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Things to do in Detroit on New Year's Eve By Natalie Broda

Motor City NYE The Drop

A giant "D" will be dropped from Chase Tower in downtown Detroit on New Year's Eve.

Quiet dinner? Dancing? Gambling? New Year's Eve in Detroit has something for everyone. What else is going on? Tell us about your event in the comments section below and we'll add it to our list.

For the family

The 5th Annual Motor City New Year’s Eve: The Drop


  • When: 4 p.m-1 a.m.
  • Where: Campus Martius Park and Cadillac Square, Detroit 
  • Details: Celebrate in the heart of the city with live music and watch "the D" drop from Chase Tower. More information here.
  • Cost: Free

 Macomb County New Year’s Eve Gala


  • When: Children’s event 4-9 p.m.; adults 9:30 p.m.-12:15 a.m.
  • Where: 71 N. Main St., Mount Clemens
  • Details: A family friendly event complete with a children’s Never Never Land and two firework shows at 9 p.m. and midnight. More information here.
  • Cost: Free

 Noon Year’s Eve


  • When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Where: Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Belle Isle
  • Details: Make-and-take crafts and a kid’s countdown to the ringing of the bell of the City of Detroit III. More information here.
  • Cost: Free


Celebrating with arts and culture

Detroit Symphony Orchestra New Year’s Eve Gala


  • When: 10 p.m, or 8 p.m. for VIP ticket holders
  • Where: Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit
  • Details: Be a part of the first televised DSO New Year’s Eve performance with principal pop conductor Jeff Tyzik. More information here.
  • Cost: $40 (concert only)-$500

 Legends Live: New Year’s Eve Dinner Show


  • When: Dinner at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.
  • Where: The Downriver Italian-American Club, Wyandotte
  • Details: A tribute show to music legends such as Ray Charles and Donna Summers. More information here.
  • Cost: $60

 Kwanzaa celebration   


  • When: 5-9 p.m.
  • Where: The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit
  • Details: Celebrate Kuumba (creativity) with a cultural fashion show and a taste of Ethiopian dishes. More information here.
  • Cost: Free
New Year’s Eve at Grosse Pointe War Memorial
  • When: 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
  • Where: Grosse Pointe War Memorial, Grosse Pointe Farms
  • Details: An evening of dinner, dancing and Las Vegas-style entertainment, such as roulette wheels and blackjack. More information here.
  • Cost: $125 per couple, $75 single

Hotels and casinos

The New Year’s Eve Midnight Kiss Party


  • When: 9 p.m.-4 a.m.
  • Where: Forestre Banquet Center at ConCorde Inn, Rochester Hills
  • Details: Enjoy a free ride to the venue through Uber and a $1,000 cash giveaway. More information here.
  • Cost: $55-$950

 MGM Grand Detroit 2015 New Year Celebration


  • When: Hours vary
  • Where: MGM Grand Detroit, Detroit
  • Details: Dine at one of four restaurants, dance at V Nightclub or play at your favorite table. More information here.
  • Cost: Prices vary by venue

 MotorCity Casino Hotel


  • When: Hours vary
  • Where: MotorCity Casino Hotel, Detroit
  • Details: Reserve a table for the New Year’s Eve dinner or dance at Amnesia or Overdrive. More information here.
  • Cost: Prices vary by venue.

 Greektown Casino-Hotel’s New Year’s Eve


  • When: Hours vary 
  • Where: Greektown Casino-Hotel, Detroit
  • Details: Enjoy a five-course meal at PRISM and dance the night away at Asteria. More information here.
  • Tickets: Prices vary by venue 

 The Motor City Gala


  • When: 9 p.m.-4 a.m.
  • Where: The Atheneum Suite Hotel, Detroit
  • Details: An all night party just a sky-walk away from Greektown Casino. More information here.
  • Cost: $85-$1,300

 Blast: New Year’s Eve


  • When: 9 p.m.-3 a.m. 
  • Where: Marriott Pontiac at Centerpoint, Auburn Hills
  • Details: Enjoy a tarot card reading, karaoke, DJs and aerialists at this all-night party. More information here.
  • Cost: $55-$1,699

