Day 189: New Year's Eve – Mitten Style

New Year's Eve Michigan - The Awesome Mitten
Photo courtesy of Allegiance Health

Don’t know what to do here in Michigan on New Year’s Eve this year? Team Awesome has compiled a list of some fun things from around the state.

Sycamore Hills Golf Course New Years Eve Bash: Macomb

  • $65, 7:30-2:00 am
  • Open bar and appetizer/cocktail hour
  • Family style pasta and salad, filet and chicken dinner
  • Michigan made pies
  • DJ, dancing, photo booth, midnight countdown and toast
  • Late night snack buffet of Michigan favorites



New Year’s Eve Party at Laurel Manor: Livonia 

  • $85, 7:00-1:30 am
  • Live band and dancing
  • Open bar, filet and chicken dinner and dessert table
  • Watch the ball drop in New York City

Kalamazoo New Year’s Fest: Kalamazoo 
With several food venues and entertainment choices, New Year’s Eve in the Bronson Park area of Kalamazoo is great for families and friends alike.

  • $5, 5:30pm-midnight
  • Tuba New Year (30 volunteer tuba players – does it get any better?)
  • Pizza eating contest
  • Crystal ball drop
  • Several sites full of entertainment like live music, comedy and variety

Hot New Year’s Eve Party 2012, Grand Rapids

  • Rosa Parks Circle (Monroe Center St. NW & Monroe Ave. NW)
  • Ball drop
  • Hosted by 105.3 Hot FM radio station
  • Free Admission
  • Live Bands
  • Starts at 5:30pm with Bud Light Happy Hour

~Kristin M. Coppens, Regional Director


The B.O.B.’s New Year’s Eve Bash: Grand Rapids 

  • Dining Packages: $30: general admission (no dinner); $75: buffet dinner (live music, djs); $90: buffet dinner (Dr. Grins ticket, live music, djs)
  • 6:30pm-9pm
  • Buffets from restaurants within The B.O.B: Monkey Bar-Latin American, Crush-Oriental Noodle Bar, Bobarino’s-Northern Mediterranean AND Classic American, Eve-Classic American

~Kristin M. Coppens, Regional Director
New Years Eve at Founders Brewing Company, Grand Rapids
Founders Brewing Company welcomes you to ring in the New Year as they welcome The Crane Wives with special guest Paper Thick Walls.

  • @ Founders Taproom
  • $5
  • Starts at 9:30pm

~Kristin M. Coppens, Regional Director
New Years Eve at the Amway Grand Plaza, Grand Rapids

  • Parties in both ballrooms within the hotel
  • DJs
  • Live Bands
  • Hotel Packages: NYE Classic Package ( $249, plus tax, per couple, which includes accommodations for two, free parking, two wristbands for full access to NYE parties in the hotel), NYE Tower Club Package ($399, plus tax, per couple, upgraded accommodations for two, Tower Club Lounge amenities, free parking, two wristbands for full access to NYE parties in the hotel)
  • Call 616-774-2000 to make reservations

~Kristin M. Coppens, Regional Director
New Year’s Eve Celebration at Grand Traverse Resort, Traverse City
Motown, Pop, Blues, Funk, Swing, and Jazz by Ronnie Hernandez & the Ron Getz Sextet.  New Year’s Eve package includes 1 Night Accommodations (December 31, 2011), 1 New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball Ticket per Person (ages 18+), 1 New Year’s Eve 3-Course Plated Dinner per Person & Champagne Toast at Midnight.

Schedule of Events:

  • 6:00-7:00pm: Cocktail Hour (Cash Bar) with Hors D’Oeuvres
  • 7:00-9:00pm: 3-Course Plated Dinner (with Dinner Music)
  • 9:00pm-1:00am: Dancing to Music by Ronnie Hernandez & the Ron Getz Sextet
  • Midnight: Champagne Toast

Prices start at only $134.50 per person in the Hotel.
Prices start at only $154.50 per person in the Tower.

~Joanna Dueweke, Regional Director
Cherry Ball Drop: Downtown Traverse City

  • large illuminated cherry will be lowered to signify the coming year
  • starts at 9pm with live entertainment
  • DJ
  • a visit from the Coast Guard
  • other surprises!
  • right downtown with all of the bars and restaurant

~Joanna Dueweke, Regional Director

Tryst New Years Even Gala: Troy

  • Premium Bar Package 9pm-3am
  • Specialty Martini Bar Included 9-11pm
  • Lavish Hors D’oeuvres & Champagne Fountains
  • Chicago-Style Midnight Blowout with Balloon Drop, Confetti Storm, Champagne Toast /Favors
  • Live Broadcast of the Times Square Ball Drop on Giant Screens
  • Midnight Buffet
  • Late-Late Night Breakfast (Optional)
  • Tickets starting at $100.00 per person

~Ashlie Harper, Managing Content Writer
2012 New Years Eve Soiree at Red Ginger, Traverse City

  • Starts at 9:30
  • “Culinary journey of lavish creations to provide a ‘taste of Red Ginger’”
  • $125 per person
  • Pass includes, “culinary journey”  3 drinks + a champagne toast, all taxes & gratuities, and a charitable donation to the Good Will Inn
  • Live entertainment

~Jennifer Hamilton, Feature Writer
Ring in the New Year at Shanty Creek, Bellaire 
2 events happening
Piano Wars Dinner Show:

  • In the Grand Ballroom of Summit Village
  • Piano wars of 50’s style music through today
  • Stand up comedy
  • Sing alongs
  • Fireworks at midnight over Summit Mountain
  • DJ until 1am
  • Starts at 6:30PM
  • Adults- $49, kids 12 and under $20

Ivan’s in Schuss Village

  • Adults only ($15)
  • Starts at 9PM
  • New Years Party with Band, In Custody
  • Cash Bar

~Jennifer Hamilton, Feature Writer

Activities for all – New Year’s Eve at Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville 
Under the Sea

  • Ages 12 and under
  • dress in costume and you’ll receive a gift
  • Dj & dancing, face painting
  • Snack and lemonade provided
  • $15 per child
  • 4-8pm

Teen DJ Dance Party

  • Ages 13-18
  • $10-includes snacks & soda
  • Chaperoned
  • 9pm-12am

Pool & PJ Party

  • Pool Party
  • Hat Making
  • Dancing
  • Movie with Popcorn
  • Ages 8 and up
  • 7:30pm-12:30am
  • $39 per child

NYE Pajama Care

  • Day Care for kids 8 and under
  • Cribs and sleeping pads provided
  • Snacks, movies, dancing, hat making
  • $49 per child
  • 7:30pm-12:30am

Vista Party

  • Live band
  • Fireworks
  • 21 and up
  • 9pm – whenever the night ends

Torchlight Parade

  • 11:45pm
  • Parade with torches down Cheers to ring in the new year
  • Need season pass or lift ticket to participate
  • Must be 16 or older to carry torch
  • Fireworks over mountain to concludes

~Jennifer Hamilton, Feature Writer

Have a suggestion of where to ring in the new year? Leave it in the comments! Have a safe and happy New Year!