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(Dec. 18, 2014) – Looking for something to do for New Year’s Eve?

We’re bringing you local options under $50.

One of the most popular events is the masquerade ball at Union Station. There will be three different stages of indoor fun.

"And each room is a different theme. So you have one room that is 80s and 90s dance music. You have another room that's acoustic singers and songwriters," said Amanda Dorman, communications manager for Downtown Indy Inc. “And then you have another room that's live DJs. You'll want to dress up, so wear a mask or you can buy one there.”

The cost is $40 a ticket, which is low for New Year’s Eve pricing. Click here for more on the event and how to get tickets.

Here’s a fun event that’s always a big hit with crowds. It’s outside, come rain or shine! You can enjoy a huge, fun party atmosphere with live music on Georgia Street starting at 5 p.m.

“This event is free. And we have headliner band, The White Panda. There are two electronic dance music DJs. They are great and they'll put on a great show,” said Dorman.

We haven’t left you out, sports fans. The Pacers are putting on a show on New Year’s Eve. It’s a somewhat rare afternoon game, with plenty of festivities.

“The truly evil Miami Heat are in town to face our Pacers. And so we're going to have a lot of activities with that game. It's always very festive. The 3 p.m. (tipoff) is a special starting time, so we're ready for that,” said Bill Benner, Pacers vice president of community relations.

There are also celebrations for kids--including one at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It's their early countdown, so kids don’t have to stay up late.

“There will be two early countdowns at the water clock. There's one at noon, and another one at 1 o'clock. You can enjoy lots of live music, and festive party favors. The cost is $19.50 for each adult and $14.50 for children,” said Dorman.

There's also a big family event at the Indiana State Museum from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with the balloon drop at 8 p.m.

And on Georgia Street, there’s a Hoosier way to wrap things up.

Most cities have the traditional ball drop, but in Indianapolis there will be an actual IndyCar that will drop down to a collective countdown with fireworks at the end. If you can't be there, we'll broadcast it live on Indiana's 4.

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