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CHRISTMAS AT THE ZOO, through Dec. 30, Indianapolis Zoo, 1200 W. Washington St., animals will be out late to enjoy the cooler weather, including the polar bear, tigers, red panda, brown bears, walrus and many others; holiday-themed dolphin shows and special animal keeper chats; outdoor light displays; guests can sip a cup of hot cocoa, sample holiday treats and enjoy carolers singing near the fireside; Santa’s Workshop, decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus, write letters to Santa and meeting with Kris Kringle; free for Zoo members and included with regular admission. Discount tickets are available at participating Donatos and Teachers Credit Union locations; additional ticket info:


INDIANAPOLIS MUSEUM OF ART NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA, 9 p.m. Dec. 31, Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 N. Michigan Road, $125 to $250, cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres from Kahn’s Catering, and music from Henle And The Loops and DJ Record Shop. The party will last until 1 a.m.; patron dinner beginning at 8 p.m. in addition to the main event. The patron dinner will include a formal dinner in the Deer Zink Special Events Pavilion, remarks by Dr. Charles L. Venable, the Melvin & Bren Simon director and CEO, and a live jazz performance. Patron dinner tickets are available for $250 ($170 of each reservation is tax-deductible). Early-bird tickets to the main event are $150 ($114 of which is fully tax-deductible). Tickets to New Year’s Eve at the IMA can be purchased at www.imamuseum.org/special-event/new-years-eve-ima

COUNTDOWN TO NOON PARTY, 11:30 a.m. Dec. 31, Clark Pleasant library, 530 Tracy Road Suite 250, New Whiteland, celebrate the new year early with stories, songs, a new year countdown and fun craft. Register: jcplin.org

LARK IN THE PARK: METEOR SHOWER HOUR, 7 p.m. Jan. 3, Johnson County Park, 2949 E. North St., Edinburgh, free, Quadrantids Meteor Shower at Johnson County Park, activities will be indoors and outdoors. Dress for the weather. Free program for all ages. For more information, call 812-526-6809 or email jerwin@co.johnson.in.us

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