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2017 New Year's Eve Guide

2017 New Year's Eve Guide

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For youngsters to “old farts” to cheapskates to high rollers, local residents have a variety of options on New Year’s Eve. Here is a look at family events and adults-only activities on tap for Sunday (Dec. 31):

Family fun: Kenosha County

Wilmot Mountain, 11931 Fox River Road, is hosting an all-day family event with food, music and fireworks, with a Champagne toast at midnight. Music will be provided by Matt Meyer and the Smooth Riders from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Free activities include face painting (4 to 8 p.m.), games, party favors and a photo booth (5 to 10 p.m.). Lift tickets, rentals and tubing rates are available online at or by calling 262-862-2301.

The RecPlex in Pleasant Prairie, 9900 Terwall Terrace, is having a family fun night from 5 to 8:30 p.m. The event includes live music by Kevin Kamin, sports challenges, games, open gym, skating and swimming and a children’s balloon drop. Admission is $15 per person and $12 for members, including dinner, soda and frozen custard. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit or call 262-947-0437.

The Kenosha YMCA, 7101 53rd St., hosts a family party from 7 to 10 p.m. that includes swimming, rock climbing, games, gym activities, crafts, a movie, hot dogs, popcorn and a build-your-own sundae bar. Stick around for the simulated countdown at 9:45 p.m. General admission is $10 per person or $20 per family. For more information, call 262-654-9622 or visit

Guttormsen Recreation Center, 5411 Green Bay Road, has bowling for families throughout the day and cosmic bowling at night. For $70, groups of up to six people can reserve lanes from noon to 2:30 p.m., 3 to 5:30 p.m. or 6 to 8:30 p.m. (that includes a large pizza, a pitcher of soda and party favors). For $125, you get Champagne or sparkling juice in the gold room from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Space is limited; book ahead. Unlimited bowling, shoe rentals and party favors are $14 per person. Call 262-658-8191 or go to

Sheridan Lanes, 1120 80th St., is offering two shifts, from 6 to 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. It includes three hours of bowling, shoes, pizza, soda, party favors and red pin prizes. The cost is $75 per lane. Reservations are recommended. For more information, visit or call 654-0411.

Monkey Joe’s, 4237 Green Bay, celebrates with party favors, face painting, a bubble wrap stomp and a noon New Year’s countdown. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $11.59 ($5.99 for ages 2 and under). For more information, visit or call 262-764-3866.

Action Territory, 12345 75th St. (Highway 50 and I-94), gets the party started early for kids and adults. The arcade and indoor venue will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. An unlimited indoor wristband is $15 (includes laser tag, bumper cars, vault and a four-hour arcade game card). Go to for more information.

Families looking for something to do on New Year’s Day should head to the Southport Beach House, 7825 First Ave., at noon Monday for the annual Arctic Circle New Year’s Day Drumming, a community drum circle. This is an outdoor event, so dress for the weather! All ages are welcome to drum with weather-proof percussion instruments. Admission is free; bring your own chair if needed. For more information, call 262-914-9352.

Hopping on I-94

Mitchell Park Domes, 524 S. Layton Blvd. in Milwaukee, is hosting its annual family celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday. The event features a DJ dance party, magic by Rick Allen, music by the Garlic Mustard Pickers and fire dancers. Other activities include storytelling, face painting, balloon sculpting, light show and a balloon drop. Food and beverages, including a full bar, are available for purchase. Admission is $10 per person (2 and under are free).

The Harlem Globetrotters continue their world tour at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee with two New Year’s Eve shows, at 1 and 6 p.m. The Globetrotters basketball artistry offers one-of-a-kind family entertainment. Players are available after the game for autographs and photo sessions. Tickets start at $24.50 and are on sale at and at or by phone at 800-745-3000.

Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St. in Chicago, hosts ZooLights from 4:30 to 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. The free, all-ages celebration includes complimentary festive hats, horns and party favors. Free activities include 3-D displays, live ice sculpture carving and musical light shows. Paid activities include a train ride, carousel, a Ferris wheel, a light maze and a 5-D Sea Explorer. Admission is free.

Hofbrauhaus Chicago, 5500 Park Place in Rosemont, Ill., offers a “Munich-style” family celebration at 2 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Activities include face painting from 2 to 4 p.m., a magic show, live animals and a parade to toast Munich’s New Year at 5 p.m. All guests receive a complimentary glass of Champagne or sparkling wine.

For adults: Kenosha County

The new Kenosha Comedy Club, located in the Wyndam Garden Hotel at 5125 Sixth Ave., holds its grand opening with comics Harry Hickstein and Dobie Maxwell performing on New Year’s Eve. Tickets are $15 for a 7 p.m. show and $25 for a 10:30 p.m. performance. The late show includes party favors and a midnight Champagne toast.

