Minneapolis offers a great range of new year's eve parties, with public outdoor events as well as a great range of private parties at the city's many top bars, restaurants and clubs. If you like to dress up and see in the new year in style then this could be the place for you.
As with most decent-sized US cities there is a big public event to celebrate new year's eve, and in Minneapolis this is the Crystal Ball event in the city's central International Market Square. The NYE 2016-2017 party gets underway at 8pm and features live music and entertainment throughout the evening, leading up to the countdown at midnight. Live entertainment this year is by Prince tribute act Ovation as well as a live performance by Dragon's Fire Theater.
The event is open to the public, but guests must purchase a ticket for entry. There is high possibility of selling out so it is recommended that guests buy their tickets in advance - you can get more details and secure your tickets here.
There are several big new year parties taking place in Minneapolis this new year's eve - some top choices include:
Countdown Mineapolis at the Calhoun Beach Club Event Center & Urban Eatery with 4 Top DJs, Multiple Levels, 3 Dance Floors across 2 Venues in Uptown Minneapolis - tickets available here.
Uptown NYE 2017 at coup d’état, uptown with DJs playing the latest top 40, dancing, and one of the lowest all you can drink tickets in town starting at $40. Ticket sales here.
NYE Masquerade 2017 at Rouge At The Lounge, offering 3 rooms of live music including top 40, dance and latin music - tickets online here.
Another big event taking place this year is a masked ball, entitled A Masked Affair, at the Muse Event Center. This is one of the more unique new year parties, and includes champagne reception, complimentary hors d'oeuvres with surreal and fantastic live entertainment.
New year's eve 2016 also saw the return of the Minnesota Orchestra's New Year's Eve Celebration at Orchestra Hall, the first time these events had been held since way back in 1998 - the event proved a great success and returns again for new year 2017 with a new year's eve dinner followed by the main concert, which this year includes soprano Dawn Upshaw singing a range of classics - get your tickets online here.
Elsewhere there is always fierce competition among the city's clubs and bars to hold the loudest and liveliest party, which means plenty nights out to choose from - this year's top party venue selection includes Elixir Lounge, The Pourhouse and the Epic Event Center
if you're looking for somewhere to eat out on new year's eve, whether as part of a quiet social evening with friends or as precursor to hitting one of the big parties, then Minneapolis has plenty of choices. Top rated venues include the famous SEVEN Steakhouse, Hell's Kitchen, Gorkha Palace and the Capital Grille. Us veggies are well catered for by the Ecopolitan Restaurant - see the full range of local restaurants and cafes here.
Places to watch live online - there is a decent selection of webcams in the city, including a few with good views of the skyline which should offer some good shots of the fireworks across the city at midnight:
If you're planning on visiting Minneapolis over the New Year period, then it will be exceptionally busy so you ideally need to be making your reservations as early as you can. You can search, check availability and book local hotels here.
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