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Drop the ball Downtown this New Year’s Eve!

Posted on | June 9, 2012 | Comments Off on Drop the ball Downtown this New Year’s Eve!

Article by Jennifer Hanson

Drop the ball Downtown this New Year’s Eve! – Entertainment

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Ready to party like it’s 2012? Whether it’s with family, friends or both, Downtown offers a wide variety of entertainment options to celebrate the new year.

Families can celebrate together Five, four, three, two, one…Happy Noon Year! A fun, family-friendly option is The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis’ Countdown to Noon party from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Children and families participate in the excitement of a countdown to the new year in anticipation of the evening’s countdown. The event is free with museum admission.

End the year with a bang at the Indiana State Museum’s Family New Year’s Eve Celebration from 6 – 9 p.m. Face painting, stilt walkers, dancing and more return as the exciting balloon drop takes place at 8 p.m. members; non-members.

Embrace winter with Indiana’s hockey team, Indiana Ice, as they face off against Youngstown Phantoms at Bankers Life Fieldhouse (6:04 p.m.).

Dance Dance Resolution!Dance Kaleidoscope and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra come together for a magical New Year’s Eve in Vienna that promises to be an elegant celebration. Opt for a sumptuous pre-concert dinner, win fabulous prize packages in our “Name that Tune” competition and stay for the post-concert countdown featuring more live music, dancing, a cash bar and a complimentary champagne toast.

Join Carlton Lewis III and his band, TLC, as they resurrect the sounds of the late great Sam Cooke at the Madame Walker Theatre Center for New Year’s Eve Rhythm & Soul Revue! Tickets – .

Swing into the new year at the Fountain Square Theatre! The Kelly Jay Orchestra returns to Indianapolis after eight years along with The Star Devils!

Warm up your vocal cords for some serious sing-along action at Howl at the Moon! Enjoy the music of the dueling pianos with different admission packages available (“Super Nova,” “Big Shot” and “Get Up, Stand Up”).

Pay a visit to Circle Centre Mall in search of the perfect outfit for Cadillac Ranch and Bartini’s Black and White Ball!

Spend your New Year’s Eve with Toxic Reasons & Creepin’ Charley and Vodka DeMilo at Radio Radio!

Enjoy a night of live entertainment, buffet, party favors and champagne toast at the Rathskeller’s New Year’s Eve Party featuring Zanna Doo!

Don’t miss a night complete with live music performances by Picture Yes and a rockin’ countdown at Indy Rockin’ New Year’s Eve presented by Hard Rock Cafe and Live Music Indiana.

Ring in 2012 with four open bars, a champagne toast, light dinner and desserts! Breakout artist, David Corey, will perform at the ChaCha New Year’s Eve Party at the Indiana State Museum. Not only can you dance the night away, but try your luck at one of the casino tables.

Spend the night Downtown this New Year’s Eve!Kiss 2011 goodbye at one of Downtown’s many New Year’s Eve celebrations! Get ready for the Stella Artois Masquerade Ball at Union Station and stay overnight at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The party includes live entertainment by My Yellow Rickshaw, costume contest, midnight balloon drop and more. Standard ticket ; VIP Lounge . Hotel packages are also available.

Homewood Suites is hosting a Midnight Kiss Masquerade Ball starting at 9 p.m. with DJ Noah the Arkitech, open bar, balloon drop, champagne toast, after-party at Club Blu and more. Couples suite packages are available for 9, also including a luxury suite and breakfast buffet Jan. 1.

Kick off 2012 at Hyatt Regency New Year’s Eve Rock ‘N’ Roll Ball. This action-packed night of entertainment and celebration includes musical performances by The Flying Toasters, Don Stuck Band, Duke Tumatoe, Dave & Rae Band, Virgin Millionaires and DJ Brian Jackson, a fantasy casino “player’s lounge” and a massive midnight balloon drop in the center of the hotel’s magnificent 21-story atrium lobby. Tickets start at ; room and party 5.

Celebrate the new year at Downtown’s newest hotel, JW Marriott Indianapolis. The JW Marriott New Year’s Eve package includes deluxe overnight accommodations, a bottle of champagne, four-course dinner for two at Osteria Pronto and breakfast buffet.

Dinner by day, party by night.Many Downtown restaurants will be open on New Year’s Eve for a pre-party dinner or as the celebration. It is highly recommended to call and make a reservation to any restaurant for this busy night.

Salsa Into the new year with Adobo Grill’s New Year’s Eve Dinner and Party. Enjoy a four-course menu with party favors, margaritas, beer, wine, well drinks and a midnight tequila toast for .99 beginning at 9 p.m. For those interested in just dancing and the bar package with light appetizers, the price is advance/ at door at 10 p.m.

In big city fashion, Chef Joseph’s at The Connoisseur Room will ring in the new year with style and elegance. Enjoy a six-course menu complete with bubbly and wine pairing sure to satisfy your palate. The evening includes live cabaret entertainment to ease you into 2012, party favors and a midnight toast.

Join the Skyline Club for New Year’s Eve dinner. From 5 – 9 p.m. enjoy a five-course dinner. (non-members) includes dinner and live piano music with special guest Steve Hackman.

Sip 2011 away at Tastings – A Wine Experience! Tastings offers more than 15 different types of champagne and sparkling wine by the bottle. Celebrate the new year with a glass of bubbly and an extensive small plate and tapas style menu.

Treat yourself to a delicious Italian meal prepared by Chef Rino Baglio at Osteria Pronto in the JW Marriott Indianapolis.

Don’t forget to bring the bubbly! Stop by Mass Ave Wine Shoppe before you head to the party. Open from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. New Year’s Eve. Plan ahead and get your growler filled at one of Downtown’s award-winning breweries, including Sun King Brewery and Flat 12 Bierworks. Get warmed up for the new year at New Day Meadery’s Warm-up Party! Enjoy a glass or two of their signature meads while nibbling on complimentary appetizers. For liquor, wine and beer options, pay a visit to Crown Liquors and Kahn’s Fine Wines and Spirits.

Remember – always pick a designated driver for the occasion. If need be, taxis are available to take you home safely throughout the night. Utilize them and help maintain a safe and fun atmosphere Downtown. Here is a short list of taxi numbers:

Indy Airport 381.1111TaxiChecker Cab 247.6233 Compass Rose Cab.590.6699

As always, use good judgment and have a Happy New Year!

“Indy Downtown” app now available!Downtown Indianapolis visitors, residents and employees rejoice! A new app is available to serve as a one-stop-shop for all there is to do and see Downtown. Plan your New Year’s Eve Downtown with the FREE “Indy Downtown” app, the official guide to Downtown…on the go.

Visit for more information including Downtown parking and maps, as well as a complete calendar of Downtown Indianapolis events.

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