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New Year Celebrations in the Champaign-Urbana Area 2023

December 11, 2023

From local cuisine, live entertainment, to arts and crafts and celebrations during the day, here's a glimpse into the vibrant New Years celebrations in the Champaign-Urbana area!



As the winner of Midwestern Living’s Greatest Food Town and over 35+ locally-owned restaurants in the heart of downtown Champaign, the Champaign-Urbana area boasts a vibrant culinary scene perfect for welcoming the new year. Looking for ideas? Be sure to visit our Food & Drink directory on our website here!



Noon Year’s Eve Party - Savoy Recreation Center

Dec 30, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Enjoy food, games, and tons of fun as the Savoy Recreation Center counts down for the ball drop at noon! Grab the family and take cool pictures in front of their photo wall or sip on some sparkling apple cider to ring in the New Year! Registration is required, which you can register here.


Noon Year’s Celebration - The Urbana Free Library

When: Dec 30, 12:00p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

This Noon Year’s Celebration is a children-focused event with story time and crafts! 


Noon Year’s Eve Party - Champaign Park District

When: Dec 31, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

A family-friendly event for children to experience the New Year’s Drop at noon rather than having to stay up until midnight! Activities include music, crazy hats, noisemakers, a countdown to the big moment, and a drop of thousands of balloons. 


New Year’s Eve at Esquire Lounge

When: Dec 31, 1:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.

Live music from three different local bands, drinks, and festive fun at Esquires on New Year’s Eve! No cover required.


OoooWeee another Chicago Farmer & The Fieldnotes Two Year's Eve! Rose Bowl Tavern

When: Dec 30, 31, 7:00p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Chicago Farmer & The Fieldnotes are celebrating New Year's Eve with a two-night run at Rose Bowl Tavern! For tickets, click here.


Kid Kentucky New Year’s Bash - The Cadillac, Paxton

When: Dec 31, 7:00 p.m. -

Kid Kentucky (Kid Rock Tribute) is coming to The Cadillac for their 2023 New Year's Eve Bash with DJ RG! Snacks, a late-night pizza buffet, a champagne toast at midnight, a selfie station, party favors, and more will be at this lively event! Reserved tables and general admission tickets are available here.



C-U Comedy Club - Hudson Farm, Urbana

When: Dec 31 
First Show: 7:00 p.m. Second Show: 10:00 p.m.

Drinks, fun and comedy await at one of C-U Comedy's biggest night's of the year. What better A great idea for a date night, group outings, and those who prefer to celebrate early. For tickets, visit here.


NYE Drag Show: Pride Glitz & Glam - The Axe Bar

When: Dec 31, 9:00 p.m. - 

The Axe Bar and Uniting Pride are joining forces to provide an amazing drag show to ring in the new year, with a complimentary champagne toast will be provided at Midnight! $15 cover at the door.


New Year’s Eve Celebration w/ X-Krush at The Canopy Club

When: Dec 31, 9:00 p.m. - 

Come join the Canopy Club for one of Champaign-Urbana’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebrations as they commemorate 25 years under the Canopy together. An electrifying performance by X-Krush is back to headline, plus two DJ sets from FOH. For tickets, visit here. 

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