NYE in CLE
The best places to celebrate the New Year throughout Cleveland
By Noah Toumert, Image by Larry E. Highbaugh, Jr
New Year's Eve can be the release you need to celebrate one heck of a year.
After an endless cycle of cooking, cleaning, decorating and shopping throughout the holiday season, planning an unforgettable night to end the year may seem like too big of a hassle to manage. Well, you're in luck. Sit back and relax, sip some eggnog or Christmas Ale, because we've got it all laid out for you here.
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? Guests can take their pick at Pickwick & Frolic, located on East 4th St. in Downtown Cleveland, which will be featuring all of the above this New Year’s Eve.
Great Lakes Science Center: New Year’s Eve Eve Celebration
Family and friends can ring in the New Year earlier than usual at Great Lake’s Science Center special countdown on the eve of New Year’s Eve (Dec. 30). Join in the celebration that Friday as guests count down the final seconds before 2:17 p.m., when 2,017 balloons will drop from the top level of the Wintergarden atrium.
Cleveland Museum of Natural History: New Year's at Noon
If prehistoric findings are more your style, head to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on New Year's Eve to watch a dinosaur egg drop and find out what's inside. Spend the rest of your time exploring their Global Kitchen, hanging out with live animals and making noisemakers, party hats and take-home crafts. For an additional fee, watch a New Year's-themed planetarium show.
Windows on the River: New Year’s Eve Party
Windows on the River returns again with its NYE party, featuring an open bar, hors d’ouvres, free parking and a champagne toast at midnight. VIP tickets include admission to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium until 10 p.m., private VIP lounge, favors and much more. Hotel packages are available with shuttle service. Reservations required. Get your tickets before Dec. 18 for reduced rates.
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 cruise ship, with hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dancing and a little bubbly matched against the city skyline on Lake Erie.
Lago's 4th Annual New Year’s Even Soiree: Fire & Ice
Celebrate the New Year in your best tuxedos and gowns at Lago’s 4th Annual New Year’s Eve Soiree: Fire & Ice at the Aloft Cleveland Hotel. Featuring a live band and DJ Flaco Flash, an open bar and a variety of decadent food served throughout the night, this is a party fit for the fancy.
The Cleveland Improv: New Year’s Eve with Mike Polk Jr.
Laugh along with comedian Mike Polk Jr. as he headlines the Cleveland Improv during three dinner/comedy show packages on New Year’s Eve.
Music Box Supper Club New Year’s Eve
Music Box Supper Club is offering two New Year’s Eve options this year. Option one is a show from local Steely Dan tribute band, The FM Project. Option two is an '80s night with The Sunrise Jones with prizes for best costumes in three different categories.
Luca New Year’s Eve
This New Year’s Eve, Luca Italian Cuisine will have extended holiday hours (3 p.m.-12:30 a.m.) and will be offering their full menu and performances from local swing musicians, Rick and Sharona.
New Year’s Eve Drawings-Jack Casino
Want to start 2017 off with a wad of cash? All ClubJACK members will receive one complimentary entry for the chance to win $2,017. Seven winners will be ringing in the new year with extra moolah and a good time at the JACK Cleveland Casino.
Kid’s New Year’s Eve Ball at Merwin’s Wharf
The Cleveland Metroparks invites the whole family to celebrate the upcoming new year with a Kid’s New Year’s Eve Ball at Merwin’s Wharf. In addition to the kids enjoying a special buffet-style brunch, crafts, a magic show and balloon-blowing, kids will also get to make a toast to 2017 with sparkling apple cider. Reservations are needed.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo: Noon Year’s Eve
Bring the kiddos to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s annual Noon Year’s Eve Party with lots of family-friendly activities, music and a ball drop at the stroke of noon.
The Grog Shop: New Year’s Eve
Indie artists performing at an indie music club in Cleveland? Sounds about right. The Grog Shop’s New Year’s Eve bash features live music from Bobby Booshay, Freshy Ramone, DJ Coop and more.
Hard Rock Rocksino
The Hard Rock Rocksino in Northfield is hosting a big 80's New Year’s Eve Dance party to the sounds of The Spazmatics and will also be featuring The Rock Star of Comedy, Pete George for a comedy show.
The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake: New Year’s Eve
Toast 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 at a hotel or cottage, a five-hour open bar with bottomless snacks. Oh, and breakfast.
Walleye Madness at Midnight at Port Clinton
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. Yes, a walleye--30 times the size of an average walleye fish--is lowered by a massive crane to the cheering townspeople below. If that’s not enough, there's plenty of other funky walleye-themed fun all night long.
First Night Akron
Downtown Akron hosts First Night Akron, a family-friendly and alcohol-free celebration of the arts including music, dance, theater, visual/interactive art and fireworks. Admission is $10 and children under the age of 10 are free.
Hinckley Reservation: Last Sunrise Of The Year Hike
For nature lovers, join the Cleveland Metroparks in celebrating the last day and sunrise of 2016. After hiking along the Shore of Hinckley Lake, enjoy hot coffee and coffee cake with other hikers at the Johnson Picnic Area.