How To Countdown To 2018 In The CLE
Destination Cleveland offers guide for the most dazzling New Year's Eve celebrations in The Land
CLEVELAND (Dec. 11, 2017) - With only two weeks left in 2017, there's no time like the present to start planning New Year's celebrations. There are plenty of events to attend in the area if Clevelanders want to forgo hosting a New Year's Eve bash of their own. From family-friendly fun to elegant dinners to hilarious comedy shows, Destination Cleveland recommends locals ring in 2018 in CLE style with happenings throughout the region.
Great Lakes Science Center: Winter Wonder Days New Year's Eve Eve
The Great Lakes Science Center is kicking off
the New Year a couple of days early with its New Year's Eve Eve festivities. As
a part of its Winter
Wonder Days activities, families have the chance to celebrate 2018 at 2:18
p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 30, with a fruitcake explosion countdown and 2,018
balloons dropping from the top level of the Wintergarden atrium.
- 601 Erieside Ave., Cleveland
- Winter Wonder Days, Dec. 26 - Jan. 7; New Year's Eve Eve, Sat., Dec. 30, 2 p.m.
- GLSC admission can be purchased at http://tickets.greatscience.com/Info.aspx?EventID=3.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo: Noon Year's Eve
Year's Eve is the perfect way for children to ring in the New Year without
having to stay up past their bedtime. Cleveland
Metroparks Zoo offers a kid-friendly celebration featuring a dance party,
roaming characters and a special countdown to the stroke of noon.
- 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
- Zoo admission can be purchased at clevelandmetroparks.com/zoo.
First Night Akron
Located 45 minutes from Cleveland, Downtown
Akron is hosting its annual kid-friendly, alcohol-free New Year's Eve party, First Night Akron.
Attendees will be entertained with everything from ice sculptures and sleigh
rides to dance parties and live music.
- Visit downtownakron.com for information on parking and event times.
Merwin's Wharf New Year's Eve Brunch
Wharf is hosting its annual New
Year's Eve Brunch for families looking for a way to celebrate the New Year
with little ones. Kids will get excited about 2018 with an all-you-can-eat
brunch buffet, face painting, balloon art, magic show and countdown balloon
- 1785 Merwin Ave., Cleveland; 9 - 11 a.m., noon - 2 p.m., 3 - 5 p.m.
- Visit clevelandmetroparks.com/parks/visit/parks/lakefront-reservation/merwin-s-wharf to make reservations.
New Year's Eve Drawings at JACK Thistledown Racino
JACKClub members who feel like 2018 is their
lucky year can head to JACK Thistledown Racino for a chance to win $2,018. A
winner will be announced every 30 minutes on December 30, and attendees can win
more than once! So guests should be sure to eat plenty of sauerkraut, lentils and
black-eyed peas for good luck before the drawing.
- 21501 Emery Road, North Randall; 7 - 10 p.m.
- Visit jackentertainment.com/thistledown for more information.
Cleveland Pops Orchestra: Legends of Rock-and-Roll New Year's Eve Celebration
It's not a New
Year's Eve celebration in Cleveland without rock and roll. The Cleveland
Pops Orchestra rocks in the New Year with a spectacular performance at
Severance Hall with featured guest artist, Connor Bogart O'Brien. After the
concert, locals can slip on their dancing shoes to shimmy the night away with
the No Name Band and Pops Jazz Ensemble as they countdown to midnight.
- 11001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland; 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.
- Visit clevelandpops.com to purchase tickets.
Pickwick and Frolic: New Year's Eve Comedy Packages
Frolic's New Year's Eve extravaganza lets guests pick and choose how they
want to spend the final moments of 2017 with different party packages. Guests
can go for laughs with a comedy show only option, select the dinner show
package to also indulge in the buffet, or party into 2018 with music and
dancing (or maybe all the above).
- 2035 E. 4th St., Cleveland
- Visit pickwickandfrolic.com for packages and times.
Windows on the River: New Year's Eve Party (waiting list only)
It's time for Clevelanders to dig out their
suits and sparkly dresses for Windows
on the River's annual New
Year's Eve Party. Guests will be treated like VIPs with the finest drinks
at the open bar, entertainment from Cleveland Music Group, photo booths and a
variety of delicious hors d'ouevres. The Greater
Cleveland Aquarium next door will even be open after-hours for attendees to
- 2000 Sycamore St., Cleveland; 8 p.m. - 1 a.m.
- Visit windowsontheriver.com to make reservations.
New Year's Eve at The Big Bang Cleveland
The New Year is guaranteed to start with a bang
Big Bang Cleveland's New Year's Eve Celebration. With a dueling piano show,
delicious food, signature drinks and gut-busting comedy, residents will love
being a part of this high-energy atmosphere. The show is based entirely on audience
requests to ensure a unique experience with every performance, so guests should
come with a list of their favorite tunes!
- 1163 Front Ave., Cleveland; 7 p.m. - 2 a.m.
- Visit thebigbandbar.com/locations-page/cleveland-oh to make reservations.
Nighttown New Year's Eve Spectacular
three iconic performers, Nighttown is sure to be the
jazziest spot in the CLE this NYE. Residents can choose to bebop into the
New Year with vocalist Janis Siegel, trumpet superstar Dominick Farinacci
or Sammy DeLeon and the Latin Jazz Sextet.
