Northern Michigan — Whether you’re looking for a child-friendly party or one with adult beverages, there’s a New Year’s Eve event for you in northern Michigan.
The streets of downtown Traverse City will be packed for the ninth annual CherryT Ball Drop. From 10 p.m. on music and other activities will take place downtown. At 6 p.m. there will also be a magic act at the City Opera House.
Organizers still need help, you’re interested in volunteering at the event visit their website. In Charlevoix, you can take part in the New Year’s Eve Bridge Drop. The event starts at noon with activities throughout downtown Charlevoix including a snowman building competition and a showing of Beauty and the Beast.
Fireworks displays are at 9 p.m. and midnight. Start the new year on the island. The Great Turtle Drop is in front of the Lilac Tree Suites on Main Street on Mackinac Island.
A large turtle descends from a balcony as everyone counts down to the new year together. The downtown fun starts around 11:30 p.m. While most of the island is shut down, several cafes, shops and hotels will be open.
The Star Line Ferry runs from St. Ignace Dock #2 to Mackinac Island multiple times a day until the Straits of Mackinac freeze. If you can’t stay up until midnight to ring in the New Year, you can always ring in the noon hour on December 31 at the Great Lakes Children’s Museum in Traverse City.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. From 10 to 11:45 a.m. children decorate the ball, make hats and noisemakers. The ball drops at noon and festivities continue into the afternoon. The cost of entrance to the museum is $7 a person for everybody one-year-old and up. There is no extra fee for the event.
For another family-friendly event, the YMCA in Cadillac also hosts a New Year’s Eve party. On December 31, you can ring in the New Year with games, face painting and crafts. There will also be the crowd favorite the Y Ball Drop.
The party starts at 1 p.m. and goes until 3 p.m. The event is free to everyone but a donation of a pantry item or canned good is appreciated. The Cadillac Area YMCA is located at 9845 Campus Drive. Mason County boasts their alternative to Time’s Square, the Ludington New Year’s Eve Ball Drop.
Downtown Ludington has a range of events happening, from children’s parties to a beer tent. People of all ages will have a way to celebrate in Ludington. In Harbor Springs you can start the evening off in a fun way.
Nubs Nob Ski Resort is hosting the Torchlight Parade. Ski Patrol and the Winter Sports School Skiers will make runs down the hill with lights to create a light display. The event starts at 6 p.m. and is free to the public.