Countdown is on for The Drop at Campus Martius in Detroit

Just hours away and crowds are gathering in downtown Detroit.

Are you ready to ring in the new year?

Thousands are expected to head to downtown Detroit for The Drop, which has become a new tradition.

The final hours of 2015 spent waiting for the D to drop at Campus Martius and Cadillac Square.

Face painting, ice skating and some conversation with marshmallows around the crackling bonfire.

There is plenty do for adults as well as families.

"We have bands all night," said director Matt Flynn. "We have Infatuation, Angela Davis, we have (a DJ) from 955 spinning."

The main event is free, but for those paying, there is also a VIP party in the Grand Celebration Pavilion, an enclosed and heated area with drink tickets included.

The People Mover will have extended hours for those ringing in the new year, running until 3 a.m. with all rides .75 cents. But it will be shut down for New Year's Day. 

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