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 events throughout the Midwest that won’t break the budget before the New Year even begins. (Updated for New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2019.)

New Years Eve

Springfield, Illinois
Downtown Springfield
2020 First Night Springfield
Evening entertainment takes place on multiple stages at the Hoogland Center for the Arts and the Lincoln Home Visitors Center.
Fireworks at 8 p.m. at Fourth Street and Capitol Avenue followed by performances at the two venues mentioned previously, 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 on the Courthouse Square
Free

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Vincennes, IN
Watermelon Drop
Downtown Vincennes, features music in a heated tent from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., food and drinks available. The 1,400 pound watermelon drops at midnight, and fireworks follow.


Manhattan, Kansas

Intersection of N. Manhattan Avenue and Moro Street in the Aggieville Entertainment District
Live music and Apple Drop
10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Apple drop at midnight
Free

South Haven, Michigan
New Year’s Eve in the Haven
Party in the streets beginning at 8 p.m., but some festivities begin earlier.
At midnight hundreds of beach balls will be dropped into the city streets.

Traverse City, Michigan
Front Street in Downtown Traverse City
CherryT Ball Drop. Live music and entertainment, dropping the CherryT Ball Drop at midnight
10 p.m.
Free but requests donations to Food Rescue.

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

Omaha, Nebraska
Gene Leahy Mall at 14th & Farnam
Early fireworks celebration New Location! Near CHI Health Center and TD Ameritrade Park
7 p.m.
Free

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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
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    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.

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    • December 18, 2015 at 1:30 pm
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      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.

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  • December 26, 2016 at 1:56 pm
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    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.

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    • December 28, 2016 at 6:51 am
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      Happy New Year, Sara!

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