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, 2017.)

New Years Eve

 

Springfield, Illinois
Downtown Springfield
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

Vincennes, Indiana
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
Free

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

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Manhattan, Kansas
Intersection of N. Manhattan Avenue and Moro Street
Live music and Apple Drop
1030 p.m. to 1 a.m. Apple drop at midnight
Free

Jackson, Michigan
Downtown Jackson
Ball drop at midnight and fireworks
10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Free

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
10 p.m.
Free

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.

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

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
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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