Whether you’re in the mood for family-friendly festivities or prefer to let your hair down and ring in the New Year in style, Springfield offers plenty of options for partygoers. Here are our four favorite picks for places to say goodbye to 2017.
1. Firefighters Postal Lake Club, 940 West Lake Shore Dr.
Time travel back to the 1970s with this fun New Year’s Eve party featuring music from the era Cool 2 Duel, a dueling pianos group. Find some old bell-bottoms to participate in the 70s costume contest and enjoy a prime rib and chicken breast dinner by Nelson’s Catering. The festivities for ages 21 and older start at 6 p.m., with the live music beginning at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $60 and include your meal and a champagne toast at midnight.
2. 2018 First Night Springfield, Springfield High School
For the 31st year in a row, downtown Springfield will host this all-day family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration, with a ton of events taking place at various city venues. The fun kicks off at 1 p.m. with free crafts and entertainment for kids at Springfield High School. At 4:30 p.m., head to the high school auditorium for a theater organ performance by Mark Gifford. At 5 p.m., visit your choice of 10 performances at four downtown venues, including comedy, music, dance, storytelling, and magic. Local teen bands will enjoy their own performance venue at the Black Sheep Cafe, making this truly an event that will please the entire family. Fireworks kick off at 8 p.m., leaving you plenty of time to ring in the new year on your couch in your PJs. Visit the official event page for a full schedule of festivities.
3. The Crowne Plaza Springfield, 3000 South Dirksen Parkway
The Crowne Plaza is hosting their annual Ultimate New Year’s Eve party. This year, entertainment includes live sets from Lick Creek, Groove Daddies, and Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters, all hosted by your favorite Radio Pro DJs. Enjoy a complimentary swag bag with New Year’s Eve treats, hors-d’oeuvres created by the hotel’s executive chef, two drink tickets, and even a few surprises. Make a night of it by opting for a package deal that includes a hotel stay, champagne toast at midnight, midnight snack, and mimosa breakfast with full bar. The party gets going at 9 p.m.; attendees must be 21 or older.
4. Route 66 Hotel and Conference Center, 625 East St Joseph St.
Party the night away with the festivities at Route 66 this New Year’s Eve, including a mechanical bull riding contest with three cash prizes, live music from Hi-Tek Redneck, games, entertainment, and drink specials. You’ll enjoy a champagne toast with your fellow revelers at midnight. The night gets started at 8 p.m. The party costs $145 which includes overnight accommodations for two and late checkout with brunch on New Year’s Day.
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