By Erica Hobbs
Most people think the New Year’s Eve ball drop is a New York-thing, but what if I told you there’s an equally-cool and way-less stressful alternative right in the Motor City?
That’s right – Detroit’s own Campus Martius in the heart of downtown is the proud host of the now 6th annual Motor City New Year’s Eve, “The Drop.” If a grand countdown is what you’re looking for, there are several reasons to consider this drop over its more well-known competitors.
- Why drop a ball when you can drop a “D”?
Dropping a ball for New Year’s has become so cliché. In the Motor City, we drop a “D” – a sparkly, 7-foot tall one. Because what better way to show off your city pride on New Year’s than to make a formal display of its title letter?
- In Detroit, you get two drops!
That’s right – for the price of…nothing…participants of the Detroit drop get not one, but two drops! In addition to the traditional 11:59 p.m. countdown, a special children’s drop happens at 6:30 p.m. so kids can participate in the fun without the late bedtime (and revelers can enjoy a more adult-focused party).
- There will be horse-drawn carriages!
Try fitting that in Manhattan. Starting at 4 p.m., revelers can enjoy a romantic horse-drawn carriage around the city. In addition to the rides, the family-friendly event includes two stages of live music, a Kid Zone, and fire pits, as well as ice skating in front of the city’s Christmas tree. What’s more charming than that?
- Behold – food, toilets and breathing room.
Regular complaints about the New York City ball drop include lack of food, toilets and breathing room. With more than 1 million people expected to descend upon Times Square this year, that’s unlikely to change. Compare that with the 20,000 estimated people who came to Campus Martius last year. Add in food trucks, portable bathrooms and a variety of events to explore, and you won’t feel the need to strategically dehydrate to save your spot on New Year’s Eve.
- There’s a new tent in town.
This year organizers added a party within a party with its new VIP Motown Countdown, a ticketed event from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. The ticketed event takes place inside an 11,000-square-foot heated structure full of live entertainment. The $89 admission includes eight drink tickets, a midnight snack, party favors, a celebratory balloon drop, heated restrooms, a coat check and access to four LED screens broadcasting the football game.
For additional information and/or to purchase VIP tickets, visit www.motorcitynye.com.
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