Top 5 Ways to Ring in the New Year

Whether your idea of a New Year celebration is glitter and champagne or craft beer and pajamas, Cincinnati has you covered.
  1. Glitter & Glam: An NYE Drag Spectacular at 21c Museum Hotel is a surefire way to celebrate the New Year in style. Jessica Dimon will emcee three fabulous drag shows throughout the evening, with cocktails and light bites by Metropole to sweeten (or spice up) the deal. Proceeds from the $35 ticket will benefit Caracole, Inc., which provides prevention services as well as housing and supportive services to individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS in Southwest Ohio. 9 p.m.–1 a.m., 21c Museum Hotel, 609 Walnut St., downtown, 1(844) 577-5542,
  2. Rhinegeist’s Annual New Year’s Eve Party has become staple on the NYE celebration circuit in Cincinnati. This year will include a DJ, a large-scale balloon drop, cocktails, and obviously, lots of beer. $20 advance tickets, $25 at the door. 8 p.m–2 a.m., Rhinegeist Brewery, 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 381-1367,
  3. Can’t make it to Times Square to watch the ball drop? The New Year’s Eve Blast at Fountain Square is basically the next best thing. Food vendors, a full-service bar, fireworks, ice-skating, and music combine to help you give 2017 a memorable send-off. Free admission. 8 p.m.–1 a.m., Fountain Square, downtown,
  4. End the year in the newly restored—but always majestic—Music Hall with the Pops’ annual New Year’s Eve Concert. Featuring Postmodern Jukebox’s Morgan James and conducted by the ever-exuberant JMR, the CSO’s alter ego will play crowd-pleasers like Mambo Italiano (Bob Merrill), I Put a Spell on You (Jay Hawkins), River (Joni Mitchell), and Call my Name (Prince). 8 p.m., Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 621-1919,
  5. Already have plans for New Year’s Eve? Keep the fun rolling at Coppin’s New Year’s Day Pajama Brunch. The thoroughly chic Hotel Covington’s standout restaurant will serve a special southern-inspired menu from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. With dishes like Shrimp and Grits with house-made chorizo and “Roebling Benedict,” made with—you guessed it—goetta, your 2018 will be off to a delicious start. New Year’s Day, Hotel Covington, 638 Madison Ave., Covington, (866) 501-1700,

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