Detroit, Motor City, famous for the Tamla Motown record label is the largest city Michigan, and the seat of Wayne County. It isn't a city you might immediately associate with celebrating a huge party for New Years Eve, but the locals pride themselves on their hospitality and will provide a warm welcome and truly enjoyable party atmosphere for anyone choosing to visit here over more well known destinations. If you're in Detroit over the new year period then there will be no shortage of parties and events to keep you entertained.
The Detroit cityscape has a number of distinctive features, which help provide a dramatic backdrop to the midnight fireworks displays that will be launched across the city. One Detroit Center and the Renaissance Center work together to form a distinctive and highly recognisable skyline.
There is a big new year party returning to Detroit for new year 2016, the biggest public party in a while as they make their own attempt to rival the ball drop in Times Square with the Motor City NYE Drop 2016, an event that is growing in popularity each year.
The venue for this free event is right in the middle of Downtown Detroit at Campus Martius & Cadillac Square and the evening of entertainment will include ice skating (for a small fee), fire pirs, horse carriage rides and of course The Drop at midnight, where instead of a crystal ball we have a large "D"!
There is live music from a lineup including The Infatuations, Tosha Owens Blues Band and Angela Davis with Solid Pocket Band while a VIP option is available in the Grand Celebration Party Pavilion where a premium bar and reserved special viewing aread are available. Get more details on the whole event here.
The Detroit Princess Riverboat will be hosting it's Annual New Year's Eve river cruise - the Rock the Boat event includes buffet, champagne, live music with a Motown theme and dancing plus of course a fantastic and unrivalled view of the city.
The big parties to look our for in Detroit for new year 2016 include:
Blast NYE 2016 at the Marriott Centerpoint in Pontiac with live DJs, late night buffet and confetti at midnight - tickets here
New Years Eve Detroit Resolution Ball at The Fillmore with live music, light show and balloon drop - tickets here.
For ice hockey fans there is also a big game in town this new years eve, with the Detroit Red Wings facing the Pittsburgh Penguins.
If you're looking for a decent restaurant in the city to start your evening before you head our to watch the fireworks then you'll find Detroit caters to most tastes, with pretty much any budget covered and most international cuisines represented - Giovanni's Italian is one of most popular and well known, and other local specialities include seafood, BBQ and roast grills - find Detroit restaurants.
Places to watch live online:
Detroit accommodation options are plentiful throughout the holiday season, and relatively reasonably priced, especially when compared to other large US cities.
You can view a full range and make your online reservations for local hotels here.
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