It seems like just yesterday we were ringing in 2016 and looking forward to another great year in Pure Michigan. But don’t get nostalgic just yet – this year’s fun is far from over! If you’re looking for a great New Year’s Eve event to attend in Michigan, check out these seven events happening around the state.
New Year’s Eve Ball Drop, Marquette
Every New Year’s Eve, the intersection of Washington Street and Front Street becomes the location where locals and visitors come together in a large crowd to welcome in the New Year. On the 12th strike, an illuminated ball is lowered from the historic Savings Bank Building. This year will mark the 26th anniversary of ringing in the New Year Marquette style!
New Year’s Eve Family Party, Gaylord
Start the night out with a wonderful meal on the last day of 2016 at Hunter’s Grille, with a spectacular New Year’s Menu. Choose from The Family Party with dancing, Photo Booth, late night Hors d’oeuvre, non-alcoholic beverages, cash bar for adults! Fireworks at midnight! Or the New Year’s Bash for anyone 21 & older with live music and dancing, late-night munchies, Party Favors, Cash Bar, Champagne Toast & Fireworks at midnight!
New Year’s Eve with Laith Al-Saadi, Lexington
In 2016, Laith Al-Saadi won America’s hearts and a spot in the finale of NBC’s “The Voice.” Now he’s poised to bring his authentic blend of blues, soul and classic rock to audiences around the nation and the world. New Year’s Eve at the Lexington Village Theatre is presented by Babisz Insurance.
Cherry Ball Drop, Traverse City
Ring in the New Year in beautiful downtown Traverse City and watch a giant cherry drop as 2016 begins! The event will also feature Magic 4 Humans at Traverse City Opera House) and Magic at Midnight at Top of the Park (both are ticketed events). If you’re looking for a New Year’s Eve celebration in Northern Michigan, the annual Cherry Ball Drop is the event for you!
Torchlight Parade, Harbor Springs
There’s no ticket required to watch the New Year’s Eve fun at Nub’s Nob! This event at Nub’s Nob takes place at 6pm so even the younger kids can get in on the fun as the Nub’s Nob Ski Patrol and the Winter Sports School Skiers make a couple of runs down Smokey creating a pretty light display. Free of charge!
The Ballroom Bashes, Grand Rapids
Celebrate the past as we look to the future – and have the most epic New Year’s Eve experience the area has to offer at The Ballroom Bashes in Downtown Grand Rapids! Spanning from the Amway Grand Plaza to the JW Marriott Grand Rapids to the Downtown Courtyard by Marriott (all connected via skywalk) you can party in four glamorous hotel ballrooms, each with a distinct theme and energy, along with a dozen restaurants and bars. Find the bash that suits you best and party all night long or hop from one to the next to keep your night moving.
Charlevoix Bridge Drop, Charlevoix
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a bang! Charlevoix’s third annual Bridge Drop will ring in 2016 with a downtown party full of festivities and fun. Daytime family friendly activities include a winter petting zoo, camel rides, snowman building, food trucks, s’mores and bonfires. The evening’s events of live music and activities throughout Charlevoix’s restaurants, bars and shops will culminate with the “bridge drop” and firework display at midnight. Fun for all, and all for fun!
For a complete list of events happening on New Year’s Eve, visit michigan.org/events. How are you planning to celebrate the new year near you?