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Ring in the New Year Hoosier style

New Year’s Eve offers one final chance for people to enjoy holiday celebrations before it’s time to head back to the reality of work and school. Throughout Indiana, there are a variety of opportunities to ring in the New Year, Hoosier-style.

Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis
The Indiana State Museum will again host a Family New Year’s Eve from 6-9pm.  Dancing, crafts, bowling, face painting and a chance to ride the Santa Express train are included in this kid-friendly celebration.  Cost is $6/person for members, $11/person for non-members. Dinner options are available for an additional charge. Learn more here.

The Philmore on Broadway, Fort Wayne
A renovated 1920’s building is the site for an affordable New Year’s Eve celebration in Fort Wayne. The Philmore on Broadway was re-opened earlier this year as an entertainment and banquet venue. Just $30/person will get you a ticket to the Philmore’s end-of-the-year countdown. Live music — blues, rock, and soul — and dinner are included in this 8pm to 2am event. Click here for more information.

Parkview Field, Fort Wayne
The Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana will host its 6th Annual Masquerade Ball on New Year’s Eve at Fort Wayne’s Parkview Field. The black-tie optional event is $40/person and will conclude with a midnight fireworks display. Reserve your spot now.

The Charley Creek Inn, Wabash
Jazz is on the menu for the Charley Creek Inn’s New Year’s Eve celebration. Jazz artist Spider Solaff, who has been given the thumbs up by the New York Post and the Chicago Tribune, will transport revelers back to 1920’s with her musical selections. The fun begins at 6:30pm and will conclude with a champagne toast at midnight. Hors d’oeuvres, dinner and pre-midnight refreshments are included. Tickets are $60/person. Click here for information on purchasing tickets.

French Lick Resort, French Lick
Between the French Lick Springs and West Baden Hotels, there are six New Year’s Eve celebrations to choose from. Whether you’re interested in upscale dinner and dancing, a more laid back dance party, or an evening at the casino, there is something for everyone at the French Lick Resort this New Year’s Eve. There’s even a kids’ party for children ages six to 12. Visit the resort’s website for more information.

4th Floor Blues Club, Richmond
The Waylon T Band will help you ring in the New Year at the 4th Floor Blues Club in Richmond.  Doors open at 7:30pm. Part of the year-round Warm Glow Candle Concert Series, a portion of ticket sales will go to support 10 Richmond-area non-profit organizations. Concert tickets are $15/person, with an optional dinner ticket of $10/person also available. Tickets are available for purchase at any of the Parker Company stores in Richmond’s Depot District.

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