What’s Happening in TC on New Year’s Eve: Parties, Dinners, Hotel Packages, etc.

CherryT Ball Drop in downtown Traverse City

CherryT Ball Drop in downtown Traverse City

(This isn’t a regular blog post, so don’t look for any of our usual literary brilliance — it’s just a handy guide for your own information. There’s a lot going on in TC on Monday night, and we didn’t want you to miss any of it!)

CherryT Ball Drop

Times Square, move over! A bright dazzling cherry will drop from a crane in front of the Christmas tree at the corner of Cass & Front Streets. Bring your nonperishable items to help us  fill area food pantries. The band stage kicks off at 9:30pm with music until the clock strikes midnight. Get there early, you’ll be celebrating with as many as 15,000 people! The event is free-though seats can be reserved for $50. Open containers of alcohol are not permitted on the street.

Also featuring two dance parties brought to you by Porterhouse Productions & H. Cox & Son:

*ECCO Family Party-5:30-8pm. Front Row Center. Entertainment by Beatbox Champion Heatbox, DJ Dominate,Yo-Yo Master, LED Hula Hoppers, and FREE pizza, cherry pie & ice cream.

*The Ages 21 yrs. & older-10pm-2am. Dance party. Beatbox Champion Heatbox,  DJ Dominate, Yo-yo Master, LED Hula Hoopers. Champagne toast at midnight. Full bar featuring Michigan Craft Bee, Wine & Cider.

Tickets for the dance parties and complete details are available at cherryballdrop.com All proceeds from both events benefit the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center, Goodwill, & the CherryT Ball organization.

Grand Traverse Resort & Spas: Governors Hall “Fire & Ice”

Celebrate the New Year in style with an event filled with entertainment and dancing by the Hidden Agenda Band.


Schedule of Events:

6pm-7pm         Cocktail Hour (cash bar) with Hors d’oeuvres

7pm-9pm         Plated Dinner (3 Course) w/ dinner music.

9pm-1am         Entertainment & Dancing with the Hidden Agenda Band.


Cash Bar-Champagne toast at midnight-Proper attire is requested. Must be 18 or older to attend with a valid ID.


New Year’s Eve lodging package includes:

*1 night accommodations (Dec. 31, 2012)

*1 New Year’s Eve Dinner per person in Governors’ Hall


Prices start at only $135.50* per person, double occupancy, in the six story hotel. $155.50* per person, double occupancy, in the 17-story Tower.

For reservations, call 800-236-1577 or book online. *The above pricing does not include 11% tax and $14.95 nightly resort fee, and applicable gratuities.  Rates valid on 12/31/12. Rooms at this rate are limited. Not available to groups. May not be combined with other offers.  Certain other restrictions may apply.  For all accommodations, check-in begins at 4pm and check-put is by 11:00am.


A La Carte tickets (without lodging) to the Governors’ Hall New Year’s Eve party are $80 per person, plus 6% tax and applicable gratuities. Call 800-236-1577


Aerie New Years Eve:

From 5pm-11pm. Entertainment by John Pomeroy & Friends. Enjoy a selection of traditional and eclectic entrees, unique, salads and desserts. See our full menu online at grandtraverseresort.com. Reservations are highly recommended. Call 231-534-6800.


Children’s Activities on New Years Eve:

*For children 3 months-6yrs., please call the Cub House to register at 231-534-6780.

*For children 6-14 yrs. until 12:30am. Activities include a variety of games, art & crafts, pizza party, & balloon drop at midnight. Children must register in advance. Call the Health Club at 231-534-6788.


*New Year’s Eve at Leelanau Sands & Turtle Creek Casinos: 800-922-2WIN

Win $1,000,000 Grand Rewards Players Club Points.  Register 3pm until Midnight at Players Club. Drawings held just after Midnight.

Hot seat drawings at both table games and slots!


Dining: Bourbon 72-Open 5pm-11pm

Seasons Buffet-Open 4pm-11pm


Live Entertainment:

Turtle Creek Casino-Level 3 Lounge- Twelve Year Reunion, Free concert by Eddie Money!

Leelanau Sands Casino-Elements Lounge-Mac Daddy.


*Great Wolf Lodge:  Join us to celebrate New Year’s Eve from 9pm-midnight.

