10 Fun Things to Do on New Year’s Eve in Michigan

It’s almost time to ring in a brand-new year. How will you celebrate? Do you like lavish parties? Outdoor events? Maybe you prefer more intimate settings like a lovely dinner with wine. Perhaps you like to celebrate the dawning of the New Year with the whole family. Whichever means of ushering in the new year you prefer, you’ll find the perfect options in Michigan. The following 10 New Year’s Eve events are the best in the Great Lakes State! 

New Year’s Eve 2019 Resolution Ball, Grand Rapids, MI

Expected to sell out any day now, the New Year’s Eve 2019 Resolution Ball is the highlight of the year in Grand Rapids. Called a “Chicago-Vegas style bash,” it includes headliner DJs, dancing and “Cirque style entertainment.” Choose from a seven or five-hour drink package. A midnight buffet, champagne reception, party favors, a confetti explosion and more make for an exciting and elegant evening. VIP options are available, too. Visit the website to buy tickets before they run out.

Charlevoix Bridge Drop, Charlevoix, MI

Enjoy carriage rides, s’mores and hot cocoa, a snowman making contest and a free movie at the Charlevoix Bridge Drop. Fireworks displays kick off at 9 p.m. and midnight, when the Memorial Bridge is dropped to welcome in 2019. The festivities begin downtown at 1 p.m.

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New Year’s Eve in the Haven, South Haven, MI

Downtown South Haven clears the streets just prior to 4:30 pm, so New Year’s Eve in the Haven can kick off. Festivities include live music, dancing, ice skating, crafts for the kids and a beach ball drop at midnight. There are nominal fees for some of the individual activities.

Henderson Castle, Kalamazoo, MI

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Henderson Castle. Take part in a Murder Mystery and stay for the party that follows. The Murder Mystery includes dinner and the party portion of the ticket includes two drink vouchers. Tickets are $145.

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The Drop 2019, Detroit, MI

Enjoy a free, fun for the whole family event in Detroit on New Year’s Eve. The Drop 2019 runs from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., and includes live entertainment, a Kid Zone, fire pits and loads of family-friendly activities all at no cost. A special Kid’s Drop will take place at 6:30, with the official drop going down at midnight as everyone in Detroit ushers in 2019. Food trucks will be available for purchasing snacks and meals.

Balldropper New Year’s Eve at Lansing Brewing Company, Lansing, MI

There’s no cover charge at the Lansing Brewing Company for their Balldropper New Year’s Eve. They’re even bringing back their Balldropper DIPA so true craft beer aficionados can ring in 2019 in style. Rock all night long to the music of Mix Pack and wait for the countdown to 2019 to begin. The party starts at 8 p.m.

Motor City Gala at the Atheneum, Detroit, MI

The Atheneum Suite Hotel & International Banquet Center is the site for the Motor City Gala, the most exciting way to ring in 2019 in the Detroit area. Drinks, dinner, music, dancing and more will draw an upscale crowd. A “Midnight Blowout” includes a champagne toast, party favors, balloon drop, deluxe midnight snack buffet station and more. Visit the website for ticket information.

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NYE 2019 in the Entertainment District, Kalamazoo, MI

Several venues within Kalamazoo’s entertainment district have collaborated to present NYE 2019 in the Entertainment District. The evening kicks off at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour, followed by dinner and dessert and a dueling piano show. A Late Night Taco Bar opens following the ringing in of the New Year and a champagne toast. The entire event wraps up at 4 a.m. Visit the website for ticket information. This is a “dress to the nines” event.

CherryT Ball Drop, Traverse City, MI

The CherryT Ball Drop is a fundraiser and New Year’s Eve celebration in Traverse City. The fun begins at 10 p.m. near the corner of Park and Front Streets, with music, fireworks and a giant cherry descending onto the city. Proceeds benefit local Traverse City charities.

New Year’s Eve Bash with David Shelby at The Tequila Cowboy, Lansing, MI

The Tequila Cowboy in Lansing is hosting a New Year’s Eve Bash with David Shelby. Country music fans can dance the night away. Enjoy a buffet dinner that includes prime rib, and a champagne toast at midnight—all for just $20. Buy your tickets online. 21 and over.

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