Motif1Welcome to NEW YEAR’S ROCKPORT EVE: the web site that is dedicated to celebration. We celebrate the future, the joy of sharing a special evening with family, friends and neighbors and our hope that a New Year will bring good health, happiness and new opportunities.





An important note from the NYRE organizer,  Claire Franklin:

We were short on meeting our budget again last year and with your help we have raised quite a bit of our deficit.  We started with an $8,000 deficit after our 2013 celebration, but we worked hard and have raised $7,000 of this debt.  We have a couple of fundraisers coming up & an on going one so check out the Fundraisers Page on this website and see if you can support us by participating.  

I think the frigid weather kept some families home last year.  Hopefully people will bundle up a little more and come anyway this year, it is December in New England after all!  2014 schedule of performances are on the Events page of this website – check it out! 

If you can afford to send in a donation, no amount is too small; $5, $10, any amount will be accepted.  The checks can be made out to New Year’s Rockport Eve, Inc. (or N.Y.R.E.) and can be sent to Granite Savings Bank, PO Box 180, Rockport, MA 01966.  You could also walk in and make your donation at the bank and the tellers will send me the receipt. 

I hope you all have wonderful Holidays and a Healthy New Year to come.

Thank you in advance,

Claire Franklin


Our new 2014 schedule and performers bios are now on the site! 

We will entertain you with clowns, cowboys, magicians, musicians – classical, pop, jazz, Dixieland, folk, country, gospel swing and rock and roll – ventriloquists, dance, drama, puppets, and MUCH, MUCH MORE! And, we have planned a spectacular midnight event that will be a truly memorable welcome to the beginning of a new year.



Buy your buttons before December 31 to save money! See the button prices below.

Age 18 or older Age 13 – 17 Age 4 – 12 Age 3 or younger
Before Dec. 31 $17 $12 $5 FREE
December 31 $20 $15 $5 FREE


Buttons can be purchased at the following locations:

In Rockport:
New for 2014!  R3 Sons Fun Emporium, 6 Dock Square
Also New for 2014! Rite Aid, Whistlestop Mall
Bean & Leaf Cafe, 12 Bearskin Neck
John Tarr Store, Main St.
Smith hardware & Lumber at the Lumber Desk, 3 Station Square
Toad Hall Bookstore, Main St.

In Gloucester:
New for 2014! Building Center, Harbor Loop
Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, Commercial St.
House of the Raven, Main Street
Wally’s Blackburn Bistro, Blackburn Industrial Park

Buttons can also be purchased online with a credit card or a PayPal account. Select the applicable button price, click the Add to Cart button below, and select the quantity on the Shopping Cart page. Click Check Out to complete your order, or click Continue Shopping to return to this page to add differently priced buttons to your order. There is a $1.00 convenience charge for each button purchased online which is reflected in the prices shown below. All online purchases are will-call: your name will be on a list at the Spiran Hall Ticket Office, and you can pick up your buttons there.


Buttons may also be purchased by emailing Claire Franklin.  A $2.00 handling fee will be added to all buttons purchased through mail order.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION: Can I buy buttons on the 31st?

Buttons will be sold on December 31st at Spiran Hall (our headquarters) on the corner of Broadway & School Street from noon ’til 11pm.

Bean & Leaf Cafe will be selling buttons at 12 Bearskin Neck and will be open ’til Midnight on December 31st.

Plenty of on street parking downtown Rockport, no meters.

Many of our inns, B&B’s, and motels will be open and we suggest you make your reservations early. Click on the Food/Lodging link for a list of Rockport Inns with links to many of their web sites courtesy of

New Year’s Rockport Eve is continually engaged in Fundraising, We would also welcome any donations (no amount is too small) by mailing your check made out to NYRE to Granite Savings Bank, PO Box 180, Rockport, MA 01966. We also offer items for sale. Please click on the Store button on the site navigation to order NYRE souvenirs.

Donations to help NYRE may be made at any time.facebook  g+44

Welcome , today is Saturday, December 20, 2014