Oklahoma City's favorite New Year's Eve celebration is quickly approaching! Come welcome the New Year downtown at the Arts Council of Oklahoma City's Opening Night 2012!

One wristband gets you into 40 performances in 8 venues from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Dec. 31! We have ALL types of entertainment at this family-friendly event including music, dance, and magic. There's everything from country, big band, jazz, rock, mariachi and more! You won't want to miss master illusionist David Thomas and his Vegas-style magic show at the Cox Convention Center or Finale's headlining band Smilin' Vic and the Soul Monkeys! There's also a Children's Area where kids can make free arts and crafts (mustache-on-a-stick, anyone?), enjoy kid-friendly performances, face painting and a giant inflatable obstacle course!

 

Whether you're a kid or an adult, you should also participate in the scavenger hunt across several Opening Night venues. If you can figure out the clues and make it to all locations, you could win some fantastic prizes! Just stop by the Scavenger Hunt starting point at the Cox Convention Center starting at 7! Cool prizes will be awarded to the winners!

The GRAND FINALE is in a brand new location this year - the Myriad Gardens! We're thrilled to have the Grand Lawn filled with 60,000 of our closest friends as we all count down to midnight! Smilin' Vic and the Soul Monkeys will help us dance the night away while the Opening Night Finale Ball rises into the air with the Oklahoma City skyline behind. As the clock strikes midnight, the longest, most extravagant fireworks show will have you saying, "Oooooh!" and "Aaaaaah!"

 

Save a few bucks by purchasing your wristbands in advance for just $8 at 7-Eleven Stores of Oklahoma, metro Homeland stores, MidFirst Bank locations, Science Museum Oklahoma and the Tinker Air Force Base. You can also buy them at the event for $10 at the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, Leadership Square trailer, Myriad Gardens trailer, and the north end of the Cox Convention Center (Opening Night Headquarters). Children 5 and under are free.

 

Hope to see you out at the best New Year's Eve celebration in Oklahoma! Happy New Year!