Our Favorite Ways to Spend New Year's Eve in Michigan

It seems like just yesterday we were ringing in 2021 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 events happening around the state.

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New Year's Even in Traverse City | Photo Courtesy of Pure Michigan

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1. 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. 

2. CherryT Ball Drop – Traverse City

Ring in the New Year in beautiful downtown Traverse City and watch a giant cherry drop. If you’re looking for a New Year’s Eve celebration in Northern Michigan with music and plenty of fun, the annual CherryT Ball Drop is the event for you!

3. 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 5:30 p.m., 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!

4. New Year's Eve Ball Drop in Downtown Ludington – Ludington

Ludington's New Year's Eve Ball Drop offers the quintessential New Year's Eve celebration - complete with an outdoor beer garden and music, a ball drop with 6,000 LED lights in the heart of downtown, plus a spectacular fireworks display. Entertainment includes music, dancing and beer tasting.

5. New Year's Eve 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.

6. New Year's Eve Wine Dinner – Suttons Bay

New Year’s Eve promises to be one to remember at Black Star Farms. Executive Chef Cole Thornton and his culinary team will present a coursed, wine-paired dining experience for you and your loved ones in our luxurious Inn. Formal attire suggested (black tie optional). Price is all-inclusive. Limited seating.

7. New Year's Eve at the Island - Island Lake Resort & Casino in Harris

Dance till you drop and end the year at this New Year's Eve celebration complete with a glitzy gala and a fireworks show.

8. New Year's Eve - Double JJ Resort in Rothbury

The New Year's Eve celebration at Double JJ Resort in Rothbury offers a Family of 4 Overnight Party Package that lets the whole family in on the fun! Enjoy dancing and karaoke, indoor waterpark, snow tubing and bonfire, and a champagne toast at midnight!