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Make it a Ludington, Michigan New Year Celebration


Start the New Year out right: Spend the evening with merry friends, a dramatic ball drop and mind-blowing fireworks to usher in 2019! Here’s a countdown of the Top 5 reasons to celebrate the New Year in Ludington:

5. Balloon Drop at Sandcastles Children’s Museum

A pajama party at Sandcastles Children’s Museum will be complete with crafts, face-painting and ice cream sundaes. (5-8  p.m.) The event culminates with an impressive balloon drop to ring in the New Year for little ones, who cannot stay awake until midnight. Enjoy snacks, music and more!

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4. Free event for kids and teens at Ludington Library

Crafts, games and Legos will be a hit among children at this free event at the Ludington Library. Activities start at 7 p.m. and close at 11:30 p.m., so families can make their way to James Street Plaza for the ball drop.

3. Countdown Party to New Year’s Eve Ball Drop & Fireworks

Ludington is known for this extravagant, annual celebration, featuring music, dancing, beer tasting and of course, the lighted ball drop at midnight in the center of downtown. Festivities begin at 9 p.m., so bundle up, grab your friends and kick up your heels. The event is free, though beer is available for purchase.

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Once the clock strikes midnight and the ball drops, a spectacular fireworks show will launch over the rooftops downtown. This night of revelry is a fantastic way to observe the fresh start of a new year.

2. New Year Resolution Run-5K

Those who have made a resolution to be healthy should check out the 5K run through Ludington. The race route starts downtown at 11 a.m. and makes it way along the Lake Michigan waterfront. Every finisher of the snowy event earns a medal to commemorate the New Year.


1. Lantern-lit skiing or snowshoeing at the Ludington State Park

This is a great way to explore the winter wonderland of Pure Ludington. Every Saturday in January and February, the state park offers a 1.5–hour guided snowshoeing tour, which follows a stunning, wooded path that is lighted by oil lanterns. A warming shelter, or a campfire at both ends of park, is offered for those who need to thaw their toes.

Whether you are looking for a festive occasion or a quiet stroll through the forest, Pure Ludington has activities for any New Year observance. Share your holiday photos with us: #PureLudington

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