Cleveland holds a number of parties and events over the new year period, with the focus being primarily on the city's bars hotels and restaurants, where private parties are the norm and friends and families gather to see in the new year together.
Less hectic than the likes of New York, Cleveland brings its own laid back feeling to the festivities, with friends and family joining each other for dinner and drinks before finding a spot to watch some midnight fireworks, and for a time there was a free public party in the from of Cleveland Rocks NYE to provide a focal point to the celebrations, but that sadly seems to have fallen by the wayside - see below for the latest updates.
The CLE Rock NYE party was CANCELLED last year, with funding issues cited as the main reason, with the hope being they can return for 2017. As of early December 2016 however there is still no word on the party returning, to the extent that the official event website has actually disappeared so it isn't looking good I'm afraid.
This was another big loss to the new year scene in the US, with budget problems already seeing off big events like First Night in St Louis and the Atlanta Peach Drop being very much under threat.
Away from the public outdoor party, probably the iconic new year's eve event in town is the annual Cleveland Pops New Years Eve concert and dance, held at the famous Severance Hall with music by the Cleveland Orchestra - tickets are available here. This year the concert is headlined by American Idol winner Melinda Doolittle, performng a selection of broadway favourites and soul classics.
Further afield, the bars and nightclubs of Cleveland have the expected range of lively NYE parties to choose from - top venues to look out for include the House of Blues, Anatomy, the Wolstein Center, Cleveland Agora and Rumor Bar & Lounge, while there are also several comedy events to look out for.
For those who like to take to the water then the conveniently located Lake Erie means this is very much a possibility here too, with the added bonus that you get a panoramic view of the city skyline to see any fireworks people may be launching. One of the best options is to see in the new year onboard the Nautica Queen, where the party takes place on heated, enclosed decks and includes dinner, dancing, entertainment and of course champagne at midnight. This year they also offer a Noon Years Eve cruise as well as the main New Year's Eve Gala - get more details and book your tickets here.
A little further afield, the First Night Akron celebration is one of the most popular NYE events in Ohio, a family friendly party held in downtown Akron and featuring live music, dancing and of course fireworks. It's only around a 40 minute drive from Cleveland, so a good option if you want a big public new year party with some fireworks.
For your new year dining options then Cleveland won't disappoint either, with everything from fine dining to burger vans - recommended eateries include L'Albatros Brasserie, The Flaming Ice Cube (obligatory vegan option, and by all accounts an excellent one!), Blue Point Grille, The Oak Barrell and Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon. See the full range here.
Places to watch live online - there are several live webcam views around the area:
There's also a decent chance of some live coverage of the Cleveland Rocks party, even if only by the local radio stations - check back for details, we'll post any links we find here.
Latest: The event is being broadcast live from 10pm - 12.30am on CBS 19 WOIO. We think there may be an online version of this available here.
Cleveland has a decent variety of accommodation, and quite a common feature is for the venues holding special events to offer deals with particular hotels as part of the package, so be sure to enquire about this when making your party bookings. Otherwise you can check availability and make reservations online for local hotels here.
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