Count Down to 2016 at Navy Pier!

Chicago's iconic landmark offers family-friendly celebration options, including the PNC Bank Winter WonderFest, a dynamic fireworks show, family boat cruises and more

Dec 21, 2015, 11:36 ET from Navy Pier

CHICAGO, Dec. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- On the brink of its Centennial, Navy Pier is set to present an unforgettable New Year's Eve experience for all ages on Thursday, December 31. From the beloved annual tradition of midnight fireworks along the lakefront to the ever-popular parties on land and boat, Navy Pier offers plenty of events and entertainment to make the transition to 2016 a memorable one!

As one of Chicago's top family-friendly New Year's Eve destinations, Navy Pier continues to extend families the opportunity to begin the celebration early at the PNC Bank Winter WonderFest. With more than 24 rides and attractions, including the Chicago Blackhawks Ice Skating Rink and the new Ice Peaks Climbing Walls, families can enjoy quality time together in anticipation of the New Year. The PNC Bank Winter WonderFest will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on New Year's Eve.

At the stroke of midnight, families and visitors can enjoy Navy Pier's signature fireworks show along the lakefront. Synchronized to music, the fireworks show promises a unique and magical experience over a span of 15 minutes, making it the longest fireworks display in the city. This year's show will be integrated into programming for Chi-Town Rising, the inaugural citywide New Year's Eve celebration set to take place in downtown Chicago.

In addition to the family-friendly activities on the Pier, several epic parties will be offered for adults over the age of 21.

The 4th Annual Chicago Resolution Gala returns to Navy Pier's Aon Grand Ballroom as a part of the Chi-Town Rising programming. The event, which runs from 8:15 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., will feature more than 30 bars within the venue, an incredible food spread, music from four world-renowned live DJs and access to an exclusive private space on the Lakeview Terrace to watch the fireworks show at midnight. Tickets to this highly anticipated event are available for purchase online.

The Crystal Gardens New Year's Eve Party, in this special 10th anniversary edition, promises to deliver a unique New Year's Eve experience in Navy Pier's beautiful Crystal Gardens, with access to top-shelf drinks, several food stations, more than 20 premium liquor bars, a private lakefront terrace for fireworks viewing, red carpet photo opportunities and more. Complimentary noisemakers and other party favors will also be provided, and multiple popular live DJs will be on hand as guests dance the night away. Doors open at 9:00 p.m. Ticket packages and information for this must-hit party can be found online.

For those interested in taking the celebration out on the lake, several boat parties will be available including the Odyssey New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise. Attendees can enjoy a sophisticated celebration on the lakefront with DJ entertainment, dinner, a platinum bar package, a midnight champagne toast and one of the best views of Navy Pier's fireworks show. The cruise will run from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., with an 8:30 p.m. boarding time. The party will continue dockside until 1:00 a.m. for those looking to extend the celebration. Booking information and more details are available online.

Spirit of Chicago's New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise also offers a festive and entertaining evening on the lake, with access to a dinner buffet, platinum open bar, champagne toast at midnight, interactive DJ entertainment and a special view of the fireworks show. The cruise will run from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., with an 8:30 p.m. boarding time. Guests can continue the fun at the dockside party until 1:00 a.m. For families looking to celebrate early, Spirit of Chicago offers a New Year's Eve Family Lunch Cruise, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with an 11:00 a.m. boarding time. The cruise features a special countdown to noon, lunch buffet with holiday favorites, complimentary glass of champagne for adults 21 and over and endless Chicago skyline views gracing every window for the perfect family-friendly New Year's Eve experience. Look online for booking information and more details.

Another option to consider is Mystic Blue's New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise, featuring tasty treats, a platinum open bar package, midnight champagne toast and of course, a first-class view of the spectacular fireworks show from the lake. The cruise will run from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., with an 8:30 p.m. boarding time. The party will continue along the dock for an extra 30 minutes upon returning to the Pier. Booking information and special deals are provided online.

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About Navy Pier
Located on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is the top attended leisure destination in the Midwest, stretching more than six city blocks and welcoming more than 8 million guests annually. Originally opened in 1916 as a shipping and recreation facility, this Chicago landmark showcases more than 50 acres of parks, restaurants, attractions, retail shops, sightseeing and dining cruise boats, exposition facilities and more. Navy Pier, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization, maintains and oversees Navy Pier and its redevelopment into a bolder, greener and more contemporary urban space. For more information, visit our website at

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