From lively dance parties to upscale dinners and family-oriented activities, metro Detroit caters to diverse preferences for celebrating New Year’s Eve. Some even embrace traditions, like ushering in the new year by dressing in specific colors and enjoying symbolic foods.

As the countdown to New Year’s Eve continues, the question of plans for the night naturally surfaces. Whether celebrating with friends or family, contemplating a New Year’s Eve kiss, or currently without set plans, there are many options available.

The different approaches to ringing in the New Year.

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to kicking off the new year. For those seeking a more intimate experience, planning a New Year’s Eve date with a significant other offers a chance to reflect on achievements, acknowledge milestones, and start the new year together in a mutually enjoyable activity.

And if you’re looking for a bigger bash, there are plenty of options for lively celebrations with friends and family. Attend a dance party or club, brave the winter weather for fireworks, or choose a cozy spot with a scenic view of the night sky. Alternatively, consider treating loved ones to a special dinner at a restaurant.

Consider opting for a laid-back approach, perhaps catching a movie at the theater before the clock strikes midnight. There are several great options currently showing. Alternatively, you can explore other choices like visiting attractions such as the ice rink or arcades to kick off the New Year in a fun and relaxed manner.

Whether you’re looking to have a memorable last meal to ring in the New Year in metro Detroit, do something a bit more laid back, or celebrate in a swanky outfit and booze, we’ve compiled a list of events happening in metro Detroit for New Year’s Eve. It’s worth mentioning that some events may require advance tickets or reservations, so careful planning is advised. Check out some of the events below.

  • Motor City New Year’s Eve Drop

    Downtown Detroit will host the Motor City New Year’s Eve Drop from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., providing free adult-friendly festivities. Attendees can enjoy live entertainment, fire pits, horse-drawn carriage rides, and more. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, including options from food trucks on-site. Visit motorcitynye.com for additional information.

    The Christmas tree and lights in downtown Detroit, MI at night

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  • Harry Potter and the Holiday Skate

    Join the New Year’s Eve celebration at Riley Park Ice Rink with the “Harry Potter and the Holiday Skate” event. The night includes an 8 p.m. costume contest and a 9 p.m. ball drop for kids, followed by a second ball drop for adults at midnight. Tickets are $10, and while the rink doesn’t have rental skates, there are skates available for borrowing. Hosted by the City of Farmington, the event takes place at Riley Park Ice Skating Rink, 35550 West 8 Mile Road, Farmington Hills.

    People ice skating on the ice rink in winter.

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  • Cliff Bell’s

    Cliff Bell’s, the downtown art deco club, presents a NYE celebration featuring R&B/jazz singer-songwriter Tony Hightower. Two performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., with a brief entertainment session leading up to the midnight countdown. Tickets cost $50, and reservations are necessary. Find Cliff Bell’s at 2030 Park Ave, Detroit, MI 48226.

    Hand pouring champagne from bottle into glasses with friends around him. Closeup of hand pouring white wine in flutes during party. Detail shot of new year's eve celebration.

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  • Hush Haunted Attraction

    Hush Haunted Attraction is swapping scares for a New Year’s Eve Mardi Gras-themed party at their mini-Bourbon Street. The event includes arcade-style axe throwing, a live DJ, a champagne reception, and a midnight balloon drop and confetti storm. Admission ranges from $60 to $90. Hush Haunted Attraction is located at 37550 Cherry Hill Road, Westland. Check out hushhauntedattractions.com for more details.

    A beautiful carnival mask with black feather and gold decor

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