As with most happenings in the Eau Claire area, Royal Credit Union's Light Up Eau Claire is a community effort, with businesses and venues from all around Eau Claire helping to make this celebration one for the books. Step outside of the comfort of your living room this New Year's Eve because there is something for everybody at the Second Annual Light Up Eau Claire.
New Year's Eve festivities and community interviews throughout the evening - free hot chocolate and party favors! I-94 and Greatest Hits 98.1's very own Luc Anthony will be the Ryan Seacrest of this event, helping us ring in the new year with lots of energy and local pride.
4:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. | FREE | Barstow Street Lot | Corner of Barstow St. and Grand Ave.
Warm up around the fire at this cool hangout, complete with ice firepits, an ice sculpture and an ice bar...seeing the pattern? Everything ice at the Light Up Eau Claire Ice Lounge was created by local artisan Jason Anhorn. There will evern be hand-crafter ice lowball glasses available for purchase while supplies last. Beer and wine will be available for purchase within the ice lounge, pending city council approval.
Children and families will enjoy an early NYE celebration at the Little Lantern Parade. Families are encouraged to hand-make creative lanterns to carry through the parade. This mini-celebration is perfect for families with children 12 and under.
The parade will start at the intersection of Barstow Street and Grand Avenue, in front of the Eau Claire-Stream, head north on Barstow Street, hang a left on Eau Claire Street, pass by the construction site for the Confluence Arts Center, travel south on Graham Avenue and finish by taking a left on Grand Avenue, ending back at the Eau Claire Stream.
The most elegant New Year's Eve soiree will be at The Lismore Hotel, where the 10-piece show band Belladiva will be performing. Enjoy a magnificent strolling dinner buffet with live entertainment. Of course a New Year's Eve event as festive as this one would not be complete without a midnight champagne toast.
Attendees will enjoy multi-venue live entertainment with wristband admission. Venues include: The Plus, Stones Throw, The Lakely, ECDC, The Fire House, Micon Cinemas Downtown, The Dive and the Children's Museum of Eau Claire. Of course no party is complete without live entertainment. Join Irie Sol for their pre-fireworks show at Rockin' the Rooftop, perhaps the most unexpected of venues this NYE.
With purchase of the Light Up Late Night wristband, you'll get to join in on all of the fun being had at BMO Harris Bank's New Year's Eve Gala - only a few hours later. At Light Up Late Night, you'll be able to indulge in desserts, hit the dance floor and - of course - sway to the sweet tunes of Belladiva.
Bring your own lantern that you created at one of Light Up Eau Claire's workshops (or that you made at home) or buy one at the Eau Claire-Stream on New Year's Eve, starting at only $5! We will be lighting up the streets of downtown Eau Claire, following in suit of the tradition held in Lismore, Australia. Don't have lantern or time to make one? You can still feel free to join the parade through downtown Eau Claire - it will be an experience to remember!
The parade will start at the intersection of Barstow Street and Grand Avenue, in front of the Eau Claire Stream, head north on Barstow Street, hang a left on Eau Claire Street, pass by the construction site for the Confluence Arts Center, travel south on Graham Avenue and finish by taking a left on Grand Avenue, ending back at the Eau Claire Stream.
Think you've made the coolest lantern ever?! Enter it into the contest for a chance to win some cash prizes.
After the Lismore Lantern Parade, This rockin' event includes entertainment by Irie Sol, a heated rooftop fireworks viewing tent, and light snacks and beverages for purchase on top of the new parking ramp on Riverfront Terrace. Beer will be available for purchase, pending city council approval.
Eau Claire is about to experience Fireworks like they never have before! Join us during the first 8 minutes of the new year to marvel at the beauty of fireworks lighting the sky over the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire Rivers! We will truly be Lighting Up Eau Claire!