Jim Bobo gets to illuminated ball ready Monday for the 10th annual New Carlisle New Year’s Eve Ball Drop to ring in the new year Tuesday evening. Besides the ball drop, there will also be ice sculptures, carriage rides, 50/50 drawing and free giveaways. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
Photo: Staff Writer
Photo: Staff Writer

Where to see a NYE ball drop close to home tonight

If watching the ball drop in New York City this New Year’s Eve seems a bit far-fetched, perhaps you ought to look for similar events in your own backyard. For your viewing pleasure, we’ve uncovered the most dazzling New Year’s Eve ball drop celebrations in and around our fair city. 

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From Springfield to New Carlisle, here are just a few of the New Year’s Eve ball drops taking place in the Miami Valley.

New Year’s Eve Star Drop at Star City Brewing Company

This New Year’s Eve, Star City Brewing Company in Miamisburg will be hosting its  second annual Star Drop New’s Year Eve celebration. Star City will be ringing in the new year with live acoustic music from Kenny Floyd beginning at 10:30 p.m. and a Peerless Mill Sparkling Wine toast during the Star Drop at midnight.

On New Year's Eve, the Star City Brewing Company will host its second annual Star Drop.

Where: Star City Brewing Company, 319 S. 2nd St., Miamisburg

When: Tuesday, Dec. 31, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Cost: Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door and can be purchased at eventbrite.com.

More info: Facebook

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✨ Dayton’s Rockin’ NYE Ball Drop at Yellow Cab Tavern

The Yellow Cab Tavern is bringing back its New Year’s Eve ball drop party for the third year in a row. Tickets are $15 at the door. The “unmatched” rock ‘n’ roll party will host the “dead luchadores” TEAM VOID and “psychedelic wizards” Salvadore Ross. Zac Pitts of Living Dayton and Sound Valley will be the special “master of ceremonies.”

Usher in the new year by gathering in the parking lot outside as Pitts counts down to 2020 and the annual Ball Drop. (And don’t worry, your ticket to the event also includes a midnight toast). Yellow Cab’s resident food truck, the Pizza Bandit, will be serving up slices all night long.

The Yellow Cab Tavern in Dayton hosted the second annual Dayton’s Rockin NYE Ball Drop Monday. Two bands, The Big Wazu and Team Void, played during the evening and Ball Drop and New Year’s toast at midnight were part of the fun. DAVID MOODIE / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Where: Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton 

When: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 31 to Jan. 1

Cost: $15 at the door

More info: Facebook 

✨ Yellow Springs Ball Drop and Little Art Theatre Party

Can't get to New York City for the ball drop this year? Yellow Springs should be a bit more manageable with its annual ball-drop celebration in front of the Little Art Theatre.

The Little Art Theatre promises the best seats for the event, along with music from That’s What She Said and a special showing of the 1978 film “Grease” starring John Travolta. 

Admission to the Little Art party is $25 and includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, and plenty of party hats to go around. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting littleart.com

Where: Little Art Theatre, 247 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs

When: 8:30 p.m. Dec. 31 

Cost: $25 per person

More info: (937) 767-7671 | littleart.com

NYE New Carlisle Ball Drop

The 10th annual New Carlisle New Year’s Eve Ball Drop will go off rain or shine on New Year’s Eve. The event begins at 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, in downtown New Carlisle. The family-friendly event, presented by the Heritage of Flight Festival Committee, is free and features activities like ice sculpting, fireworks, carriage rides, music, and raffles.

The New Carlisle New Year’s Eve Ball Drop is adding something new this year, it’s ninth annual celebration. MARSHALL GORBY / STAFF
Photo: Contributing Writer

Where: Main Street in downtown New Carlisle 

When: Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. 

Cost: Free

More info: newcarlisle.net

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New Year’s Eve Ball Drop at Mother Stewart’s Brewing Company

Springfield’s first New Year’s Eve Ball Drop is planned for Tuesday, Dec. 31 at Mother Stewart’s Brewing Company. Before Springfield’s first celebratory ball drop takes place, guests can enjoy live music from Frequency and Subterranean, beginning at 9 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Admission is $15 and includes a midnight toast. 

Celebrate the New Year's Ball Drop at Mother Stewart's Brewing Company in Springfield on Tuesday, Dec. 31.

Where: Mother Stewart’s Brewing Company, 102 W. Columbia St., Springfield

When: Tuesday, Dec. 31. Doors open at 8 p.m., live music begins at 9 p.m. and the night ends with the celebratory ball drop at midnight.

Cost: Tickets at the door are $15

More info: Facebook

Bellbrook NYE celebration

There will be a family friendly sidewalk party at the corner of Main and Franklin in Bellbrook on New Year’s Eve from 9 p.m. until just after midnight. The celebration includes a ball drop at midnight. Other entertainment includes music, a sidewalk storyteller, food, chestnuts roasted over an open fire. Bellbrook’s new art gallery will be open.

Where: Main and Franklin streets in Bellbrook

When: Tuesday, Dec. 31, from 9 p.m. until just after midnight

Cost: Free admission