A look back at some live performances from The White Panda’s 2013 fall tour. Catch them live on Georgia Street!

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/25/new-years-eve-.

*Family-friendly option

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.NYE-blog

Downtown Indy’s New Year’s Eve Celebration brought to you by The Indiana Union Construction Industry, Georgia Street
Headliner The White Panda will bring their 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. Family-friendly activities are planned inside the Entry Pavilion at Bankers Life Fieldhouse with the Pacers, Fever, Colts, Indians, Fever, Indy Eleven and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Joining The White Panda at other times throughout the evening will be:
5 p.m.: An Innocent Band – a great regional Billy Joel tribute band
6:45 p.m.: Corey Cox
7 p.m.: The Groove Factor (inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
8:30 p.m.: Greta Speaks
10:30 p.m.: The White Panda
Our house DJ, DJ Lockstar , will perform on the main stage and play in between sets.

Make an entire Downtown outing on New Year’s Eve! Attend the Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat game on Dec. 31 at 3 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 hors d’oeuvres, a champagne toast, a fireworks show and party favors. Music provided by DJs Indiana Jones, Gabby Love, Lockstar and GNO.


*ComedySportz Celebrates New Year’s Eve, The Athenaeum Theatre
Celebrate with the most unique comedy show around! Admission to the ComedySportz match includes hats, noisemakers and a sparkling cider toast. There are two celebrations: the first from 7:30 – 9 p.m. and the second from 10:30 p.m. to midnight (ends with a countdown to midnight.)
$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 2014 with activities, music and Water Clock countdowns at noon and 1 p.m. Receive hats and other festive favors for the big moment.
$19.50, $14.50 kids 2-17; $18.50 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


Frozen in Time: A Supper Club Wine Pairing and Cabaret, Chef Joseph’s at The Connoisseur Room
Chef Joseph’s is offering a New Year’s Eve wine pairing and five-course dinner. Start the evening with lobster and caviar pie paired with chardonnay and end the meal with apple and fig bread pudding and vanilla bean ice cream. Dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. and is followed by performances from Nancy Moore and Sean Baker and dancing.

Hard Rock Cafe New Year’s Eve Party
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with live music from DJ T-Bone and a dinner buffet beginning at 8 p.m. with prime rib, shrimp cocktail, roasted potatoes, green beans and salad. VIP tickets include a champagne toast and dinner buffet. VIP Elite tickets include a champagne toast at midnight, a dinner buffet and a hotel room at the Hampton Inn. This event is 21+ after 10 p.m.
$20; $50 VIP; $150 VIP Elite

NYE Party with Zanna Doo and Special Guest London Rose, The Rathskeller
Enjoy a hors d’oeuvre buffet and midnight champagne toast while rocking out to Zanna Doo and London Rose! Doors open at 6 p.m.
$50 in advance; $55 at the door

New Year’s Eve at Howl at the Moon, Howl at the Moon
Celebrate at Howl at the Moon as you ring in the New Year! Howl at the Moon offers three different packages: Champagne Supernova Package ($90) includes a dinner buffet, one bottle of champagne, party favors and reserved seating on the main floor. The Big Shot Package ($60) includes a dinner buffet, a champagne toast, party favors and reserved seating on the rail. Standing Room ($35) includes a champagne toast and party favors.
$35 – $90

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. Party with Too White Crew in the Grand Hall, enjoy acoustic singers and songwriters in Iron Horse Lounge and dance to live music from Indy’s best DJs in Illinois Street Ballroom.
$49 general admission through Dec. 19; $110 VIP; $169 VIP and dinner

New Year’s Eve Party at Adobo Grill
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with unlimited drinks, dancing, live music, great food and more at Adobo Grill from 9:30 p.m. – 3 a.m. The $99 option includes a four course meal, unlimited drinks, party favors and a midnight tequila toast. The $90 option ($75 in advance) includes unlimited drinks and light appetizers.
$75 – $99

New Year’s Eve Bash at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
Ring in 2015 with one of three packages or single 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, Blonde Sonja, Heather Chapman and Jai Baker with DJ Helicon and DJ Brian Jackson. Check out the fantasy casino “player’s lounge” and 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.
$40; $65 VIP; various hotel packages available


New Year’s Eve at the Indianapolis Museum of Art
Celebrate the New Year in style at the IMA surrounded by art, champagne, food and live music. Don your glitz and glamour and enjoy international cuisine. Sip on cocktails while perusing the galleries, including the new Georgia O’Keeffe and the Southwestern Still Life exhibit. The Champagne Package ($200) begins at 8 p.m. and includes access to exclusive bars and lounges. The NYE Reveler ($150) begins at 9 p.m.
$150 or $200
*Update: Champagne Package is sold out.

New Year’s Eve at the Slippery Noodle Inn
The Noodle is offering two NYE packages. The Dinner Package includes a reserved seat, live music from Tad Robinson, a prime rib and shrimp cocktail buffet, hats and noisemakers and a champagne toast. The General Admission package includes live music from The Why Store, hats and noisemakers, and a champagne toast. Doors open at 7 p.m.
$250 for table of four for Dinner Package; $30 at the door for General Admission

ONC Underground*NYE, Old National Centre
The event begins at 8:30 p.m. and features Cosby Sweater, Groovatron, North American Scum, DJ Action Jackson, A Squared DJs and Lemi Vice. Get an all-access pass into the Grey Goose Dream Lounge featuring a private open bar, appetizers, champagne toast and more.
$25; $125 for Grey Goose Dream Lounge Experience

Hotel specials

Conrad Indianapolis
Say farewell to 2014 with the Conrad’s Best Year Yet Package, which includes accommodations, champagne and chocolate covered strawberries, Conrad champagne flutes and a 3 p.m. late check-out. This package begins at $299.

Hilton Indianapolis
This package includes accommodations, two tickets to the Mind Tripping show at 9 p.m. at the hotel, dinner for two at 120 West, brunch for two on New Year’s Day, a welcome amenity, self-parking and a 2 p.m. late check-out.

Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
Ring in 2015 with the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown’s New Year’s Eve Package. For $169, enjoy accommodations, breakfast for two in Circle City Bar and Grille, self-parking and a 1 p.m. late check out on New Year’s Day. Use promotional code: EVE.

The Alexander
Celebrate the New Year at Downtown Indy’s art-centric hotel! Enjoy overnight accommodations, a $50 credit to Plat 99, champagne and a savory amenity for two, brunch for two at Market Table, valet parking and a 1 p.m. late check-out.