Ring in the New Year in Downtown Rapid City

Ring in the New Year in Downtown Rapid City with these festive celebrations on Saturday, Dec. 31:

Bundle up your kiddos and head to Main Street Square for Downtown Countdown on New Year’s Eve. JDProductions will illuminate the rink with a colorful light show, while you skate to today’s top hits from 5 to 9 p.m. It’s fun for the whole family! The Main Street Square ice skating rink will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Get a head start on your New Year’s resolutions and set your intentions for 2017, while celebrating with the Sōl Yoga Collective community. Their New Year's Eve Yoga & Celebration begins at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments and snacks, followed by practice from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m.

Hockey fans can get the ball rolling with a dose of New Year's Eve Rush hockey before going out to celebrate. The action begins at 7:05 p.m. at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Ice Arena, as the Rapid City Rush take on the Idaho Steelheads.

Looking to round out the year with a raucous hootenanny? Make your way to Firehouse Brewing Theatre at 7:30 for The Robber Bridegroom. This rollicking country romp features one of the only genuine bluegrass scores ever heard in a Broadway musical. Pair its distinct sound with a colorful cast and unique form of storytelling and you’ve got yourself a hidden gem!

Your mission, if you choose to take it, is to attend Top Secret! Music to Spy By. The Black Hills Symphony Orchestra will investigate soundtracks from your favorite spy movies and television shows during this New Year’s Eve performance at the Performing Arts Center of Rapid City, beginning at 8 p.m.


Dance the night away at the Holiday Inn – Rushmore Plaza’s New Year’s Eve Celebration. Beginning at 7 p.m., a live DJ will spin music in the atrium and Brandon Jones and the Thirsty Fish will lay it down in the Dakota Ballroom. At midnight, experience the excitement of a 60-foot indoor ball drop as 8,000 balloons fall from the sky. Stay the night and enjoy special prices on room packages. For reservations, call 605-348-4000.

Hotel Alex Johnson is hosting a Big Top New Year - the most spectacular party the human eye can behold. This big top circus-themed party begins with an aerialist show at 9 p.m. in the Ballroom. Compete in a ping-pong shootout, dance to music by Tiki Man Entertainment, and sip on cocktails from the cash bar. Consider purchasing an overnight package, which includes special perks. To book, call 605-342-1210.

Ignite Your New Year at Ig•nite Nightclub. The Flaunt Girls kick-off the night at 10 p.m. with a stunning Fire & Drum performance, followed by Decks & Drums. There will be a surprise at midnight that you won't want to miss. Cover starts 10 p.m. To reserve your VIP table, text 605-951-9824.

While you’re Downtown, take advantage of after holiday deals at numerous Downtown shops and boutiques. You may even find that special something to wear while you celebrate. Make your reservations now at one of Downtown’s distinctive restaurants. Many are open late on New Year's Eve and feature a lively bar. Your evening doesn’t have to end when the party is over. Stay in style at one of the many fabulous hotels located just steps away from the festivities.

However you decide to spend the last day of 2016, make it memorable. Make it Downtown Rapid City.

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