Family friendly events in San Francisco and The Bay Area for New Year's Eve 2017
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Celebrate New Year’s Eve in San Francisco and the Bay Area at the family-friendly holiday events in 2017. Take the family to see the holiday lights decorating the city, the daytime celebrations especially for children, and to see the spectacular fireworks show at midnight.

San Francisco New Year’s Eve Fireworks
Dec. 31 @ 9 p.m.
Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111

Take the family to say goodbye to 2017 and to greet 2018 with a crowd of about 200,000 people to see the colorful waterfront fireworks. The free show of fireworks will be a festive way to ring in the New Year. The fireworks show will be at 11:59 p.m. but plan to arrive early to claim a good viewing location.

Noon Year’s Eve
Dec. 31 @ 10 a.m.
Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, 180 Woz Way, San Jose, CA 95110

This daytime event for children includes a “countdown to noon across time zones” and the museum’s version of the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in New York’s Times Square. Tickets to the museum are $14-$15.

Christmas in the Park
Nov. 24-Jan. 7
Plaza de Cesar Chavez, South Market St., San Jose, CA 95112

The family will have fun admiring the glittering Christmas lights, over 60 musical and animated exhibits, and the 60-foot Community Giving Tree. Admission is free.

Noon Years Celebration
Dec. 31 @ 10 a.m.
Hiller Aviation Museum, 601 Skyway Rd., San Carlos, CA 94070

The Noon Year’s Eve Celebration at Hiller Aviation Museum will be presented by Bay Area Parent Magazine. Kids will enjoy entertainment, including magic, puppet shows, face painting, a playground, and more. Tickets run $11-$16, free for children 4 and under.

Noon Year’s Eve
Dec. 31 @ 9 a.m.
Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Rd., Sausalito, CA 94965

This kid-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration will include crafts and activities. Kids will create their own glitter crowns, chandeliers, 2018 glasses, and wish wands. There will be music by DJ Mancub and dancing. The New Year’s Eve ball drop will be at noon. Guests will also be able to tour the museum. Noon Year’s Eve is included in museum admission. Tickets are $13.95-$14.95.

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!
Dec. 31 @ 10 a.m.
Charles M. Schultz Museum, 2301 Hardies Ln., Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Kids can have fun ringing in the New Year with crafts, root beer toasts, and Up-Down and Baby Balloon Drop at noon and 3 p.m. Celebrate with the kids from the iconic “Peanuts” comic strip by Charles M. Schultz.  Admission to the museum is $5-$12, free for children 3 and under.  

A Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Party
Dec. 31 @ 8 p.m.
Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, 10979 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito, CA 94530

The New Year’s Eve celebration at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach will feature a carnival and arcade games all night long, until the event’s end at 12:30 a.m. Activities will include the New Year’s themed treasure hunt, live magic shows, and countdowns for each American time zone. A quiet room will be available for sleepy young partiers, so they will be able to rest. Tickets are $30/Person for everyone 3 and up. Guests will be allowed to bring snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

Annual New Year’s Eve Balloon Drop
Dec. 31 @ 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
Lawrence Hall of Science, 1 Centennial Dr., Berkeley, CA 94720

Ring in the New Year at this kid-friendly New Year’ celebration, There will be three timed balloon drops, at and pre-registration is required to save a space.  Tickets are free with paid admission to the museum ($10-$12), so make sure to plan to visit the other programs, like the Winter Weeks celebration.

32nd Annual Japanese New Year’s Bell-Ringing Ceremony
Dec. 31 @ 9:30 a.m.
Asian Art Museum, Samsung Hall, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA 94102

Ring in the New Year by taking a swing at a 16th-century Japanese bell that weighs 2,100 pounds. The Bell-Ringing Ceremony is a Japanese custom for the New Year. The event is for members only, starting at 9:30 a.m., and for the general public starting at 11:30 a.m. Tickets to the museum are $9-$23, free for children 12 and under.

Around the World NYE: Balloon Drop and Family Celebration
Dec. 31 @ 11 a.m.
Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, CA

There will be three New Year’s Eve countdowns and balloon drops at the Chabot Science Center for this family-friendly celebration. Tickets will be $5, in addition to the regular admission ($14-$18) to the center.

ZooLights at Oakland Zoo
Dec. 1-23 & Dec. 26-Jan. 1 @ 5:30 p.m.
Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd., Oakland, CA 94605

ZooLights is decorated with hundreds of thousands of holiday lights and structures illuminating the night sky and a music-themed light show. The candy cane lane themed Adventure Landing will feature rides sure to delight the kids. ZooLights is not included in regular admission. Tickets are $9-$10.