No matter how you want to ring in the new year, Wisconsin is an exceptional place to celebrate. From classy champagne toasts and masquerade parties to family-friendly ball drop alternatives, you can find New Year’s Eve fun for all.
Big Night Out
Looking for a New Year’s Eve bash for your friends? Wisconsin’s big cities won’t disappoint.
In Madison, The Ivory Room, a classic speakeasy-style piano bar, is pairing a masquerade party with its all-request dueling piano show. The ticketed event will also have an open bar that includes its signature cocktails. The Majestic in Madison hosts a DecaDance with DJs “spinning 100 years of music” that includes a midnight champagne toast. For a less rambunctious night on the town, consider the New Year’s parties at DLUX, HotelRED or The Edgewater. Dazzling venues, festive entertainment and champagne toasts will keep the party going all night.
In Milwaukee, another sensational dance party option is at Brass Alley, a New Orleans-inspired, three-story bar. Each floor will have its own dance party and DJ. The Milwaukee Art Museum hosts a Paris inspired dinner with live jazz, mouth-watering dishes and a stroll through the special art exhibit.
Outdoor Fun and Fireworks
If you’d prefer to be outside or experience a quirky twist on tradition, both adults and kids will enjoy these Wisconsin style celebrations.
The creative Light Up Eau Claire will host lantern parades, live music and creative collaborations throughout the city. Join the Rockin' the Rooftop party to enjoy fireworks and the show.
At Door County's Sister Bay New Year's Celebration you can skate, play games, and huddle around a bonfire to watch the early evening fireworks. Local restaurants and bars offer special menus and entertainment topped of with the new Cherry Ball Drop at midnight. Door County also features a New Year’s Day parade in Egg Harbor and a First Day Hike in Peninsula State Park.
For a quirky twist on tradition, take your family to one of Wisconsin’s versions of the ball drop. Prairie du Chien has the annual Droppin’ of the Carp, which caps the week-long Carp Fest in this historic fur-trading town. Plymouth, as the honorary cheese capital of the world, drops an 80-pound wedge of cheese.
Fireworks rock the sky in La Crosse with an early evening show and another at midnight. La Crosse’s Rotary Holiday Lights display along the shores of the Mississippi River will help round out a light filled celebration.
Stay and Play
Many of Wisconsin’s premiere resorts offer exclusive New Year’s Eve festivities where you can choose from a variety of vibes—and not have to drive home.
One great option is the Heidel House in Green Lake. You can waltz to a live orchestra in the ballroom or cozy up to a romantic dinner with soft piano and champagne. Find details about their package deal here.
Laugh the night away enjoying the comedy show at Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan. The overnight package also includes dinner and late night festivities with a DJ, balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight.
New Year’s Eve is also a great time to hit the slopes! Your family can ski for free as part of a three-day stay at Devil’s Head, which also includes meals, fireworks and kid-only events.
Ring in the New Year on the slopes at Cascade Mountain in Portage. Skiing, rail jams and tubing will be keep everyone going until the fireworks at midnight.
Escape the cold and head to Mitchell Park Conservatory Domes. Their early-evening New Year’s Eve party features a balloon drop and a DJ dance party. Young ones will also love the magician, face painters and fire eaters.
Experience a northwoods style celebration at Red Hot Fun New Year's Eve Celebration in Woodruff. Stay warm with hot chili and a roaring bonfire. Sledding, horse-drawn wagon rides and fireworks will keep everyone in the family busy.
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