Cleveland welcomes the new year in style with a range of parties and special events in the city's many top bars, hotels, clubs and restaarants.
Less hectic than bigger, more populous cities such as 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 Rocks NYE party has now been cancelled for the last 2 years running, so sadly I think we have to assume it won't be returning.
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.
If you are still looking for some new year fireworks then maybe consider a trip down to Akron where they have their big annual First Night party: Akron new year's eve
A little further afield there is also a big event well worth a look for your new year celebrations at First Night Columbus
Back in Cleveland, 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. The event runs from 9-11pm in the evening and 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, Pickwick and Frolic, The Vault, Windows on the River, Anatomy, the Wolstein Center, Cleveland Agora and Rumor Bar & Lounge, while there are also several comedy events to look out for. There's an extensive list of some of the top parties in Cleveland for new year 2018 here.
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.
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, although in the absence of the big public fireworks display there may not be a great deal to see unfortunately!
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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