New Years Eve Buffet: Welcome the New Year in style with a Grand Buffet at Camp Critter Bar and Grill Serving from 4-10pm. Call for reservations (231) 941-3600


Snowball New Year’s Eve Celebration: Main Lobby, 9pm-midnight. We offer activities your pups can’t wait to get their paws on including; family karaoke, balloon artist, bingo, crafts & a champagne toast at midnight.

Glow DJ Party: Conference Center starting at 8pm.Featuring karaoke, interactive games, balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight. Wear white!


*Holiday Inn West Bay: 615 East Front Street, Traverse City

New Year’s Eve Party-Shimmers Night Club

Ring in the New Year with us-starting at 9pm.

Featuring live music-DDJ Shawny D & Lucas Paul Band from 9pm-2am. You must be 21 years old with a valid ID. Call 231-947-3700 for more information.


Basic Lodging Package: $209 + tax. Standard room, party favors for 2, bottle of non-alcoholic bubbly. Call 231-947-3700 to reserve.

Premium Lodging Package: $259 + tax. Dinner for 2 (gratuity included). Turndown Service with chocolate, party favors & a bottle of non-alcoholic bubbly. Call 231-947-3700 to reserve.

*2pm checkout upon request for the Premium Package.

*48 hour cancellation policy required for either package.


Shanty Creek Resorts: Free Skiing & Fireworks

Piano Wars Dinner Show– Lakeview Hotel Grand Ballroom. An evening including hilarious comedy bits, sing-a-longs, crazy props and costumes. Doors open at 6:30pm, show starts at 8pm: Adults $49, Seniors $47, Kids 5-12 yrs. $20, under 4yrs. free. DJ after the show until 1am. Seating is limited. Call 231-533-7084 for reservations.


Free night skiing at Summit Mountain from 6:30pm-11pm. Fireworks over the mountain after midnight.!


Rock in the 2013 New Year at Ivan’s Mountainside Grill in Schuss Village. Three’s a Crowd offers a unique blend of popular hits as well as classic rock selections. Adults only- doors open at 9pm. Dinner is available for an additional charge. No reservations are necessary.


Kid’s Night Out-Summit Village from 6-10pm, $10 per child.  Kids 6-12yrs. can enjoy a fun night of games, arts & crafts, dancing & snacks on New Year’s Eve all to themselves!. Call 231-533-8621 XT 7860 for more information.


ParkShore Resort: New Year’s Eve Package Menu

1401 US 31 North, Traverse City   1-877-349-8898

Dance the year away in the Parkshore Lounge.  Join our DJ spinning the hottest tunes from 9pm-2am.

Dining package: Steak & Lobster dinner for two-$35 a person

Lodging Package: One night’s accommodations $169.99-$199.99 (including taxes), In-room New Year’s party favors, champagne toast in the lounge at midnight.



 More options:


Festival of Trains

Delightful and imaginative working model train layouts fill several rooms at the History Center of Traverse City. Open on New Years Eve from 10am-7pm and on New Years Day from noon to 4pm. Cost is $5 per guest (free for ages 4yrs. & under). Family pass is $30. 231-995-0313, 322 Sixth St. Traverse City.


Inside-Out Gallery- Warehouse District of DT Traverse City. The evening will feature The Wilson Brothers Band, Billy Strings and Don Julin. The True Falsettos and the Springtails, Doors open at 8pm, tickets are $10 per person.  There is a cash bar and optional food buffet.

Lucky Jack’s- Space is limited. Call for reservations. 231-947-2610

Family Party-5:30-8:30pm, one lane unlimited bowling, shoes, pizza & pop!

Party for Adults-9pm-1am, one lane unlimited bowling, shoes, pizza, pop, party favors, Glow Bowl & champagne at midnight!

*Southside Hide Out: 8pm Loads of drink specials, delicious food & champagne toast. Cover charge-$10. *Don’t want to drive? Baymont Inn & Southside are offering a hotel room & shuttle package for only $75 per couple including tickets. Call 231-269-3738 for details. Register to win a FREE pair of tickets to the Alan Jackson Feb. 7 concert at Auburn Hills.

*Streeter’s: Doors open at 9pm. Tickets $10 per person (includes one beverage between 9-10pm) for both parties, plus party Favors, hors d’oeuvres & a champagne toast!

Ground Zero Nightclub: DJ Prince & DJ CDX.

Reserved Ultra-Lounge: Live Music by Still Rain.

1669 S. Garfield Ave., Traverse City, 231-932-1300, http://www.GroundZeroOnline.com



Apache Trout Grill: Special menu selections.

