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Billed as “West Michigan’s largest New Year’s Eve Ball,” Ludington offers the quintessential small-town New Year’s Eve celebration – complete with an outdoor beer garden and music, a ball drop with 6,000 LED lights in the heart of downtown, plus fireworks. Beginning at 9:30 p.m. at James Street Plaza, enjoy live music and an entertainment tent/beer garden with commemorative glasses. Then gather at the intersection of James Street and Ludington Avenue as midnight approaches for a good view of the New Year’s Eve Ball touching down. Once the clock strikes midnight, watch a dazzling fireworks display over downtown. Free; drinks plus commemorative glass available for purchase.