Now that jolly bearded men and flying reindeer have returned to the North Pole, it’s time to celebrate that other winter holiday – New Year’s Eve! And where else could be better to ring in 2012 than the always-happenin’ Fountain Square in Downtown? The Square’s annual New Year’s Eve Blast, sponsored by Toyota, Strauss & Troy, Bartini’s, Fox 19, Cincinnati.com and WREW 94.9, kicks off at 8 p.m. The kids can enjoy free ice skating while the adults enjoy the drink and snack bar. The ‘Nati’s own DJ Pillo will provide the beats, and Fox 19’s Tricia Macke and Ben Swann will be covering the local news at 10 p.m. before counting down to the new year at midnight. After the ball drops, stick around for a fireworks show. The grown-ups can head over to Bartini’s at 508 E. 6th St., where those with a Fountain Square drink wristband can get in without a cover charge. Prepare to party like it's the end of the world. You know, just in case those Mayan calendar rumors are true. Go here for our full NYE event calendar.