10 Places to Ring in 2016 Across Michigan

From the ice skating rink at Campus Martius in Detroit, to snowshoe trails in Laingsburg, there are many fun and festive destinations our beautiful mitten state has to offer during the winter months. Events to celebrate New Year’s Eve are no exception.

If you’re looking for some inspiration for things to do, here are ten fun ways to ring in 2016 across Michigan:

  1. New Year’s Eve on Mackinaw Island: Visit Mackinaw Island, one of the Top Ten Christmas Towns according to HGTV. Two of the island’s restaurants will have special New Year’s Eve dining packages available. Transportation and lodging options are limited due to the off-season, so be sure to review the details here.
  2. Eve on the Ave in Jackson: Bring family and friends of all ages to celebrate in downtown Jackson with a fireworks display, a midnight ball drop, music and more.
  3. CherryT Ball Drop in Traverse City: Celebrate the holiday and give back to the community by attending this event. The event helps to raise money and non-perishable food items to support local organizations in need. The celebration is complete with a cherry-shaped ball drop at midnight and entertainment from Real Magic with Ben Whiting.
  4. The Drop Motor City NYE 2016 in Detroit: The 6th annual free event hosted in downtown Detroit is packed with fun through the late afternoon and evening. Complete with food trucks, attractions, skating at Campus Martius and more, all ages are invited to attend. A special kids’ zone offers karaoke, face painting and even an early ball drop at 6:30 p.m. that won’t interfere with bedtime.
  5. New Year’s Eve and Weekend in St. Ignace: Local restaurants and businesses in St. Ignace are offering deals all weekend long to celebrate the New Year. Live music, all you can eat buffets and specialty desserts are just some of the highlights. The Chamber of Commerce will offer a free shuttle to and from member businesses throughout the weekend. The Tahquamenon falls are also a popular U.P. attraction this time of year.
  6. Gatsby New Year’s Eve in Ypsilanti: Enjoy this 1920s-inspired Great Gatsby extravaganza with Arbor Brewing Company in Ypsilanti. The brewery will host holiday food and drink features and live music beginning at 9 p.m.
  7. Children’s Museum New Year’s Early Eve in Grand Rapids: Ring in the New Year at this family-friendly destination in Grand Rapids. The museum will offer activities, food and drinks and a countdown to a balloon drop at 7:30 p.m.
  8. New Year’s Eve Anchor Drop in Port Huron: Port Huron’s McMorran Boulevard will offer open ice skating, a DJ and a lighted anchor drop from the top of the McMorran Tower at midnight.
  9. New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in downtown Ludington: Gather in the heart of downtown Ludington for the New Year celebration part of the annual Light up the Lake activities. The event is complete with an entertainment tent and a fireworks display following the midnight ball drop.
  10. Midnight on Main in Midland: The city of Midland hosts Michigan’s largest Times Square-inspired ball drop event. Festivities include live music, food and drinks and a fireworks display.

Whether heading to one of these destinations for a celebration or opting to stay home for the holiday, the key to a New Year’s Eve well spent is to look ahead to the possibilities for the upcoming year. Cherish time with loved ones, reflect on memories made in the past 12 months, and create goals and aspirations for 2016.

What Michigan New Year’s Eve celebrations are happening near you this year? Share the details by leaving a comment below.

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