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Ring in the New Year in Ohio

Celebrate the new year with these Ohio events.

Glass Town Countdown in Lancaster

Ring in the New Year in Ohio

By Ohio.org Staff

Posted On: Dec 13, 2022

Looking for something more than the traditional countdown to celebrate the start of the new decade? Step away from the TV and bring your party to one of Ohio's unique and unforgettable New Year's Eve bashes.

Nautica Queen Noon Year's Eve and New Year’s Eve Dinner Gala in Cleveland 

Take the open waves during a cruise with the Nautica Queen along Lake Erie. If you'd like the ring in the new year a bit early, then book your spot for the Noon Year's Eve Lunch Cruise. This cruise features a Noon countdown with music and dancing from 12-2PM. Or check out the New Year's Eve Dinner Gala from 8PM - 1AM, which features music and dancing in the cozy enclosed decks.

giant walleye fish replica on crane hoisted above crowd at night in port clinton ohio for walleye madness at midnight new years eve event
Photo courtesy of Shores & Islands Ohio

Walleye Madness at Midnight in Port Clinton

Forget watching the glittering ball drop in New York City and instead witness a 20-foot-long, 600-pound fiberglass fish drop from the sky at the stroke of midnight. Held along Ohio's Lake Erie shoreline in Port Clinton (known as the "Walleye Capital of the World) the Walleye Drop is truly a one-of-a-kind celebration that boasts live entertainment, family-friendly activities, and all things walleye.

The kids party, known as the "Minnow Drop," goes from 4-6PM. The main festivities along Madison St. go from 6PM - 12AM, and conclude with the new year countdown as Wylie Walleye descends and a fireworks show over the water. 

New Year's Eve Blast in Cincinnati

Fountain Square's New Year's Eve Blast takes place in the heart of Cincinnati's downtown from 6PM - 12:30AM. At this amazing event, you can dance or take a lap around the ice skating rink. For even more fun, grab a bite to eat at one of the many eateries just steps away. A double fireworks show caps off the celebration (Kids Countdown at 7:10PM and the Midnight Countdown starting at 12AM). 

giant glass ball on a crane at night with fireworks behind it for glass town countdown new years eve event in lancaster ohio
Photo credit: Joe McCoy

Glass Town Countdown in Lancaster 

Head to downtown Lancaster and celebrate New Year's Eve in the city known for its history of glass making. The celebration runs from 10PM - 1AM and features all kinds of family-friendly fun. As the clock ticks closer to the new year, watch the rise of the glass globe at midnight. You can also get a small glass orb at the Ohio Glass Museum to be displayed in the glass globe that's lowered for the event. 

Hocking Valley Scenic Railway's New Year's Eve Train & Fireworks in Nelsonville

What's better than a scenic train ride to ring in the New Year? Passengers on Hocking Valley Scenic Railway's New Year's Eve Train can enjoy a two-hour train ride through southern Ohio. The train leaves from the Nelsonville Depot at 10:30PM and on the return trip, the train stops around midnight for an extraordinary fireworks display! 

Noon Years Eve ball decoration at Toledo Zoo and Aquarium in ohio
Noon Year's Eve at Toledo Zoo & Aquarium

More NYE festivals and events to check out: 

If you're looking for some more active ways to celebrate, check out these ODNR hikes: 

For more festivals & events check out #OhioFindItHere at Ohio.org.

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