By Amanda Dorman
Downtown Indy, Inc.
Forget hosting a New Year’s Eve get-together this year. These Downtown parties, events and specials offer everything from exciting daytime sports matchups to classy top-shelf parties in the sky. To view all these events online, visit: www.downtownindy.org/event-collection/52/new-years-eve.
Be safe – don’t drink and drive. Plan your transit to and from your Downtown NYE destination ahead of time. For more information on Downtown parking visit: www.downtownindy.org/get-around-downtown/park. For information on Downtown bus routes visit:www.downtownindy.org/get-around-downtown/bus.
Downtown Indy’s New Year’s Eve Celebration brought to you by The Indiana Union Construction Industry, Georgia Street
Headliner Kap Slap will bring his electrifying EDM (electronic dance music) craze to Downtown. At 11:59 p.m., when in most cities the traditional ball drop takes place, a suspended IndyCar hoisted high above the crowd will descend to a collective countdown amidst fanfare and fireworks at midnight. Warm up inside the Hoosier Lottery Countdown Pavilion inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse, plus enjoy full bars and food trucks all night. A new element this year will include the opportunity for one lucky person to race away just seconds after midnight in a street-legal IndyCar ushering in the march to the 100th Running of the famed Indianapolis 500 on May 29, 2016.
Entertainment throughout the night includes:
8 p.m.: Dave and Whitney
9 p.m.: Izzy and the Rubbaband
9:30 p.m.: Corey Cox (inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
10:30 p.m.: Kap Slap
Make an entire Downtown outing on New Year’s Eve! Attend the Indiana Pacers vs. Milwaukee Bucks game on Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. then head right over to Downtown Indy’s New Year’s Eve Celebration on Georgia Street.
CIROC the New Year, Regions Bank Tower
Party in the sky from 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. and enjoy a 360-degree view of Downtown. This rooftop event features an all-inclusive top-shelf bar with light appetizers, a champagne toast and a special midnight presentation. Music provided by DJs Indiana Jones, DJ Gabby Love, DJ Lockstar, DJ Hugh Jeffner and DJ gNo.
*New Year’s Eve with ComedySportz, The Athenaeum Theatre
Celebrate with the most unique comedy show around! There are two celebrations – the first from 7:30 – 9 p.m. and the second from 10:30 p.m. – midnight (ends with a countdown to midnight) – and two live improve matches where ComedySportz players battle each other for a prize.
$20; $18 students and seniors
*Countdown to Noon, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
At The Children’s Museum annual New Year’s bash, families can experience the excitement of a countdown to the New Year at a reasonable hour. Head to the Museum between 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and celebrate the final day of 2015 with activities, music and Water Clock countdowns at noon and 1 p.m. Receive hats and other festive favors for the big moment.
$21.50, $18.50 youth 2-17; $20.50 seniors 60 and older
Family New Year’s Eve, Indiana State Museum
Enjoy face painting, stilt walkers, clowns and music at the Indiana State Museum from 6 – 9 p.m. A balloon drop at 8 p.m. allows the little ones to celebrate in style.
$13 non-members; $7 members
Hard Rock Cafe New Year’s Eve Party
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with live music from DJ T-Bone and a dinner buffet with prime rib, shrimp cocktail, roasted potatoes, green beans and more. VIP tickets include a hotel room, dinner buffet and champagne toast.
$15; $50 – $215 VIP
New Year’s Eve at Howl at the Moon, Howl at the Moon
Howl at the Moon offers three different packages: Champagne Supernova Package ($90) includes reserved seating and dinner from 6 – 8 p.m. The Big Shot Package ($75) includes reserved seating on the rail and dinner from 6 – 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $25 and do not include dinner.
$25 – $90
New Year’s Eve Party with Zanna Doo, The Rathskeller
Enjoy a hors d’oeuvre buffet and midnight champagne toast while rocking out to Zanna Doo. Doors open at 6 p.m., the opening act performs at 7 p.m. and Zanna Doo performs at 9 p.m.
$50 in advance; $55 at the door
New Year’s Eve Date Night, Chef JJ’s
Enjoy fresh, local food prepared by Chef JJ’s culinary team. Tickets include a five course dinner, beer and wine tasters and a sweet treat to take home. Book an overnight stay Downtown after dinner: Chef JJ’s is partnering with the Omni Severin Hotel to offer discounted room rates.
New Year’s Eve Limo Bus Crawl, various locations
Party in style on a limo bus with My Drink On! Tickets for this Crawl include no cover, champagne toast at midnight, party favors, specials and limo transportation.
$15 before 12/19; $22.50 after 12/19
New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball, Union Station
This New Year’s Eve party takes over three ballrooms at Union Station, each with their own theme and entertainment. Enjoy live bands in the Grand Hall, acoustic singers and songwriters in the Iron Horse Lounge and a club-style DJ party in the Illinois Street Ballroom. Plus, there will be photo opportunities, magicians, psychics and face painters.
$50 general admission; $99 VIP
New Year’s Eve at Adobo Grill
Before you head out for the night’s festivities, celebrate New Year’s Eve with a Tequila Dinner Featuring Tequila Patron at Adobo Grill at 6:30 p.m.
New Year’s Eve Bash at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
Ring in 2016 with one of three hotel and party packages or general admission tickets from the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis. This action-packed night of music and celebration includes several live performances on three stages with The Flying Toasters, My Yellow Rickshaw, Dance Club, Cousin Rodger, Hanover Chase, DJ Helicon, DJ Brian Jackson, Casino Tables and Pyramid of Enlightenment (Palm Readers). The highlight of the night will be a massive midnight balloon drop in the center of the hotel’s magnificent 21-story atrium lobby. The party begins at 8 p.m. and the dress code is dressy casual. VIP tickets include light hors devours, general seating and an upgraded cash bar.
$45- $50; $75 VIP; various hotel packages available
Pat McAfee Presents: A Ridiculous New Year’s Eve, Old National Centre
Get ready for some pure Pat ridiculousness with a full theatre show loaded with surprise guest experiences and laughs. After the show, party in the Egyptian Room and ring in 2016 with music, dancing, a midnight countdown and a toast.
$45 – $200 (tickets include both events)
Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites: Room and Dinner Package
· Overnight accommodations
· Complimentary valet parking
· Champagne toast
· Party favors
· Breakfast for two
· Five course meal for two with Music by The Sax Guy at 120 West Bar & Grill
JW Marriott Indianapolis
· Overnight accommodations
· Complimentary overnight self-parking
· Late check out at 3 p.m.
· Choice of one of three in-room amenities
· Overnight accommodations
· $50 credit in Plat 99
· Prosecco and chocolate covered strawberries
· Brunch for two in Market Table
· Valet parking
· Late check out at 1 p.m.
For more information, visit http://downtownindy.org/, or call 317-237-2222.