And just like that, 2023 has flown by! Whether you’re ready to dance the night away or would prefer to be asleep by your bedtime, Fort Wayne, Indiana offers options for everyone this New Year's Eve weekend! 

We’ve rounded up our top events for you to ring in the New Year!

New Year's Eve in Fort Wayne, Indiana


Komets Hockey Game

Fort Wayne Komets Game

Join the Jungle and cheer on our Fort Wayne Komets as they take on the Indy Fuel!

Time: 7:30pm

Cost: Prices vary

Location: Allen County War Memorial Coliseum


Ice skating at Headwaters Park

Glide through the outdoor pavilion at Headwaters Park and into 2024 for a fun time on the ice! 

Time: New Year's Eve, Noon - 6pm (Closed New Year's Day)

Cost: Age 3 and older - $6 / Age 2 and under - Free  /  $3 skate rental


Fantasy of Lights

Experience one of Fort Wayne’s most beloved traditions this New Year’s Eve! The 2-mile driving route through Franke Park features more than 150 giant light displays! New Year's Eve is the FINAL night to enjoy it for the season. Learn more.

Time: Sunday through Thursday 5:30 - 9pm, Friday & Saturday 5:30 - 10pm

Cost: $15/personal vehicle / $30/15-passenger van 

Location: Franke Park



Guests enjoying Conner's Rooftop bar in downtown Fort Wayne

Great Gatsby New Year's Eve Party at Bell Mansion

Come and be a part of this classy Great Gatsby New Year's Eve Party! This is a night that you do not want to miss. Your ticket doesn't just include access to the dance floor, but you can enjoy appetizers, finger foods, desserts, and non-alcoholic beverages. The Bell Mansion also will have a photo booth that would complete the night!

Time: 7pm - 1am

Cost: $50

Location: The Bell Mansion


New Year's Eve Adult Prom

Make NYE a night to remember with a black-tie adult prom at the Grand Wayne Convention Center! The party features two different rooms. Room 1 — old school prom vibes with local DJs playing hits from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Room 2 — Hit the dance floor with the best music of the 2000s to today.

Time: 8pm - 1am

Cost: $95

Location: Grand Wayne Convention Center


New Year's Eve: Through the Decades Party at Charlie's Place

The party kicks off at 8pm, with live music, handcrafted cocktail, and a Champagne Toast at midnight as you watch the ball drop in Times Square! Make sure that you come dressed in an outfit from your favorite decade!

Time: 8pm - 2am

Cost: $10 cover (includes the midnight champagne toast)

Location: Charlie's Place


Robert Kelly at Summit City Comedy Club

Stand-up comedian, Robert Kelly is LIVE at Summit City Comedy Club on December 31! Grab your tickets for a night of comedy.

Time: 7:30pm and 10:30pm

Cost: $20-$50

Location: Summit City Comedy Club


Countdown at The Club Room

Ring in the New Year with music from the Sweetwater All Stars starting at 8:30pm! Reserve your table and complimentary drink in advance with a $25 presale ticket.

If you prefer an earlier evening, the Todd Harrold Trio will be playing the "early seating" from 4:30 - 6:30! (You can remain at your table until 7:45pm.) Reservations are required, but no advance purchase is needed.

Time: 8:30pm

Location: Club Room at the Clyde Theatre



countdown to noon science central

Science Central’s Countdown to Noon

For the little ones whose bedtime is before midnight, there are still ways to celebrate the big countdown! There will be plenty of extra activities to enjoy like party hat and noisemaker making, science fun, and the drop of 2,024 balloons! All the festivities are included in general admission to Science Central.

Time: 10am - 3pm

Cost: $11 (online) / $12 (at the door)

Location: Science Central


For even more events, check out Current Fort Wayne!

No matter how you choose to celebrate this holiday, we wish you a prosperous New Year! 

This post was originally published in December 2017 and has been updated. Last Updated: December 2023