Unlike some cities, Indianapolis does not offer a lot of free activities for New Years and New Years Eve. In fact, Indianapolis does not hold a First Night celebration or free fireworks. While activities are limited, there are a few things you and your family can do on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day at no cost in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Tour A Winery
All ages are welcome to tour the Easley Winery in Indianapolis. On the tour, you can learn about the process that takes Indiana grapes and turns them into Indiana wine. Tours leave every half hour, with the last tour leaving one hour before closing time. 2011 hours:
6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve
noon until 4 p.m.
View Holiday Lights
If you haven’t yet driven around to view the Christmas light displays in Indianapolis, take advantage of New Years to see them. Hands down the best lights can be found over on High School Road just below Rockville Road. The light display, called the West Side Christmas Light Show, is usually up until the the Saturday after New Years. The show features over 22,000 lights that are synchronized to Christmas songs. You can hear the songs while you watch the show if you tune into 100.1 FM.
Visit The Art Museum
While some of the special exhibits may have a fee, the general exhibits are free at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Your visit will need to be on New Year’s Eve because the museum is closed on New Year’s Day. Hours for 2011: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Watch Ice Skaters
If you just want to sit back and watch skaters out on the rink, you can go to the Pan Am Plaza ice rink. Admission is only required if you want to skate, so sit back and watch everyone else. You may get a laugh when someone wipes out, or you may even be witness to a proposal.
If you know of something else that is free to do on New Years in Indianapolis, please let us know in the comments!