So I was looking at the list of US State Capitals that I hadn't yet included on the site to see if there were any really glaringly obvious ones that I has missed out (don't want to be accused of favouritism, although I have to warn if you're a resident of Bismarck it might be a longer wait...) and there was Indianapolis.
I was of course familiar with the city from the Indy 500, which I'm a big fan of, but I hadn't previously realised what a big city this actually is, with over 1.5 million people in the metropolitan area! That sounds like the kind of city that will be holding some decent sized new year's eve events, so let's see what we've managed to track down...
Indianapolis has for this new year's eve announced a new city-wide celebration, hosted on Georgia Street and with the focal point being and IndyCar Drop, where a a suspended IndyCar will replace the more traditional ball drop. There will also be live music throughout the evening, with a lineup including White Panda, An Innocent Band, Corey Cox, The Groove Factor, Greta Speaks and Fred Lockett AKA DJ Lockstar.
The main location in terms of fireworks displays during the holiday season looks to be the city's Monument Circle, where the iconic Soldiers & Sailors Monument is located. Throughout the holiday season this is the site of the Indy Circle of Lights, the annual centrepiece of the downtown festivities, with the monument decorated with a 250 foot high display featuring over 5000 lights.
This year there is also a Family New Year's Eve event at the Governor Frank O'Bannon Great Hall - this is an alcohol free celebration and includes music and fun with magicians, clowns and other assorted entertainment. The family focus continues with a "balloon drop" at 8pm, fitting for the younger kids who can't stay up until midnight.
There is also the CIROC the New Year Indianapolis event at the Region's Tower, which boasts Indy's only rooftop event space, and with a party that has sold out 4 years in a row is always a popular night, promising live music with DJs Lockstar, Gabby Love and gNO, premium open bar and chanpagne an midnight. Ticket sales here.
The Indianapolis New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball is another famous annual event, taking place at the historic Union Station in the downtown area. This party is divided into 3 main areas, with live music in the Grand Hall, top DJ in the Illinois Street Ballroom (transformed for the evening into "The Club") and a more chilled out area in the Iron Horse Lounge, where The Michaels and Jamestown Revival will be performing.
Elsewhere the many bars and nightclubs of Indianapolis will all be competing for business with their own special events. one way to take in several venues in the one evening is to join in the Til The Ball Falls Bar Crawl NYE 2015, which will be taking in the Tilted Kilt, Taps and Dolls, Kilroys and the Tin Roof. Ticket details to follow.
For fans of live music, local favourites Cosby Sweater have announced they will be playing live in Indianapoils this new year's eve, playing live at The Deluxe, Old National Centre. Tickets are available online here.
For those looking for a quieter night, or possibly somewhere to fuel up before hitting the town then there are a plethora of eateries to choose from. The vibrant Indianapolis restaurant scene includes the famous Sushi Club, Fogo De Chao South American style steakhouse, Greek food at the Santorini Kitchen and fine dining at Seasons 52. Check out all the top restaurants and make your reservations online here.
Places to watch live online - there's a whole range of live cams around the Indianapolis area, including soem good views of the city skyline which should be good for firework-spotting:
The Monument Circle event has been broadcast on local TV in the past too, if we can track down a stream we'll post it here so check back for more details.
Latest: The new year party will again be shown in a live special beginning at 11.30 pm on WTTV Indiana's 4, which you can watch online here.
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