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Happy New Year - New Year's Eve Celebrations in NJ!

New Year's Eve Celebrations in NJNew Year's Eve Celebrations in NJ.

Cheers to a happy and healthy New Year from everyone here at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. Wherever you may be celebrating, may this New Year find you surrounded by your cherished family and beloved friends!

If you will be making us your home this holiday season, we are excited to have you as our guest as we ring in the New Year together. There’s plenty of ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in New Jersey. We are sharing our favorite New Year’s Eve celebrations in NJ in this week’s blog post.

Things to do in NJ for New Year’s Eve:

Count down to 2018 aboard a Spirit of New Jersey and Spirit of New York New Year’s Eve cruise. Located just under 30 minutes from our hotel, the Spirit of New Jersey and Spirit of New York cruises is one of our favorite New Year’s Eve celebrations in NJ. Cruise on New York Harbor, and indulge in a delicious holiday buffet and sip champagne before the ball drops on 2018!

New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner
Spirit of New York on December 31, 2017

New Year's Eve buffet-style dinner menu
Platinum open bar + champagne toast
DJ entertainment, dancing, and festive holiday decor
Access to our outdoor rooftop lounge
Departs from: Chelsea Piers, NY
Board: 9pm | Cruise: 10pm – 1am

New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner
Spirit of New Jersey on December 31, 2017

New Year's Eve buffet-style dinner menu
Platinum open bar + champagne toast
DJ entertainment, dancing, and festive holiday decor
Access to our outdoor rooftop lounge
Departs from: Lincoln Harbor, NJ
Board: 9pm | Cruise: 10pm – 1am

Once the New Year’s Eve cruise is over, head back to our hotel and rest your head on our cozy beds. In the morning, start the New Year off right at our complimentary breakfast buffet in our lobby.


Happy Holidays! Few Days Left To Enjoy Holiday Light Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo

Holiday Light Spectacular at the Turtle Back Zoo

Visit the Holiday Light Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo.

Our warmest wishes for a happy holiday season and a healthy and joyful New Year! On behalf of each of our staff members at our hotel, I'd like to wish you and yours a very happy and healthy holiday season from all of us here at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. We hope your days are spent with loved ones and you are looking forward to the new year ahead.

We welcome you to make us your number one choice while traveling to New Jersey during the holidays. We would be honored to be your home away from home while traveling to New Jersey this winter.

While you're here, there are plenty of things to do this holiday season in New Jersey. Our number one pick is the Holiday Light Spectacular at the Turtle Back Zoo, taking place now through New Year’s Day.

Holiday Light Spectacular at the Turtle Back Zoo
Every Night: December 11 – January 1, 2018
Closed: December 24 & 25
5pm to 9pm
Free Admission

A stroll under the sparkling lights of over 50 winter and animal characters will certainly get you in the holiday spirit. The New Jersey Zoo will be featuring different themed activities each December weekend making each visit extra exciting! Visitors are encouraged to celebrate the season of giving by bringing donations of non-perishable food items, new toys, and gently used coats.

There’s only a few days left to experience the family friendly holiday lights event in New Jersey! The Turtle Back Zoo is conveniently located just a few minutes away from us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel. Don’t miss your chance to experience the holiday lights display while in NJ this season.

Peace and joy to you and your family this holiday season.


A Look Inside our Northern NJ Meeting Venues in West Orange.

Northern NJ Meeting VenuesOur Northern NJ Meeting Venues.

From small board meetings to conferences and conventions of up to 500 guests, we are equipped to host your business meeting or social event in the new year. Look ahead to 2018 and book one of our Northern NJ meeting venues at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ.

We offer award-winning catering and banquet service and full audiovisual support to help make your next business meeting successful from beginning to end. Our distinctive hotel specializes in pairing ideal meeting venues with impeccable service. Whether you are looking to host an exclusive board meeting or corporate-wide celebration, we invite you to take a closer look at our event space near Newark, NJ. Here is what you can expect when you book one of our Northern NJ meeting venues:

  • Over 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting space
  • World-class catering & culinary team
  • Dedicated meeting planner to help you with every detail
  • Audiovisual equipment and support for effective presentations
  • Customized meeting packages
  • High-speed wireless internet access
  • 24 hour business center
  • Shuttle service
  • Special group rates

We offer a wide variety of food and beverage items for your next event, from breakfast to plated dinner. For our catering menus at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, please click here.

Our meeting venues in West Orange, NJ include our intimate wine room featuring a wine wall, comfy leather seating and an oversized boardroom table to host any intimate meeting. We hope to host your next meeting or group event in 2018 at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. If you would like to request additional information, please fill out the form below and one of our sales professionals will be sure to follow up with you. Click here to plan your meeting at one of our event spaces in New Jersey.


How to Host NYE Wedding on a Budget

How to Host NYE Wedding on a Budget - Wedding Planning Tips & Tricks.

How to Host NYE Wedding on a Budget

How romantic to count down to midnight as newlyweds and kick off a brand new year together as Mr. and Mrs. If you’ve set the date for New Year’s Eve and wondering how to host a NYE wedding on a budget, we are sharing our favorite winter wedding tips and tricks. Read this week’s blog post to ensure that your New Year’s Eve wedding is everything you dreamed it would be and more.

With the help of Brides Magazine, we’ve listed a few of our favorite ways to plan a stress-free New Year’s Eve wedding:

Secure your vendors early - Remember that New Year’s Eve is a popular night out and many will be hosting parties/events in your area. Be sure to secure your vendors early. If you have your heart set on a particular band or photographer, there is a possibility they will already be booked on that night. It might be wise to come up with back up vendors when making your list so you aren’t scrambling last minute.

If your ceremony is taking place at a different location from your reception, it would be best to arrange transportation for your guests. Keep in mind that Uber will have a surcharge for the holiday. Your guests will appreciate not having to spend extra expenses for the day.

Before midnight strikes, make sure everyone is ready. Have the band or DJ make an announcement so everyone can be present on the dance floor before the countdown begins. Champagne should be passed out well before the countdown begins, too, so everyone (all those 21 and over) can toast to the New Year with you.

Click here to learn more about how to host a NYE wedding on a budget.

We welcome you to take a tour of our event space here at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, NJ. We would be honored to host your special day!