- 12383 Cedar Road, Cleveland
- Visit nighttowncleveland.com for ticket prices and times.
Gervasi Vineyard: New Year's Eve at The Crush House
Residents can "wine" down at the end of the year
Vineyard's New Year's Eve feast where they'll be treated to an exquisite
four-course meal with a complimentary glass of bubbly at The Crush House.
Located about an hour south of Downtown Cleveland, guests can also dine at the
vineyard's rustic Italian Bistro and shop for unique gifts at the Marketplace.
Those who plan to party all night long will receive party favors and can dance to
the DJ's tunes while watching the ball drop.
- 1700 55th St NE., Canton; 5 p.m. - 1 a.m.
- Visit gervasivineyard.com to make reservations.
Lago's New Year's Eve Soirée: 007
invites guests to toast to the New Year in Bond style... James Bond style. The New
Year's Eve Soirée offers a night of dancing, endless cocktails (shaken not
stirred, of course) and decadent food. Guests are encouraged to dress up in
their swankiest tux or gown for this black-tie optional event.
- 1091 W. 10th St., Cleveland; Doors open at 7 p.m. for dinner, 10 p.m. for late night guests
- Visit lagoeastbank.com to purchase tickets.
Nautica Queen: New Year's Eve Gala
Locals can set sail into the New Year with
breathtaking views of the city skyline on the Nautica
Queen at its annual New
Year's Eve Gala. Attendees will enjoy an unlimited buffet, music, dancing,
a free bottle of champagne per couple and festive party favors while cruising
on Cleveland's waterfront.
- 1153 Main Ave., Cleveland; 8 p.m. - 1 a.m.
- Visit nauticaqueen.com to make reservations.
A Vault New Year's Eve Event, Decades and Diamonds
Diamonds last forever and so will the memories
created at Vault's
New Year's Eve event, Decades
and Diamonds. The upscale cocktail lounge will offer attendees live music,
complimentary beer and wine, delectable hors d'ouevres and a champagne toast to
ensure their last memory of 2017 is one of their favorites.
- 2017 E. 9th St., Cleveland; 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.
- Visit vault9cle.com to make reservations.
Music Box Supper Club: All That Glitters New Year's Eve Party
All That Glitters is gold
Box Supper Club this New Year's Eve. With a performance from one of
Cleveland's favorite cover bands, The Sunrise Jones, locals will love dancing
into the New Year with the lively playlist that encompasses every music genre. Tickets
also include a $25 food and beverage credit for the concert hall's modern American
- 1148 Main Ave., Cleveland; Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show begins at 9 p.m.
- Visit musicboxcle.com to purchase tickets.
CLE Urban Winery New Year's Eve Customer Appreciation Party
Clevelanders can raise a glass to 2018 at CLE
Urban Winery's free New
Year's Eve Customer Appreciation Party. To thank customers for all of their
support throughout the year, the winery will be celebrating with a variety of
appetizers, complimentary wine toast at midnight, a live performance from Diana
Chittester and a DJ spinning tunes to keep the party going into the wee hours
- 2180 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights; 6 p.m. - 1 a.m.
- Visit cleurbanwinery.com to make reservations.
Wild Eagle Saloon: New Year's Eve Bash
Eagle Saloon invites residents to its New
Year's Eve Bash where they can celebrate
"all of the 2017 resolutions they haven't accomplished, as well as the new
resolutions they still won't accomplish in 2018." With live entertainment and a
beer toast at midnight, this event is great for locals looking for a casual yet
wild way to celebrate.
- 921 Huron Road, Cleveland; 9 p.m. - 2 a.m.
- Visit wildeagle.com to purchase tickets
The Cleveland Improv Comedy Club: New Year's Eve with John Henton
Actor and comedian John Henton returns to his
hometown to offer Clevelanders a night of laughs at the Cleveland
Improv Comedy Club. Residents can choose between three different New
Year's Eve packages including a comedy show only option, dinner and comedy
show option, or champagne toast and ball drop option, which includes the comedy
show and assorted appetizers to ring in the New Year.
- 1148 Main St., Cleveland
- Visit clevelandimprov.com for packages and times.
Society Lounge New Year's Eve Spectacular
- Society Lounge is offering guests an
opportunity to experience an unforgettable performance from jazz crooner Phil Turk this New Year's
Eve. While listening to the evening's entertainment, attendees can
choose from different ticket packages which offer options like complimentary
champagne, caviar and oyster service, and an open bar filled with
- 2063 E 4th St., Cleveland; 9 - midnight
- Visit societycleveland.com to purchase tickets.
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DON'T FORGET: Destination
Cleveland's Concierge Team is also available to help residents and their
visiting family and friends explore the region. Contact our team through email
live chat at thisiscleveland.com
or stop in the Cleveland Visitors Center (334 Euclid Ave., Cleveland)
Mon. - Sat., 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. to plan your adventure.
Please note, the Cleveland Visitors Center will operate under special holiday hours from Dec. 29 - Jan. 2:
- Friday, Dec. 29, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Saturday, Dec. 30 - Monday, Jan. 1, closed
- Tuesday, Jan. 2, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
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