Nov 17, 2017

Whether you plan to end 2017 with a quiet candlelit dinner with your loved ones or go out with a bang with your best friends, the Ann Arbor area has everything you need to start 2018 off on the right note.

Consider spending the holiday at Weber's Restaurant & Boutique Hotel. The family-owned business is offering dinner and party packages, as well as overnight packages, for those looking to celebrate in style. Partygoers are encouraged to dance the night away and celebrate with a champagne toast at midnight. 

Stroll down a twinkle-light lit Main Street to the Chop House as the sun sets over downtown Ann Arbor. The renowned restaurant offers an enchanting dining room and pleasantly soft lighting, ideal for an intimate meal. Guests will find an exceptional menu and extensive selection of fine wine. Settle in for a late-night treat at their luxurious dessert and cigar lounge, La Dolce Vita, and indulge in gourmet desserts and premium liquors. 

Grab a bite to eat at an Ann Arbor staple like Fleetwood Diner and ring in the new year with three funky bands at the Blind Pig. Chirp, Wire in the Wood, and Gyp$y will join Stormy Chromer at the local concert venue for a night of groovy music. The ball drops at midnight, but guests are encouraged to jam along to the live performances until 2 a.m. (Doors open at 9 p.m. and attendees must be 21 to enter.) 

Knight's restaurant is a spectacular choice for a romantic evening out. The locally loved restaurant has been serving the Ann Arbor area since 1952 and their newest location, Knight’s Downtown at Liberty and Maynard, offers a relaxing ambiance in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor. Guests can expect strong drinks, gracious staff, and a beautiful view of the soft white lights lining the streets. 

Consider hosting an event of your own at one of the marvelous venues in the Washtenaw County area. Salt Springs Brewery in Saline offers more than one way to celebrate with family and friends at their stunning location. The semi-private Bell Tower is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle and reminisce about fond memories made over the past year. Larger parties, featuring up to 28 guests, will be comfortably seated in the private Mezzanine. The sizeable room overlooks stunning vaulted ceilings and stained glass windows.  

Looking for something a little more serene? Head to the Chelsea Alehouse Brewery for a “Jaunty New Year’s Eve” and enjoy live music by Ben Daniels Band! The theme is based on one of their earliest and most popular beers, the Jaunty Woodsman IPA. Tickets to the festive bash include delectable hors d'oeuvres, a photo booth, a bonfire on their patio, and a special toast at midnight! Dancing the night away with your loved ones in the heart of downtown Chelsea is a wonderful way to ring in the new year.

For a current list of events, take a look at our events calendar here. If you plan to travel to the Ann Arbor area, you can find accommodations here

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