13671 S. West Bay Shore Dr., Traverse City, 231-947-7079

Amical: Downtown Traverse City

Open 11am-11pm, Full! Not accepting reservations. Patio is open. (231) 941-8888.

Bluebird, The: Leland

Special menu, Open 5-9pm, reservations are recommended. Call 256-9081

Blue Tractor Cook House: Union Street, Downtown Traverse City

Dining specials from 11am-11pm.  Reservations are not required.231-922-9515

Boathouse, The: 14039 Peninsula Drive

New Year’s Eve Celebration. Open 4- 5pm for Early Bird seating (3 course meal for $30) Seating from 5pm or 5:30pm. Limited seating available. Regular dinner menu starts at 6pm-11pm. Reservations preferred call 223-4030.

Firefly: Cass Street, Downtown Traverse City

Open 11am-2am.Full menu served until close. Small plate/big plate/bubbly/wine & Drink specials. Reservations recommended (231) 932-1310

Harbor 22-Special menu. 12917 SW. Bayshore Drive, 231-922-2114

Jolly Pumpkin: Behind Mission Table

Open noon-10pm. Select from the regular menu. (231) 223-4333, jollypumpkin.com

KilKenny’s: Live music by Alter Ego from 9:30-1:30am. Party favors & champagne toast. Cover charge-$5. 400 W. Front St., 231-941-7527

Maddy’s Tavern: 9205 US 31 South

Open 11:30am-11pm. Full menu served until close.  Reservations are recommended (231) 276-6244.

The Manor: Empire

Five course meal served from 5-9pm. $25-$45 per person. Early Bird Special from 4-6pm-$15.95-$22.95. Reservations suggested. Call 231-334-0150.

Mission Table: 13512 Peninsula Drive, Old Mission Peninsula

Open 5-8:30pm.  Three course meal  options $49 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are highly recommended. (231) 223-4222.Missiontable.net

North Peak Brewing Company: Downtown Traverse City

 Open until midnight. Reservations recommended (231) 941-7325

Old Mission Tavern: Serving a special four course dinner & regular menu selections. Open 5pm-9pm. Reservations are recommended. Call 231-223-7280. 17015 Center Road.

Phil’s on Front: Downtown Traverse City

Serving breakfast from Midnight-2am.Entertainment-Miriam Pico & a cast of many! (231) 929-1710.

Poppycock’s: Downtown Traverse City

Serving special menu selections. Call for reservations. 231-941-7632.

Red Ginger:  Downtown Traverse City

“Taste of Red Ginger”. Your pass includes; Three Premium Libations, Live Entertainment & a champagne toast, plus taxes and gratuities. $125 per person. Limited availability. Call 231-944-1733

*Reflect Restaurant- Cambria Suites.

New Year’s Eve-Breakfast- 6am-10am and serving dinner from 5pm-11pm.

New Year’s Day– Breakfast 6am-10am, dinner from 5-10pm.

The Towne Plaza-Four course prix fixe menu with a glass of bubbles & optional wine pairing. Reservations recommended. Call 231-929-0900. 202 E. State Street, Traverse City



About mikelovestc

These days, I’m the media relations guy for the Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau, but before that I spent 25 years as a reporter and columnist at the Traverse City Record-Eagle, a job that frequently took me out into the most remote backroads, forests, beaches and islands of the beautiful Grand Traverse Region. My strategy was pretty simple — just drive, paddle, ski or walk until you’re certain you’re lost, and then find somebody to talk to. It was a great job! I never intended to live in Traverse City. I grew up in Grand Rapids, spent four years in the Coast Guard in places like Miami Beach, Monterey and San Francisco, and when I finally graduated from college I took a summer job at the Miami Herald. To my surprise, I discovered I didn’t like the tropics nearly as much as I thought I would — and when the Record-Eagle offered me a job I took it, figuring I’d put in a year or two and head off to someplace like Seattle or Portland. What I discovered very quickly is that this place gets to you in a variety of unexpected ways. The beaches here are as lovely as anyplace else I’ve ever been, the weather is mild all year round — warm enough for swimming in September and cold enough for skiing in December — and just about the time you’re getting tired of one season you get another one every bit as pleasant. The people are laid-back and friendly, the music and arts scene is awesome, and the place still hasn’t gotten so sophisticated that a guy like me feels out of place.
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