New Year's Eve in Minneapolis/St. Paul

New Year's Eve in Minneapolis/St. Paul


After the more solemn and family-oriented Christmas events, New Year's Eve is a study in contrasts. It's all about friends, fireworks, glittering parties (and outfits), Champagne toasts, and revelry. And it's also about hope that the coming year will be better than the one that's counting down to its last minutes. Here are some ideas on how to celebrate New Year's Eve 2018 in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

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Crystal Ball

Crystal Ball is The Big Event in the Twin Cities for New Year's Eve. It happens in International Market Square. This huge draw for the biggest party night of the year features live entertainment, DJs, and, of course, a countdown to midnight. This is a public event, but you must have a ticket to get in. You can reserve a table with good access to the dance floor, all balcony areas, and VP lounges.

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Snowta NYE Festival

The Snowta NYE Festival is happening on December 30 and 31 at the Minneapolis Convention Center and is a top way to celebrate. It's billed as the "most magnificent NYE event ever to take place in the Midwest" on its website. The huge musical lineup includes headliner Skrillex. It starts each evening at 6 p.m., and it will set you back $180 apiece to get in.

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Countdown Minneapolis NYE

This big New Year's Eve party gets started at the Minneapolis Club Event Center at 10 p.m. on December 31. Five top DJs will keep things hopping on two dance floors at this 21-and-over super party. You'll need tickets; you can buy general admission tickets for $20 or VIP tickets for $35.

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Minnesota Orchestra New Year's Eve

If you are more into elegance and classical music than revelry for New Year's Eve, you might like to go to the Minnesota Symphony to ring in the new year. On the program are Tchaikovsky's  Symphony No. 1, "Winter Dreams";  Serenade for Strings, and one of the most beloved works of all time, his Piano Concerto No. 1. And in a nod to this big night, there will be a party in the lobby after the symphony with Minneapolis/St. Paul jazz band Belle Amour and a countdown to midnight.

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Clubs, Bars, and Restaurants

Every year the Twin Cities' restaurants, bars, and clubs go all out for this important party night. Whether you want a romantic and extravagant dinner for two, a lively night in a club with great music and drinks, or a bar-hopping night you'll never forget, you only need to choose your favorite places or one you've always wanted to try, book it, and show up. Or if you want to up the volume a bit, check out The Pourhouse. With its Prohibition-themed ambiance, it will get you in the party mood. It's putting on a special event on New Year's Eve from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.; tickets start at $50 and include an open bar. 

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