Michigan December 27, 2017
The 10 Best Places In Michigan To Ring In The New Year
It seems like just yesterday we were preparing for the arrival of 2017, and now we’re only days away from the arrival of 2018. While it’s tough to believe that another year has passed us by, there’s nothing more exciting than welcoming a fresh start. If you’re searching for the best places to celebrate New Year’s Eve here in the Great Lakes State, check out these ten awesome locales.
Gather in downtown Ludington for the annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop, which is sure to delight locals and visitors alike. The celebration starts at 9 P.M. and includes plenty of drinks, delicious eats, and live music to keep you awake until midnight strikes. When the clock hits 12, fireworks will illuminate the sky.
Charlevoix is a delightful spot to explore throughout the year, but it truly comes to life with a festive spirit on New Year’s Eve. Attend the town’s annual Bridge Drop celebration, which offers something for everyone. Sip on hot cocoa, marvel at bright lights, and prepare to ring in 2018 with your loved ones.
Venture northward to Marquette for an exciting New Year’s Eve gathering, which excites visitors with an annual ball drop and downtown-wide party. Hundreds of Michiganders gather to watch the ball fall from the Savings Bank Building as the clock strikes midnight, and the atmosphere is simply magical.
4. Grand Rapids
There’s no shortage of fun to be had in Grand Rapids on New Year’s Eve. Whether you attend a ballroom celebration at the Amway Grand or simply head out for a few drinks with friends at the B.O.B.’s end-of-year party, you’ll find something to keep you smiling throughout the night in this lively city.
5. Traverse City
Traverse City takes its cherry pride to the next level with its annual New Year’s Eve gathering, which features a massive cherry drop in place of a standard sphere. The CherryT Ball Drop raises money for local charities via attendee donations and is a perfect way to ring in 2018 with the whole family.
It’s no surprise that Michigan’s largest city offers plenty of options for a fantastic New Year’s Eve. We recommend venturing down to Campus Martius Park and Cadillac Square for a joyous celebration with thousands of fellow Michiganders. Watch as the brightly lighted "D" is lowered when midnight arrives.
7. Ann Arbor
Every college town is known for fantastic parties, and Ann Arbor is certainly no exception! Whether you celebrate with live music at the Blind Pig, grab a few drinks at Arbor Brewing’s Brew Year’s Eve party, or simply do a bit of bar-hopping with pals, you’re sure to have an unforgettable start to 2018.
8. Mackinac Island
You might not be accustomed to visiting our beloved island during cold months, but the vibe of this quaint locale is just as charming when it’s chilly outside. Businesses across the island come to life with food, drink, and music. There are even opportunities for New Year’s Eve hayrides -- can you imagine a more delightful way to celebrate the arrival of 2018?
There’s plenty to do in Lansing this New Year’s Eve, no matter how you prefer to celebrate. Whether you opt for tickets to a 1920s-themed ballroom party at the Radisson or enjoy plenty of dinner and drink specials at Lansing Brewing Company, you’re sure to find the perfect place to enjoy that midnight kiss.
Each year, Kalamazoo comes to life with its beloved New Year’s Fest. From comedy acts to live music to all sorts of unique activities for attendees young and old, there’s no doubt that this festival is the place to be as 2017 draws to a close. For a small admission fee, attendees will enjoy a ball drop, gorgeous fireworks, and so much more. What better way to welcome the new year?
We know there are hundreds of celebrations taking place across Michigan this New Year’s Eve, and our list only scratches the surface. Where do you plan to ring in 2018? Share your plans (and your resolutions!) with us in the comment section. Happy New Year, Michiganders!