Winter Break and New Year’s Eve Happenings in Billings

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Photo by © Jason Smith | Dreamstime Stock Photos
Photo by © Jason Smith | Dreamstime Stock Photos

This New Year’s preview brought to you by RiverStone Health.

Whether you’re looking for something for the kids to do as their winter break winds down or you’re looking for New Year’s Eve planning ideas, we’ve got it here.

SimplyNoted…

  • The Art of the Brick exhibit at Yellowstone Art Museum will come to a close on Jan. 4, 2015. The clock is ticking down on its time here, so be sure to check it out!
  • Extended hours at The Reef Indoor Water Park! New Year’s Eve, 12pm-1am | Jan 1, 10am-7pm | Jan 2, 10am-9pm | Jan 3, 10am-9pm | Jan 4, 10am-7pm.
  • New Year’s Eve Overnight at Montana Audubon Conservation Education Center. 7pm-9am (Dec. 31-Jan. 1). Ring in the New Year with nature activities, lots of noise, exciting explorations, and snacks. Cost, $75 for non-members, $67 for Friends of the Audubon Center, with a $10 sibling discount.
  • December 31, Billings Bulls VS Great Falls @ 7:30pm. Centennial Ice Arena.

Billings Public Library
Kids Books to Movies
December 29-31 @ 2pm

Looking for a little afternoon distraction for the kids during winter break? Billings Public Library is showing ‘Kids Books to Movies’ throughout the break. Watch a movie based on a book and stick around to be entered into a drawing to win a copy of the movie and the book the movie is based on.

  • Monday, December 29: How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Tuesday, December 30: Rise of the Guardians
  • Wednesday, December 31: Charlotte’s Web

ZooMontana
Zoo Year
Wednesday, December 31 @ 11am-1pm

Celebrate the countdown to noon o’clock on New Year’s Eve at ZooMontana with ‘Zoo Year.’ This fun afternoon celebration comes complete with an apple juice toast at noon, crafts and animal encounters throughout the afternoon. The perfect way to ring in the ‘Zoo’ Year without the late night!

P.S. If there’s snow (and unless serious melting occurs, it’s looking like there will be), be sure to bring your sleds, as there will be opportunities for sledding on the zoo’s Bison hill by Homestead House.

Normal admission rates apply, free for members.

Alberta Bair Theater
Beatles Tribute: Classical Mystery Tour
presented by Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale
Wednesday, December 31 @ 8pm

Reflect, for a moment, on the supreme greatness that was The Beatles. Now, imagine The Beatles playing in concert with a symphony orchestra…That’s essentially what Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale is bringing to Billings with the Classical Mystery Tour. Comprised of four musicians who look and sound like The Beatles in their prime, Classical Mystery Tour is more than just a rock concert. It’s honoring 50 years of “Beatlemania,” performing some 30 Beatles tunes sung, played, and performed exactly as they were written. If you love The Beatles, then this is exactly the way you’ll want to spend your New Year’s Eve.

Tickets: 256-6052 or www.albertabairtheater.org | Proceeds benefit Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale

Downtown Billings
Downtown Countdown
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 @ 8pm

If you’ve snagged a babysitter for the kids and are looking to make New Year’s Eve the ultimate date night, then you might want to make your way downtown for the 2nd Annual Downtown Countdown, under Skypoint (North Broadway and 2nd Avenue North). Gates will open at 8pm, with live music by The Clintons from 8-10:30pm, and DJ Mac D and DJ N-ER-G taking over from 10:30pm-1am. With music, dancing, food, spirits, and a light show, it’s an adult’s evening out to remember.

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Wishing you a Happy New Year! If your festivities take you out and about this New Year’s Eve, be safe and smart.