New Year's Eve Ball Drop in Downtown Ludington

Photo by Todd & Brad Reed Photography

December 31st, 2021

Can’t be in Times Square for New Year’s Eve? No problem! Just head to downtown Ludington for the Lighted Ball Drop at midnight. 

It’s all part of Ludington’s Light Up the Lake New Year’s Eve event. Every year thousands of people gather in the heart of downtown Ludington on New Year’s Eve to witness the Ball Drop!

The fun starts early New Year’s Eve in downtown Ludington, so bring the entire family and plan to shop for bargains at area merchants and have a meal in one of our fantastic restaurants.

Due to the concerns surrounding the COVID-19 virus, the New Year’s Eve events went virtual in 2020. Event coordinators are hopeful that the 2021 event can include the following:

  • Live Music in the beer tent with commemorative light-up glasses
  • West Michigan’s Largest New Year’s Eve Ball Drop at midnight
  • Fireworks following the Ball Drop
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Safe Rides Program

Each year, community businesses and individuals come together to sponsor free rides/tows for the public on New Year’s Eve to prevent drunk driving incidents. 

Safe Rides Program Sponsors Include:
  • Ludington Beverage
  • Downtown Ludington
  • Ludington Area CVB
  • Applebees
  • Barley & Rye
  • Ludington Boat Club
  • Bud’s Tap Room
  • Chuck Wagon Pizza
  • Danish Brotherhood
  • The Alley Bar
  • Jamesport Brewery
  • Lincoln Hills
  • Luciano’s
  • The Mitten
  • Old Hamlin
  • PM Steamers
  • Sandbar
  • Scotty’s
  • Sportsmans
  • Stearns Motor Inn
  • Table 14
  • Timbers Bar & Grill
  • Victoria’s Jewelry
  • Todd & Brad Reed Photography
  • Ludington Area Center for the Arts
  • Krave Frozen Yogurt & Candy Shoppe
  • Ludington Yacht Sales
  • Windowsill New & Used Books
  • Snyder’s Shoes

The following companies are offering free rides/tows on New Year’s Eve:

  • LMTA:  (231) 845-6218
  • Abrahamson’s Towing: (231) 843-2990
  • Quinns Tire’s & Tows:  (231) 757-9262
  • Oceana Auto:  (231) 843-6500
  • Fiers Towing:  (231) 757-4479
  • Judy’s Rides:  (231) 233-7200
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Ludington Restaurants, Pubs & Retail Shops Will Be Open Late

On December 31st, numerous downtown businesses offer great sales and many of them stay open late at night. And some of Ludington’s favorite downtown restaurants have dinner specials for two. Whether you want to wander through our art galleries, browse our specialty stores, or enjoy food and drink at a local restaurant or pub, Ludington welcomes you to come in out of the weather! 

July 24th & July 31st, 2021

West Shore Bank offers its annual Rhythm & Dunes Summer Concert Series at the Waterfront Park Pavilion in downtown Ludington.

Everyone enjoys these free events which are open to the public and begin at 6pm. With blankets, chairs, and coolers filling the grassy area, it’s a wonderful way to spend a summer evening.

An estimated 10-12,000 people attended the concerts in 2019 and over $14,000 was raised. A portion of the proceeds from vendor sales are donated to the music programs at three Mason County schools.

The 2020 series was canceled due to health concerns related to the COVID-19 virus but organizers are hopeful that the shows will go on in 2021.

Watch the Lighted Ball Drop at Midnight

The Ludington New Year’s Eve ball is six feet, five inches in diameter and is lit by 6,000 LED lights. It is the biggest ball in West Michigan. There are four different color lights which blink as it’s lowered.

Employees of GLC Metal Fabricators and Harsco were responsible for making the ball, and Tye Signs did the lights. The ball is truly a community project and something Ludington is very proud of!

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For more information on the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop, please contact the event organizer:

Ludington Downtown Development Authority


400 S. Harrison St., Ludington, MI  49431