Celebrate a Wacky New Year!
By Theresa Russell

Celebrate a Wacky New Year!

Ring in the new year with a twist at these Ohio celebrations.

Noon Year's Eve at the Toledo Zoo & Aquarium

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. The brand-new, LED-lit, 20-foot and 600-pound walleye is one fish that surely won’t get away! Festivities before the drop include crafts and games for kids and a Minnow Drop at 4 PM. Downtown patron specials, DJ at 6 PM, the annual bar swim at 7 PM and fireworks highlight this fishy fun Walleye Drop.

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. Starting around 11 PM at Founders Park, events will lead up to the midnight event, including DJ services provided by D&K Entertainment and fire and mime performers. Free popcorn and hot chocolate are available. After the electronic ball of light falls, fireworks will light the sky.

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. Throughout the celebration taking place between 11 AM and 1 PM, 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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