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

It seems like just yesterday we were ringing in the 2017 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!

CherryT Ball Drop - Traverse City

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CherryT Ball Drop in Traverse City

Ring in the New Year in beautiful downtown Traverse City and watch a giant cherry drop as 2018 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 CherryT 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!

NYE Ball Drop in Pure Ludington - Ludington

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NYE Ball Drop in Pure Ludington

Billed as "West Michigan's Largest New Year's Eve Ball", 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. Evening activities begin at 9:30 p.m .when an entertainment opens for music, dancing and beer tasting.

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.

New Year's Eve Wine Dinner - Suttons Bay

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New Year's Eve Wine Dinner at Black Star Farms

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. Say goodbye to 2017 in style. Formal attire suggested (black tie optional). Price is all-inclusive. Limited seating.

Flint's Countdown New Year's Eve - Flint

Black Tie Productions, Townsquare Media and the Flint DDA will transform the Flint Farmers' Market into a two level MEGA New Year's Eve Party with big city lighting, a major big bass sound system and fireworks at midnight. There will be two entertainment areas with a DJ and live music. Also, enjoy delicious local foods and beverages. 

Charlevoix Bridge Drop - Charlevoix

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Charlevoix Bridge Drop Fireworks Show

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a bang! Charlevoix's third annual Bridge Drop will ring in 2018 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!

 Editor's note: For a complete list of events happening on New Year’s Eve, see our events page.