2018 will arrive in the Columbus area amid bitterly cold temperatures that are expected to be subzero by Monday. If you’re looking for a warm way to celebrate the arrival of the new year, here are some options with 5 things to know about the New Year holiday.
1) These tickets are hot and going fast
A few tickets remain for comedian Mike Armstrong (pictured), who has been featured on the nationally syndicated “Bob and Tom Show.” Armstrong is performing New Year’s Eve shows at 7 and 9:30 p.m. today at YES Cinema, Fourth and Jackson streets.
Tickets are $20 in advance at the cinema, available during box office hours or by phone at 812-379-1630. Tickets will be $25 at the door, if available. Armstrong’s shows have sold out in previous years.
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2) Just for kids
The younger crowd can create their own celebration of 2018 today at kidscommons children’s museum, where kids can celebrate on the hour with children around the world.
The museum, 309 Washington St., is open from 1 to 5 p.m. today for an International New Year’s Celebration to mark the arrival of 2018, said Jessica Norcross, museum educator.
All through the afternoon, children can venture into the kidscommons art studio to create noisemaker items that they may use to celebrate the new year with India at 2 p.m., the United Arab Emirates at 3 p.m., and Moscow, Russia at 4 p.m.
Since little ones’ bedtimes are well before midnight, kids can have a pretend countdown to New Year’s for Columbus at 4:45 p.m. leading to the 5 p.m. celebration sendoff.
General admission is $7 per person for those age 18 months and older.
Information: 812-378-3046; kidscommons.org
3) A Brown County New Year’s
Brown County Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St., Nashville, is planning a New Year’s Eve celebration starting with the classic movie “Sleepless in Seattle,” which has a New Year’s storyline, at 7 p.m. Beer, wine and champagne will be available. After the movie, walk across the street to the Out of the Ordinary Restaurant and Hickory Sports Bar for an appetizer buffet, cash bar and midnight toast.
Dancing will be to the sounds of the “O So Good Band” featuring Russell W. Moss and Lauren Robert. Cost is $52.50 per person and this event is for ages 21 and older.
4) Heading to Indy
Indianapolis has a variety of 2018 celebrations planned for all ages.
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 N. Meridian St., is planning “Countdown to Noon” today, with a morning packed full of activities, including music from children’s recording artist Zak Morgan. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the New Year’s events are included with general admission. Families will also receive hats and party favors for the countdown. Information: childrensmuseum.org
Watch an Indy car drop as part of the free Downtown Indy Inc. New Year’s celebration on Georgia Street in downtown Indianapolis. The family friendly event from 10:30 p.m. today to 12:05 a.m. Monday features a suspended Indy car being lowered as the new year comes ever closer, followed by fireworks. Information: downtownindy.org
A family New Year’s Eve is planned at the Indiana State Museum, 650 Washington St. Face-painting, magicians, music and more. Balloons will drop at 8 p.m. to allow kids to celebrate with their parents. Information: indianamuseum.org
5) And now, what you can’t do
Since New Year’s Eve falls on a Sunday this year, here are a few holiday spoilers.
If you were planning to purchase alcoholic beverages today for New Year’s Eve consumption, you are out of luck. Indiana does not allow package liquor carry-out sales on Sundays.
ColumBUS Transit in Columbus doesn’t run bus service on Sundays, so arranging alternative transportation in advance may be necessary.
Post offices nationwide are closed New Year’s Eve. Blue collection boxes are not serviced on Sundays.