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The Best New Year’s Eve Events In Central Minnesota

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There’s lots to do in central Minnesota for New Year’s Eve whether it’s going to live music, seeing a fireworks display or spending quality time with your family. We’ve put together a list of the area’s best events to help you bring in the new year. Check out our full lineup below.

SJ Photography, flickr
SJ Photography, flickr

Fireworks By Lake George



The 2nd Annual Thunder Over The Cloud fireworks display kicks off at Lake George on New Year’s Eve. St. Cloud Mayor Kleis will lead the countdown to the new year followed by fireworks at Midnight. You can enjoy free coffee, hot cider and bagel bites with cream cheese in the warming house. The event is free and open to the public.




Join St. Cloud State University in celebrating the New Year with their annual New Years Eve Family Fun Fest. From 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. families can enjoy a variety of activities at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center and Halenbeck Hall.  You can participate in an open skate, moonlight skate, bingo, arts and crafts, inflatable games, kiddie land and more. Food concessions are available with a larger selection this year. Adults are $5 and children 12 and under are $3. You can get $1 off of your admission price with a food shelf donation.


Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center
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The Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center Presents Deuces Wild New Year’s Eve. The comedy improv show features parodies, songs and skits from the “Wild Brothers.” Tickets are $25 and are on-sale now at the Paramount Theatre Box Office with show times at 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.


Pioneer Place


The Pioneer Place Theatre in St. Cloud is hosting a New Year’s Eve dance party featuring music from Andrew Walesch and his ten-piece Big Band. Live music starts at 8:00 p.m. Guests can enjoy food and hors d’oeuvres catered all night from Chef Dan Dean at Nick’s Third Floor. Free champagne will be served at Midnight. You are encouraged to dress in your semi-formal wear. Tickets are $47.50 per person or $95 per couple.


Powder Ridge covers the slopes with snow. (Photo: Heidi Gustin)
Powder Ridge covers the slopes with snow. (Photo: Heidi Gustin)


Powder Ridge in Kimball is hosting a special New Year’s Eve celebration. You can get discounted admission tickets and discounts on gear rentals starting at 4:00 p.m. Skiing and snowboarding will be open until 11:00 p.m. with a fireworks display and torchlight parade to follow. For more information call 800-348-7734.


Pioneer Place Website
Pioneer Place Website


The Grands at Mulligans presents live music by the Fabulous Armadillos on New Year’s Eve. Music starts at 5:00 p.m. There will be a Grand Hors d’oeuvres display, pizza party, champagne toasts and more. Tickets and information are available at 320-656-9000.


Santos Party House


Unity Spiritual Center of Central Minnesota is hosting a free sober New Year’s Eve event for you and your family. The dance party kicks off 7:00 p.m. and goes until Midnight in the USC Community Room.


bowling pins
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Great River Bowl is hosting two bowling parties–one for early birds and one for night owls. The family bowling party goes from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. You can enjoy unlimited bowling, a single topping pizza and a pitcher of pop for $109 per lane. The late night bowling party kicks off at 9:30 p.m. and goes until 1:00 a.m. Guests can enjoy unlimited bowling, a single topping pizza and pitcher of pop for $129 per lane. You’ll also be entered in a drawing to win prizes.


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