Celebrate the New Year in Style, Indianapolis Parties 2012

The way you celebrate the New Year sets the tone for the next 365 days. Whether you’re looking to ring in 2012 with a big celebration in the heart of Indianapolis downtown or prefer to find a family friendly countdown, Indianapolis offers a range of party options. Sing “Auld Lang Syne” at an Indianapolis bar surrounded by friends. Or head to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis or Indiana State Museum to welcome 2012 with your Indianapolis kids. Regardless of where you end up when the clock strikes midnight, make sure you have someone to kiss! Enjoy this list of fun New Year’s Eve Parties for 2012 as you plan how to say “goodbye Father Time” and “hello Baby New Year.”

New Year’s Eve 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana

Water-Clock-at-the-Childrens-Museum-of-Indianapolis-IndianaCountdown to Noon at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis -If you know your little ones won’t make it to the stroke of midnight, why not celebrate the stroke of noon at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis? This annual Indianapolis event includes activities, music and a countdown on the museum’s famous waterclock. Plus, meet your favorite characters from Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz. This event is included with the price of admission.

Black and White Ball – Celebrate the New Year in style at the Black and White Ball at Cadillac Ranch and Bartini’s. Enjoy this special night by following the dress code. Guys should wear dress jeans, dress pants, collard shirts or dress T with blazer. Women should wear dresses and hotels, dress pants, dress suits and stylish shoes. No athletic shoes. No baggy clothing, holey jeans, heavy jewelry or hats. Arrive early for discount entry and to avoid long lines.


Indiana State Museum’s Family New Year’s Eve Celebration – Ring in the New Year with a bang at the Indiana State Museum at a family-friendly, alcohol free celebration. Your Indianapolis kids will enjoy stilt walkers, face paintings, clowns and music. At 8 p.m. the celebration wraps up with a shower of balloons. This shindig is perfect for your little ones. Reservations are accepted by not required.

Conseco-Fieldhouse-IndianapolisIndiana Ice at Bankers Life Fieldhouse – The Indiana Ice face off against the Youngstown Phantoms at the newly renamed Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Enjoy this New Year’s Eve bout on the ice, and cheer on Indiana’s hockey team to victory.

Toxic Reasons & Creepin’ Charley and Vodka DeMilo at Radio Radio -One of Indianapolis music most celebrated venues, Radio Radio, hosts a New Year’s Eve party to beat all others. Toxic Reasons were a prolific band from Indianapolis. Hear them as they return to the stage joined by friends Creepin’ Charley, Vodka DeMilo and Dan Glenzig. Head to Fountain Square to ring in 2012 at Radio Radio.

Indiana-Repretory-Theatre-Indianapolis-IndianaNew Year’s Eve in Vienna -The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra hosts a magical evening that will transport revelers to elegant Austria. See a performance from Dance Kaleidoscope and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Win fabulous prize packages in the “Name That Tune” competition. Then, stick around for a post-concert countdown featuring live music from Paul Berns Band, dancing, a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary champagne toast.

Midnight Kiss Masquerade Ball -Homewood Suites hosts a Midnight Kiss Masquerade Ball featuring DJ Noah the Arkitech. Enjoy an open bar, a balloon drop at midnight, a champagne toast and an after-party at Club Blu. Make a reservation at Homewood Suites to make this evening both fun and safe.

Fountain-Square-Theater-Indianapolis-IndianaKelly Jay Orchestra at Fountain Square Theatre – Head to the Indianapolis cultural district, Fountain Square, for an amazing evening of music and celebration from the Kelly Jay Orchestra, who return to Indianapolis for the first time in eight years. Plus, see a performance from The Star Devils! Swing into the New Year at Fountain Square Theatre.

New Year’s Eve at the Rathskeller – Head to Indianapolis most loved German restaurant to ring in the New Year with an outrageous party featuring live music from Zanna Doo. Tickets are $50 per person, which includes hors d’oeurves, buffet, party favors and a champagne toast. This Indianapolis event is for 21 and over only.

