New Year’s Eve in the Midwest for $25 or Less

You don’t have to spend a fortune to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Here are 12 events throughout the Midwest that won’t break the budget before the New Year even begins. (Updated for New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2018.)

New Years Eve


Springfield, Illinois
Downtown Springfield
2018 First Night Springfield
Fireworks at 8 p.m. at Fourth Street and Capitol Avenue followed by performances at multiple venues in downtown Springfield, from magicians to storytellers to various genres of music that last until 11:15 p.m.
Adult wristbands $18 with advance purchase, $20 the night of the event. $5 for children 5-18

Kokomo, Indiana
Downtown Kokomo
Lighted ball drop, live music and fireworks
10 30 p.m. to midnight

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Manhattan, Kansas
Intersection of N. Manhattan Avenue and Moro Street
Live music and Apple Drop
9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Apple drop at midnight

South Haven, Michigan
New Year’s Eve in the Haven
Festivities begin at 4:30 p.m.
Disc jockey ice skating, family fun activities, street performers.
At midnight hundreds of illuminated beach balls will be dropped into the city streets

Traverse City, Michigan
Front Street in Downtown Traverse City
CherryT Ball Drop. Life music and entertainment, dropping the CherryT Ball Drop at midnight
10 p.m.

St. Louis, Missouri
Winterfest Ice Rink
Skate 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Fireworks at 8 p.m.

Omaha, Nebraska
Gene Leahy Mall at 14th & Farnam
Early fireworks celebration choreographed to music broadcast on STAR 104.5
7 p.m.

Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin
Downtown, 400 W Blackhawk
Droppin’ of the Carp
9 p.m. bonfire, music, food
11:59 p.m. lowering of the carp countdown begins

LaCrosse, Wisconsin
Fireworks on Grandad Bluff
Two shows: 6 p.m. and midnight

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4 thoughts on “New Year’s Eve in the Midwest for $25 or Less

  • December 18, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Awesome post! I’ve been wanting to do NYE in Traverse City someday. I was there for the 4th of July a couple years back and had a total blast at the National Cherry Festival.

    • December 18, 2015 at 1:30 pm

      Thank you, Kaylene. We hoped to see the cherry blossoms in Traverse City a couple of years ago, but blossoms were a couple of weeks late that year, so we missed them. The National Cherry Festival is still on our bucket list.

  • December 26, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Looks like a fun list for someone looking for something to do! I did not know that Omaha and LaCrosse had fireworks on New Years. Happy New Year, my traveling friend.

    • December 28, 2016 at 6:51 am

      Happy New Year, Sara!


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