We may not have a big, sparkly ball of lights to ooh and ahh over as we count down to 2012, but the New Year’s Eve event line-up in Missoula is chock-full of fun and entertainment. Here’s the rundown on what’s going on.


First Night Missoula


This is a big one, with shows and activities beginning as early as 9 a.m. and running all the way through midnight. For an advance price of $12 (or $15 on Dec. 31), attendees will receive a button that serves as an admission ticket for 80-plus events — including live music — in more than 30 locations around town.


Featured events include the Children’s Parade of Hats at 1 p.m. at Southgate Mall (masks and decorations will be available), ice carving on the courthouse lawn throughout the day, the First Night High School Talent Competition at 8 p.m. at the Wilma Theatre (requires an extra $2 admission) and the grand finale show featuring the Ed Norton Big Band and the Drum Brothers at the University Center.


For button purchasing information and a complete list of activities, artists and locations, visit the First Night Missoula page at www.missoulacultural.org.


Live Music


Musical acts will rock the stages at dozens of venues around Missoula, including the following shows:


Shane Clouse & Stomping Ground, 8 p.m. at the Broadway Bar & Grill


Universal Choke Sign, Rikshaw, Judgment Hammer and Blessidoom, 8 p.m. at the Dark Horse.


Shodown, 9 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Downtown at the Park


County Line, 9 p.m. at the Sunrise Saloon


Beyond the Pale, 9 p.m. at the Union Club


Live jazz music, 10 p.m. at Brooks and Browns


28 North and Airstream Safari, 9 p.m. at the Top Hat


Astraea’s Frequency, Enzymes, ir8prim8 and Kris Moon, starting at 9 p.m. at the Badlander


Reverend Slanky, Zooper Groupe and DJ Brand One, starting at 9 p.m. at the Palace


Fitness and Exercise


Want to get a jump-start on your New Year’s resolution? Join a group of motivated individuals at these family-friendly fitness events.


New Year’s Eve Prediction Run, 5 p.m. at Peak Health and Wellness Center.


Rattlesnake Resolution Run 5K and 10K races, 11 a.m. New Year’s Day at Rattlesnake Elementary School.


Brooke is a 2010 graduate of The University of Montana, where she ran track and cross country for the Grizzlies. She is currently working as a writer and editor in Missoula.


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