What to do with kids on New Year’s Eve (Nochevieja) in Valencia
New Year’s Eve is one of the most anticipated nights of the year, and in Valencia thousands of people have the opportunity to enjoy different events and celebrations outdoors, in restaurants and lounges, and even on playgrounds to start the New Year on the right foot. The last day of the year is an evening full of resolutions and good fun where the lucky grapes that accompany the 12 bells and family sharing are never missing. If you want to plan an unforgettable night along with your children, you can choose from any of the activities or places on this list to spend a great New Year’s Eve with your little ones where everyone will have a great time.
1. New Year’s Eve in Plaza del Ayuntamiento
This year, the New Year’s Eve party in Plaza del Ayuntamiento starts very early, allowing the children of Valencia to enjoy New Year’s Eve as long as possible. As a new feature, they have organized a children’s party and celebration in broad daylight. From 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Plaza del Ayuntamiento will be jammed with music and bells, and plenty of activities for the little ones to have a great time. A special feature is the participation of the journalist, writer and DJ, Susana Monteagudo, with her show for kids, Crío & Rolls, that mixes rock, animation, laughter and lots of fun. Besides the farewell bells of the year at midday, the children’s party will include fireworks, dancers, clowns, and actresses and actors who will interact with the public. In the evening, when the clock in the Town Hall building marks the twelve bells that bid farewell to 2018, a show of light, sound and pyrotechnics will be carried out by Pirotècnia Vulcano to say goodbye to the New Year’s Eve and welcome 2019. Undoubtedly, this is one of the most traditional and surefire plans for this special day.
2. New Year’s Eve Castle in the Marina of Valencia
For the first time in the city, the Marina of Valencia will ring the bells with an intense pyrotechnic show performed by Ricardo Caballer. It will be an innovative and unique show that begins with twelve warning thunders that coincide with the twelve bells at the end of the year. Afterwards, there will be fireworks for over six minutes and 255 kg of authorized pyrotechnic material. Your children will surely enjoy this colorful and pleasant evening by the sea while they enjoy their grapes in time with the sparks.
3. Playtown Somnis
Playtown Somnis is a ludoteca where children can let their imagination run wild in the city of their dreams. Once again and like every year, the New Year’s Eve party is specially dedicated to the little ones. On this occasion, there will be special games, face painting, balloons, sweets and an exquisite menu. If you want your children to celebrate the last night of the year in a special environment, this is definitely a great option. Adults can celebrate the end of 2018 with friends and family while the tots have a great time in the tiny town of Play Town. Your child will start the year full of joy and energy!
4. Dock 39
Dock 39 is a children’s leisure space located in the Bonaire Shopping Centre that offers a wide range of entertainment including a zip line, trampolines, an escape room and ball park. On Friday, December 28, they will celebrate the Great Children’s Party of New Year’s Eve with an international theme for kids to have a great time from 17:30 to 20:30. The party will include a Christmas snack, bells, mini disco and a New Year’s Eve party! Bring children from 4 years and up. Check all the prices and packages available on their website.
5. Restaurant Balandret
This restaurant offers special menus on New Year’s Eve day. They will say goodbye to the old year with live music, lucky grapes, dancing and ambient music until 2:00 a.m. For the little ones, they will have a children’s animation program to have fun while their parents chill out. In addition, and as expected, all this will be accompanied by a delicious dinner gala and a glass of wine as a welcome drink. They have an indoor lounge, terrace and a children’s playground where no one will have time to get bored since both adults and children have their own side-by-side dining rooms. What better way to start the year than enjoying an evening designed for all ages with a delicious dinner!
6. Albergue ACTIO
This hostel offers an incredible experience to enjoy New Year’s Eve and receive the New Year as a family! In the ACTIO Hostel they have planned a New Year’s Eve for children that includes activities beginning on New Year’s Eve and continuing until New Year’s Day. This program includes a special dinner, surprises, and dancing for children, and music and an open bar for adults. This year’s theme for the New Year’s Eve celebration will be “THE BLUE PLANET AND LIFE IN THE OCEANS”. Activities will start from Saturday 29th to Tuesday 1st, although the program will be open for each family to incorporate into it when it is most convenient. In addition, on the first day of 2019 the whole family will be able to enjoy a walk in contact with nature and the traditional “Christmas Stew”. In Actio all family members can enjoy a pleasant and unique experience!
7. New Year’s Eve in Patriax
This is the only Valencian neighborhood where New Year’s Eve has been celebrated for more than twenty years with bonfires, grapes, music and lots of fun for the whole family. Patraix organizes the only free popular celebration in the city on New Year’s Eve in the neighborhood square where people from all over the city and even tourists come since this is one of the most emblematic places in Valencia to celebrate the bells. On Sunday, December 30th, the New Year’s Eve bonfire will be set up in Patraix Square while the following day, December 31st, they will celebrate the New Year. During the festivities, wine and lucky grapes will be distributed after which the twelve bells will be counted with the collaboration of the church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Then, a fireworks show by Piroshopping will begin, accompanied by live music. Finally, from 03:00h, the grill will be available throughout the square for attendees to bring their meats and enjoy a community barbecue.
8. Devesa Gardens
In this traditional place of the Albufera of Valencia, you will be transported to another time. Discover the cradle of rice, a Valencian paradise imbued with the fascinating colors of the sunset and good gastronomy next to the Mediterranean as well as a family camp in the middle of nature. In these facilities, you can enjoy a cocktail at the swimming pool bar, take horse riding classes, have a boat ride on the Albufera lake and even explore a lovely place while the children play in Devesa Park with all kinds of activities including an inflatable castle, playground, karts track and swimming pool. If you want to spend a truly different kind of New Year’s Eve in Devesa Gardens, they have prepared a New Year’s Eve pack for the whole family to ring in 2019 in the best possible way. The package includes accommodation, music and entertainment for all ages. You can check their website for availability and cost.
We wish you and your family a wonderful New Year’s Eve and a fantastic start into 2019.
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