Only-in-Wisconsin New Year’s Celebrations

Wisconsin has always had its own way of celebrating, and New Year’s is no exception. If you still don’t have plans on how to ring in 2018, no fear. We’ve got a few suggestions that will make a memorable mark.

Droppin' of the CarpPrairie du Chien

Forget watching the ball drop – this Wisconsin tradition drops a 29-pound frozen carp from 100 feet in the air at the stroke of midnight! In the final hours of the year, “Lucky” the fish sits atop a throne for folks to kiss for good luck.

The event also includes a bonfire, music and food.

Polar Bear Plunge – Various Locations

Only in Wisconsin is running into frigid water an acceptable way to welcome a new year. The premise is simple: You run in, and run out ... and sometimes you do it for charity.

Events are held in Sheboygan, Milwaukee and more.

Cool Fool Kite FestivalMilwaukee

Free to the public, this event features kites, kites and more kites. Free hot chocolate, coffee, and snacks will be served while they last. Other food is available for purchase (or bring your own).

Also enjoy ice carvings and horse-drawn carriage rides.

New Year’s Eve Under GlassMilwaukee

The Domes themselves are truly a wonder; add in live music, magic, raffles, food, a balloon drop and a light show, and you’ve got yourself a wonderful family event.


Go ahead, ring in the New Year Wisconsin style!