By Kelsey Bewick

Whether you prefer a party or something little more low-key, there are plenty of happenings around South Dakota in 2014’s final hours.

Fun-Filled End to the Year

Where: Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Brookings

When: Dec. 31 | 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

How much: $6

Is midnight past your bedtime? No problem, watch the ball drop at 7 p.m.! Bring your kids—or let your inner kid—out to play this New Year’s Eve at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota. The museum offers extended hours for a bit more fun before bed.

For more information, click here or call (605) 692-6700.


Downtown Countdown

Where: Main Street Square, Rapid City

When: Dec. 31 | 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

How much: Free

What’s the perfect NYE combo? Fireworks and ice-skating, of course. Take part in the entertainment at Rapid City’s hub for all things fun, Main Street Square. While you’re there, treat yourself to coffee, kettle corn and cupcakes.

For more information, click here or call (605) 716-7979.


Sing in the New Year

Where: Performing Arts Center, Rapid City

When: December 31 | 8 p.m.

How Much: $10 – $28

Make this year’s New Year’s Eve celebration a classy one with musical styling from Michael Shaw and the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra at Rapid City’s historic Performing Arts Theater.

For more information, click here or call (605) 394-1786.


Charitable Champagne Ball

Where: Icon Lounge, Sioux Falls, S.D.

When: Dec. 31 | 7 p.m.

How much: $85

Bubbly and a band go hand in hand; add a worthwhile cause and you have yourself the perfect NYE party. Ring in 2015 with Kory and the Fireflies while benefitting Children’s Home Society at Sioux Fall’s Icon Lounge.

For more information, click here or call (605) 444-4260.


A Historic NYE

Where: Deadwood

When: Dec. 31 – Jan. 1

How much: Free

Make this year’s celebration one for the history books in historic Deadwood. Sip on drink specials throughout town and take to the streets at midnight as the ball drops outside the Historic Franklin Hotel.

For more information, click here.


Alex Johnson’s New Year’s Eve Bash

Where: The Alex Johnson Hotel, Rapid City

When: Dec. 31 | 5 p.m.

How much: $15

Nothing says, ‘HELLO, 2015!’ like a ball drop and a “legendary” Ping-Pong Shootout to follow. Take part in this Hotel Alex Johnson tradition and get down on the dance floor while you ring in the New Year.

For more information, click here or call (605) 342-1210.


NYE Balloon Drop

Where: Club David, Sioux Falls

When: Dec. 31 | 4 p.m.

How Much: Free

Why watch a ball drop, when there are balloons? Put yourself in the center of the city’s largest balloon drop at Sioux Fall’s Club David! In addition to that, take part in a champagne toast and dance to a live DJ spinning club beats.

For more information, click here or call (605) 274-0700.


To learn about even more New Year’s Eve events, click here.

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