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.)
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
Lighted ball drop, live music and fireworks
10 30 p.m. to midnight
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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
St. Louis, Missouri
Winterfest Ice Rink
Skate 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Fireworks at 8 p.m.
Gene Leahy Mall at 14th & Farnam
Early fireworks celebration choreographed to music broadcast on STAR 104.5
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
Fireworks on Grandad Bluff
Two shows: 6 p.m. and midnight
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