Dance all night

Mark Cafiero

Punch Bowl Social

NYE 2015 Resolution Ball


  • When: 9:30 p.m., or 8 p.m. for VIP ticket holders 
  • Where: The Fillmore Detroit, Detroit
  • Details: Sip champagne under high-wire aerialists and enjoy other Las Vegas-style entertainment before a midnight snack of pizza and coneys. More information here.
  • Cost: $115-$1,750

 Bleu Out: New Year's Eve 2015


  • When: 10 p.m.-4 a.m.
  • Where: 1540 Woodward Ave., Detroit 
  • Details: Break out the party clothes and bust a move at one of Detroit’s best dance clubs. More information here.
  • Cost: $20-$450

 The Mega '80s New Year’s Eve Bash


  • When: 8 p.m.-2 a.m.  
  • Where: Magic Bag, Ferndale
  • Details: Take a trip back to the '80s with tunes from the era and fashion to match. More information here.
  • Cost: $27

 Countdown: The Ultimate New Year's Eve Event


  • When: 8 p.m.-4 a.m.
  • Where: The Garden Theater, Detroit
  • Details: An evening of music, strolling appetizers and cognac. More information here.
  • Cost: $40-$1,000

 Rockin’ The D for New Year’s Eve


  • When: 9 p.m-4 a.m.; 8 p.m. for VIP ticket holders
  • Where: The Hard Rock Café, Detroit
  • Details: In addition to music and strolling food and beverages, see a projection-mapped 3D animated midnight spectacular light up the side of the Compuware building and inside the café. More information here.
  • Cost: $85-$1,700

 New Year’s Eve at The Mirage


  • When: Doors open at 8 p.m.
  • Where: The Mirage, Clinton Township
  • Details: Music from a live band and DJ, with a late night buffet. More information here.
  • Cost: $40-$90

 Bookies Bar & Grille NYE Party


  • When: 9 p.m.-4 a.m.
  • Where: Bookies Bar & Grille, Detroit
  • Details: An evening of open bar and late night coneys. More information here.
  • Cost: $50-$75

Murray's Motor City Greasers New Year’s Eve Ball with The Twistin' Tarantulas and The Hi-Views


  • When: 8 p.m.+
  • Where: The Huma Room at HopCat, Detroit
  • Details: A full night of music and beer at this newly opened Midtown bar/restaurant. More information here.
  • Cost: $10

'80s Themed New Years Eve Party


  • When: Open 7 a.m., 21 and up 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
  • Where: Punch Bowl Social, Detroit
  • Details: Groove to the music of the '80s while you bowl, play retro video games or enjoy many other attractions. More information here.
  • Cost: Free 

Firebird Tavern 2nd Annual NYE Bash


  • When: 9 p.m.-4 a.m.
  • Where: Firebird Tavern, Detroit
  • Details: Upscale pub fare with live DJ’s and dancing on two floors. More information here.
  • Cost: $10 

NYE dinner around town

New Year’s Eve at Laurel Manor


  • When: 7 p.m-1 a.m.
  • Where: Laurel Manor Banquet and Conference Center, Livonia
  • Details: A live band, an open bar and a filet mignon/chicken boursin dinner will help to ring in the New Year with style. More information here.
  • Cost: $95

 New Year's Eve at The Sugar House


  • When: 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
  • Where: The Sugar House, Detroit
  • Details: Enjoy craft cocktails, champagne toast, appetizers and music. More information here
  • Cost: $100

 New Year's Eve at Wright & Co.


  • When: 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
  • Where: Wright & Co., Detroit
  • Details: Enjoy tunes from Detroit musician Greg Baise, drinks and a night of appetizer tastings. More information here.
  • Cost: $120

New Year’s Eve at Gold Cash Gold


  • When: 6-7 p.m., or 8:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Where: Gold Cash Gold, Detroit
  • Details: A four-course dinner featuring red snapper and rib-eye roast, with beverage pairing and vegetarian options. More information here.
  • Cost: $75 for dinner plus $35-$45 for drinks pairings


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