As 2011 winds down, it’s time to start thinking about the new year. What better way to do that than to ring in 2012 by celebrating it in Pure Michigan? Some of the events going on around the state are listed below. They cover everything from family-friendly parties to romantic river cruises. Happy New Year to all!
Celebrate the new year and watch the annual ball drop from the Savings Bank Building in downtown Marquette starting at 11:30 p.m. at the corner of Washington and Front Streets. For details, call (906) 228-9475.
The Ludington New Year’s Eve Ball Drop Celebration includes an entertainment tent in James Street Plaza, a pub crawl around downtown Ludington and the highlight of the event – the Ball Drop. For more information, call (231) 845-6237.
New Year’s Fest is a community performing arts celebration in downtown Kalamazoo. The event features 24 performing artists in 10 buildings surrounding Bronson Park. Musical entertainment includes classical music, rhythm and blues, jazz, bluegrass and Christian contemporary. Performing artists include magicians, clowns, jugglers, storytellers and tricks. For more information, call (269) 388-2830.
Shanty Creek Resorts will be hosting two parties on New Year’s Eve. Enjoy dinner and a show at Summit Village with a fireworks display at midnight and FREE skiing after 6pm on the Summit slopes. Or enjoy the adult-only party at Schuss Mountain. For more information, call (800) 678-4111.
The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. for a family party to ring in 2012 with a splash! Enjoy an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet, unlimited use of the Gold Rush Waterpark, snow tubing on Sundance Slopes, and lots of games and activities! Contact the front desk at (231) 894-4444 to make your reservations today or visit the Double JJ Resort website.
Adults 21 and older only on this cruise aboard the Detroit Princess Riverboat. Ring in the New Year in style on the seventh annual “Rock The Boat” New Year’s Eve party! The event includes a dinner buffet with main entrees of prime rib, chicken piccata, crab stuffed salmon and vegetarian lasagna. A champagne toast at midnight and party favors are included as are music, dancing and a cash bar. Gates open at 8 p.m. with cruising from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. The party goes until 2 a.m. For more information, visit the Detroit Princess Riverboat website or call (877) 338-2628 or (517) 627-2154.