Here's the lowdown for NYE in downtown Eau Claire.

Light Up Eau Claire is a special night to say goodbye to the old year and to welcome all the possibilities the new year brings. This year's Light Up Eau Claire festivities take place on Sunday, December 31, 2017, in downtown Eau Claire. Light Up Eau Claire is a night of music, fireworks, and a lantern parade to celebrate our artful city and add cheer to the winter chill. 

Here are a few Eau Claire Insider tips to help you make the most of this magical night:

1. Know which events are wristband exclusive 

You can purchase a $15 wristband at The Lismore on the day of the event, starting at 4:00 p.m. The $15 wristband grants you access to all music venues, including Rockin' the Rooftop. The live local music starts at 8:00 p.m. at venues such as The Plus, ECDC, and The Fire House. There are also $55 and $125 all-inclusive wristbands for the Light Up Eau Claire New Year's Eve Gala. Information about these can be found here

2. The fireworks show starts at midnight

With a $15 wristband, you have access to hands-down the best view of the fireworks. You can watch the show from the Rockin' the Rooftop viewing tent on top of the new parking ramp on Riverfront Terrace. The viewing tent opens at 11:30 p.m. Of course, you can always pick a spot on the streets of downtown Eau Claire to be dazzled as the night sky is lit up over the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers.

3. There are two lantern parades

The Little Lantern Parade kicks off at 5:00 p.m. in front of the Eau Claire-Stream. This free event is a fun way for families with kids ages 12 and under to celebrate the new year. The Lismore Lantern Parade starts at 11:00 p.m. at the Eau Claire-Stream trailer, which is the hub of the night's activity. The Eau Claire-Stream will be on the corner of Barstow and Grand Ave. This is an all-ages event, with participants carrying their lanterns through the streets of downtown Eau Claire.  About those lanterns…

4. Several lantern-making workshops are available

Check out the Light Up Eau Claire event page for a complete list of workshops and a video on how to make your own fabulous lantern at home. Enter your lantern in a contest for a chance at awesome prizes. If you're not a DIYer, lanterns will be available to purchase for $5 at the Eau Claire-Stream before the parade.

5. BMO Harris Bank is hosting the most elegant soiree of the evening

The New Year's Eve Gala, sponsored by BMO Harris Bank, starts at 6:00 p.m. This is an elegant party featuring delicious food and fantastic entertainment. Tickets for access to the full event at The Lismore Hotel are $125 and include dinner, live music by Bella Diva, and a can't-miss view of the fireworks display at midnight. A $55 Light Up Late Night ticket sets you up with appetizers, the Bella Diva show, and prime fireworks viewing. Admission for Light Up Late Night starts at 9:00 p.m.

So now that you know a little bit about what to expect, we look forward to seeing you this New Year's Eve at Light Up Eau Claire.