Don't drop the ball this New Year's Eve! Cortland County is ringing in the new year in style; from classic county to dancing through the decades, this is the place to be when the clock strikes midnight!
DANCING THROUGH THE DECADES
Cortland Repertory Theater at 24 Port Watson St, Cortland NY
Dec. 31, 9pm-12:30am
This Cortland County family-friendly tradition will have you dancing the Lindy to the Macarena and everything in between! So strap on your best dancing shoes, grab your partner and get ready to twist and shout your way into the new year! Tickets are $15 at the door and $10 in advance.
HONKY TONK NEW YEAR
Cortland Country Music Park at 1824 RT-13, Cortland NY
Dec. 31, 7pm-12:30pm
The Dean Gobble Band is ringing in the new year, at the Country Music Park, with a whole lot of dinner and dancing. It's a down-home dinner, so bring a side dish to pass and your fanciest boots for a two-stepping good time. Tickets are $20; call to reserve your tickets 607-753-0377.
NEW YEARS BASH AT THE BOX
McGraw Box Brewing at 1 Spring St, McGraw NY
Dec. 31, 5pm-2am
Being grown up has its perks, especially if you send off 2022 at McGraw Box Brewing. Kick off the evening with a buffet dinner, then stay up late to the live tunes of Past MY Bedtime. Finally, cheers to the new year with a champagne toast. Tickets are $65.
2000 State Route 392, Cortland NY
Dec. 31, 6:30-1:30am
THE MAPLE LEAF DROP
The Village Green in Downtown Marathon, NY
Dec. 31, 11pm-12:30am
We've all watched a glittering ball drop, welcoming the new year, but have you seen a maple leaf drop?! In honor of Marathon's signature agricultural boon, locals and visitors count the moments until the glowing maple leaf falls at midnight on the town greens. Beginning at 11pm the Historical Society opens the Old Town Hall for hot chocolate, games, and merriment. Just before midnight, everyone parades to the village green for the big countdown. Cookies are crunched, chorus sung, folks wish each other a sweet new year and go home to maple sugar dreams.
MIDNIGHT ON MAIN
120 Main St, Cortland NY
Dec. 31, 11:30pm
Bundle up for the big ball drop! Historic downtown Cortland will be hosting its annual ball drop from the clock tower, followed by a fantastic fireworks display. There will be dancing in the streets to a live DJ and food trucks to keep you fueled through the festivities.
Want to create a cozy New Years' Eve? We'll help you set the scene in three easy steps.
Step one: Stop into Area 51 & Crowe's Nest and pick out a new game. Nothing says family fun like a rousing game of Exploding Kittens or Hogwarts Monopoly if that's more your style.
Step two: Grab a growler or bottle of local distilled craft beverages for when the kids inevitably nod off. We recommend Homer Hops' decedent Chocolate Peppermint Porter or Cortland Beer Co.'s Maple Whiskey, aged seven years, before steeping in maple barrels for 14 months.
Step three: Place a to-go order from an incredible selection of Cortland County eateries, and enjoy a delicious meal without all the fuss. Yori House is open on New Year's Eve and is serving their delightful take on Korean tacos. We can't get enough of the salmon poke and beef bulgogi tacos.
Step four: Check out the Cortland Curiosities website to plan some unusual adventures for the new year. It's the cure for cabin fever and is bound to provide you with tales to share around the fire.
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