Seven Ways to Spend New Year’s Eve Pure Michigan Style

It seems like just yesterday we were ringing in 2014 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.

Marquette Ball Drop

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!

Hot New Year’s Eve Celebration, Grand Rapids
If you’re looking for music, dancing and fun on New Year’s Eve, look no further than Grand Rapids! This year’s Hot New Year’s Eve Celebration will include Cobra Starship, The Outer Vibe, Dyllan Murray, and Grand Rapids Got Talent winner, Fire Alarm. There will also be the annual ball drop at midnight. Just in case you get a little cold, there will be a warming tent with free hot chocolate and coffee for all who pass through.

Midnight-on-Main_Countdown-300x168Midnight on Main New Year’s Celebration, Midland
One of the Michigan’s largest New Year celebrations can be found in the heart of the state – Midland!! It’s Midnight on Main, but the party begins long before midnight with a full schedule of entertainment and activities. The event features four heated tents, 10 bars, food vendors, Michigan’s largest ball drop and an exciting fireworks display. The event is held on Main Street, from Gordon Street to Townsend Street, in Downtown Midland. Midnight on Main is a ticketed event for ages 21+.

Charlevoix Bridge Drop, Charlevoix
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a bang! Charlevoix’s second annual Bridge Drop will ring in 2015 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!

NYE-in-Pure-Ludington2015 New Year’s Eve Ball Drop, Ludington
Beginning at 9:30 p.m., make your way to the North James Street Plaza in Ludington where you’ll enjoy music, an entertainment tent, commemorative light-up glasses, fireworks, and of course, Michigan’s largest environmentally friendly New Year’s Eve Ball.  Bring your family and friends to experience this amazing night! If you’re looking for something to do before the festivities, don’t forget about the Resolution Run 5K also taking place at 9 a.m. at the OJ DeJonge Middle School North Gym.

Cherry Ball Drop, Traverse City
Ring in the New Year in beautiful downtown Traverse City and watch a giant cherry drop as 2015 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!

New Year’s Eve Anchor Drop, Port Huron
Ring in the New Year in the city of Port Huron! The New Year’s Eve Anchor Drop is a New Year’s countdown party with a maritime twist. A lighted anchor will drop from the top of the 150-foot McMorran Tower at midnight! Live music, beer tent, free open skating, and much more.

 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? 

Experience the Largest 2013 New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in Michigan

It’s just about time to ring in the new year! Today, Lindsay Gilbert from Go Great Lakes Bay gives us a preview of Michigan’s largest New Year’s Eve ball drop in Downtown Midland. 

The stage is set for Downtown Midland’s New Year’s Eve Midnight on Main.  From a softball tournament, 5k run, and entertainment for all ages to fireworks and the largest Times Square-style ball drop in Michigan, this party is one to be remembered!

Main Street is transformed into one huge gala, complete with warming tents, food and drink vendors, entertainment, and the lighting of the ball. At midnight, all eyes will be on the dropping of the ball, complete with fireworks.

A free hour-long concert for kids will begin at 5:30 pm. Free teen activities can be found at Journeys Coffeehouse located at the corner of Main Street and McDonald Street.  Karaoke and board games begin at 7:00 pm and end at midnight.

The entertainment begins at 8:00 pm and will keep you going until the ball drops.

Get in the New Year’s Eve mood with the opening act of Soul Xpress. You won’t be able to sit or to stand still as these energetic and experienced musicians play soul and funk music. The seven-piece band’s members have a rich history, playing with artists such as the Commodores, KC & the Sunshine Band, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, Edgar Winter, Foghat and Davy Jones.

Mr. Belding, aka Dennis Haskins, from “Saved by the Bell” will perform karaoke in one of the warming tents. The Moose Brew Tent will feature local country music artists Dani Vitany & Ten Hands Tall. Last summer, they were showcased in Bay City with American Idol’s Chris Daughtry.

Chicago-based cover band, 28 Days, will be the headlining Midnight on Main.  Performing at festivals throughout the Midwest, 28 Days was featured on the soundtrack of Hollywood’s “Keeper of the Pinstripes”.

The night ends with the drop of the 7’8” diameter ball.  The ball was constructed using 2,380 RGB LED lights and 340 individually controlled nodes with millions of color variations.  Fireworks will also light the sky as we welcome in 2014. This is one New Year’s Eve Extravaganza that shouldn’t be missed!

If you’re not in the Great Lakes Bay area, there are plenty of other New Year’s Eve events happening across the state! Below is a round up of just a few of the many.  For more, visit michigan.org/events.

New Year’s Eve at Boyne Mountain:

December 31, 2013 – Boyne Falls
Ring in the New Year at Boyne Mountain with parties galore for adults and kids. Dance the night away with DJs, party favors, Torchlight Parade and fireworks celebration, teen party, and a lot more. For complete event details, call (800) 462-6963.

Traverse City New Year’s Eve CherryT Ball Drop:
December 31, 2013 – Traverse City
Ring in the New Year in Downtown Traverse City with live music, food vendors, and watch an enormous lit cherry drop from the sky as we count down to 2014. Fee.

2014 Resolution Ball
December 31, 2013 – Detroit
Metro Detroit’s largest & most exclusive annual New Year’s Eve event! 8pm. Ages 21 and over with valid ID. Ticketed event. For information call (248) 543-1000.

2014 New Year’s Eve Ball Drop
December 31, 2013 – Downtown Ludington
It’s a high-energy, FREE event packed with fun for everyone! Beginning at 9:30pm in the North James Street Plaza, come enjoy music, an entertainment tent, commemorative light-up glasses, fireworks and of course the highlight of the evening, Michigan’s largest environmentally friendly New Year’s Eve Ball, dropped at the strike of midnight. Bring your family and friends to experience this amazing night! Also a featured highlight of the New year Celebration is the Resolution Run 5K. December 31st at 9am at OJ DeJonge Middle School North Gym.

The Puck Drops Here – A New Year’s Eve Celebration
December 31, 2013 – Ann Arbor
Join us for ‘The Puck Drops Here’, a New Year’s Eve ‘puck drop’ on the streets of downtown! Ring in the New Year in downtown Ann Arbor and enjoy six hours of live entertainment starting at 8pm. The headlining musical entertainment artist will be Michelle Chamuel, star of ‘The Voice’ and former Ann Arborite. Matthew Altruda, host of on Ann Arbor’s 107.1, will be the master of ceremonies for The Puck Drops Here. A 10-foot puck with 6,000 LED lights will be lowered at midnight. There will be a lighting ceremony a 8pm to kick off the event.

New Year’s Fest
December 31, 2013 – Kalamazoo
As a Kalamazoo tradition, New Year’s Fest brings the community together for a night of fun-filled activities for the entire family. Entertainers surround Bronson Park as well as performance venues located indoors. Fireworks happen at midnight. The entire event is walkable.

Downtown Marquette Ball Drop
December 31, 2013 – Marquette
Ring in the New Year at the 25th Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in Downtown Marquette on Tuesday, December 31, 2013. Count down to midnight with friends and family and watch as the illuminated ball is lowered from the historic Savings Bank Building on the corner of Front and Washington Streets. Share in the magic of the twelfth strike marking the beginning of 2014 at this family friendly community celebration.

What are your plans on New Year’s Eve in Pure Michigan?