Spending New Year’s Eve in Minnesota means you’ll face the difficult task of choosing where to spend your holiday as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” boasts a wide variety of memorable events ranging from festive casino parties to chef-prepared fine dining experiences. Maybe you’re looking to ring in the New Year’s with family-friendly “daytime” activities or at a relaxing resort far from loud crowds. You can find it all in the beautiful state of Minnesota.
Known as the longest running New Year’s Eve party in Minneapolis, The Crystal Ball celebration has been a top party destination for the past two decades! This premier event features the best live entertainment and hottest DJs in a prohibition-themed bar - The Pourhouse. Attendees can also take a break from the crowds and play interactive games.
Dress up your finest (or however you want) for the coolest underground hot spot in St. Paul - Kj’s Hideaway. Take a walk the red carpet and celebrate the New Year with live music entertainment, dancing, food, drinks, fun, and laughter in a welcoming atmosphere at this intimate, live music venue supporting local artists.
Enter this time capsule and get transported to the most extravagant New Year’s Eve party in the city - A Roaring New Year’s Eve. This 1920’s-style adults-only event is a glittering affair featuring live entertainment including burlesque performances, aerialists, professional ballroom dancers, vintage vocalists, live DJs, and flappers, on stilts in the award-winning Metropolitan Ballroom. VIP guests receive a complimentary glass of bubbly, as well.
Ring in the New Year with a complete resort experience featuring non-stop gaming action, entertainment, drinks, dining, events, and more at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel. The resort’s New Year’s Eve Party includes live music, free party hats and tiaras, photo stations, and a champagne toast. Relax and recharge in a luxury suite, enjoy the indoor pool, whirlpool and sauna, and other hotel amenities.
The Minneapolis New Year’s Eve Bar Crawl has been the premier bar crawl event in the area for the past five years. Attendees gain access to four to six downtown Minneapolis bars, food and drink specials, drink tickets, live music, an appetizer buffet, champagne toast, VIP viewing of the ball drop, and more special offerings throughout the night.
Home of special guest entertainers, The Music Factory hosts “New Year’s Eve at the Factory” for a memorable night in great company. This event features a Mexican food buffet, DJ performances, Praise and Worship at midnight, and dancing on the second floor of the historic Old Milk Factory.
Take the little ones to a “before bedtime” New Year’s Eve celebration at the M Health Fairview Sports Center, a large sports center hosting the New Year’s Eve Matinee for the entire family. Kids can bounce and climb in the inflatables, play bingo and win prizes, dance, do crafts, run in the obstacle course, and enjoy the countdown at 4:15 PM.
Enjoy a fine dining experience this New Year’s Eve at the Mara, a signature restaurant featuring special menus created by renowned Chef Gavin Kaysen. Enjoy a celebratory dinner including party favors, wine pairing, and a champagne toast followed by live music to ring in the New Year on a festive note. The New Year’s Recovery Brunch at Mara includes Mimosas, Bellinis and a Bloody Mary bar cart making the rounds.
Enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities this New Year’s Eve at the Celebrate Rochester New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Mayo Civic Center. All ages can participate in the retro arcade games, roller disco, and local food vendors. This free event also features live entertainment in the evening and VIP upgrades including drink tickets, party favors, light snacks, and midnight champagne toast.
Relax in the presence of nature this New Year’s Eve at the Candle Light and Ice event at Wood Lake Nature Center. Follow the glow of hundreds of candles along a beautiful, snow-covered trail while looking out for owls, deer, and other animals while reflecting on the year ahead. Hot coco and roasted marshmallows are served over a crackling fire to complete the evening.