Wondering where to see out the year in style? Here’s our pick of quirky new year’s eve traditions in the USA. From wacky parades to the traditional midnight ‘drops’, where a giant ball is lowered to mark the new year, there’s a celebration for everyone.
Fireworks on Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs
Each New Year’s Eve, a group of dedicated hikers climb Barr Trail to the summit of the famous Pikes Peak mountain to light fireworks at the stroke of midnight. This tradition of the ‘AdAmAn Club’
has been taking place since 1922, when five hikers lit fireworks. Now up to 30 members take part in the tradition. You don’t necessarily need to make the steep ascent to enjoy the display - on a clear night, you can see the lights from hundreds of miles away. [Photo credit: Lars Leber Photography]
The annual Idaho Potato Drop in Boise, Idaho
The state of Idaho has a midnight drop with a giant version of its top agricultural product - the potato
. Now in its fourth year, this year’s event in the Idaho State Capitol has a new location, fireworks show, live music, games, and more, before the countdown to the drop of the massive ‘GlowTato’.
Drops and Dachshunds in Key West
It’s a festival of non-stop fun on New Year’s Eve in Key West, Florida. Events kick off with the zany annual Dachshund Walk, where up to 200 sausage dogs parade in fancy dress. The new year is seen in with a series of ‘drops’, including a female pirate whizzing down from a tall ship mast at the Schooner Wharf Bar, the ’conch shell’ at Sloppy Joe's Bar on Duval St., a huge replica of a Key lime wedge splashing into an outsized margarita glass at Ocean Key Resort & Spa, the ‘flight’ of a uniformed ‘stewardess’ in a section of a replica aircraft at First Flight Island Restaurant & Brewery, the building known as the birthplace of Pan Am, and drag queen Sushi, held in a super-sized red high-heel shoe, at the Bourbon St. Pub/New Orleans House complex.
[Credit Rob O'Neal_Florida Keys News Bureau]
New Year’s Eve Moonlight Circus, Mall of America, Minnesota
How about seeing in the new year in a theme park within a vast shopping mall? You can do that at Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. Guests can ring in the New Year at the Moonlight Circus New Year’s Eve event on December 31 in the Nickelodeon theme park that’s inside Mall of America. Rides will be open until midnight with live entertainment, including contortionists, juggling, unicycle and aerial acrobatics, giveaways and more. Two family countdowns to 'midnight' will be held at 10 pm and midnight, along with a ball drop.
Spectacular Blue Man Group countdown in Chicago
Enjoy an unforgettable New Year’s Eve with a extraordinary Blue Man Group show in Chicago. The group will host four festive New Year’s Eve performances on December 31 at 1 pm, 4 pm, 7 pm and 10pm, so kids can enjoy an early ‘midnight’ countdown after the show complete with party hats, noisemakers and a special performance of ‘Auld Lang Syne’. Kids can also enjoy pre-show face painting where they’ll be transformed to look like members of Blue Man Group’s band. Evening performances celebrate the new year with a champagne toast. [Photo credit: Lindsey Best]
The North Carolina Pickle Drop
The North Carolina town of Mount Olive celebrates New Years Eve with its own signature ‘drop’ - instead of dropping a giant ball at the stroke of midnight, this town drops a giant pickle. The New Year’s Eve Pickle
is lowered from a flagpole at the stroke of 7 pm EST, so people don’t have to stay up to midnight. 2019 is the event's 20th anniversary.
Super Hero New Year’s Event in Sevierville, Tennessee
You can start the year by channeling your inner super hero as you fly through the air at Sevierville Air, in Tennessee
. The 38,000-square-foot indoor family adventure park complete with trampolines, Ninja Warrior Courses, and net systems hosts an unusual but popular New Year’s Eve party. For the Super Hero New Year’s Event partygoers dress as their favourite superhero and enjoy contests, games, party favours, snacks, and, clearly, lots of jumping. Only 100 tickets are available for this event, so make reservations early.
Celebrations on the slopes in West Virginia
There are no less than six parties on the slopes and in the village in the wintersports resort of Snowshoe Mountain
in West Virginia
. Celebrate at 4,848 feet
- take your pick from DJ sets in the village during the Village Block Party, the Comedy Show hosted by Phil Hogan or stop by Connection Nightclub or Hoot’s Pub for live music and dancing.
The Possum Drop in Tallapoosa, Georgia
How about this for a quirky ‘drop’ - about 45 minutes west of Atlanta, Georgia, you’ll find the town of Tallapoosa
, formally known as Possum Snout. Tallapoosa rings in the New Year by dropping a stuffed possum named Spencer. Expect plenty of possum-themed fun and games including a Kids Zone, live bands, concessions and even a Possum King and Queen. Meanwhile in Savannah Georgia, they prefer to raise a glass - six-foot-tall to-go cup
- rather than drop it in the Up the Cup New Year's Eve Celebration.