What to do New Year’s Eve—things to do and fun places to go

Ring in the New Year by celebrating with your friends or family.

Ring in the New Year by celebrating with your friends or family.

It is almost that time—when the ball will drop, the horns will blow and we will all welcome in a new year. Not sure how to make the most of the ultimate party night? If you are looking for what to do New Year’s Eve, from things to do or fun places to go, read on so you can make the most of the countdown.

Where to go

If your crowd rolls with the jetsetters or you have simply decided to go all out this New Year’s Eve, you may be looking for the happening hot spot to throw down and celebrate the close of December. Katrina Brown Hunt shared some timeless suggestions for fun places to go in “America’s Best Cities for New Year’s Eve” in the December 2010 Travel + Leisure. Here are the magazine’s top 25 suggestions:

1. New Orleans

2. San Juan, Puerto Rico

3. Honolulu

4. Savannah

5. Las Vegas

6. Phoenix/Scottsdale

7. San Antonio

8. San Diego

9. Austin

10. Charleston

11. Miami

12. Nashville

13. New York City

14. Orlando

15. San Francisco

16. Denver

17. Houston


19. Los Angeles

20. Salt Lake City

21. Santa Fe

22. Atlanta

23. Dallas/Fort Worth

24. Kansas City

25. Memphis

The Crescent City won out because the magazine’s survey found it to be the “No. 1 champ for cocktails, the singles scene, and friendly neighborhood joints.” Sorry NYC, better luck next time.

Party on the home front

If your schedule, or budget, doesn’t allow for you to journey out of town then the next best thing is to throw a super New Year’s Eve bash at home. But there is no need to get stressed—a few simple things to eat and a tasty beverage are all you need to keep you and your friends happy into the wee hours of the morning.

Delish.com offers some tasty tidbits and libations in “20 New Year’s Eve Party Drinks and Foods” for you to consider. One option, the Amber Ale Cheddar Cheese Spread, mixes up spicy horseradish and Dijon mustard with cheddar for the cheese lovers. Or consider a Caprese salad on a stick—grape tomatoes, marinated bocconcini (bite-size mozzarella balls) and fresh basil leaves. Last, but never least, how about a sweet treat to cap the evening off? The site suggests a red-wine velvet cake. And of course, only indulge in the real cocktails if you are 21 or older, and please, always ensure you and your guests drink responsibly.

Finishing touches

What New Year’s Eve would be complete without a slammin’ outfit? Keep in mind what you should wear when you are thinking of things to do and fun places to go.  The blog, Mademoiselle-Lala, offered some suggestions in the December 20, 2013, post, “New Year’s Eve outfit ideas.”

“First of all, consider where you are going – is it street celebration in the cold, gathering of the close friends and family at home or dancing in the hottest club,” the blog recommends. The answer will determine your best outfit bet. Three featured outfits on the blog hit on a range of New Year’s Eve celebration options. There was the “Queen of the Dance Floor,” with the requisite little black dress, fancy heels and statement cocktail ring; or for a home-type gathering a pretty sweater, with a sparkly detail; and for an outdoor event, a cute coat and hat with a stacked heel boot.

Finally, there is much fun to be had no matter what you decide to do New Year’s Eve; just remember to keep the celebration safe. That way you will have even more to celebrate in the coming year.

What will you be doing for New Year’s Eve? Got your own favorite way to usher in the New Year? Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below.

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