Six Pure Michigan Ways to End the New Year in Style

The New Year is coming fast and we’re looking forward to another great year in Pure Michigan! If you’re looking for a great New Year’s Eve celebration to end 2015 in style, check out these six events happening around the Great Lakes state. For a complete list of events, visit

New Years Eve Celebration, Mackinac Island
Ring in the New Year on Mackinac Island with countless opportunities for outdoor recreation. With cars banned, walk or snowshoe through a peaceful downtown Mackinac Island to one of the six accommodations, two restaurants and America’s Family Owned Oldest Grocery Store, Doud’s Market. Several shops also open their doors for guests. Join downtown at midnight for the Great Turtle Ball Drop before heading back inside to warm up and celebrate the New Year with live music. 


Jackson’s Eve on the Ave, Jackson 
Ring in the New Year with the Jackson Downtown Development Authority. Check out Jackson’s only New York-style celebration with a ball drop from the top of City Hall and a magical fireworks display at the stroke of midnight.

New Year’s Eve CherryT Ball Drop, Traverse City
Ring in the New Year in downtown Traverse City as the massive illuminated cherry is lowered to signify the coming year! Celebration will take place at the intersection of Front Street and Park Street.

A Gatsby New Year’s Eve, Ypsilanti
Looking for something a little more luxurious? Bring in the New Year in luxurious Great Gatsby-style! The evening will begin with a limited, exclusive VIP table service experience including choice seating for the evening’s entertainment. There will be live music by The Appleseed Collective and specialty 1920s-inspired Beers. Dress in your best Roaring Twenties attire!

Treetops New Year’s Eve Bash, Gaylordtreetops
For a family-friendly event, check out the Treetops New Year’s Eve Bash in Gaylord. Kick off the evening with a special dinner in Hunter’s Grille and family dining in Legends in the Hill. This year, they added a Family Party with a DJ, snacks, photo booth and more. For a more grown-up time, choose the Dance Party with live music and cash bar. If you have little ones, the state-licensed Children’s Center has a “Blast into the Future” themed party, just for kids. All guests will enjoy the annual fireworks show at midnight. Plan your family ski trip over the New Year to celebrate this year.

New Year’s Eve and Weekend, St. Ignace
A weekend of fun is planned in St. Ignace for the New Year! Their activities range from a Murder Mystery, fireworks at midnight on New Year’s Eve, pub crawl to Mackinac Island (weather permitting), bus trip to Tahquamenon Falls, plus other fun things to do. There’s even a free shuttle for the whole period to and from the Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Bureau businesses.

 How are you planning to celebrate the new year?