New Year's Eve Festivities and Safe Rides |

New Year's Eve Festivities and Safe Rides

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: January 01, 2020 05:37 AM

The second annual New Year's by the Lake event is one of many events taking place in Duluth to celebrate the new year.

About 600 people are expected to attend. The event is taking place at four adjacent venues, including the Greysolon Ballroom, Moorish Room, the Norshor Theater and the exclusive pre-opening of Black Water Lounge.

Folks will enjoy dinner, live music and lots of dancing. Balloon drops, a champagne toast, and party favors will be part of the fun as well.

The unique thing about the event is that it's all indoors and accessible via the skywalk system.

"If you want to dance to some kind of different music, you can hop on the elevator and go down to a level and hear a completely different band or DJ, so the the vibe is different in each one of the rooms, but it makes for a full night where you really can't get bored there's something to do all night," said Tracy Lundeen, the co-producer of New Year's by the Lake.

New Year’s by the Lake will have an elegant four-course dinner in the Greysolon Ballroom and Moorish Rooms. Both rooms will have live music with music from Rickey Lee Biggs in the Ballroom and Tom Cawcutt in the Moorish Room.

Dinner will be followed by a performance by Seven Bridges Road, a tribute to the Eagles in the NorShor Theater. After the show, the Greysolon Ballroom will be converted into a dance hall featuring the Whiskey Trail Band.

Laura Velvet will be in the Moorish Room. The Black Water Lounge will feature DJ Cory Bonneville from Sounds Unlimited.

 With a lot of celebrations going on tonight, it's important to have a safe ride home.

"We've got something now that we didn't have a few years ago and that's Uber and Lyft and all these different safe and reasonable ways to get around so I think that people are ready to have a great time, but they know how to have a great time responsibly, and we're going to help them," said Lundeen.

The Duluth Transit Authority will not offer free bus rides on New Year's Eve this year, but they will be running their regular weekday schedule until 12:20 a.m.

Uber, Lyft, and taxi services are available as well.

It's the busiest night of the year for them though, so expect price surges and longer wait times. Booking rides in advance is recommended.


Alejandra Palacios

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