Sculpture on Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IndianaStella Artois Masquerade Ball – Each year the Masquerade Ball at Union Station tops the list of fun things to do to ring in the New Year. Come dressed to the nines with a mask and enjoy live entertainment from My Yellow Rickshaw, a costume contest, a midnight balloon drop and more. Tickets start at $49.

Hyatt Regency New Year’s Eve Rock ‘N’ Roll Ball -Enjoy an action packed night of entertainment and celebration including music from The Flying Toasters, Don Stuck Band, Duke Tumatoe, Dave and Rae Band, Virgin Millionaires and DJ Brian Jackson. Plus, get a little loose (with your wallet, that is) as you enjoy a fantasy casino “player’s lounge.” Then be showered by balloons at midnight in the hotel’s magnificent 21-story atrium lobby. Tickets start at $39 and there are room packages available at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Downtown.

Chase-Tower-an-Indianapolis-business-and-office-facility-in-the-Indianapolis-downtown-neighborhood-480aCIROC New Year’s Eve 2012 – Head to the top floor of the Chase Tower in Indianapolis downtown for the wildest party of the New Year. For $125 per ticket, enjoy an open bar, live music, special performances, light appetizers, a champagne toast and party favors. Hear performances from DJs EDI, Indiana Jones, Gabby Love, Lockstar and DJ GNO. Discount room rates are also available at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Adobo Grill’s New Year’s Eve Dinner and Party – Salsa into the New Year with a four-course menu at Adobo Grill. Enjoy party favors, margaritas, beer, wine, well drinks and a midnight tequila toast for just $89.99. Cheaper packages are available for those who just want to dance! Enjoy a dancing and bar package with light appetizers for only $60. This spicy celebration is sure to thrill.

View-of-the-Conseco-Fieldhouse-and-Indianapolis-skyline-downtownNew Year’s at the Connoisseur Room – Head to the Connoisseur Room for a delectably elegant meal by Chef Joseph, Indianapolis’ most celebrated foody. The six course meal will have you greeting the new year with a satiated smile on your face. Plus, enjoy pairings with wine and bubbly to satisfy your entire palate. This easy evening include live cabaret style entertainment, party favors and a midnight toast that will ease you into the New Year.

View-of-Downtown-Indianapolis-from-Mass-Ave-Indianapolis-Indiana1New Year’s Eve Dinner at the Skyline Club -Enjoy the best views of Indianapolis downtown as you relax over a meal at the Skyline Club. Dine on a delicious six course dinner as you enjoy live piano music with special guest Steve Hackman. Start with an Amuse of Black and Blue and starters including crab and lobster cakes and braised veal cheek. Munch on a delectable strawberry or Caesar salad. Choose from Veal Medallions, Steak Diane or Pan Seared Scallops for your entree. Then finish dinner off with a chocolate creme brulee or almond cake.

Indianapolis Skyline, IndianaTastings: A Wine Experience – Sample more than 15 different types of champagne and sparkling wine. Celebrate the new year with a glass of bubbly and an extensive small plate tapas style menu. Make your New Year’s Eve celebration all about the alcohol at this elegant establishment.

Don’t miss out this New Year’s Eve. Spend it among friends and loved ones. Don’t feel like getting all gussied up for another New Year’s Eve Party? Spend it at home with a bottle of top shelf wine from the Mass Ave Wine Shoppe or a growler from Sun King Brewery. If you do brave the cold this January 31st for a wild celebration, please remember to drink responsible. Do not ever drink and drive!

Before the party starts, grab dinner at any of these Indianapolis restaurants or pregame at any of these Indianapolis bars. Stay tuned to Fun City Finder for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. We cover Indianapolis arts to Indianapolis sports and more! Get out in Indy and find some fun! Make the Circle City your playground!

Indiana State Museum’s Family New Year’s Eve Celebration – Ring in the New Year with a bang at the Indiana State Museum at a family-friendly, alcohol free celebration. Your Indianapolis kids will enjoy stilt walkers, face paintings, clowns and music. At 8 p.m. the celebration wraps up with a shower of balloons. This shindig is perfect for your little ones. Reservations are accepted by not required.