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Make your plans for New Year’s Eve now

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at 3:05 p.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, at 3:19 p.m.

If you want to have some organized fun in public on New Year’s Eve, the time to plan is now.

Venues around town will be hosting several parties, but tickets are selling out quickly.

The glitziest soiree might be at the new Ambassador Hotel at 104 S. Broadway, which is celebrating its grand opening with a big New Year’s Eve bash. The party serves not only as the launch of the hotel to the public, but also as a fundraiser for the Orpheum Theatre, 200 N. Broadway. The Ambassador will give a portion of the proceeds from its New Year’s packages to the upkeep and revitalization of the historic theater.

Tickets for the event begin at $175 per person, with packages for two starting at $500 and going up to $2,000 for six. Included in the packages are wine, beer and signature cocktails and access to a dinner buffet. Musical entertainment will include the band 3 Ring Circus and Quixotic, a dance group that performs with smoke, lights and mirrors. At midnight, guests will raise their glasses with a champagne toast.

For more information and tickets to the party, visit www.ambassadorhotelcollection.com or call 316-239-7100.

Down the road at the Hyatt, 400 W. Waterman, a party of two can enjoy New Year’s festivities for $249. Included in the price are a room, dinner, a breakfast buffet and a champagne toast in the Grand Eagle Ballroom. Local band Big Fat Fun will perform, and dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 316-293-1234.

The Cotillion, 11120 W. Kellogg, already sold out its big party, which will feature a concert by Kansas natives Logan Mize and Jill Martin plus a prize-laden balloon drop at midnight. Those who really want to go, though, can add their names to a waiting list for tickets that could open up. Hopefuls should text the word WAIT to the number 49798. For more information on the Cotillion’s party, which costs $15, visit www.thecotillion.com or call 316-722-4201.

If you want to be home by midnight, the Prairie Rose Chuckwagon in Benton is putting on an all-ages, no-alcohol event that costs $40 a person. Included are horse-drawn wagon rides, a movie and access to the Silver Screen Cowboy Museum. Doors open at 5 p.m., and dinner begins at 6:30, with Les Gilliam and the Silver Lake Band performing after. The band will close the show around 10 p.m. For more information and reservations, visit www.prairierosechuckwagon.com.

Several Wichita bars and nightclubs also will celebrate 2013’s arrival on Dec. 31. Among them:

Loft 150, 150 N. Mosley, will put on its annual New Year’s event featuring local band King Me. Admission is $10 for a single or $15 for two. There will be a champagne toast at midnight and party favors throughout the evening. The kitchen will be open until 10 p.m.

Quincy’s Bar and Grill, 2047 N. West St., will have a prime rib dinner for two for $29.98 and a champagne toast at midnight. There is no cover charge, but diners must be 21 or older. For reservations, call 316-942-8200.

Bite Me BBQ, 132 N. St. Francis, will have a party featuring local band Rain. Cover charge is $20 and includes a champagne toast at midnight. Show begins at 9 p.m. For reservations, call 316-729-2904.

The Loony Bin, 6140 E. 21st St., will host two shows featuring comedian Michael Mack. Cover charge is $15 for the 7 p.m. show and $25 for the 10 p.m. show. The $25 cost covers party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Following Mack’s show, guests will party and dance until it’s 2013. For more information, visit www.loonybincomedy.com.

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