On New Year’s Eve, downtown Traverse City will turn into a mini Times Square—with a cherry twist.

The first-ever Cherry-T Ball Drop will be a come-all New Year celebration, with ice carving, music, and most importantly, an eight-foot cherry slowly dropping as the seconds tick down to midnight. The "cherry"—actually a heavy red rubber Zorb globe with a green "stem"—will descend from a 300-foot crane at the corner of Park and Front Streets, in downtown’s 200 block. "From the sky, it’ll look exactly like a giant cherry," says Brian Sweebe, an organizer for the event.

The entire block will be closed off starting at 6 p.m. for the event, with a stage and tents set up for entertainment. Families can arrive early to watch ice carving demonstrations; a live band will take the stage at 10:30 p.m. The event is free, with Goodwill Industries onsite to collect canned goods and personal hygene items for locals in need.

For more information on the Cherry-T Ball Drop, visit cherrytballdrop.com.

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