We have assembled a list of some of the best New Year’s Eve events from across the state including a number from Detroit & Grand Rapids / Kalamazoo’s massive New Year’s Fest’s featuring fireworks, music and more! Did we get them all? Not likely!! Be sure to add the ones we missed to the comments and be safe while ringing in the New Year!
“New Year ceremonies are designed to get rid of the past and to welcome the future.” – New Year’s Customs
“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in.
A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” – Bill Vaughan
“To leave the old with a burst of song,
To recall the right and forgive the wrong;
To forget the thing that blinds you fast
To the vain regrets of the year that’s past.” – Robert B. Beattie
Also check out the New Year’s Event Roundup from the Pure Michigan blog.
The HOT New Year’s Eve – Grand Rapids
Join more than 35,000 people in downtown Grand Rapids to celebrate New Year’s Eve in high style: big-name outdoor concerts, restaurant and bar parties, a midnight ball drop, and more. The Romantics, The Ready Set and The Downtown Fiction will headline this year’s HotFM party, now moved slightly to Monroe Avenue between Louis and Pearl. Rosa Parks Circle will be open for ice skating.
New Year’s Fest – Kalamazoo, MI
New Year’s Fest is a performing arts celebration in downtown Kalamazoo. Hosted on December 31, 2011. New Year’s Fest provides 26 different entertainers who perform inside 15 buildings surrounding Bronson Park.
Resolution Ball – Detroit, MI
Two of the biggest area promoters come together to put on the single largest New Years Eve celebration in the Detroit area. NYEDetroit.com in partnership with TheSocialConnection.com, presents the Resolution Ball at the Fillmore in downtown Detroit. A black tie optional event featuring an open bar, food and great music all night.
Downtown New Year’s Eve Gala & Fireworks – Mt Clemens, MI
Metro Detroit’s Best Family New Year’s Eve Party featuring live entertainment and Midnight fireworks! The gala is the perfect way for families to ring in the New Year together. With most New Year’s Eve activities focused on partying, the Macomb County New Year’s Eve Gala is designed for families to spend the night celebrating together. Check out new kids activities running from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM. Award-winning Melrose Pyrotechnics will again be providing the professional pyrotechnics display.
Pistons vs. Pacers - Auburn Hills, MI
Watch the ball drop … through the net! Game starts at 6:00pm
Griffins vs. Milwaukee Admirals - Grand Rapids, MI
Team Poster Giveaway: The first 2,000 fans will receive a Griffins team poster. Festivities include West Michigan’s largest indoor fireworks display, a New Year’s Eve buffet from 4:30 p.m. through the first intermission and a chance to bring your skates to the rink and take to the ice after the game!
New Year’s Eve at The B.O.B. – Grand Rapids, MI
Ring in the New Year in style at The B.O.B. with a bash that is highly anticipated every year. Live entertainment and a ton of options to choose from.
Craig’s Cruisers New Years Eve Parties – Grand Rapids, MI
Two parties to choose from: 4-8pm and 9pm-1am Special countdown for both parties! Includes unlimited indoor go-karts, laser tag, bumper cars, high ropes course and frog hopper! Plus free play on all non-redemption video games. Enjoy Craig’s “Special New Year’s Feast”. Music and Karaoke from 6pm-1am. Party Favors for everyone! $24.99/person OR $125 for six tickets! plus food tax. Limited wristbands available. Sell out expected!
Ring In the New Year at Boyne Highlands or Boyne Mountain
Ring in the New Year at Boyne with choice of several festivities. Join them for holiday excitement and celebration through Sunday, January 1. They offer lots for the whole family to enjoy this year, including teen parties on New Year’s Eve, holiday buffets and the favorites such as torchlight parades followed by fireworks at Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain! Plus, amazing snow conditions and other winter events to make the time together extra special.
CHERRYT BALL DROP (CHARITY BALL DROP) – Traverse City, MI
The 3rd annual Cherry Ball Drop takes place at the corner of Cass and Front streets in Downtown Traverse City (right in front of the Christmas tree). Downtown Traverse City will be packed with event goers for the 3 annual CherryT Ball Drop. Right before Midnight a large illuminated cherry will be lowered to signify the coming year! It all starts at 9pm with live entertainment, DJ, a visit from the Coast Guard and other surprises! (check out the video from last year by Ken Scott at the bottom of the post!)
Grand Traverse Resort New Year’s Celebration – Traverse City, MI
Celebrate the New Year in style at an event filled with fun and dancing with music ranging from Motown, Pop, Blues, Funk, Swing, and Jazz by Ronnie Hernandez & the Ron Getz Sextet. Their New Year’s Eve package includes accommodations, the New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball, a 3-Course Plated Dinner and Champagne Toast at Midnight.
New Year’s Eve Dinner Train: Murder Mystery Charlotte & Blissfield, MI
Ring in the New Year on the Old Road! Come raise a glass with them and welcome in the New Year, 2012! This holiday special train boards 30 minutes later than usual (at 6:30pm.)
Great Turtle Drop on Mackinac Island
The owners of the Cottage Inn on Mackinac Island will ring in the New Year with a new tradition, the Great Turtle Drop. A giant fiberglass turtle will be lifted in the air Saturday, December 31, before midnight and descend to the ground to commemorate the New Year.
We’re sure there’s more – add them in the comments and have a very Happy New Year! Now here’s that video by Ken Scott!