Some suggestions on where to ring in 2019

As the clock strikes midnight Tuesday morning, we’ll be looking at a new year. Here are some local ways to bring 2019 in style Monday night:

•There will be a celebration in the city of Dover for the first time in a few years.

The Capital City Countdown will take place at Loockerman Way Plaza from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Tickets to get inside the heated tent off Loockerman Street are currently $35. They can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com. They will cost more at the door. Space is limited so organizers suggest getting tickets prior to New Year’s Eve.

The entrance price includes admission, entertainment by DJ Un33k and DJ Sticks, a light show, champagne toast and the ball drop at midnight.

Unlimited pour tickets are separate and can be bought at the event for $47 and individual drink purchases for $5 will also be available.

There will be craft beer by Fordham and Dominion, craft spirits by Painted Stave, California wine by Great American Wine Co. and food and dessert trucks from The Hungry Spork, Zaikka On Wheels and Deep Fried Treats.

•A fun way for kids to celebrate the new year will take place earlier in the day both inside and in front of the Dover Public Library at 35 E. Loockerman Plaza from 3 to 6 p.m.

Inside of the library there will be a magician, Magic by Charlie, and also a balloon artist with Kidz Delight. There will also be several shows, a mobile cloud game truck on the street, DART First State “Touch a Bus” and a Dover fire truck for kids to explore.

•Wesley United Methodist Church will also be open for a free children’s New Year’s Eve celebration from 3 to 6 p.m.

Kids activities will be held in the Wesley Church Fellowship Hall (Loockerman Street entrance) and the afternoon will include making party hats, noisemakers, year in review coloring sheets, music and reading by “Granny Franny,” an inside snowball game, hot chocolate and cookies and more.

• Still on the subject of kids activities, Kent County Parks and Recreation will hold a family-friendly New Year’s celebration on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Kent County Recreation Center, 1683 New Burton Road, Dover.

Activities will include fitness demos, moon bounces, sport instructions, music and more. The celebration will end with a balloon drop.

For more information, call 744-2495.

•Harrington will add a new wrinkle to the traditional New Year’s Eve celebration.

Starting at 6:30 p.m. this family-friendly event will be held in the parking lot on Mechanic Street across from the Harrington Police Department.

There will be music, games and light refreshments. Then a Harrington twist on the traditional ball drop — a tractor drop — will take place at 7 p.m.

•Georgetown is gearing up for its fifth “Raise the Ball” New Year’s Eve celebration on The Circle.

Popular local band Glass Onion returns to provide the musical backdrop for the celebration, which runs from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. or perhaps 1 a.m., depending on how the evening goes.

There will be a large, heated tent and three bonfire pits to provide warmth along with a photo booth.

The event is free except for vendor food and beverages (for those of legal drinking age) that will be available for purchase.

The highlight arrives just before midnight with the countdown to 2019. A large crane that is part of the town’s public works fleet will slowly raise the digital LED ball into position, ushering in the new year.

•Lewes will drop the anchor at the Lightship Overfalls. Festivities start at 11:30 p.m. with hot chocolate, fires and seasonal music.

•Crowds will gather on New Orleans Street in Dewey Beach starting at 11:30 p.m. as that town drops the ball at midnight. For more information, call 228-3701.

•Down in Bethany Beach, a beach ball will drop at the magical hour at the Ocean Suites.

Their annual party will include live music, over 1,000 giveaways and refreshments. For more information, visit www.bboceansuites.com/events.

While most nightlife spots will be celebrating New Year’s Eve, here are a few of the bigger ones in the area.

•While the bashes at Dewey Beach’s Bottle and Cork with DJ White Panda and at The Starboard are already sold out, The Rusty Rudder still had less that 200 tickets left Thursday afternoon for its celebration.

Starting at 9 p.m., music will be provided by Love Seed Mama Jump, JJ Rupp, DJ Hugh, DJ Scooter and DJ Red Foxx.

Tickets range from $60-110 and include open bar, photo booth, buffet and a fortune teller.

To purchase tickets, visit RustyRudderDewey.com.

•Fire and Ice Lounge, inside Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, will feature Mike Hines & The Look from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Advanced reservations are required.

Lounge seating is $45. VIP seating (minimum 10 people)is $400 per group, which includes two champagne bottles.

Walk-up bar area sales will be available that day for $35 until supplies last.

The night will include a champagne toast at midnight, party favors and cash bar with champagne and drink specials.

For advance tickets call VIP Services at 800-711-5882. Tickets must be picked up Monday between 6 and 10:30 p.m. in front of Fire & Ice. All advanced tickets not picked up by 10:30 p.m. will be released to the public for sale.

•Finally at Harrington Casino’s Bonz Lounge, revelers will be treated to music by Mason Dixon Band, The Mike Noonan Duo and a buffet. There is no cover.

Reach features editor Craig Horleman at chorl@newszap.com

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