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New Year's Eve Activities and Celebrations in Kingston

by James
(Austin, TX)

If someone comes to you and ask for recommendation on Best New Year's activities in Kingston, what would YOU suggest?

We'll James asked me!
Here's his question... with my response!

Of course, I suggested the Fireworks on the Waterfront first :-)

Are there any must-do activities or celebrations in Kingston on New Year's Eve this year?

RESPONSE: by Wellesley

Indeed James!

As Jamaica's capital city, you can expect a flurry of fun activities at New Year's eve in Kingston!

And there are event for everyone! Young and old!

One of the traditional must-do events is The Annual Fireworks On The Waterfront, at Ocean Boulevard in Downtown Kingston.

It is a project of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) with collaboration from private sector companies.

A full family event, it is in fact, the biggest New Year's event each year in Jamaica, recording up to 300,000 live patrons. and another 1.5 million who watch on television, both in Jamaica and outside.

The event starts from as early as 3 pm with fun activities for kids, including story telling, games, rides etc, and later, performances from some of Jamaica's top acts in the music industry - from gospel and roots reggae to dance-hall.

Live Performances

Some of the familiar names that have performed at the event include Ken Boothe, Busy Signal, Romain Virgo, John Holt, Govanna, Kevin Downswell, Voicemail, Dwayne Stephenson, Etana and Queen Ifrica.

The also have a special VIP section, where you get to see the displays from special vantage points!

If you are interested in further information, I'll suggest you contact the organizers, the Urban Development Corporation, at 876-656-8031, their website at:, or Twitter at @udcjamaica

Other Events

Other exciting events held in Kingston each year, includes:

  • The Jamaica Pegasus hotel's New Year's Eve Ball
  • Parties at Kingston's top clubs, including Club Privilige & New Quad
  • as well as premier gospel shows, including the annual Genesis.

And, I am sure there will be new and exciting events this year. I'll leave this open for other comments and recommendations from my readers, so stay tuned.

And by the way, this is just for Kingston. Be sure to read more on How Jamaicans traditionally celebrate New Year's Eve.

I hope this helps!


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