Area partygoers kicked off their New Year's Eve festivities with a stop at the Toast to the Town New Year's Eve Gala.
Sponsored by the Merry-Go-Round Museum and Sandusky Main Street Association, the event was a good way to start the night. For $15 people could enjoy music, food, an open bar and carousel rides. The food was donated by area restaurants.
"New Year's Eve is already a great time for everyone. This event is a little more laid back than most. It's a great time to visit with friends," said Veronica Vandenbout, executive director of the museum.
The museum also offered a silent auction and an extensive display of holiday nutcrackers for people to enjoy.
The bars in town got off to a little slower start, however. Tonia Maxwell, her husband, Joe, and four of their friends were out on the town beginning at 5 p.m. Monday. Decked in festive New Year's Eve hats and headbands, the group sat at a table at 8 p.m. in the nearly empty Daly's Irish Pub in downtown Sandusky.
"We were surprised no one was in here," Maxwell said.
One of the group, Jim Beres, said he wasn't disappointed in the crowd at the bar. He was just happy to be hanging out with people he's known since high school.
"We're just looking to hang out with close friends," he said. "That's what New Year's is all about."