FunCityFinder’s Top-10 Things to Do on New Year’s Eve

Three…two…one…Happy New Year! Almost. Where will you be when the clock strikes midnight? Under the mistletoe? At home with friends? Out and about?

Here’s a look at 10 New Year’s Eve celebrations that will take place in Indy.

indianapolis-museum-of-artNew Year’s Eve at the IMA. From 9 pm – 1 am in the Pulliam Family Great Hall the IMA will host a black-tie New Year’s Eve party that will include live music, food, champagne and art, specifically, a wearable fabric sculpture made of bright materials, called a “Soundsuit,” made by internationally-renowned artist and fashion designer Nick Cave. Modern party headpieces made by Emily Clark Zarse, a local designer, will be available for purchase. She will donate a portion of the proceeds toward the acquisition of the Soundsuit. (Wesbite)

regions-bank-buildingCIROC the New Year. Want to get “high” for New Year’s Eve? Here’s your chance. That’s because this celebration will take place 36 stories in the air, on the rooftop of the Regions Bank Tower in downtown Indianapolis. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy a 360-degree view of downtown Indianapolis, complete with live music, an all-inclusive bar, hors d’oeuvres, champagne and a fireworks show. (Website)

union-station-indianapolisUnion Station New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball. This sounds like a fun one, especially for anyone who loves to dress up. Past events have seen guests arrive in everything from regular bar clothes to full Masquerade attire, including formal wear. Live music, including a DJ and an instrumental folk group called The Michaels and Jamestown Revival. Masquerade masks will also be made available. (Website)

indiana-state-museumFamily New Year’s Eve at the Indiana State Museum. If a dry celebration is more your style, then consider joining Governor Frank O’Bannon in the Great Hall. This alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration will feature fun things to do and see, including live music, clowns, stilt walkers, face painting and music by a local Indianapolis band called The Tides. There will be a balloon drop at 8 p.m., which is a great way for kids to celebrate the New Year experience, without having to stay up late. (Website)

old-national-centerOld National Centre’s Underground New Years Eve 2014. There will be plenty of live music at this one, including a cool, Indianapolis band called Margot and The Nuclear So and So’s, as well as several local DJs and a “livetronica” local band called Cosby Sweater. A special Grey Goose “dream lounge” section will be available to VIP ticket holders, which will include an open bar. (Website)

chateau-thomas-wineryNew Year’s Eve Celebration at Chateau Thomas Winery. This Masquerade Ball will include an overnight stay at the Staybridge Suites and Holiday Inn Express hotels, plus a wine tasting, a meet & greet, dancing, a dinner buffet and more. (Website)


photo-unavailableA Manhattan New Year’s Mystery at the The Sanctuary on Penn.  This is one of those very rare free events, but it is limited to the first 300 RSVPs, so time is of the essence, needless to say! Guests will enjoy a murder mystery, a live band, DJ, dancing, free food, alcoholic drinks, and midnight balloon drop. The Sanctuary on Penn was built in 1875, and is one of the city’s architectural gems, and a cool place to enjoy a celebration. (Website)

jw-mariott-hotel-downtown-indianapolisNew Year’s at Indianapolis Hotels. Several downtown Indianapolis hotels will be hosting their own New Year’s Eve celebrations, including the Hilton, Marriott, the iconic JW Marriott Indy and the The Alexander. Celebrating New Year’s at a downtown hotel offers the practical advantage of a place to spend the night when driving a car is unwise.


the-vogue-theatreGlitz & Glamour NYE Celebration at The Vogue. This 21-and-over event purports to have the city’s “Largest Balloon Drop.” As the name suggest, the focus will be on glittery and glamorous attire. There will be a live DJ, champagne and various food trays and snacks. (Website)


the-mansion-at-oak-hill-in-carmel-indianaNew Year’s Eve at the Mansion at Oak Hill in Carmel. This gorgeous Colonial-style home was originally located on a 110-acre farm south of 116th Street in Carmel. They will celebrate New Year’s with hors d’oeuvres, dinner, “lavish desserts” and, of course, champagne. Live music will be provided by Five Easy Pieces, a local band which specializes in weddings, fund-raisers, reunions and various celebrations. (Website)

So there you have it, 10 fun things to do on New Year’s Eve. Of course, this list represents only a small fraction of the many things to do in Indianapolis on New Year’s Eve.

Finally, it is important to realize that New Year’s Eve is not about the past or future as much as it is everything that happens in between. For regardless of what went right or wrong last year, we are all a little older and wiser as we head into the New Year. Maybe that alone is reason enough to celebrate.