Countdown to Noon


Save the date for our New Year’s Eve Eve Celebration!


East Lyme Community Center
41 Society Road, Niantic, CT 06357


December 31, 2023


The Balloons Drop at Noon!

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Ring in the New Year a little early with a 250+ balloon drop at noon! Join the Museum and East Lyme Parks & Recreation for southeastern Connecticut’s premier New Year’s event for children and families!

Pre-registration required. No tickets will be sold at the event.


Special Guests
Wildlife Encounters of New Hampshire

Shows at 10:30am & 1pm

Special Guest
Captain America

Meet & Greet at 10am – 1pm

Special Guest
Black Panther

Meet & Greet at 10am – 1pm

Animals, Activities & More!

Start 2023 off with a one-of-a-kind experience! Wildlife Encounters of New Hampshire is coming to Countdown to Noon!

Children will squeal with excitement as they meet animals such as a serval cat, porcupine, and arctic fox, along with interactive animals such as a mini pig, pygmy goat, and giant rabbit.

In addition to our animal show at 10:30am & 1pm, we’re having our fellow community organizations come with some hands-on crafts and activities for all ages. Plus special guest appearances from Captain America & Black Panther!

The Rolling Tomato will be on hand with pizza to purchase. And you can savor the event for years to come with a photo from our photo booth.


Thank you to our Countdown Sponsors

New Year’s Raffles

Feeling lucky this New Year? Enter to win one of two Countdown to Noon raffles!

Something for the kids:
Get the Museum All to Yourself!

One lucky family and their friends (up to seven people) will get two hours of private play at the Museum.

Raffle Tickets: $5 for 1 or $20 for 5

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Something for the grown-ups:
Dinner for Two

Enter to win a four-course gourmet dinner for two prepared by the award-winning chefs at Gourmet Galley! Winner will be selected and notified on 12/28/22.

Raffle Tickets: $20 for 1 or $50 for 3

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