenty to offer for NYE fun, and it’s all within your grasp. Here are our top picks for a rockin’ New Year’s Eve in Maryland.

New Year's Eve in Maryland

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Baltimore’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular | Baltimore’s Inner Harbor | Baltimore, MD 21202

Time: 9 p.m.–12:30 a.m.

Hosted at the iconic Inner Harbor, this is the ultimate tradition by which all others compare. Enjoy live music by Thunderball and watch the harbor light up with a choreographed firework show set to music. Be sure to take a spin around the Pandora Ice Rink near the amphitheater, which will be open until 12:30 a.m. to coincide with the celebration. For parking, you can reserve your spot here or look into the Charm City Circulator’s schedule, as they will be operating an extra hour to cover the event.

Cruises on the Bay

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Charm City New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise | 555 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Time: 10 p.m.-1 a.m.

What if you wanted to watch the firework show on the water? Well, you can! Just step aboard the newest luxury yacht Raven and let the cruise whisk you onto the charming waters of the Chesapeake. Dine on light finger foods and drinks while a live DJ plays Top-40 hits. Experience the exciting countdown and champagne toast at midnight to usher in the new year. Add in a view of the harbor fireworks show and you’ve got yourself the ultimate bash. This is an event for adults 21 and up only. Book your spot and review additional information here.

Murder Mystery Trains

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New Year’s Eve Murder Mystery Trains | 13 Canal St, Cumberland, MD 21502

Time: 4-7 p.m., 10 p.m.-1 a.m.

One of the more unconventional and (dare we say, exciting events) Western Maryland Scenic Railroad is holding is a special New Year’s Eve Murder Mystery train ride. The synopsis is “Murder Most Fowl” and is as follows: “The great TV chef Appletini is here for New Year’s Eve to film his latest show aboard the train. Will it be a success for all involved or will some end up as yesterday’s menu?”  For $150 per person, guests will enjoy the show as they dine on an entree of their choice, along with a champagne toast and dessert. Make your reservation here.

New Year's Eve in Maryland

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Charm City Countdown: Midnight in Hollywood New Year’s Eve Gala | Hilton BWI Airport Hotel, 1739 Nursery Rd., Linthicum Heights, MD

Time: 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

The Hilton BWI Airport Hotel is holding its 11th annual Charm City Countdown New Year’s Gala, and this year it is Hollywood-themed. Come dressed in your finest red-carpet attire or as one of the stars for a night of glamour and fun! Take a walk on the red carpet and explore the 12 different entertainment rooms for exclusive food, drink, and live music. Who knows, maybe you’ll run into one of the stars while you’re there (crossing our fingers Marilyn or Audrey stops by). This event is also hosted by Caring Communities, a nonprofit that assists people with disabilities in the DMV area. Be sure to make your reservation now, as this event is popular and sells out quickly. Click here for more details.

What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? Were there any events we missed? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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