Aussie New year’s barn dance bash
WHEN 7 p.m. Dec. 30
WHERE Shore Acres, 100 Park Blvd, Chillicothe
PRICE $5 with a $20 maximum for families
DESCRIPTION Aussie New Year’s Barn Dance Bash is a chance for area residents to do their best Crocodile Dundee and celebrate the holiday the Australian way. The Rusty Pickup String Band is putting on the second annual event with callers Jim Hicks and Gail Hintze, as well as surprise guests, teaching dances to the patrons. Live music is provided by Chillicothe fiddler Emmy Holmes-Hicks. Costumes are encouraged and guests are invited to bring a snack to share.

Noon Year’s eve
WHEN 11 a.m. Dec. 31
WHERE Caterpillar Performing Arts Center at Five Points, 360 Wilmor Road, Washington
PRICE $10 or $12, available online at
DESCRIPTION Noon Year’s Eve is a kid-friendly New Year’s celebration. The event will have a countdown to noon with a balloon drop and bubble wrap stomp to mark the hour. The even promises fun for the whole family with singing and dancing by Just Dance Waterstreet Dance Co.

Rivermen vs. Abbotsford
WHEN 6:05 p.m. Dec. 31
WHERE Peoria Civic Center Arena, 201 Southwest Jefferson Ave., Peoria
PRICE $13-$28
DESCRIPTION The Peoria Rivermen will ring in the New Year with a game against the Abbotsford Heat.

A Ring-A-ding-ding new year
WHEN 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 31
WHERE Peoria Players Theatre, 4300 University St., in Lakeview Park
DESCRIPTION The Peoria Players Theatre’s annual event features the music of Frank Sinatra with performances by local singers.

Dale Jones  
WHEN 7 p.m. (buffet) and 8 and 11 p.m. (shows) Dec. 31
WHERE Jukebox Comedy Club, 3527 Farmington Road, Peoria.
PRICE $21 or $20 with cash
DESCRIPTION Comedian Dale Jones will be giving an R-rated performance at the Jukebox Comedy Club with a hot and cold buffet before the early show and party favors, door prizes and a champagne toast at midnight for the later show. Pre-payment for the show is recommended through

New Years two-25
WHEN  Dec. 31, reservations recommended by calling 282-7777
WHERE Two-25, 225 NE Adams St., Peoria
PRICE Varies
DESCRIPTION Two-25 is holding a special New Year’s dinner with champagne and dessert flights. The two special dishes that will be ringing in 2013 are bouillabaisse provencal and the surf and turf meal of steak Manhattan and jump fresh water prawns. There will be live music by David Hoffman & Friends.

Howlin’ on Water
WHEN  Doors open at 7 p.m. Dec. 31. Dessert and dinner will be at 7:30 p.m. and the show will be from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.  
WHERE The Waterhouse, 619 SW Water St., second floor, Peoria
DESCRIPTION The eighth annual New Year’s Eve bash will feature Robert “Frisbee” Coleman and Walter Mellon battling in 2013 on pianos along with dinner, dessert and a champagne toast at midnight. To order tickets, go to:

New Years bash at Twisted Spoke Saloon
WHEN  9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 31
WHERE 251 Derby St., Pekin
PRICE No cover charge
DESCRIPTION The New Year’s Bash features Ray Long & the Highway 61 Band. The 21 and older show will feature adult fun for those looking to rock in the new year.