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Guide to New Year’s Eve in Naperville

From dawn to dusk there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate the New Year in Naperville.

Kids can dive into the party at the DuPage Children’s Museum with their ‘Countdown to Noon Bubble Bash Event.’

“This year is ‘Under the Sea, Dive into the New Year,’ so throughout the museum we have all sorts of themed activities having to do with the ocean. We’ll have art activities in the studio, do weaving in a turtle shell or explore underwater game room,” said Katie Cadena, Senior Public Programs Manager with the DuPage Children’s Museum.

Tickets can be purchased online for all the fun to begin at 9 a.m. on New Year’s Eve with special guests making appearances throughout the day.

“Naperville’s Mayor, Steve Chirico, will be hosting our countdown, and we do have a DJ to celebrate with a dance party throughout the morning and Circle City Steel Drum Band will be here as well,” added Cadena.

From there kids and adults can continue the party by  heading over to Downtown Naperville for more exciting events.

“During the day there’ll be lots of fun to be had in Downtown Naperville. It’s free to attend, people starting at 12:30 p.m. can check in at Southern Tide- they’ll be given a map with some directions of where they can find goodies around Downtown, for kids primarily, but also some fun look in the window for special numbers to see if they win some prizes,” said Katie Wood, Executive Director of the Downtown Naperville Alliance.

But the fun doesn’t stop there! Later on families can ring in the New Year at the Countdown at the Carillon featuring two different times to celebrate.

“The 6 p.m. one is great for families, kids and adults of all ages. We have a couple different entertainment options, so they’ll be Carillon music playing at 5:30 and then we also will have a balloon artist coming to do a show at the base of the carillon,” said Brittany Malatt, Program Manager with the Naperville Park District.

And a midnight Countdown at the Carillon will take place for those able to stay up after all the daytime fun.

“It’s a great event because it’s a great chance to be outside and celebrate the new years with a lot of people,” added Malatt.

Information for all the day’s events can be found on each organization’s website.

Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.


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