It's that time of year again, 2014 is right around the corner. If you're looking for something exciting this New Years Eve, Grand Rapids has a variety of ways to ring in the new year right.
Starting with the week before New Years Eve (Dec 26 – Dec 29), Broadway Grand Rapids presents Cirque Dreams Holidaze at DeVos Performance Hall. In this production, a cast of 30 international artists will perform amazing feats on stage. The audience will experience gingerbread men flipping, toy soldiers marching on thin wires, penguins spinning, and more all to an original score and hundreds of spectacular costumes.
If amazing acrobats aren't your thing, maybe a quiet evening at the museum . . . or maybe your evening won't be so quiet when you walk into Night at Your Museum. Based on the popular 2006 and 2009 movies starring Ben Stiller, this family friendly event at the Grand Rapids Public Museum (Dec 27) will deliver sword fighting Medieval Knights, Native Americans in full regalia performing ceremonial dances, and Civil War soldiers reenacting skirmishes.
Then on December 31st the New Years Celebrations really kick off downtown. You can choose from a variety of different events that suit your tastes. Maybe you like your celebrations a little old school. Why not enjoy the Grand Rapids Symphony's performance of A Swingin' New Years Eve? You can enjoy the music stylings of the greats like Glen Miller & Cole Porter. Keeping with the theme of taking you back to a different era, the JW Marriott will host the R18 New Years Eve Party. R18 is in reference to repealing the 18th amendment and this prohibition themed party will offer a speak easy feel with authentic music. Or maybe you'd like to try out something a little more young and fresh, join the Grand Rapids Young Professionals as they put on their GRYP New Years Eve Party. The DeVos Place Ballroom will be transformed into a club complete with arcade games, pool tables, a dance floor, DJs and a VIP lounge. Make a paparazzi style red carpet entrance in your best cocktail attire for this event.
Maybe you'd like something a little more quiet, like dinner for two. Fire Creek Grill, Watermark Grille & Rush Creek Bistro will all be offering a special New Years Eve dinner featuring a four course meal, live music, and a champagne toast for $45 per person. Louise Benton is doing New Years up right with a fine dining formal dinner party that lasts all night. For $250 per couple you can start your evening with hors d'oerves from 5:30 until 7:30, move on to a three course dinner, fabulous desserts throughout the evening, four drink tickets, a champagne toast, live music with Steve Hilger Band from 9:30-12am and then dance until 3 AM with DJ Ira Briggs. Reserve, located downtown, also plans a special dinner experience for New Years Eve. The evening will feature a special menu and again a champagne toast to top off the evening.
It's possible you're not the party type, maybe a big celebration isn't your thing. You could start the new year with a few laughs. Join Grand Rapids native comedian Michael Jr. for his Stand Up & Give New Years Comedy Event . This is a family friendly Christian comedy show at Grand Rapids First. Or maybe you're a sports enthusiast and heading down the VanAndel Arena as the Grand Rapids Griffins take to the ice in a match up against the Toronto Marlies.
What New Years Eve Celebration would be complete without a ball drop? There's no need to go all the way to Times Square in New York. Grand Rapids has it's very own ball drop at Rosa Parks Circle downtown, complete with a free concert brought to you by 105.3 Hot FM featuring IYAZ and Nick Hissom. The party kicks off at 6:30.
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