Bristol museum to offer children an early New Year's Eve

Published on Thursday, 20 December 2018 20:56


BRISTOL - The 13th annual Celebrations Around the World at Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center, lets children celebrate New Year’s Eve without having to stay up past their bedtime.

Imagine Nation, 1 Pleasant St., will be hosting the event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 31.

It is sponsored by the Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation.

Heather Grance, marketing manager at the museum said that visitors will be learning about New Year traditions from other countries and cultures.

“We’re excited about this year’s event and have added some new things since last year,” said Grance. “There will be a live drum performance and a cooking demonstration with Chef Alie. Every child in attendance will receive a free party hat.”

Also in store are arts and crafts activities in which children can create masks and noisemakers. There will also be music, dancing, a photo booth and several stations set up to teach children about different traditions.

Visitors will learn, for example, how Danish children throw dishes at the doors of their friends. If someone wakes up with a lot of dishes on the doorstep, it means that they have a lot of friends.

Meanwhile, in Mexico, it is traditional to walk around the outside of one’s home with a suitcase at midnight if one is thinking of traveling in the new year.

Father Time will stop by and lead visitors in a New Year’s parade at 11:30 a.m. Then, after the parade, visitors can gather in a recreation of Times Square and count down for a ball drop, complete with tons of confetti and balloons, at noon.

Imagine Nation will close for the day at 2 p.m.

Due to the popularity of the event, which in past years has packed the museum with as many as 400 visitors, those who plan to attend are encouraged to arrive by 11:30 a.m. to ensure that they have enough time to participate in all the holiday festivities.

Tickets are now on sale for $12 per person or $6 for Imagine Nation members. They can be purchased at, or on

Library and ACM passes will not be accepted for this event.

Additional parking will be available in the commuter lot on Upson Street and in the lot across from Imagine Nation on Church Street.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Arts, Bristol on Thursday, 20 December 2018 20:56. Updated: Thursday, 20 December 2018 20:59.