Coins Sports Bar, 1714 52nd St., is holding a DJ dance party with party favors and a Champagne toast at midnight. The Sunday night celebration leads into the bar’s 13th annual New Year’s Day Blind Draw Dart Tournament. Signup for the tournament begins at 6 a.m. Monday.

Fec’s Place, 5523 Sixth Ave., features live music from cover band Revival, party favors and a Champagne toast at midnight. The festivities start at 9 Sunday night.

Swede’s, 510 56th St., starts the celebration early Sunday with breakfast burritos and bloody marys at 9 a.m. Live music with Jeff Kemen begins at 7 p.m.

The Brat Stop, 12304 75th St., offers live music from classic rock band Tynan from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. New Year’s Eve. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple and include party favors and a Champagne toast at midnight.

Pete’s Place, 4520 Eighth Ave., is having a New Year’s Eve Sunday brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a chili cook-off at 7 p.m. Cy’s Piano Jams and door prizes are from 2 to 6 p.m., with Champagne toasts at 6 p.m. and midnight. For more information, call 262-652-6454.

Sir Arthur’s Beer Garden, 3501 14th Ave., will host its annual “Old Farts” party from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday with free food, party favors and a Champagne toast at 6 p.m. Call 262-654-9958 for more details.

State Line Inn, 12725 Antioch Road in Trevor, will start its New Year’s festivities around 9 p.m. and go until 2 a.m. The event features raffles and giveaways throughout the night, with party favors, a free Internet jukebox and a Champagne toast with snacks at midnight. No cover; call 262-862-6967 for more information.


The Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave., celebrates its 80th season with its Signature Spotlight Concert Series production of “80 Years of Song.” The evening performance will be followed by Champagne, sparkling juice, light hors d’oeuvres, party favors and music and dancing on stage. Tickets are $15 for the 2 p.m. matinee and $30 for the 9 p.m. show.

Roma Lounge, 7130 Spring St., celebrates New Year’s Eve Las Vegas-style with hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and entertainment from the Tom Anthony Band. The cost is $50 per person. Tickets are available by calling 262-886-3610.


The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is performing “E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial” at 2 p.m. on New Year’s Eve at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N. Water St. Steven Spielberg’s classic film will be projected on a high-definition screen with John Williams’ movie score performed live while the movie is shown. Tickets are $22 to $112.

The Ambassador Hotel, 2308 W. Wisconsin Ave., celebrates Milwaukee’s legendary past and its cosmopolitan present with a “Roaring ’20s New Year’s Eve.” The night includes a red carpet arrival, dancing, gaming, food, cocktails, desserts, balloon drop and a Champagne toast.

Guests are encouraged to dress up in 1920s attire and dance with Kenosha’s Southport Sound from 8 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $125. Overnight packages are also available.

The Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, 1721 W. Canal St., hosts some of Milwaukee’s top DJs on its 2,400-square-foot dance floor. The party begins at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $49 in advance and include free parking, a coat check, party favors and a Champagne toast at midnight. Premium and VIP packages are also available. For more information, visit

Milwaukee Athletic Club, 758 N. Broadway Ave., hosts “Brew Year’s Eve” with live music, an open bar and an appetizer buffet. The complimentary open bar is 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. with a Champagne toast at midnight. Tickets begin at $99 per person. Room packages are also available.


The sixth annual Chicago Resolution Gala in the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier, 600 East Grand Ave., features several bars, multiple disc jockeys, an elaborate buffet and a view of the New Year’s Eve fireworks from the Lakeview Terrace. The event is from 8:15 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets start at $125 and are available at

The Crystal Gardens Ballroom at Navy Pier, 700 East Grand Ave., hosts its 12th annual New Year’s Eve celebration from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. The event features bars, DJ entertainment, food and hors d’oeuvres, with a Champagne toast at midnight. Guests can enjoy a red carpet and view the midnight fireworks on a private terrace. Tickets start at $125 and are available at

Spirit of Chicago offers a fireworks New Year’s Eve dinner cruise from Chicago’s Navy Pier. The cruise boards at 8:30 p.m. and sets sail from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Passengers must be 21 or older (with valid identification). Guests will enjoy a three-course meal, an open bar, music, dancing and Chicago skyline views and fireworks (weather permitting). Tickets are on sale online for $274.90 per person. You can also call 866-273-2439 to book tickets.

Chicago’s Drake Hotel, 140 E. Walton Place, is expecting more than 2,500 guests for its annual New Year’s Eve party, hosted by Chicago Scene. The event features DJs, four ballrooms, 40 fully staffed bars and a balloon drop and Champagne toast at midnight. General admission starts at $135 per person. VIP tables with bottle service range from $1,750 to $3,500.

The Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center, 3500 Midwest Road in Oak Brook, Ill., hosts “The Rat Pack is Back” at 8:30 p.m. Sunday in the Grand Ballroom. The 15-piece big band is comprised of impersonators Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin. The night includes an open bar, classic-era cocktails, food and Champagne toast. Tickets start at $235.


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