New Year’s Eve in Traverse City
Traverse City is known as one of the best summer vacation spots in all of the country. In fact, the Cherry Festival alone brings around 500,000 people to Traverse City in just one week. From the beautiful sandy beaches on West Bay to more wineries and breweries than you can count on both hands, there’s no denying the beauty and summer fun that Traverse City has to offer.
However, Traverse City has more to offer than just summertime fun. The winter provides tourists an opportunity to hit different ski and snowboarding hills in town, as well as different winter festivals and events. One of the best events Traverse City hosts in the winter is the annual New Year’s Eve CherryT Ball Drop.
What is the CherryT Ball Drop?
The Traverse City New Year’s Eve CherryT (a play on the word charity) Ball Drop is a non-profit organization that hosts an annual celebration in downtown Traverse City on December 31st. It was started by a small group of individuals who wanted something fun to do in downtown on New Year’s Eve while giving back to their community at the same time. As the event has grown over the years, volunteers continue to give time, energy, and money to continue this tradition. The money generated from the event is given to local food pantry’s and other charities that are nominated by the CherryT Ball Drop Board.
What to Expect
The CherryT Ball Drop happens at the intersection of Front Street and Park Street. You can expect thousands of people showing up to party together to ring in the New Year. There is no fee to enter the downtown area. However, there is a suggested admission donation of just $3, or you can bring three non-perishable food items.
Make sure you get downtown early on New Year’s Eve. Parking will be at a premium, and there will be road closures. At 4 pm on December 31st Park Street from Grandview Parkway to State Street as well as Wellington Street to Cass Street will be closed. Expect the party to kick off at 10 when the DJ starts playing music. As the final minute of 2017 winds down, a massive illuminated Cherry will begin its 115-foot descent over the downtown skyline. Once the clock strikes midnight, the Cherry will have reached its destination, and fireworks will light up the night sky.
Stop By Nifty Things
New Year’s Eve is the perfect opportunity to go out with friends and family and explore downtown before the big event. Grab some dinner at one of the many downtown restaurants and, of course, do a little shopping. While shopping, make sure to stop by Nifty Things. Located on Front St. between Cass St. and Union St., we have the niftiest in all of Traverse City. With over 1,000 products in the store, stop by this New Year’s Eve weekend and see why are the most shopped store in downtown Traverse City.