For a dramatic end to 2016 and all the nonsense this past year brought our way, spend the evening with the Spokane Symphony, which continues its tradition of playing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Conductor Eckart Preu brought the tradition to Spokane from his native Germany, and this year's performance includes the Spokane Symphony Chorale providing vocal accompaniment. Youth tickets start at $16, adults at $28.
7:30 pm, The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague
2017 BALL DROP AT THE CLASSIC MARQUEE
If you're the type who likes to really do it up on New Year's Eve, this throwdown at the revamped Marquee could be the spot. "Decadence" is the unofficial theme for a night full of specialty cocktails, appetizers and dancing 'til well after the ball drops at midnight. Whether you prefer classic sophistication or rock 'n' roll raunch, this adults-only event has something to offer for everyone; $35 in advance. $40 at the door.
7 pm, The Marquee, 522 W. Riverside
PUTTIN' ON THE RITZ
One of the fancier New Year's Eve celebrations in downtown Spokane can be found at the historic Davenport Hotel. Puttin' on the Ritz begins with a red-carpet entrance, then a three-course dinner, followed by dancing to the sounds of the MasterClass Big Band. Then, you'll ring in the New Year with a champagne toast to close out this black-tie event. $120/person.
9 pm, Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post
FIRST NIGHT SPOKANE
Whether you want to send 2016 off with a celebratory howl or a swift kick in the keister, we can all agree that ringing in the new year with our fellow Inland Northwesterners is a worthy, unifying option. Do it at First Night Spokane, the family-friendly fete taking over downtown with food, music and assorted revelry, and ending with fireworks.
7 pm, Various locations, Downtown Spokane
PERRY STREET BREWING FROSTED FORMAL
Perry Street Brewing is going classy with its first-ever Frosted Formal to ring in the New Year. Tickets to the 21-and-up party include dinner, a commemorative glass filled with a seasonal beer release or Champagne, dancing and prizes for those clad in the best interpretation of "formal wear." Tickets, $40/person or $60/couple, are available at the pub in advance of the event.
8 pm, Perry Street Brewing, 1025 S. Perry, #2
ROCK THE BOAT
For those looking to leave shore this New Year's, the Coeur d'Alene Resort offers two cruising options. First is the NYE Party Cruise, which will get guests going with a live DJ, dancing, an ice luge, Champagne and, of course, a view of the Lake Coeur d'Alene fireworks show at midnight. This event is for ages 21 and up and is $27.50, with boarding beginning at 9 pm. For a more family-friendly experience, try the NYE Dessert Cruise, which features tons of sweets, a champagne toast and fireworks. Boarding begins at 10 pm and tickets cost $28.50 to $38.50.
Boardwalk Marina, 115 S. 2nd St., Coeur d'Alene
NEW YEAR'S EVE BALLROOM BASH
If you're in Spokane Valley, you don't have to go far to find a big ol' bash. Head to the Mirabeau Park Hotel for this ballroom party, where you'll find DJs, dancing, a live band, door prizes, a nacho bar, a Champagne toast and more. If you want to make a whole night of it, you can get a room, two tickets to the party, and two tickets to the Bloody Mary bar starting at $79. Tickets for the party only are $25 in advance, $30 day of.
9 pm, 1100 N. Sullivan Rd., Spokane Valley ♦