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Countdown of the top 10 ways to ring in 2019 in Downtown Springfield

December 13, 2018

It’s almost time for the final countdown of 2018. Looking for a festive way to ring in 2019? There are plenty of places to take a cup of kindness for auld lang syne.

So in keeping with the spirit of the night, here’s a countdown — from 10 to 1 — of ways to celebrate the arrival of 2019 in style.

10. Noon Year’s Eve at Discovery Center

Here’s an event for the little ones who won’t be awake at midnight local time. Your family can learn the science of time travel with hands-on experiments at the Discovery Center. And count down to the new year across the globe starting at 10 a.m., with a balloon drop at noon and 6 p.m. The first 500 kids get a free gift bag. All activities are free with the cost of admission!

9. Luna J at The Outland, One Drop Pulse at Front Of House Lounge

Support local music! Collateral Jammage opens for Luna J at The Outland. Luna J reports they’ve been writing, so get ready for some new material! Every little thing’s gonna be alright next door at Front Of House Lounge, where One Drop Pulse will play its brand of Midwest reggae fusion.

8. New Year’s Eve Party at Nathan P. Murphy’s

This iconic Downtown Springfield music venue hosts The Stone Chapel Band and special guest Brother Ray and The Sometimes Righteous for its New Year celebration. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the show. That price includes party favors, a champagne toast and a chance to win an electric guitar!

7. Party of the Year, benefiting the History Museum on the Square

Why not do good while you have fun? Support the History Museum on the Square by attending their exclusive New Year’s Eve party, at the Hotel Vandivort. Enjoy cocktails, dinner, dancing and live music from local favorite Vic Vaughan and Souled Out, and get an exclusive preview of the new museum!

6. JM Buttermilk’s Hot Buttered Soul ‘n’ R&B NYE Revue at Patton Alley Pub

The English language does not yet have the words to describe JM Buttermilk and his Hot Buttered Soul ‘n’ R&B crew. Phenomenon comes close. They’ll take over Patton Alley Pub and put on a show you won’t forget. Cover is $15.

5. NYE 2019 Extravagant Extravaganza at Martha’s Vineyard

No one throws a party like the crew at Martha’s Vineyard, Missouri’s No. 1 LGB nightclubt since 1993. This year’s fete starts with ahppy hour from 5-9 p.m. Then the dance bar opens up and the party begins. The annual NYE show starts at 11, featuring Lucy Fur, Lux Queen, Angelina Dupree, Mia Gunn, Clair Jacobs, Devion Mornett, Jimmy the Antichrist, the cast of Drag Bootcamp and the top eight from The Voice — Martha’s. There will also be a fashion show from Tango Boutique. There will be a free champagne toast at midnight, but the dance party won’t stop then!

4. New Year’s Eve Pub Crawl

Why pick just one of your favorite Downtown Springfield hotspot? This year’s New Year’s Eve Pub Crawl gives you entry to more than 10 locations for one low price. Participating venues include: Ernie Biggs, Finnegan’s Wake, Zan, The Boogie, Bubbles, Tropical Liqueurs, Bair’s Sports Bar, Dublin’s Pass, Vintage Dance Lounge, Big Whiskey’s, Front Of House Lounge, The Outland and Outland Ballroom

3. Ring in the New Year in Style at Hotel Vandivort

They’re calling it the most epic party of the year. Assemble your crew and enjoy a four-course, gourmet meal at The Order. At $75 per ticket, they won’t last long. Jonathan Joseph and Friends will provide the music, starting at 9 p.m., and won’t stop until well into 2019. The celebration is open to anyone who wants to attend, and there will be a champagne toast at midnight!

2. New Year’s Eve with Jamie Kennedy at Blue Room Comedy Club

Actor. Producer. Comedian. Jamie Kennedy’s done it all. He’ll bring the laughs as 2018 ends and 2019 begins. Kennedy will play two shows, at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Tickets to the early show include a pass for two towards any show in 2019. Your 10:30 show ticket also includes a pass for 2019, along with party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. You’ve seen Kennedy on the big screen and the TV. Now see him on stage, right here in the Queen City!

1. Big Smith Kickin’ Like A Mule

The hometown heroes are back for a holiday hoedown at the historic Gillioz Theatre! This is the third year Big Smith has hosted its unsquare dance and this time there’s no opening act. That means it’s all Big Smith all night, playing your favorites ’til midnight and on into 2019. Tickets for this party always sell out, so don’t delay!