Happy (almost) 2022, Wichita! Let’s ring in the new year in a fun and fiscally-responsible way. Here’s a selection of budget-friendly and family-friendly New Years Eve events in Wichita.
We’ve put the events into two sections below: New Year’s eve activities for adults and family-friendly New Year’s Eve events.
There’s also a New Year’s deal on Krispy Kreme doughnuts in case you’re interested!
I will say that sometimes adult NYE parties are more than we usually consider “cheap” but some of them include a lot, like drink tickets, live entertainment, hotel rooms, etc. When we could find it, we’ve included information about covers or admission price to make it easier for you to find the inexpensive New Year’s Eve events.
Whatever you choose to do, we want to wish you a Happy New Year!
*Be sure to check the date of each event, as some may not actually be held on December 31!
New Year’s Eve activities and events in Wichita for adults
New Year’s Eve Party at Chicken N Pickle. From 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. DJ Bearfoot and DJ 4The Win will battle it out to see which decade had better music: 2000s or the 90s. Happy hour drink specials all day, specialty cocktails, prize for best dressed. Wear 90s/2000s attire. 21+ only. Free to attend.
NYE at Snowbound Reservations are required to ring in the new year at Chicken N Pickle’s popup club, Snowbound. Celebrate with small bites and festive cocktails (priced separately) and a complimentary champagne toast. 21+ only. Reservations are $5 per seat.
WaveICT NYE 2021 Disco Party from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. with DJE spinning fresh disco jams. Champagne buckets available for purchase, and all tickets include a champagne toast at midnight. 21+ only. Tickets start at $5, but you can add on table reservations ($50 to $100) and parking ($10).
90s NYE Party at Barleycorn’s Wear costumes and go prepared to dance. Prizes and a midnight countdown. $10 cover.
NYE Bash at Mort’s Martini Bar with live music from Grant & Pauly, then Sunshine the Bunny on December 31, 2021.
NYE at The Loony Bin Laugh in 2022 with comedian John Wesley Austin. Choose from two shows: The 7:30 p.m. performance costs $15 and includes the show only; the 10 p.m. performance is $30 and includes comedy show, party favors, snacks, and a champagne toast to ring in the new year. Ages 21 and up only for either show. 215 N. St. Francis in Wichita, KS
New Years Eve Party with Rumblefish at O’Malley’s Irish Pub. Live rock from Rumblefish 2-7 p.m. Karaoke Room opens at 7 p.m. Champagne toast at midnight.
New Year’s Eve in Dockum Say goodbye to 2021 at the Dockum’s 1920s gala. Count down to 2022 with a toast and baloon drop from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Live music from JustTori and Band. Wear your Gatsby-style regalia.
Family-Friendly New Years Eve Events in Wichita
The Arcade will be open from 1 p.m. to midnight on New Year’s Eve. Cost is $10 for unlimited play all day or $8 for kids 10 and younger. Pinball is just 50 cents.
A Family New Year’s Eve from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Field Station: Dinosaurs’ Holly Jolly Jurassic Holiday. Holiday fun at the close of the year, including Santa-saurus Rex and sledding on Alamosaurus Hill. Tickets are $10 per person plus tax.
Botanica Illuminations will still be going on Friday, December 31, 2021. If you haven’t been yet, you should go. It’s a fun, relaxed holiday walk through amazing festive light displays.
New Year’s Eve at The Alley has two party packages to choose from to ring in 2022 – an early and a late one. Prices start at $160 per lane and go up. You can have 6 people per lane; if you have more than 6 people, you need to reserve more than one lane. The Alley’s New Year’s Eve party package includes:
- Unlimited bowling, go karts, laser maze, and Hologate VR
- $5 arcade game card for each guest
- Pitcher of soda per lane with free refills
- Party favors for each guest
- Cosmic bowling for the last two hours of the party
These book fast, so reserve yours soon. See all the information at the website: thealleywichita.com
Ice Skating at Chicken N Pickle‘s outdoor pond is is available beginning at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 31. Skating costs $11 per person; skate rental is $4. (Kids 3 and under Free.)
Carousel Skate Center will have family skating available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, December 31, 2021 instead of its usual Friday Adult Night skate. Skating is $11.99 + tax, although other options that include the play zone and arcade tokens are available.
…keep checking back! We know there are more family-friendly NYE events to list here. 🙂
Friday, December 31, 2021
These are New Year’s Eve events that happened last year. I’m putting them below in case they come back for this year.
New Years Eve Early 6pm Champagne Toast at The Rusty Nail. Celebrating New Years Eve with London this year, you can watch the “ball” drop at 6pm with a champagne toast. 1/2 price drinks are available from 4-7pm & $5 appetizers. Free pool for New Year’s Eve. Free party hats and supplies while they last.
New York New Years at Vorshay’s Cocktail Lounge from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Vorshay’s Cocktail Lounge. New Year’s Eve celebration. $10 admission includes champagne toast. Masks are required at this event; Vorshay’s sells masks that have a hole in them for your straws so that you can celebrate safely.
NYE with The Banned. Spend your New Year’s Eve at Port of Wichita. $15 cover fee gets you into the celebration, live music from The Banned, party favors, and a champagne toast at Midnight.
Hangover Half Series NYE marathon Thanks to reader Diana for this one! Race in the new year by running away from 2020. A 5k running event and Holiday Celebration Extravaganza. The race starts at 12:01am at the El Dorado Civic Center. $35 registration. Sign up here.
New Year’s Eve with Jenny Dawn Cellars from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Union Station winery, 703 E. Douglas Ave. Three course meal, wine, music and a night of dancing. Champagne toast at 11 p.m. Tickets $75 for a table of 4.
New Year’s Eve Four Course dinner at 6S Steakhouse. Celebrate New Year’s with a 4-course dinner, live music, and more at 6S Steakhouse. Early seating will start at 5 p.m. for $80 while Premier seating will start at 8 p.m. for $110 and will include additional perks. Both seatings are welcomed to celebrate the new year in the bar area as well.
New Year’s Eve dinner at Sienna Tuscan Steakhouse with seatings from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Make a reservation for a 3-course dinner (for two), live entertainment, and a complimentary champagne toast at 11 p.m. $149.95
Family-Friendly New Years Eve Events
New Year’s Eve with Cynthia Rausch at Hurricane Sports Bar and Grill will start at 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Go celebrate the new year with live music and food!
New Year’s Eve Spectacular On Demand. Mosley Street Melodrama count down to 2021 will be virtual this year. Enjoy their favorite moments from our 2020 season with newly added performer interviews, jokes and songs! Rock and ring-in the new year with Mosley Street at home. Free online event.
Carousel Skate Center will be open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Tickets are $9.99 for skaters and $5 for spectators. All tickets must be purchased online.