There are many opportunities along the South Shore to ring in the New Year. Check out these 15 fabulous ways to celebrate with family or friends!
Bellabration is a New Year's Eve daytime program for children 8 and younger at Bellaboo's Play and Discovery Center, 2800 Colorado St. in Lake Station, starting at 10 a.m. A big balloon drop and countdown to the New Year will happen at noon and 4 p.m., with the goodbye parade at 5 p.m. "Royal" dress code required for all young kings and queens. There will be sweet treats, music, dancing, a cooking class, art and stories. Regular admission prices apply. For more details, visit www.MyBellaboos.com.
Delicious dining at Pikk's Tavern
Enjoy New Year's Eve dinner specials including shrimp potstickers, lobster bisque and grilled lamb chops with eggplant puree and potatoes at Pikk's Tavern from 5:30 p.m. until midnight. Pikk's Tavern is located at 62 W. Lincolnway in Valparaiso. To make reservations, call 219-476-4755.
New Year's Eve Open Stage at Front Porch Music
Say farewell to 2014 and welcome 2015 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. with great music and a non-alcoholic champagne toast at midnight. Fun for all ages! Located at Front Porch Music, 505 Lincolnway in Valparaiso. For more information, call 219-464-4700.
Safe House Bar & Grill's New Year Bash
Celebrate New Year's Eve on the square in Crown Point at Safe House Bar & Grill, located at 101 S. Court St. Enjoy music by Dee Jay Gil at 9 p.m. and partake in drink specials, including $2 bottled domestic beer. For more information, visit www.safehousecp.com.
Enjoy local craft beer at Hunter's Brewing
Hunter's Brewing will be open on New Year's Eve from noon to 5 p.m. to start your New Year's Eve out right. Stop in to enjoy a pint or flight in the tasting room or get a 32-ounce half-growler to take home. Hunter's Brewing is located in Chesterton at 1535 S. Calumet Rd. For more information, visit www.huntersbrewing.com.
Make a delicious dinner at home
Try something new for that special dinner at home. Get fresh-from-the-farm saltwater shrimp from JT Shrimp, located at 4836 W. 1450 N. in Wheatfield. JT Shrimp sells top-quality live, healthy shrimp raised without the use of antibiotics or chemicals. For more information or to place an order, call 219-987-3809.
Special NYE party at White Ripple Gallery
Enjoy live entertainment and DJ at a special gallery New Year's Eve party at White Ripple Gallery, located at 6725 Kennedy Avenue in Hammond. This semi-formal cocktail party has beer and wine included in the ticket price of $50 per person, as well as unlimited hors d'oeuvres, dessert and candy suite, and coffee and tea. Private art tours will be provided. VIP lounge area with champagne toast will also be available for additional cost. For more information, visit www.whiteripple.com.
eMbers to host New Year's Eve masquerade ball
Ring in the New Year at a formal ball at eMbers, 230 W. Washington St. in Rensselaer. Enjoy a performance by Xoe Wise, followed by a DJ, and enjoy a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Doors open at 8 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.embersvenue.com.
Dine at Lucrezia Ristorante
Lucrezia Ristoranté in Crown Point and Lucrezia Café in Chesterton will be serving a special New Year's Eve dinner on Wednesday, Dec. 31 from 5 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. Special menu item selections include lobster bisque, pappardelle with lobster, angel hair with breaded chicken, a grilled 16 oz. cowboy rib-eye topped with crab cake, macadamia-encrusted Chilean Sea Bass and more. Visit www.lucreziacafe.com for more information.
Cater the perfect party at home
Ring in the New Year at home and make your party easy and impressive. Cater in a full meal or a wide assortment of snacks from your local Strack and Van Til. With their extensive selection of prepared entrees, salads, sides and desserts, as well as all of your beverage needs, they are your one-stop shop! Visit www.strackandvantil.com for party ideas.
WaterBird presents New Year's Eve party
Enjoy a live DJ and dancing, champagne toast at midnight and complimentary party favors, a two-hour open appetizer buffet and a four-hour open house bar at WaterBird Banquet Center, 526 Indian Boundary in Chesterton, during their New Year's Eve party on Wednesday, Dec. 31. Call 219-928-1514 for more information.
Sage Restaurant offers special New Year's Eve menu
Celebrate the New Year in a more intimate setting at Sage Restaurant, 425 Sand Creek Drive North in Chesterton. Sage will be presenting a four-course menu on New Year's Eve where diners will be able to choose from a selection of options. There will also be a champagne toast at midnight and live acoustic entertainment. Reservations are required with seating beginning at 5 p.m. Call 219-926-6500.
All-American Sweethearts perform at Towle
Towle Theater, located at 5205 Hohman Ave. in Hammond, will be presenting All-American Sweethearts: A Salute to The Andrews Sisters on New Year's Eve. The event includes continuous heavy hors d'oeuvres, an open bar, a champagne toast at midnight with party favors, the Andrews Sisters tribute show, with coffee and dessert during an extended intermission, and dancing until 1 a.m. to America's favorite recordings of big band music. For more information or to make a reservation, call 219-937-8780.
Celebrate New Year during Radisson's property-wide bash
Radisson Hotel Star Plaza, 800 E. 81st Ave. in Merrillville, will once again be hosting their ultimate New Year's Eve bash, featuring a property-wide collection of dance parties, comedy shows, live entertainment and world-class performances. For more information, call 219-769-6311.
Celebrate with live bands
Halls of St. George is offering a New Year's Eve Celebration featuring both "Together" and the premier show band of Northwest Indiana, "Heavy." There will be complimentary party favors and champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $70 per person and include two drink tickets - 21 & over cash bar after tickets. Halls of St. George is located at 905 E. Joliet Street in Schererville. For more information, call 219-865-9411.
Remember to enjoy a safe New Year's celebration. If celebrating out on the town, make sure to designate a driver and keep them supplied with non-alcoholic beverages and snacks or dinner. Happy New Year!
Contributing Editor: Amy Van Soest
Former communications coordinator with the South Shore CVA.