New Year’s Eve
Ring In 2015: New Year's Eve In CLE
New Year's Eve is that the ultimate "last hurrah."
Think about: It's the last official day of the holidays, which means it's time to take down the tree and realize the bareness of your living room. The holiday work parties have commenced and you won't be seeing that you-know-who coworker snookered in front of the boss. Out-of-town friends leave. The light shows end. And, Christmas sweaters are
sadly packed away.
You know what cures all that sad, sad sadness? A little NYE trip to the CLE, my friend.
Here are some fun ways to merrymake before your New Year's resolution kicks in and, well, January becomes a reality.
NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTIES & PACKAGES
This massive downtown New Year's Eve celebration - only in its second year but expecting more than 20,000 people - will feature born-and-bred Clevelanders like headliner DJ E-V, opener Carlos Jones, Machine Gun Kelly and some celeb surprise appearances throughout the night. Click here to read more on CLE Rocks NYE.
It's all about the salsa, baby. The Cleveland Pops 19th Annual New Year's Eve Concert and Dance at Severance Hall in University Circle features the famous Mambo Kings who perform a blend of Latin rhythms and jazz improvisations. Need to dust off your dancin' shoes? Salsa dance lesson are available in the lobby before the show.
Located in the emerging neighborhood of the Flats, Windows on the River returns again with its NYE Party. Think: Open bar, hors d'ouvres, free parking and -naturally - a champagne toast at midnight. Wanna be a baller? Then, we recommend VIP tickets that'll get you admission to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, private VIP lounge, swag and much more. Hotel packages are available with shuttle service. Reservations required.
Feeling a little "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous?" [C'mon, it's a feeling, not necessarily a reality.] If so, you've got to get yourself a reso to one of two seatings at the culinary heavy hitter known as MUSE. Their five-course prix-fixe NYE menu, served inside their Ritz-Carlton location, is one that'll be sure to tickle your tastebuds faster than Robin Leach can say "champagne wishes and caviar dreams."
It's not Cleveland without a little rock, right? Check out the no-reservations-required party happening at the Lobby Lounge on 6 inside the Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland dowtown. Tip back a few rocktails and enjoy a menu of light dishes as you shake-shake-shake-it-off to live music all night.
Ring in the New Year in Cleveland's wine country at The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake. The package includes a gala celebration with live entertainment, dinner, overnight stay and breakfast. Did we mention the five-hour open bar and endless snacks? That, too.
Pickwick & Frolic: New Year's Eve Comedy Packages
A New Year's Eve dinner? A comedy show? A gala celebration? Dinner and a comedy show? Dinner and a gala celebration? All of the above? Take your pick at Pickwick & Frolic, located on East Fourth Street downtown, which will be featuring...well...everything on New Year's Eve.
Nautica Queen: New Year's Eve Cruise
Bust out some Styx "Come Sail Away" during the New Year's Eve Cruise aboard the Nautica Queen with hors d'oeuvres, dinner, dancing and a little bubbly matched against the city skyline on Lake Erie.
Executive Caterers of Landerhaven: Club Landerhaven NYE 2015
Located in the east side neighborhood of Mayfield Heights, Landerhaven gets clubby during its annual party featuring a top-shelf open bar, live music, food stations and (our fave) a 1am breakfast buffet.
Funny guy and notoriously popular Clevelander, Mike Polk Jr., headlines the Cleveland Improv during three dinner/comedy show packages on New Year's Eve. He's also the unofficial world's biggest fan of Christmas Ale (NSFW: check it out).
A little local wine for your revelry? Why not? Take your party to Grand River Cellars Winery & Restaurant in Lake County for an evening of dinner, dancing, a breakfast at midnight and, of course, a bottle of wine per couple.
Indie bands performing at an indie music club in Cleveland? Sounds ‘bout right. The Grog Shop's New Year's Eve bash features live music from Tropidelic, Aliver Hall, Vibe & Direct, Drunken Sunday and Broken Keys.
So, everyone wants a little glass of bubbly on NYE, right? How about local indie bands, an ultra-cool venue and plenty of drinks - all to help the Woo Who Foundation raise money for services provided to those affected by breast cancer? Sounds like a pretty good deal to me.
New York City might celebrate the New Year with a glittering ball, but the town of Port Clinton rings in the coming year with a 20-foot-tall, 600-pound fiberglass walleye. [Come again?] Yep. A walleye - 30 times the size of the average walleye fish - is lowered by a massive crane to the cheering townspeople below. If that's not enough, there's tons of walleye-themed fun all night long, too. Seriously. This is a real thing.
NEW YEAR'S WITH KIDS
Bubbly champagne and staying up late are great fun for us adults, right. Kids? Not so much. So, consider getting the kiddos to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's annual Noon Year's Eve Party with lots of kid activities, music and a ball drop at the strike of noon.
Noisemakers, party hats, music and games. Sounds like a kid's dream to me. Add in the element of counting down to the New Year, and you've got kid utopia. It all happens at the Children's Museum of Cleveland on Dec. 31 at 11am, noon and 1pm.
Grandma. Grandpa. Nana. Papa. Whatever your kids call them, make sure they're all together at the West Wood Nature Center for an afternoon NYE celebration.
Downtown Akron hosts First Night Akron, a family-friendly and alcohol-free celebration of the arts including music, dance, theater and visual/interactive art. Did we mention the huge fireworks display in downtown Akron at midnight as part of it? Admission is $10 and children under the age of ten are free.
During Winter Weekends at the Great Lakes Science Center running Dec. 27-28 and Jan. 3-4, the family can get a fun dose of science class, design snowflakes, make fake snow and even go "carpet skating" on an indoor rink.