Are you new to Northeast Ohio and trying to figure out your New Year’s Eve plans? Even if you have been living in Cleveland or Akron for a while, it might be time to revitalize your New Year’s Eve activities. Executive Arrangements is in the know about the happenings of Northeast Ohio. We have to be so that we can answer the plethora of questions that your new hires or recruits have about our area and how it can quickly become a great home for them and their family.
The holidays can be a tough time to relocate. But… just because you are new in town, it doesn’t mean that you can’t celebrate the New Year, your new job, and your new home. We’ve combed through some New Year’s Eve celebration options for you. Cleveland and Akron are both full of fun folks who would be happy to ring in the New Year with you, whether you are looking for a fun countdown to midnight or a daytime activity for the whole family.
Here are a few New Year’s Eve options for those who will be up until midnight…
Invoke the spirit of the speakeasy at Lakewood’s Lake Erie Building. The celebration, hosted by the Lakewood Historical Society, is in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Templar Factory Building. Take a walk through history with live entertainment, an open beer and wine bar, and food stations. True to the speakeasy theme, they’ll be serving up classic craft cocktails.
Where: The building is at 13000 Athens Avenue in Lakewood
When: 8:30 p.m.
Welcome 2018 with a dynamic musical program! Champagne and hors d’oeuvres will be provided in the Chagrin Valley Little Theatre’s Sears River Room on New Year’s Eve. Continue celebrating with the traditional “Popcorn Ball Drop Party” at Triangle Park in downtown Chagrin Falls.
Where: Chagrin Valley Little Theatre at 40 River Street in Chagrin Falls
When: 7:30 p.m.
For the 22nd year, Cleveland Pops Orchestra will host its New Year’s Eve spectacular at Severance Hall. A two-hour concert kicks off the night and will be followed by dancing with the No Name Band & Jazz Band. Special guest Connor Bogart O’Brien will be the evening’s featured artist as the orchestra performs hits from the ‘50s all the way through the ‘90s.
Where: Severance Hall at 1101 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland
When: 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.
If your idea of fun is ringing in the New Year while playing games surrounded by friends (old and new), head to Ohio City’s Tabletop, the board game café on the West 25th Street strip. Play in big-group games and compete in raffles. Heavy hors d’ouevres, desserts, and a champagne toast will be included.
Where: Tabletop at 1810 West 25th Street in Cleveland
When: 8:00 p.m.
A night of mystery and thrills takes place at Lago in the Flats. Don your best 007 Bond get-ups (black tie optional) for their soiree inside Aloft Hotel. Food and drinks will be served throughout the night, including a champagne toast at midnight. VIP packages are available for singles and couples, as well as a late entrance ticket for the after 10:00 p.m. crowd.
Where: Lago at 1091 W. 10th Street in Cleveland
When: Beginning at 7:00 p.m.
A black tie event with drink tickets, food stations, and bubbly at midnight.
Where: Salt+ at 17625 Detroit Road in Lakewood
When: 8:00 p.m.
This classic Cleveland jazz club will host five concerts by three performers. At 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., Manhattan vocalist Janis Siegel will take the main stage. At 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., trumpeter Dominick Farinacci will play in the heated, tucked away patio. Sammy DeLeon Latin Jazz Sextet will close out the night with one show on the patio at 10:15 p.m.
Where: Nighttown at 12383 Cedar Road in Cleveland
When: Beginning at 7:30 p.m.
This downtown bar will host its first New Year’s Eve masquerade. The semi-formal party features an open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a champagne toast at midnight, and a confetti drop. In true brewery fashion, they’ll have special beer tappings to celebrate the night.
Where: Noble Beast Brewing Co. at 1470 Lakeside Avenue in Cleveland
When: 8:00 p.m.
For New Year’s Eve, the small shabu-shabu and small plate eatery in Tremont will be offering 27 courses for their special tasting menu served in the style of osechi ryori.
Where: Ushabu at 2173 Professor Avenue in Cleveland
When: 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. seatings
We all know that the kids like to celebrate the New Year as much as adults but can’t quite make it to the midnight countdown. Luckily, Northeast Ohio offers a variety of fun “Noon Year’s Eve” activities so that families can enjoy the excitement of ringing in the New Year too. Check out your favorite activity centers, parks, libraries, and museums for offerings in your neighborhood.
Here are a few New Year’s Eve ideas for those who won’t be staying up until midnight…
First Night Akron is a family-friendly celebration of the arts with more than 40 music, dance, theatre, art, and interactive experiences geared for all ages!
Where: Downtown Akron
When: 6:00 p.m.-midnight
This brunch includes an all-you-can-eat, kid-friendly buffet, face-painting, a balloon artist, and magic show. Finish things with a countdown and balloon drop to ring in the New Year.
Where: Washington Reservation at 1785 Merwin Avenue in Cleveland
When: 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Ring in the New Year at the museum with a giant dinosaur egg drop and special surprises! There will be special extended Sunday morning hours and hands-on activities throughout the museum.
Where: Cleveland Museum of Natural History at 1 Wade Oval Drive in Cleveland
When: 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Free skate rentals and door prizes will make this family event fun for the whole family!
Where: Hamilton Ice Arena at 21018 Hilliard Boulevard in Rocky River
When: 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Enjoy a morning filled with fun for the entire family! Crafts, activities, and refreshments will help you celebrate the New Year at noon. Take a hike while you are there, and then warm up by the campfire.
Where: Visitors Center at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm at 1828 Smith Road in Akron
When: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Kick off the New Year with a dance party, roaming characters, and a special countdown at the stroke of noon.
Where: The Zoo at 3900 Wildlife Way in Cleveland
When: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
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