Take a Drive in your Chevy: 4 Best Places to Ring in the New Year in Ohio

Four ways to celebrate the start of 2017 in Ohio

With another New Year’s Eve on the horizon, it becomes time once again to start setting plans for Dec. 31. If you live in or plan on visiting Ohio when 2016 crosses into 2017, you will be excited to learn that there is no shortage of things to do around the Buckeye State. The following are just a few examples of plans to make in Ohio this New Year’s Eve.

New Year’s Eve 2017 Bash at Michaud’s Catering and Event Center

Michaud’s Catering and Event Center in Cleveland is celebrating the start of 2017 this year with its annual New Year’s Eve Bash. Tickets for the event are $55 per person and includes admission from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. In that time, attendees will be able to enjoy seven rooms of entertainment, which includes four live bands, a DJ and two comedy clubs. The event is BYOB, but the center provides mixers, soda, juice, cups, ice and all other accoutrements for your beverage-enjoyment needs. Food will be provided in the form of appetizers from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. and a full buffet from 6:30-9 p.m. For more information on this year’s event, visit http://michaudscatering.com/new-years-2017.

New Year’s Eve Blast at Fountain Square

Fountain Square is where Cincinnati gets together to celebrate, and New Year’s Eve is no exception. The annual New Year’s Eve Blast takes place from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on New Year’s Eve and includes everything from music and dancing, to ice skating and delicious meals from local food trucks. Lucky attendees will have the opportunity to play games for prizes on the Fountain Square stage every 30 minutes, but celebrating with friends and loved ones at midnight is guaranteed. To learn more about this year’s event, visit http://myfountainsquare.com/event/new-years-eve-blast-2.

New Year’s Eve: American Vistas

The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance presents its annual New Year’s Eve celebration with a live performance that will include dancers from the Dayton Ballet, singers from the Dayton Opera and the musical accompaniment of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Starting at 8 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m. with a colorful balloon drop, the event has become a city staple that brings jubilant throngs to the Schuster Center in droves. Admission prices range from $25 – $74, and seats are likely to fill up quickly; to get your tickets, visit http://daytonperformingarts.org/philharmonic-performance/new-years-eve-american-vistas.

Nelsonville New Year’s Eve Train and Fireworks

One of the more unique New Year’s Eve celebrations takes place aboard the Hocking Scenic Railway in Nelsonville. The annual New Year’s Eve Train and Fireworks display starts at 10:30 p.m. and runs for about two hours, carrying passengers from the Nelsonville depot to East Logan and back, all while fireworks ring in the New Year. Tickets are available for $20 – $35 per person depending on your choice of section. Only adults will be permitted in the Wine and Cheese section, so attendees with children are advised to purchase for the Pizza and Pop section; no other alcohol will be permitted onboard, but outside food and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted. To learn more, visit http://hockinghills.com/events/Dec-31-2016_New_Years_Eve_Train_and_Fireworks.html.

Ohio is not just the Heartland of America, but it is also one of the best places to celebrate both the passage of another year gone by and the start of a new beginning.

This article is presented by Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio.


Five Winter Festivals in Ohio

Explore winter fun festivities in the Buckeye State

Even though Ohio winters may be crisp and cold, there are still many opportunities to get outside and enjoy the season. Grab your winter coat and gloves and head outdoors for a fun-filled day at one of Ohio’s winter festivals.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a splash

If you think the watching the ball drop in New York City’s Time Square is an event, you apparently haven’t seen Port Clinton’s fish. Yes, fish. A walleye, to be exact. Thousands of people visit downtown Port Clinton each year to celebrate the drop of a walleye fish at the start of the New Year. Walleye Madness has been a tradition for years, and it’s noted as one of the top 10 most unique New Year’s drops around the world. The festivities begin at 4 p.m. on New Year’s Eve with family activities, followed by a New Year’s drop at 6 p.m. for the kids. Music, dancing, and fireworks take place at midnight. For more information, visit http://www.walleyemadness.com.

Opt for an icy outdoor art exhibit

January in Ohio is the perfect backdrop for outdoor ice sculptures. Join the fun at the Mohican Winter Fest on Jan. 10-11, as artists sculpt their ice creations in downtown Loudonville. Visit the train expo and enjoy a family movie event. Take a self-guided winter hike through Mohican State Park, or join the Annual Winter Hike taking place that weekend. Visit festivalnet.com/state/ohio/Loudonville_OH.html, or call the Mohican-Loudonville Visitors Bureau at (877) 266-4422 for additional information.

Jazz up your February

Sponsors of the 2014 Winter Blues Fest in Cincinnati are bringing the party inside for two full nights of nothing but jazz on Feb. 8 and 9. Located in The Phoenix, a historical landmark on Race Street, the event will feature more than 25 local blues bands and two national headliners. Visit cincyblues.org/winter to learn more.

Get groovy with it

Cold weather isn’t going to stop Cleveland residents from getting outside and getting their groove on. The Brite Winter Music Festival in Cleveland’s Ohio City Market District sponsors a free outdoor music and art festival each year for those tough enough to brave the weather. On Feb. 15, thousands will gather to hear musicians perform at the stage located at West 26th Street and Bridge Avenue. There will be additional music programming indoors at nearby businesses. Visit http://www.britewinter.com for program lineup and more information.

Escape to a winter wonderland

Bring the whole family for weekend of Winterfest fun Feb. 14-16, in downtown Bowling Green. Children’s activities include snow games and ice skating, as well as photo shoots. Ice carvings and snow sculptures will be available throughout the event, and horse-drawn carriage rides will be available. This event is free to the public. Visit eventful.com/bowlinggreen_oh/events/winterfest-/E0-001-057583597-6 to learn more.

There’s no need to stay cooped up through the winter months. Bundle up and enjoy the many events and festivals Ohio has to offer.

This article is presented by Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio