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New Year's Eve Concerts and Shows in New York City


Want to ring in the New Year while watching a fantastic show? It will come as no surprise that New York City has a number of fantastic performances that you can attend on New Year's Eve -- here we round up a few of your best bets for a great night out.
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1. New Year's Eve Gala with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center

New Year's Eve with Audra McDonald and New York Philharmonic, led by Ted Sperling, at Avery Fisher Hall
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An annual tradition, the New York Philharmonic Gala at Lincoln Center is aired live on PBS on New Year's Eve, but you can experience it in person at Avery Fisher Hall.

2. Barge Music

Head to the Brooklyn waterfront for Barge Music's New Year's Eve Concert. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at will feature Bach Sonatas. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased online. Complimentary sparkling cider, cookies and chocolate will be served.

3. New Year's Eve Concert for Peace

The Concert for Peace has been an annual tradition at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine since 1983. The celebration takes place at 7 p.m. on New Year's Eve and features music, dance, prayer and words while the thousands of attendees hold candles, illuminating the Cathedral. A number of general admission tickets are free, but guaranteed admission is $30 and reserved seats start at $100 (available for purchase online or by calling 866-811-4111.)

4. Phish at Madison Square Garden

Phish will be ringing the year in at Madison Square Garden. Tickets are sold-out, but you might get lucky and find a ticket through a ticket broker.

5. Gov't Mule at the Beacon Theater

If you like alt-country, you might enjoy the Gov't Mule concert at the Beacon Theater on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Tickets are still available (as of 12/19/13) for the New Year's Eve show that begins at 7 p.m.

6. Chris Botti at the Blue Note

Chris Botti will be doing two New Year's Eve sets at the Blue Note, one set will be from 7-8:30 (5 p.m. doors) and the second will be from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. (9 p.m. doors) Tickets include champagne toast, hats and noisemakers. Tickets for the early set are $85-145 and $95-175 for the second set. You'll want to arrive early for either set, as table seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and seats are not guaranteed if you purchase the cheaper "bar" tickets.

7. Sandra Bernhard at Joe's Pub

Sandra Bernhard will perform two shows on New Year's Eve at Joe's Pub at 9 and 11 p.m. Tickets are $100/150 (though early-bird discounts were available before Thanksgiving).

8. Big Apple Circus

If you're looking for something to do with your kids on New Year's Eve, the Big Apple Circus might be the ticket for you. Tickets are $45-175. The show takes place at Lincoln Center and begins at 9:30 p.m.

9. New Years Eve with Roy Wood Jr. at the Gotham Comedy Club

Pete Correale will be doing two shows at the Gotham Comedy Club on New Year's Eve -- one at 8 and another at 10:30 p.m. Tickets for the early show are $25 (plus a two drink minimum) and for the later show you can choose a $60 ticket (plus 2 drink minimum) or pay $120 for VIP admission, which includes open bar, party favors, champagne toast and gratuity or $500/couple for Gold VIP admission which adds on a private table, line skipping, appetizers and a bottle of champagne.

10. New Year's Eve Spectacular at Carolines on Broadway

Carolines on Broadway will host two comedy shows, one at 7:30 p.m. and one at 10 p.m. The evening's entertainment will include: Wil Sylvince, Vince August, Michael Che, Phil Hanley and Matteo Lane. Located in the heart of Times Square, the early set is a great choice if you want to watch the ball drop afterwards.

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