Check These Hot Parties and Welcome 2013

Milwaukee is a diverse city with a thriving nightlife and sports scene, which makes for some pretty unique New Years celebrations each year. If you’re looking for something a little different for the big ball drop, take a look at these fun and maybe unusual possibilities. You’ll find something for absolutely everyone, from family festivities to downright crazy, so check out these Milwaukee New Years 2013 parties.

Polar Bear Plunge

First up on the list of decidedly crazy ways to ring in the New Year, but it’s become a treasured tradition for Milwaukee residents and guests alike. Why anyone would want to plunge into frigid water as a way of welcoming the New Year is beyond us. Perhaps it’s to cleanse the spirit; more likely, it’s to shock away the hangover from New Years Eve. In any case, if you’re looking for something you can tell the grandkids about someday, the Polar Bear Plunge is about as nutty as it gets.

Warmer Water Fun

If the Polar Bear Plunge isn’t for you, you might consider the New Year’s celebrations at Paradise Landing Waterpark. Held at the Hilton Milwaukee Center, this party is perfect for families. You can pack a bag and stay the night, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the 20,000 square foot water park that features water slides, Idyllic Lagoon, Lily Pad Walk, and even a Hydrotherapy Spa. The package features five tickets, passes to the ball drop on the beach, breakfast the next morning, and a late checkout.

Get Down with Tradition

Though The Get Down may not be your tradition, it’s certainly a Milwaukee mainstay. This funk and soul dance party, the longest running in Milwaukee, is held in the Turner Hall Ballroom at the Pabst Theater. Come ready to dance the night away, enjoy the free buffet, and the balloon drop at midnight.

Laugh In the New Year

Jim Gaffigan is one of the world’s most beloved comedians, so when he hosts a New Year’s party, you know it’s going to be funny. What better way to welcome the coming year than with friends, Jim Gaffigan, a balloon drop, and lots of laughter? If you can’t think of anything to top this, get your tickets from the Pabst Theater before the show is sold out.

Party Round the World

If you want a party that just doesn’t stop, join Round the World at the Safe House in Milwaukee. The party starts at 3 pm—that’s midnight in Moscow—and doesn’t stop until it’s the New Year everywhere. You can celebrate again and again as midnight strikes around the globe. The DJ will spin international hits, and you can also enjoy food and drink all day and night.

Party in Pajamas

If you want to spend some time celebrating with the kiddos before the ball drops, consider the New Year’s Eve Pajama Party at the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum. The museum is the perfect family destination, and you can all enjoy the countdown with Father Time while enjoying the New Year’s toast with juice. The party ends at 8:30, which gives you plenty of time to head back out with your friends for more adult pursuits.

Sweet Symphony Sounds

For the consummate sophisticate, there is no better way to ring in the New Year in Milwaukee than with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Laureate Andreas Delfs will help you celebrate in true Viennese style, and the champagne won’t hurt either. The posh party starts at 8 pm at the Marcus Center in Uihlein Hall. Dust off the tuxedo and get your tickets now!