Ringing in the New Year Across Ohio
By Nick Dekker

Everyone wants to ring out the old year and welcome the new in style, and Ohio has no shortage of ways to celebrate 2015! Wherever you are across the state, try these ideas!

TOLEDO
New Year’s Eve Toledo features a massive and colorful celebration, with a giant balloon drop at midnight and a buffet of funky dishes like yakitori, ramen, sushi, and chicken croquettes. There’s live music, a photo booth, champagne toast, and the balloons dropped at midnight are filled with prizes! For more information click here.

AKRON
First Night Akron bills itself as family-friendly – and it is – but you’ll find yourself entertained no matter what your age. The whole town comes alive with food, music, and activities. You can bounce around between venues like the Akron Art Museum and the Akron Civic Theatre, then find stops for food and drink in between. And at midnight: fireworks! For more information click here.




Holiday shows at Shadowbox Live

COLUMBUS
Shadowbox Live is Columbus’ resident rock ‘n roll and sketch comedy club, and New Year’s Eve with them is sure to be a raucous good time. You’ll alternate between laughing your head off and dancing away the night to the house band BillWho? They’re offering the complete package: music, dancing, a banquet, and a champagne toast. For more information click here.

CLEVELAND
Fans of local music in historic spaces will want to line up for the Local Rock New Year’s Eve show at the Ohio Masonic Temple. You can rock out to local bands like Filmstrip, Nowhere, and the Luckey Ones Family Band. Best part yet: you’re helping a good cause while you celebrate. Proceeds benefit the Woo Who! foundation for breast cancer research. Click here for more information.




New Years Eve Toledo!

Photo Credit: Kara Fallon

CINCINNATI
You can find plenty of New Year’s Eve options throughout Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, especially if you’re into imbibing craft beer and cocktails. Pick from an evening of live jazz and vintage cocktails at Japp’s, or hit up the semi-formal gala at Rhinegeist, with a live DJ and champagne toast. Information for Japp’s can be found here and Rhinegeist here.

DAYTON
Scene 75 in Dayton offers a one-stop shop for New Year’s Eve. They’re throwing everything they’ve got at you: food and drink, dodgeball tournaments, live music, laser tag, mini bowling, and a big balloon drop at midnight. For more information click here.

ATHENS
Athens Uncorked wine bar is hosting their first New Year’s Eve party on Station Street this year! They’ll be serving champagne and hosting a live DJ, while next door Lui Lui restaurant is serving a buffet. Make your plans by clicking here.

Happy New Year, Ohio!

(Images courtesy of Cincinnati.com, Shadowbox Live, and New Year’s Eve Toledo.)

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