Celebrate the New Year at festive family-friendly events in Detroit, Michigan. There will be fun for the family at several seasonal events, holiday lights and winter sports games as we say goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018.
Motor City NYE Drop 2018
Dec. 31 @ 4 p.m.
Beacon Park, Detroit, MI
The Motor City NYE Drop is a festive event with entertainment for kids and adults. The children will enjoy the Kids Zone from 4 p.m. to the Kids’ Drop at 6:30 p.m. The Kids’ Zone will include kid-friendly activities, entertainment, face painting, carriage rides and more. The main event will be geared for adults, with musical entertainment on two stages, the Motown Countdown, and the Ball Drop at midnight. The special event will be held in a new home because it has outgrown its previous location at Campus Martius Park. The Drop is free for everyone to attend.
Noon Year’s Eve
Dec. 31 @ 10 a.m.
Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48203
Noon Year’s Eve is event especially for children, so they can experience the New Year’s Eve celebration. Preschool and elementary aged children and their families will be able to make a noisemaker, write a letter for a time capsule, eat cookies, drink hot chocolate, and ring in the New Year with a countdown to noon. Admission is free to this family-friendly event.
Detroit Zoo Wild Nights
Nov. 18-19, 24-26 and Dec. 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 20-23, & 26-31
Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak, MI 48067
The Detroit Zoo is brightly decorated and illuminated for the holidays during Wild Nights. More than five million sparkling lights and more than 230 animal sculptures are arranged to create a magical display of lights. New Year’s Eve is the final night of Wild Nights, so take the family and enjoy the holiday glow. Ticket prices online will be priced between $10-$16. All tickets purchased at the gate will be $16. Parking will be $7/car.
Skating the Rink at Campus Martius Park
Nov. 18 – March 4 @ Various Times
Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226
The outdoor skating rink at Campus Martius Park is open for the winter and will be open seven days a week. The entire family will have fun gliding across the ice for this winter activity. Admission will be $7-$8 and skate rental will be $4.
Dec. 31 @ 6 p.m.
Arctic Coliseum, 501 Coliseum Dr., Chelsea, MI 48118
The entire family will have fun ice skating at the Arctic Coliseum during DJ Skate on New Year’s Eve. Skate along with tunes spun by the DJ. Tickets will be $8/person and will include skate rental.
Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Extravaganza
Dec. 31 @ 8 p.m.
Mt. Brighton, 4141 Bauer, Brighton, MI 48116
The family-friendly New Year’s Eve Extravaganza will include DJ and dancing, and a show of fireworks. Ski Hill Grill will feature skiing & snowboarding, kid’s activities from 8-10 p.m., a Fireworks/Torchlight Parade at 10 p.m., and DJ/Dancing from 8-midnight. There is no cover charge for this celebration, but a lift ticket will be required for skiing and snowboarding.
Wayne County Lightfest
Nov. 16-Dec. 31 (closed Dec. 25)
Wayne County Lightfest, Hines Park, 7651 Merriman Rd., Westland, MI 48185
The Wayne County Lightfest, with four miles of decorations and holiday lights, is the longest lights display in the Midwest. New Year’s Eve is the final night of the lights show, so take the family for a drive to see the lights and more than 47-holiday displays as 2017 closes. Admission will be $5/vehicle.
The Big Bright Light Show- Lagniappe in Downtown Rochester
Nov. 20 -Jan. 7 @ 5 p.m.
Downtown Rochester, MI. 48307
Take a drive through Downtown Rochester to see the buildings illuminated with more than one million points of holiday lights. The Big, Bright Light Show will be glow nightly through Jan. 7. In addition, the lights will be illuminated on weekend nights in January, for the Fire & Ice Festival, which will be on Jan. 19-21.