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5 Things to Do in Detroit on New Year's Eve

Posted on Thursday, December 01 2016 in Events

NYE Fillmore

Between menu planning and last minute shopping, we are often so consumed with December's earlier holidays that we tend to forget to plan New Year's Eve. Check out the list below that includes five things to do on New Year's Eve in Detroit:


  1. Attend a Show

    John Oliver
    Location/Time: Fox Theatre at 7 p.m.
    Emmy, Peabody and Writer's Guild Award-winning writer John Oliver will be ringing in the new year with a stand-up show at the Fox Theatre. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com. And hurry! There are not many left.

    Tribute to Prince
    Location/Time: Orchestra Hall at 10 p.m.
    Led by guest conductor Brent Havens, who arranged Prince's top hits for orchestra, the DSO and a tribute band will perform adaptations of Prince's top hits including "Little Red Corvette," "Purple Rain," "Raspberry Beret" and "When Doves Cry." Visit dso.org for the evening program and ticket purchasing information.

  2. Attend a Party

    Resolution Ball
    Location/Time: The Fillmore Detroit at 8 p.m.
    The Fillmore Detroit's Resolution Ball prides itself as an "NYC/Chicago/Vegas-Style Event" that will "make your ball drop." For event information and to purchase tickets, visit resolutionballdetroit.com.

    The Motor City Gala
    Location/Time: Atheneum Suite Hotel at 8 p.m.
    Advertising itself as Detroit's "most sophisticated NYE event," The Motor City Gala in Greektown has several ticket options that can be viewed and purchased at motorcitygala.com.

  3. Watch "The Drop"

    (And no, I do not mean watching Times Square's Ball Drop on TV!). The Drop, Motor City New Year's Eve 2017, will once again illuminate Campus Martius Park and Cadillac Square. Beginning at 4 p.m., the free outdoor event will include live music, games, warm food, cold refreshments and cocktails (for those of age, of course!). There will be a Kids' Ball Drop at 6:30 p.m. and an all-inclusive Kids' Zone until 7 p.m. Although the evening will take place outdoors, there will be several places to warm up, so that you can last until 1 a.m. when the event ends.

  4. Grab Dinner

    There's nothing like celebrating the end of one year and the beginning of a new one like a good dinner with those you love. Looking for something new to taste in The D? Check out our list of 268 restaurants in Detroit.

  5. Stay the Night

    Why drive home tired or under the influence when you have the choice of these 19 places to stay in Detroit?

Looking for something to do New Year's Day, too? The Detroit Lions take on the Green Bay Packers at 1 p.m. Get your tickets at detroitlions.com.


Freelance writer Danielle Alexander never leaves her couch on New Year's Eve; however, after researching the above options, she just might consider going out this year.

Photo credit: Resolution Ball, The Fillmore Detroit