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8 things to do this New Year's Eve

Grace Ellis • May 13, 2015 at 8:42 AM

Happy New Year! As fun as to usher in 2011 by sitting at home, marathoning “Modern Family” and playing drinking games to Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year, there are so many area events that evening, there’s no reason you should have to spend the holiday away from the action. How many versions of “Auld Lang Syne” can I link you to? Only time will tell!

Family-friendly options:

Walleye Madness At Midnight – Nothing screams “Happy New Year” quite like watching a 20-foot, 600 pound walleye fall from the sky. One of the area’s most important and unique celebrations, the infamous walleye drop is only the peak of this massive party. People will be dancing in the streets at this one, so get ready to party like it’s 1999. Or 2011.

New Year’s Eve Buffet – Kalahari brings the best of African-inspired cuisine to your plate, with treats for adults and children of all ages. The buffet isn’t too late, so the kids can still get to bed and the grown-ups can still make it to the office party. It’s the perfect opportunity to pig out before you start your annual New Year’s diet, is what I’m saying.

D.A.R.E.’s 7th Annual Family First Night – For people who want to ring in the New Year in an extremely safe, family-friendly environment, you can’t do any better than the D.A.R.E. party. With music, swimming, prizes, a bounce house and a giant screen to watch the ball drop, the Norwalk Ernsthausen Community Complex has everything a young family could want.

New Year’s Eve Dance and Skate Party – Winter is the season of skating, because let’s face it, ice-skating can get a bit chilly. Enter: Ghostly Manor’s inline skating rink. A favorite of families for decades, the skating and roller blading rink is offering games, food and XD movies late into the night, so you can reenact your favorite scenes from “Brink!” as you bridge between years.


New Year’s Eve Dinner – If you’re a fan of fine dining (and really, who isn’t?), then kick your evening off with the meal of your dreams at Zinc Brasserie. With three waves of seating, each with a different number of courses, this dinner isn’t cheap, but the exquisite dining experience and memories more than make up for it. Braised beef, chocolate espresso opera cake and some unforgettable mushroom soup are just a few of the gourmet dishes on the menu.

Toast of the Town – Carousels may be a historical tradition, but at the Merry-Go-Round Museum, it’s all about looking forward into the new year. The star of the show, as always, is the carousel, but the party also promises food and a silent auction. A great opportunity to reconnect those auld acquaintances you forgot, this gala ends relatively early so that it doesn’t interfere with any of your other parties, you mega-popular person you.

New Year’s Eve Bash – Lyman Harbor is known for throwing a swinging New Year’s Eve party, and with both The Earthquakers and Ron Howard and the Cruisin’ rocking out, this year will be no exception. Each room has a different party, whether its focus is a band or food, but at the end of the night, everyone will come together to watch the fireworks as they shoot across the sky-y-y.

New Year's Eve Charity Casino Celebration – At Sawmill Creek Resort, enjoy the glitzy lights of Las Vegas without the grueling flight to Nevada. In addition to the charity casino, the resort promises live entertainment, music, dancing and other favorite New Year’s Eve celebrations. The grand prize for the evening is a trip for two to Las Vegas, so gather up your wolf pack, take a cup of kindness and call a cab to drive you home.

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