Please don't say you're wondering where the largest New Year's Eve ball drop in Michigan takes place? Go Great Lakes Bay, of course! And say it isn't so if you're trying to determine what the ‘Largest Ball Drop in Michigan' is - it's Midnight on Main, the New Year's Eve celebration extravaganza in Midland with live stage performances, drinks, dancing, DJ music in a nightclub ambiance, fireworks and the largest Times Square-style ball drop in all of Pure Michigan!
5th Annual Midnight on Main: Quick Facts
8 p.m. - 1 a.m., December 31, 2015 - January 1, 2016
Hors d'oeuvres, drinks, dancing! Two live acts, including Gridiron and Detroit's Two Timin' Band, multiple DJs throughout the concourse, Time's Square-style Ball Drop at midnight, and fireworks!
NEW LOCATION: Dow Diamond - 825 E. Main Street, Midland, MI 48640
Formerly an outdoor event (think freezing-but-fun), Midnight on Main is now red-hot and live inside Midland's own Dow Diamond - an enclosed, heated stadium. As fans have dubbed, this will be Midnight on Main, minus the frostbite!
Consider this your insider guide: the lowdown on where to stay and what to do to ensure that you and yours (and the other 4,500 celebrating attendees) ring in the New Year proper at Midnight on Main 2015!
Do This First
Order tickets, on sale now! General admission is only $25 (with an exclusive VIP experience available for $125) and, yes, this event has sold out in the past! You can't party at the Largest Ball Drop in Michigan without being 21 (and photo I.D.) or without tickets. Don't miss out.
Live It Up
New Year's Eve is all about getting decked out to the nines, looking drop-dead gorgeous and dapper as all-get-out for the night, and bringing in the New Year! This year, and for this event, do: strongly consider VIP tickets at $125 per.
When you do, you'll enjoy the perks of gourmet hors d' oeuvres and a personal, open bar accessible only to VIPs - all the while enjoying the exclusive VIP party in the 3rd-floor Great Lakes Reserve, overlooking the Largest Ball Drop in Michigan!
(Psst! As layers of coats and hats are no longer needed for the newly-indoors Midnight on Main, you're free to bring out those drop-dead-gorgeous and dapper-as-all-get-out looks that've been hiding in the backs of your closets!)
Guarantee that your New Year's Eve experience at Midnight on Main is seamless, safe, and in style: take advantage of Midnight on Main's Hotel Partners (and the complimentary, cozy shuttles)!
Each participating hotel partner - Holiday Inn of Midland, Baymont Inn & Suites Midland and Sleep Inn - will provide complimentary shuttle service every half hour on the hour until 2 a.m. for Midnight on Main guests.
Or, in other words, you and your entourage will not only enjoy door-to-door accommodations for the entire night, but you'll have a luxurious landing point to rest your head after your epic evening and wake to the first day of 2016 in style. (Warm shuttles, designated drivers, hotel stay and maybe even room service? Is it wrong to consider the Hotel Partners option a no-brainer?)
Accommodations, including shuttle services, are available for both VIP and standard admission ticket-holders while rooms last. Book now.
In The Spirit
Between food options galore, drinks specials (shaken, not stirred), and live music, the Dow Diamond concourse will be alive with a nightclub feel and New Year's spirit in the air! Although the menu is yet to be released, our inside sources say:
- Decadent macaroni and cheese and nachos are current considerations for general admission (though not included in your $25 admission ticket)
- VIP contenders include a carving station and lobster macaroni and cheese (included in the VIP experience)
- Beer, wine, mixed drinks - a signature drink? Too early to tell, but don't miss the Champagne Toast included for VIPs!
Music starts at 9 p.m., and we hear Two Timin' Band's lead female vocalist, Carly Collura, is a must-see, though it's hard to compete with a DJ who takes requests (especially when there are multiple throughout the concourse!)
The Ball Drop and Fireworks
10, 9, 8, 7...
At Midnight On Main, when it's time to start the annual countdown, you'll have no trouble finding a great view of the 10-foot, 1,200-pound illuminated ball as it descends on Dow Diamond. And the robust, finale fireworks show will mark the event - proper!
Plot Out Where To Park It
Before you even make your way to Midland's Midnight On Main, stake out your spot with this handy parking map! Keep in mind, free parking is available for the event in Dow Diamond's South Lot (located behind the outfield entrance) and North Lot (located off of State St.) Free shuttle service will be provided to the South Lot, with an additional 2,000 spaces in the immediate area. The following businesses are also offering free Midnight On Main parking:
- The H Hotel
- Chemical Bank
- Chemical Financial
- Dow Chemical Company Credit Union
Still not sure what's all in store? Get a glimpse into last year's extravaganza with this look back at the festivities:
We hope you enjoy every second (especially the last 10!) as you count down to the New Year at Midnight On Main's 5th Annual Extravaganza. Happy New Year!
Blog Photos Courtesy of Midnight On Main