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New Year's Eve in Milwaukee

Where to Celebrate New Year's in Milwaukee

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New Year's Eve in Milwaukee

After your New Year's Eve on the town, start the New Year with a refreshing dip in Lake Michigan during the Polar Bear Plunge.

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New Year's Eve is one of the most exciting nights of the year. On one hand, it's a chance to celebrate everything that happened over the past 365 days. On the other, it's a chance to put the past 12 months behind you as you look toward the year ahead. No matter what your perspective, one thing is for certain: you certainly don't need to be bored! Check out this great listing of New Year's Eve events in the Milwaukee area for ideas on how to ring in the new year.

  • The Harlem Globetrotters
    The world's zaniest trick basketball team will have you laughing your way into the new year.
    When: 1 and 6 p.m. Tuesday, December 31
    Where: BMO Harris Bradley Center, 1001 N. Fourth St.
    Cost: $20 - $132
    Contact: (414) 227-0400
  • NYE MKE 2014
    A giant NEWwaukee party at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
    When: 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 31
    Where: Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Dr.
    Cost: $99 - $175
  • Ever After New Year's Eve Party
    A New Year's Eve masquerade party at one of Milwaukee's hottest dance clubs.
    When: 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 31
    Where: The Wherehouse, 818 S. Water St.
    Cost: $89 - $119
  • The Get Down New Year's Eve Dance Party
    A special NYE edition of Milwaukee’s longest running Funk and Soul Dance Party
    When: 9 p.m. Tuesday, December 31
    Where: Turner Hall Ballroom, 1032 N. 4th St.
    Cost: $60, $75 for VIP drink special tickets
    Contact: (414) 286-3663
  • New Year's with Jim Gaffigan
    Stand-up comedian and New Year's party.
    When: 9 p.m. Tuesday, December 31
    Where: The Pabst Theater, 144 E. Wells St.
    Cost: $55, $85
    Contact: (414) 286-3663
  • Polar Bear Plunge
    An icy dip into Lake Michigan on New Year's Day.
    When: 12 p.m. Wednesday, January 1
    Where: Bradford Beach, 2400 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.
    Cost: Free
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