▪ Bundle up (it’s going to be single-digit cold) and count down to 2016 at the third annual Idaho Potato Drop. It’s moved to Capitol Park, in front of the Idaho Statehouse, from 6 p.m.-1 a.m., 601 W. Jefferson St. in Boise. Music, arts and crafts, food, cocktail and beer garden and fireworks. Free. IdahoPotatoDrop.com
To beat the cold when the potato drops, you might want to consider the heated VIP tent option for $100. Details and ticket purchase online at $100 each and include one free drink, food, dancing with DJ Justin Case and a VIP swag bag at PotatoDropShop.com.
▪ The college football semis determine who plays for the title Jan. 11. No. 1 Clemson and No. 4 Oklahoma face off in the Orange Bowl (2 p.m., ESPN). No. 2 Alabama plays No. 3 Michigan (6 p.m., ESPN).
▪ Party with the kids. You can rent bowling lanes for $50 for up to eight at Pinz Bowling Center, or just show up at Wahooz Family Fun Zone for a night of laser tag, games and pizza. Both are located at 1385 S. Blue Marlin Lane, Meridian, and will offer food, fun, a midnight toast and balloon drop. If you don’t want to stay up late, check out the “Noon Year’s Eve” party ($14.99 per person).
▪ Hit the Downtown Boise bar scene with hot parties at China Blue, Amsterdam and Dirty Little Roddy’s, 6th and Main streets. A $20 cover gets you into all three, boisesbestbars.com. Or check out the show at Humpin’ Hannah’s, for New Year’s contests, prizes and general craziness with the Rocci Johnson Band taking the stage at 9 p.m. $10 cover.
Find more details and other New Year’s Eve things to do at IdahoStatesman.com/Entertainment.