new years eve

New Year’s Eve can be a fabulous celebration.  But let’s face it, sometimes planning what to do is a challenge.  The weather can be miserable in our area.  Or going into the City can be a nightmare – between the parking, the people, and the ridiculous price increases, it can turn what should be an enjoyable celebration into a struggle.  Never mind trying to find something that’s family-friendly . . . that seems like an exercise in frustration!

What if we told you that there are multiple options for a wonderful New Year’s Eve right in our own community?  Enjoy food, family and friends right in town.  No parking hassles and no worries about bad weather!


If you’re looking for a family-friendly solution, Michael’s Red Hots has you covered!  They’ve recently renovated their event space, and it’s amazing.  Multiple big-screen televisions, a full bar, boozy slushies for adults, and of course Michael’s great food (available for an additional charge).  Tickets include light appetizers, kiddie cocktails, a live DJ with dancing, games and raffle prizes, a balloon drop, champagne & sparkling apple juice toast at 6 pm, party favors and more!

According to Laurie Gens, Michael’s Events Manager, “Last year was our first ever Family New Year’s Eve Party so we did not know what to expect.  We wound up selling out days in advance with a wait list.  This year, with the addition of the banquette seating as part of our renovation, we are able to accommodate more families to celebrate with us!”

“With our new look and more sophisticated atmosphere this New Year’s Eve party will be even better!  The addition of our larger dance floor now located in back where the ceilings are higher, elevated DJ booth, dessert bar, custom lighting and sound system and 180″ projection screen will enhance the party!”

“There is nothing like Michael’s Family New Year’s Eve party on the North Shore.  We identified an untapped need for the entire family to celebrate together before it is too late in the day.  It is a unique event where the entire family can adorn celebration hats, beads and tiaras, while dancing, winning raffle prices and enjoying a balloon drop.  Most importantly, the food is loved by both kids and adults!”

For more information, please visit Michaels

Full Bar & Buffet

If you’re looking for a traditional New Year’s Eve experience, the Panda Bar offers a full bar and buffet for New Year’s Eve celebrations.  For only $87, enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet and a full open bar with music by DJ Versage!  Great for a date or a get-together with friends, the Panda Bar is a fun celebration right on the corner of Elm Place and Second Street in Downtown Highland Park.  We love that we can get the full New Year’s Eve experience right in our backyard!

For more information, please visit Panda Bar