Sleigh bells may be ringing right now, but in just two short weeks, you'll be hearing a different kind of ringing- the sound of family, friends, and Ryan Seacrest ringing in the New Year.

Chances are, you aren't even thinking about the New Year, but if you're a planner like me, or you're just ready to leave 2016 in your rear view mirror (also like me), then let this following list be your guide to starting 2017 off on the right foot.


  • 1

    The Rocky Horror Show

    Spend New Year's Eve at the Nordlof Center with "The Rocky Horror Show." According to their Facebook page, there will be music, contests, trivia and fishnets; lots of fishnets.

    Grab your favorite corset, wigs and heels and get more information on the show and how to get tickets here.

    The Nordlof Center via Facebook
  • 2

    New Year's Eve Pub Crawl

    Safely "crawl" from bar to bar with this free pub crawl between Onyx, District Bar and Grill, and RBI Bar and Restaurant. The night begins at 9 and goes all night long. Get more info here.

  • 3

    2017 NYE el Carnival

    Ring in the New Year New Orleans style minus all the travel costs at Giovanni's with their el Carnival 2017 NYE experience. According to their event information on Facebook, "The party will feature DJ Jordan Chance, Samba Dancers, and Capoeira Dancers!"  Details on admission and VIP packages can be found here.

  • 4

    Countdown to Fun

    Not into the bar scene on New Year's Eve? Would you rather just spend a nice day with the family? Then the Countdown to Fun at the Discovery Center is the perfect fit. They're ringing in the New Year all afternoon, (yep, you don't have to stay up until midnight) with design-your-own party hats, noise makers and confetti. The cost is included in your admission; learn more here.

  • 5

    New Year Around the World

    No late nights here. Here's another fun event for you and the kids at the Burpee Museum. They'll have a host of activities and displays, crafts, storytelling and dance with performances by the Rockford Dance Company, the Serbian group and other ethnic performers. The event is open to the public for just $7. Get more info here.