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New Year's Eve in New York City

From the Times Square Ball Drop to jaw-dropping dinners, NYC is amazing on NYE

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New York City is a classic destination for New Year's Eve, with amazing parties, dinners and even the opportunity to watch the New Year's Eve Ball Drop live in Times Square. Whether you're looking for a big party, a fancy, intimate dinner or something entirely different, we've gathered a variety of different ideas for your New Year's Eve celebration in New York City.

1. Watch The Ball Drop in Times Square

Times Square New Year's Eve Ball Drop
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If your New Year's Eve in New York City fantasy involves watching the ball drop in Times Square, you're not alone -- approximately a million revelers fill Times Square to watch the ball drop at midnight. Prepare yourself with our list of things to bring to the ball drop in Times Square and tips for attending the ball drop.

2. Enjoy a Great Concert or Show on New Year's Eve

New York City venues pull out all the stops on New Year's Eve, so it's a great night to catch an amazing act performing at one of New York City's great performance venues. From Lincoln Center to the Lower East Side, we've got a round-up of great concerts and shows happening on New Year's Eve.

3. Feast Your Way into the New Year

Sometimes the best way to celebrate the New Year is with a delicious meal. These restaurants will be having special New Year's Eve menus. Consider early seatings if you want to toast in the New Year elsewhere and pick a later time for dining if you want to clink glasses at your table.

4. Dance or Drink the Night Away at These Clubs & Bars

From all-inclusive to very exclusive, these New York City clubs and bars will be hosting New Year's Eve parties. Check details about what's included at various places -- some tickets include unlimited open bar, while other venues offer a range of tickets that each include different perks (keep in mind: sometimes the cheapest tickets are no bargain!)

5. Ring in the New Year from the New York Harbor

Celebrate the New Year aboard one of New York City's many New Year's Eve cruises. Whether you're looking for an elegant evening aboard a yacht in formal attire, a New Year's Eve booze cruise or even a family-friendly affair, one of these NYE cruises will fit the bill.

6. Looking for Something Different for New Year's Eve?

New Year's Eve Brooklyn Bridge Walk
Photo courtesy of New York Talks and Walks, used with permission
Maybe the same-old, same-old isn't how you want to start 2012? We've got some unusual ways to celebrate the New Year here, including a New Year's Eve race and a Brooklyn Bridge walking tour!

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