New Years Eve has always been a time for celebration and excess. Year after year, people stay up all night waiting for the ball to drop before signing Auld Lang Syne and contemplating their resolutions for the coming year.
If you're looking to have a good time on New Year's Eve, but are not sure where to celebrate, check out one of these unique events happening around Waukesha.
Rock The Clock
First Assembly of God, 1314 S. Grand Ave.
First Assembly of God is hosting their second annual Rock The Clock event. The event is a night of music, coffee and video games.
The church coffee house stays open all night, and they convert an entire room to an arcade for the evening.
This year, the event features artists from various generas, including techno DJ Sprinkles and rock acts like Chasing Taylor, Undying Allegiance and Sent by Ravens.
In addition to video games and music, this year Rock The Clock includes a question and answer session with Jake Luhrs, lead singer of nationally known metal band, August Burns Red.
The doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the music starts at 8 p.m. For those looking for a safe place to ring in the New Year, swing by First Assembly of God and rock the clock. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Last year more than 300 tickets were sold.
The event is all ages but is geared towards high school students.
New Year's Eve Package
The Clarke Hotel, 314 W. Main St.
For those looking for a more luxurious way to ring in the New Year, look no further than The Clarke Hotel downtown Waukesha.
On New Year's Eve, $250 will get you one-night accommodations featuring a bottle of champagne, a five-course dinner for two and a night of music in the Clarke Bar.
To make a reservation call the Clarke Hotel at (262) 549-3800.
New Year's Eve featuring Farland
Generations at 5 Points, 294 W. Main St.
Generations at 5 Points offers a New Year's Eve package including three tapas items, one bottle of wine and one dessert for $60. There will also be New Year's Eve specials, and a Korbel Champagne toast at midnight.
Local band, Farland, will play from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (262) 446-3300.
Holiday Ice Skating
Eble Park Ice Arena will be open for skating from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 31. Naga-Waukee Park Ice Arena will be open from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 31.
The cost is $6 for adults and $4.50 for juniors and seniors (under 18 and over 60). Skate rental is $2.50.
Irish New Years Eve Party
House of Guinness, 354 W. Main St.
If one New Year's Eve party just isn't enough, try stopping by the House of Guinness before your regularly scheduled event.
The House of Guinness will be celebrating New Years Eve - on Irish time. There will be a champagne toast at 6 p.m. (midnight in Ireland) to kick off the New Year.
The pub opens at 3 p.m., and Sandcarvers will play their brand of Celtic rock from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. after which the bar will close so everyone can go to their next New Year's Eve party.