Things to Do on New Year's Eve

Looking for things to do on New Year's Eve? There are plenty of ideas out there, whether you want to keep the evening low-key, or if you want to celebrate at the party of the year!

House Party
Perhaps the most popular way to ring in the New Year is with a house party. You may be invited to a friend's party, or you can decide to host your own. When planning your New Year's Eve party, remember that it can be anything from a small gathering of a few friends, to a large black-tie affair or anything in between. It's up to you.

If you're going all-out, hire a DJ or load up your iPod with everyone's favorite dance songs. Keep the food simple, with sandwiches and hors d'oeuvres that can be picked up. If you've got a Nintendo Wii or a Rock Band game in the house, put it where everyone can find it and let your guests have fun playing. 

Do remember that anyone who drives home under the influence is your responsibility. Be prepared to have some people spend the night, or make sure that everyone has a designated driver.

If you want to dance your way from the old year into the new, then perhaps ringing in the New Year at a club may be more your speed. Many dance clubs have special New Year's Eve parties. Check your local entertainment listings to find out what's happening at the clubs in your area. These parties can sell out early, so it's a good idea to get tickets before Christmas if you've got your heart set on being at a specific place.

Live Music
Chances are, most of the local bands in your area are playing a show someplace on New Year's Eve. Check to see where your favorite band is playing, and spend New Year's Eve rocking out with some live music.

First Night
First Night is a city-wide celebration of the New Year that originally started in Boston. It has since spread across the United States, and now there are First Night celebrations in most major cities. These types of celebrations feature various artistic events and cultural fare, including music, dance, art, performance art and comedy. There are events for all ages going on throughout the day and evening, with many performances geared toward families. Search online to find out what's happening in your city.

Stay Home
How about spending New Year's Eve having a romantic evening at home with your sweetheart? Order in dinner, open a bottle of wine and snuggle by the fire while you wait for the ball to drop. You might find staying home to be a refreshing change from dealing with the crowds and noise that are standard for New Year's Eve. 

In Boston and other cities, buying a button will get you admission to First Night events. These buttons usually cost less if you buy them before the big night. Check your city's First Night Web site to get a full calendar of events and locations.

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