Wacky New Year!
By Theresa Russell

Watching the Times Square ball drop at midnight on TV on New Year’s Eve is a fun and traditional way to welcome the upcoming year. But why not kick it up a notch this year and expand your horizons? Try one of these Ohio events with a special twist on Auld Lang Syne.


Fishy Fun in Port Clinton


Cast your line to catch the all new and improved Wylie Walleye that will take its place atop Port Clinton’s skyline this year.


Photo Credit:Lake Erie Shores & Islands


The reveal of this new piscine wonder won’t take place until the drop. Festivities before the reveal include crafts and games for kids with a minnow mini-drop at 6 pm. Touch-a-truck, Master TC and the Visitors, a DJ and a ceremony with dignitaries at 11 pm highlight this fishy fun Walleye Drop. Local businesses add to the block party atmosphere.


Photo Credit: Kelly Rigoni


Popping Up in Marion


Who doesn’t love popcorn? Marion caters to those who do with its annual New Year’s Eve Pop-N-Drop.


Photo Credit: Dani Daniels


Starting around 11 pm at the parking lot located at 162 W. Center, events will lead up to the midnight event, including entertainment by On Native Ground fire tribe, which will present a 45-minute Fire and Glow show. Free popcorn and hot chocolate are available in addition to vendors, like Pop’d Sensations Gourmet Popcorn and Smokin’ Dick’s BBQ. After the electronic ball of light falls, fireworks will light the sky. D&K entertainment will provide a disk jockey.


Greet the New Year at Noon


Not everybody can make it until midnight to welcome the New Year. The Toledo Zoo makes it simple for the younger set and their families to celebrate the New Year at the earlier 12 o’clock.


Photo Credit: The Toledo Zoo


With an emphasis on making 2018 a greener year, the Zoo drops a recycled ball full of confetti. Throughout the celebration taking place between 11am and 1pm, guests can make their conservation reZOOlutions. Other activities at Noon Year’s Eve include craft time, an ice carving demonstration and animal feeds.

The Winter Village includes both an ice slide and bumper cars on ice. If you make a day of it, you can also catch Lights at the Zoo.


Grab your party hat and noise maker and welcome the New Year with a twist.




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