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Though you won't find a massive annual New Year's Eve celebration in downtown Ann Arbor, the city has a bunch of bars throwing themed year-end parties. The most popular offers feature countdown bashes, cocktail parties, dinner specials, and celebrations in Great Gatsby style. The venues differ yearly, but you can always check out such places as HOMES Brewery, Townies Brewery, Miss Kim, or The Circ Bar, to name a few. For clubbing, LIVE and Necto night clubs are great choices.
Besides various parties, lots of establishments schedule entertaining events for December 31. You could attend a concert at Kerrytown Concert House or a fun show at the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase. The options are plentiful. Also, for families, there will be several Noon Year's Eve celebrations featuring kid-friendly events.
You don't have to limit your search to the city itself, as dozens of lovely festivities take place all across Washtenaw County, namely in Ypsilanti, Saline, Chelsea, and other cities within the area. Additionally, consider driving to the neighboring Detroit, famous for the biggest NYE raves across Michigan. Just make sure which events are actually going down during this particular season while planning your getaway. And Happy New Year!