A variety of events for young and old set to bid 2015 farewell in KC

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Thursday is the last day of 2015 and there are lots of ways to celebrate; some for adults, some for the whole family, leading up to the ball drop and beginning of 2016.

Workers at Union Station were busy on Wednesday in anticipation of a big night.

“I think that Kansas City is looking for something fresh and new. Plus, Dave Stephens in a native Kansas Citian, so to see him come back, everybody wants to come back and see him on the stage,” said Stacey Price, the Event Manager for Union Station.

There will be a DJ, swing dancing, and the Dave Stephens band is performing at Union Station's New Year's party. They're expecting 1,400 people.
“We`re also going to have a 2,000 balloon drop, a ball drop at midnight as well,” Price added.

Downtown at the Power and Light District, workers were setting up for their NYE Live party.

“We`ve done this party for over six years now, the party itself takes place in KC Live, and then 10 venues in the area,” said Ashley Stout, the marketing coordinator for P&L.

More than 6,000 people are expected there, where you can hop around from venue to venue, there will be party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight.

“It really has that Times Square atmosphere, we have a ball drop that will go off at midnight, confetti bursts, a live band,” Stout said.

In Westport -- preparations for the Black Party were underway, an event Californos has hosted for 10 years.

“There`s live DJs, outdoor space,” Aaron Barksdale Burns said, the sales manager for Californos Westport. “I think it`s one of the hot spots here in Westport and Kansas City on New Years.

With a guest list of more than 500 people, they're making sure everything is taken care of.

“All the things it will take to pull off a good party... the staffing, we have 20 bartenders lined up,” Burns said.

Tons of daytime events are taking place as well for the little ones -- like the Noon Year's Eve party at Science City.

“It`s a great event to bring the whole family down, make a whole day of it, we expect about 2,000 to 3,000 people here,” said Jeff Rosenblatt, the director of exhibits at Science City.

That event goes from noon to 7 p.m. with activities all day long, and a balloon drop at 6.

“It`s good to make some of the holidays and time off from school good for everybody,” added Rosenblatt.

For more information about things going on in the area, check out these links:

Noon Year's Eve in Roeland Park

New Year's Eve Guide for Families

White Party NYE 2016

New Year's Eve at the Temple VI

New Year's Swingin' Eve at Union Station

Noon Year's Eve at Science City

New Year's Eve Celebration at Harrah's Casino North Kansas City