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New Year’s Eve Events in Downtown Indianapolis

December 26, 2011 Leave a comment
New Year's Eve with the Indianapolis Symphony

New Year's Eve with the Indianapolis Symphony. Photo provided by Indianapolis Downtown, Inc., and used with written permission.

By Brittany Smith
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

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. For a complete calendar of events visit

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. Call 317-334-3322 or visit

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. $6 members; $11 non-members. Call 232.1637 or visit

Escape the winter cold with Indiana’s hockey team, Indiana Ice, as they face off against Youngstown Phantoms at Bankers Life Fieldhouse (6:04 p.m.). Visit for more information.

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 (see photo above). 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. Call 317-639-4300 or visit for tickets.

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 $25 – $50.  Call 317-236-2099 or visit

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! Visit for tickets or call 800-838-3006.

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! To buy tickets, visit

Spend your New Year’s Eve with Toxic Reasons & Creepin’ Charley and Vodka DeMilo at Radio Radio! To purchase tickets, visit

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

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.  For more information, call 636.2550.

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 $49; VIP Lounge $99. Hotel packages are also available. Call 631.2221 for more information.

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 $299, also including a luxury suite and breakfast buffet Jan. 1. Call 31-955-8585 or visit

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 Millionares 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 $39; room and party $225.  For more information call 800-233-1234 or log onto

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. Call 888-236-2427 or visit for more details.

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 $89.99 beginning at 9 p.m.  For those interested in just dancing and the bar package with light appetizers, the price is $60 advance/$80 at door at 10 p.m.  Call317- 822-9990 or visit

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. For reservations, call 317-600-3577 or visit

Join the Skyline Club for New Year’s Eve dinner.  From 5 – 9 p.m. enjoy a five-course dinner.  $69 (non-members) includes dinner and live piano music with special guest Steve Hackman.  Call 317-263-5000.

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. For more information, visit .

Treat yourself to a delicious Italian meal prepared by Chef Rino Baglio at Osteria Pronto in the JW Marriott Indianapolis. For more information visit or call 317-860-5777.

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 Taxi
Checker Cab
Compass Rose Cab

For a complete taxi service operator list visit:  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 FREEIndy 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.

Editor’s Acknowledgment: I’d like to personally thank Tamara Zahn and the entire staff at Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. for their incredible and wonderful support during 2011. I so appreciate everything you do!