Ice skating in Bloomington, New Years Eve celebrations and more

Still haven’t figured out your plans to ring in the New Year? Want to show off your whimsical footwork on blades or wheels? Or maybe you want to try something really cool while diving in Lake Monroe.

With only a few days of 2021 remaining, residents have plenty of options to ring in the New Year across Bloomington. Family entertainment options include skating at the Frank Southern Ice Arena or participating in the Lake Monroe Polar Dive. Several local businesses will organize Christmas Eve parties for adults and families to count together the last moments of the year. With these events, residents can honor their traditions or create new ones.

Skate at the Frank Southern Ice Arena, Western Skate Land

Take advantage of extended vacation hours at Frank Southern Ice Arena while you still can over the weekend.

Currently, holiday skating hours are noon to 6 p.m. at 2100 S. Henderson St. But the rink will only be open from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday. The center will be closed on Saturday and will reopen with holiday hours on Sunday. On Monday, the rink will resume its normal public skating hours from noon to 2:30 p.m. on weekdays, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Fridays, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., from 7 to 7 p.m. and from 9:15 to 11 p.m. h Saturdays and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $ 6 per person and people 4 and under are admitted free. Skate rental is $ 3.

Friday, Western Skating Country, the local indoor roller skating rink located at 930 W. 17th St., will host two kid-friendly New Years Eve parties – one from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and another from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Each party will have a countdown to a balloon drop as well as games, noisemakers and prizes. Families can skate to a lively party tune. Admission is $ 5 and participants can rent skates for $ 5.

New Years Eve in Bloomington

Several businesses in the city are having New Years parties on Friday night for people to come together and count the last hours of 2021.

Switchyard Brewing Co. will be hosting a 21+ “Brasserie Réveillon“party with piano cover group Howl at the moon. The energetic group will perform unmissable hits from 80s rock and 90s pop, as well as modern dance music on pianos, guitars and drums. General admission tickets, which cost $ 75, include the ticket holder’s first two drinks and access to Switchyard’s tapas-style buffet. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. with Howl at the Moon performing at 9:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at

Groups of two to six people can enjoy a New Years Eve cocktail pairing dinner at 21 at the Cardinal spirits. Each table will enjoy four festive dishes accompanied by two cocktails included in the package; additional cocktails are available for purchase. The price is $ 125 per person. Residents can visit to reserve a table.

the Bluebird nightclub will host a 21+ live concert featuring Southern Accents, a Tom Petty tribute band, and Rods and Cones. Doors open at 7 p.m. and show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $ 20 and can be purchased at

The Comedy Attic will make people attending New Years Eve shows laugh.

Local comedian Shanda Sung will perform two sets – at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. – at Comedy Grenier to close 2021. The 10:30 pm show will include a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets can be purchased at

the Fairfax Bar & Grill will organize a New Years Eve party and provide shuttle service. R&B, funk and blues group The Dynamics will perform tunes for the party, which begins at 8:30 pm The cover charge of $ 20 includes hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast. Round-trip shuttle service starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $ 40 in advance or $ 50 on the day of the party. Call 812-250-8687 to reserve a spot.

Attendees of the annual Polar Bear Plunge felt the chilly wind on Fairfax Beach in this HT file photo.  This year's dive will take place at Paynetown Beach at 9 a.m. on January 1.

Polar bear dive at Lake Monroe

The countdown has started for Bloomington’s polar bear dive. For many residents, it is an annual tradition to visit Lake Monroe and take a dip in the ice to celebrate the New Year.

For this event, chilly swimmers can arrive at the Paynetown State Recreation Area Beach at 9 a.m. on Saturdays to enjoy free hot chocolate and coffee while submitting their mandatory waiver. The dive will take place at 10 a.m. Masks must be worn at registration and donation tables and participants must practice social distancing. Those who take the plunge can wear a swimsuit, normal clothing, or a fun costume. The organizers encourage to bring towels and warm clothes to change after the dive.

World famous pianist concert

Here’s a look at next Thursday when acclaimed pianist Jerome Lowenthal gives a guest recital at Auer Hall on the Indiana University campus. Lowenthal is a longtime faculty member of the Juilliard School in New York and the Western Music Academy in Santa Barbara, California. Lowenthal has won numerous international accolades and has performed with various American orchestras.

The concert is scheduled to commemorate Lowenthal’s 90th birthday. In this ticketless event, titled “90”, Lowenthal will perform the Sonata Op. 90, the ensemble of Quatre impromptus op. 90, the Barcarolle op. 90 and Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier”.

Presented by the Edward Auer Piano Workshop, Lowenthal will perform at Auer Hall at 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 6.

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