New Year’s Eve Ball Drop

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DECEMBER 31, 2022 PLANS:

Ring in the New Year in Downtown Ludington! This FREE, high-energy event is packed with fun for everyone! Beginning at 9:00pm on Ludington Avenue you can enjoy music, a beer tent with commemorative light-up glasses, fireworks and of course the highlight of the evening, West Michigan’s largest New Year’s Eve Ball Drop. The lit ball will be dropped at the stroke of midnight followed by an amazing fireworks display over Downtown. Scroll down for more info.

COUNTDOWN PARTY

#PureLudington NYE Party starts at 9:00 p.m.!
Brought to you by Ludington Area CVB, Ludington Beverage, Oxy Chem, House of Flavors Manufacturing, Five Star Real Estate and West Shore Bank.

Enjoy beer, wine, seltzer, and non-alcoholic options in Legacy Plaza prior to the ball drop. WMOM will be hosting the street party. The fireplace will be roaring and heaters will be scattered throughout Legacy Plaza. This will be an open air event (no tent!) so dress accordingly.

The NYE ball drops at the stroke of midnight courtesy of Al Bufka Construction followed by an amazing fireworks display sponsored by Oxy Chem. 

Scroll down for a list of businesses open for shopping and warming up. 


THIS EVENT IS FREE

WARM UP SPOTS (9pm-midnight)

  • All Occasions Events & Floral – annual Ball Drop warming party
  • Blu Moon Bistro | until 1am | LOSD BAR
  • Jamesport Brewing Co | until 11:30pm | LOSD BAR
  • Ludington Pub | until midnight
  • The Port Ludington | until 11:30pm | Live Music at 9:30pm
  • Provisions Sport Shop | until midnight
  • Sandbar | until midnight | LOSD BAR
  • Sportsmans/Mitten Bar | until midnight | LOSD BAR
  • Tiki | until 2am | NYE Party w/ DJ
  • Timbers Prime | until 2am | LOSD BAR

SAFE RIDES PROGRAM
Free Ride, Free Tow!

Thanks to these sponsors:
Ludington Police Department, Scottville Police Department,  Mason County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan State Police, Abrahamson’s Towing, Quinn’s Tire & Tows, Fiers Towing, Oceana Auto, Auto Ranch, Judy’s Lakeside Rides, LMTA, MADD, SADD, WKLA, WMOM, Ludington Daily News, Downtown Ludington Board, and Ludington Beverage.

These companies are offering FREE rides on New Year’s Eve:
LMTA:  (231) 845-6218
Oceana Auto:  (231) 843-6500
Fiers Towing:  (231) 757-4479
Auto Ranch Towing: (231) 425-6206
Judy’s Lakeside Rides:  (231) 233-7200

Service Area:


LODGING SPECIALS

We invite you to stay the weekend in Pure Ludington and enjoy the winter fun happening in the area! Many local hotels and motels are offering lodging specials for weekend.

Hotels & Motels
Resorts & Cabins
Bed & Breakfasts
Lodging Specials & Deals


FIREWORKS
Brought to you by OxyCheM

We like to kick off the New Year with a bang! Once the clock strikes midnight, turn your attention to the crisp winter sky and watch one of the most amazing fireworks displays you have ever seen. The best part is that the show is right over top of downtown!

 

OTHER NYE HAPPENINGS

NEW YEAR’S EVE AT THE PORT

Come warm up before the ball drop and enjoy the incredible music of Third Coast Swing from 9:30-11:30 p.m. Leading up to the band, The Port have family-friendly activities throughout, and all of your favorite food, drinks, and sweet treats!

NEW YEAR’S EVE BALLOON DROP

The ever-popular Balloon Drop New Year’s Eve Party returns to Sandcastles Children’s Museum on Dec. 31! The party goes from 5 p.m.-8 pm. Thomas Ronquillo will be teaching congas. Balloons will drop on two floors. There will be snack food and refreshments, House of Flavors ice cream, face painting and more. Purchase your ticket at Sandcastles or reserve your spot by calling 231-233-9326. Admission is $50 per immediate family or $10 per person.

PARTY AT THE LIBRARY

Crafts, games and entertainment for families will be hosted by the Ludington Library from 9-11 p.m. This is a great place for FREE, warm fun before the midnight ball drop!

RESTAURANTS

BREAKFAST // LUNCH // DINNER
OPEN New Year’s EVE
  • Blu Moon Bistro | until 1am | LOSD BAR
  • Book Mark | until 7pm
  • Cafe 106 | until 2pm
  • Cluck Bucket | 12-2 p.m.
  • House of Flavors | until 3pm
  • HumaniTea | until 11:30pm
    NYE Warm Up w/ Live Music
  • Jamesport Brewing Co | until 11:30pm | LOSD BAR
  • Ludington Bay Brewing Co | until 9pm | LOSD BAR
  • Ludington Pub | until midnight
  • Old Hamlin | until 8pm | LOSD BAR
  • The Port Ludington | until 11:30pm | Live Music at 9:30pm
  • Q Smokehouse | until 7pm | LOSD BAR
  • Red Rooster | open 7 a.m.-5 p.m. with holiday menu
  • Sandbar | until midnight | LOSD BAR
    NYE Party with live music
  • Sportsmans/Mitten Bar | until midnight | LOSD BAR
  • Table 14 | until 10pm
    Special NYE Menu
  • The Grand | until 8pm
  • Tiki | until 2am
    NYE Party w/ DJ
  • Timbers Prime | until 2am | LOSD BAR
OPEN New Year’s Day
  • Book Mark | 7am-6pm
  • Cafe 106 | 8am-2pm
  • Crown & Cork | 4:30-9pm
  • House of Flavors | 10am-3pm
    Gift Certificate Sale: Buy $25 Get $5 thru Jan 1.
  • HumaniTea | 11am-5pm
  • Ludington Pub | 11am-10pm
  • Jamesport | 11:30am-9pm
  • Old Hamlin | 7am-7pm
  • Sportsmans | 11:30am-9pm

SHOPS

OPEN New Year’s EVE
  • All Occasions Events & Floral until 5pm | re-open 9pm until midnight | Annual Ball Drop warming party
  • Everest Athleisure | open 10 a.m.-8 p.m.| Biggest sale of the Year! Sales starting at 40% off
  • Provisions until 5pm | re-open 9pm until midnight
  • Mariellen’s Hallmark | until 5pm
  • Cedar Chest | Until 5pm
  • Gliks | 8pm
  • My Sister’s Closet | until 6pm
  • Snyder’s Shoes | 5pm
OPEN New Year’s Day
  • Mariellen’s Hallmark | 10am-5pm
  • Gliks | 10am-5:30pm
  • Snyder’s 10am-5pm

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION RUN 5K

DATE:  January 1, 2023 at 11 a.m.
WHERE: Begins and ends Loomis & James streets
COST: $30 ($35 on race day)

Volunteers are needed for course support, timing and scoring. Please email ludingtonrunclub@gmail.com to volunteer.