The Winter Ball Basics
We are pleased to invite all Yale graduate and professional students, postdocs, and their partners and guests to the 18th Annual Winter Ball for a Masquerade-themed night full of desserts, dancing, and fun! It's one of the biggest and best Grad Social nights of the year!
18th Annual McDougal Grad Winter Ball
February 24, 2018, 8:00pm - 1:00am
Tickets On Sale Online Feb 1-21. No sales at door
GRAND BALLROOM, OMNI NEW HAVEN HOTEL @ YALE, 155 Temple Street
Doors open at 8:00pm
Desserts served from 9:00-10:30pm.
Music and Dancing - DJ from 9:00pm-12:45am.
Ticket sales online Feb. 1-21 only
Buy your Tickets online only, credit or debit card. All sales final, no refunds or exchanges. Ticketholders may transfer a purchased ticket to the name of another G&P student or 21+ guest using your own Eventbrite account.
$25 - Early bird ticket - February 1 to February 16 at 11:59pm, 2018
$29 - Regular ticket - February 17 12:01am to February 21 at 11:59pm, 2018, or until they sell out beforehand. Tickets are limited!
- Ticket sales end on Wednesday, February 21 at 11:59pm. NO tickets sold on-site or at the door.
All sales are final; no refunds or exchanges.
*To be admitted to the Winter Ball, all ticketholders must be 21 or older with valid government photo ID showing proof of age. You must present actual physical IDs only (not photos on your phone) to security.
What's included in your Ticket
Your Winter Ball ticket includes
- A fabulous dessert reception, 9-10:30pm
- DJ and dancing
- Photo backdrop area for fun selfies with friends (and maybe the Dean!)
- One specialty alcoholic drink or soft drink included in each ticket
- Cash bars in the Ballroom (ATM downstairs in hotel lobby). Outside or personal alcohol is not permitted at the Omni Hotel
- Free chilled water all night
You must print your ticket and present it for admission. No one will be admitted without a ticket and a 21+ Photo ID.
We have arranged special downtown New Haven restaurant deals if you'd like to go to dinner before the Winter Ball (deals only apply for that night!). Along with some retail discounts. See the list of Winter Ball restaurant & retail discounts here! Make your reservations early and specify that you want to take advantage of the discount when talking to your server (show them the discount page on your phone if needed).
Dress to Impress at the Masquerade
Dressy, cocktail, or evening attire is suggested, and national dress and/or military uniforms are also welcome!
- You do NOT have to rent a tux or wear a gown, but if you've got it, flaunt it!
- With a masquerade theme, we highly encourage you to add a mask to your attire. Buy a mask or make your own!
- For some masquerade ideas, click here. Basic, plastic masks will also be provided at the check-in table (while supplies last).
- Follow McDougal's board Annual McDougal Winter Ball: Mask-Making Inspiration on Pinterest.
Please bring cash for the cash bar- actual US BILLS. ATM in hotel lobby.
- One drink ticket included in your admission per person, good for 1 specialty cocktail or soft drink at the bar. One Drink ticket on your wristband.
- $5-6 Specialty Ball Cocktails available @ Cash Bars all night
- Full cash bars with beer, wine, soda, mixed drinks on sale
- Free ice water will be available all night (keep hydrated!)
- An ATM is located downstairs in the Omni Lobby
- Important: It is the Omni's policy to purchase drink tickets from the cashier instead of purchasing directly from the bartender. Please visit the cashiers first; they are stationed next to the bar.
Our DJ will get us dancing later into the night! The tunes will be modern dance music – while this is the Winter Ball, ballroom dancing skills are not required!
We know it's a cold winter – a coat check is available on-site on the same floor as the Grand Ballroom. Or you can leave your coat in the trunk of your car if parking in the Omni Hotel Garage.