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, 2017.)
2018 First Night Springfield
Over 30 performances on ten stages at four venues in downtown Springfield , from magicians to storytellers to various genres of music.
5 p.m. to 11:15 p.m.
Fireworks at 8 p.m. at Fourth Street and Capitol Avenue
Adult wristbands $18 with advance purchase, $20 the night of the event. $5 for children 5-18
Patrick Henry Square
Watermelon Drop. Live music in a heated tent. Ring in 2017 with the midnight drop of 17 watermelons onto a splatform followed by fireworks.
National Watermelon Drop
Festivities begin at 9 p.m. Watermelon Drop at midnight
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
1030 p.m. to 1 a.m. Apple drop at midnight
Ball drop at midnight and fireworks
10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Traverse City, Michigan
Downtown Traverse City at the Intersection of Front and Park Streets
CherryT Ball Drop. D.J. for dancing in the streets and dropping the CherryT Ball Drop at midnight
St. Louis, Missouri
Steinberg Rink, Forest Park
Skate in the New Year Party favors, noisemakers.
10 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Skate admission $7 and skate rental $6.
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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