(WPRI) — The year is coming to a close and people are getting ready to celebrate the arrival of 2023.

The weather looks mild but the 12 News weather team is tracking some substantial rain on the way for Saturday, New Year’s Eve.

If you don’t already have plans for New Year’s Eve, there are plenty of great events planned around Southern New England.

This list will be updated as more events are known.

Rhode Island

North Providence:

If you can’t stay up until midnight, you can head to the North Providence Union Free Public Library for a “Noon Year’s Eve Party” to ring in the New Year a little early. The event starts at 11 a.m.


Providence Children’s Museum is once again having its Noon Year’s Eve celebration. There will be music from Rock-a-Baby, raffles, a ball drop at noon and other festivities.


United Skates of America will have its annual family New Year’s Eve party from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. You can go skate, meet Sonic, and more for $15.99. Tickets are available online.


Due to inclement weather expected on Saturday, Mayor Frank Picozzi said that all events will be moved to Sunday, Jan. 1.

The family-friendly event, held at Rocky Point Park, begins at 2:30 p.m. People can enjoy food from local food trucks, festive music and giveaways, followed by a fireworks display at 6 p.m.



Patriot Place will have a special New Year’s Eve First Night Celebration featuring ice sculptures, games, giveaways, and more taking place from 4-7 p.m.

The fireworks display has been postponed due to inclement weather.

New Bedford:

The city is offering family fun activities from 5-8 p.m. throughout downtown.

The fireworks display has been postponed due to a diesel spill near where the fireworks were going to be fired.

Fireworks show is now Sunday night at 9:00 p.m.