CLEVELAND - Its official… the end of 2010 is upon us.
And with the end of the year (and the end of a holiday vacation for many) there are plenty of opportunities for celebration this New Year’s Eve weekend in Northeast Ohio.
Here is a look at some of the events and happenings around town this weekend for those looking for fun, festive ways to ring in the New Year:
• Renaissance Hotel and Hard Rock Café: “Rockin’ New Year’s Eve”
Cleveland’s Renaissance Hotel and Hard Rock Café have teamed up for a New Year’s Eve package that includes deluxe room accommodations for two, admission to the “Rockin’ New Year’s Eve” party at the Hard Rock Café (featuring live music), a complimentary appetizer buffet, hosted bar, a champagne toast at midnight, party favors and free parking.
Cost: $349 per couple
For information and tickets visit: marriott.com
• Progressive Field: “Snow Year’s Eve”
Progressive Field is offering a first of its kind event for New Year’s Eve. Families can ring in the New Year at Indians Snow Days featuring fireworks at midnight and variety of activities including snow tubing and ice skating from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. There will also be a “Snow Year’s Eve” party at the Terrace Club at Progressive Field. This dinner and party package runs from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. and will feature a prime rib dinner buffet, DJ and dancing, countdown and fireworks, a champagne toast, cash bar (with 2 drink tickets included), dessert bar, breakfast buffet at midnight, complimentary parking, party favors, and discounted admission to Snow Days.
Snow Days prices can be found here: indians.com/snowdays
Snow Year’s Eve party cost: $99 per person
For information and tickets visit: indians.com/snowyearseve
• Cleveland Metroparks Zoo: “Noon Year’s Eve”
Children can learn about animals and the environment at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo family friendly “Noon Year’s Eve” event on Friday, Dec. 31. Kids and parents can visit the Kohl’s Safe Rides for All Kids exhibit at the UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital booth in the zoo’s exhibit hall. The exhibit hall will also feature fun games and crafts that focus on staying safe in the New Year. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and will feature a ball drop at Noon.
Cost: Regular Zoo admission
For more information visit: clemetzoo.com
• The Children’s Museum of Cleveland: “Three, Two, One… Happy New Year!”
The Children’s Museum of Cleveland will be open on Friday, Dec. 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for “Three, Two, One…Happy New Year!” – a new celebration for families featuring countdowns to the New Year at 11 a.m., Noon and 1 p.m.. Children can make New Year’s hats while watching the ball drop. There will be cake, dance parties, a bean bag toss and a limbo contest. Advance reservations are not required.
Cost: Regular museum admission
For more information: call 216-791-KIDS or visit: clevelandchildrensmuseum.org
• Downtown Akron: “First Night Akron 2011”
First Night Akron is celebrating its 15th year. First Night is a family-friendly, alcohol-free celebration of the arts including 13 venues filled with more than 90 music, dance, theater, interactive and visual art performances for all ages. The event runs from 5 p.m. to midnight. This year’s theme includes STEM Activities and a Festival of Nations.
Cost: Admission buttons are $10 (Admission is free for children 10 and under)
For more information visit: firstnightakron.org
• Port Clinton: “Walleye Madness”
Although Port Clinton is a small town, the community landed on TripAdvisor’s list of Top 10 Quirkiest New Year’s Eve Events for its annual “Walleye Madness” event. The event, which has taken place for the past 14 years attracts thousands for the “Madness at Midnight: Walleye Drop. Port Clinton, known as the “Walleye Capital of the World”, drops a 600 pound walleye 20 feet from the sky at the stroke of midnight. The celebration is made possible through the participation of local businesses, while Wal-Mart has stepped forward as a national sponsor this year. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. and run past midnight at the Port Clinton Fisheries Building.
Cost: varies depending on activities
For more information visit: walleyemadness.com
• Executive Caterers at Landerhaven: “New Year’s Eve Fest & 50th Anniversary Extravaganza”
It’s been 50 years since Executive Caterers hosted its first New Year’s Eve event in 1960. On Friday, they will celebrate with a 50th Anniversary Extravaganza. Landerhaven will be decorated in gold and the celebration will feature balloon drops, confetti and canons. There will be live music from the ban ‘Run Avril Run’ as well as appetizers, a dessert bar, champagne toast and breakfast at 1 a.m.
The fetivities begin at 8 p.m.
Reservations Required, call: 440-449-0700
All Inclusive: $135+tax/per person or $120+tax/per person for groups of 8 or more
• Tommy’s Restaurant in Coventry: 11th Annual “Tommy’s New Year’s Day Pancake Breakfast”
Tommy's restaurant has hosted a benefit pancake breakfast for Heights Arts since 2001, when Tom Fello first offered to help raise funds for the Coventry Arch located at the intersection of Coventry Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard. Restaurant owner Tommy makes the pancakes with all the fixings, and volunteers serve, bus tables, and wash dishes. While you wait for a table, you can browse next door at Mac's Backs. A portion of all purchases will be donated to Heights Arts. Ron the Flower will also be on hand to entertain children of all ages with his unique balloon creations.
Eating for art has generated a total of $39,000 for the organization in the past ten years.
All proceeds from the all-you-can-eat breakfast, plus tips and raffle ticket, are donated by Tommy's to Heights Arts. The New Year’s Day Pancake Breakfast will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tommy’s Restaurant located at 1824 Coventry, Cleveland Heights.
For more information: call 216-321-7757 or visit: tommyscoventry.com .