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Top 5 Places to Spend New Year's Eve

Ring in this New Years from one of the best cities to celebrate the holiday in the United States. We have picked our list of top five cities, along with reasons why they rank among the best.

From family-friendly celebrations to raucous street scenes, there is a New Year's party for everyone.

New York, Times Square

This New Year's Eve location may be a bit cliche, but it's so festive that it has to be experienced at least once in a lifetime. From the iconic ball drop at One Times Square to Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest, it is a New Years you won't soon forget. Make sure to dress warmly, as New York can get extremely cold during winter. Also, the Times Square area gets packed with people, which means that there is little room to move around near midnight - get there early.

New Orleans

New Orleans is another extremely popular New Year's celebration spot. Revelers enjoy drinks and merriment up and down Bourbon street all night, where it is legal to carry your own alcohol outside of the bars and restaurants. The entire French quarter is filled with live music from early evening until well past midnight, and the official countdown takes place in Jackson Square, which features its own ball drop from the roof of Jax's Brewery.


Celebrate New Year's Eve with the whole family at Boston's "First Night" attraction. Boston was the first city to embrace the First Night celebrations with the goal of providing a cultural, family friendly New Year's Eve experience all ages can enjoy.

The celebration has grown to over 250 exhibitions and performances by artists from across the globe. Attractions and vendors are scattered throughout downtown Boston, and are open from 1 pm until midnight.

Las Vegas

Being one of the wildest party places on any given weekend during the year, it only makes sense that Las Vegas should have rocking New Year's festivities.

There are two places to party in Vegas on New Year's Eve: The Strip, and The Fremont Experience in downtown Las Vegas. Both offer amazing fireworks shows and all night partying, but the Fremont Experience also has top-notch musical performers to entertain revelers. Generally speaking, the Strip caters to a younger crowd while the Fremont Experience attracts older, but equally ready to party, generations.

Key West

Key West has to be known for the most eclectic New Year's celebrations. If the bone-chilling cold of Times Square's ball drop has you shivering, you can head south to take your pick from one of Key West's three zany ball drops. Head to Sloppy Joe's Bar on Duval street to watch a gigantic conch shell work its way down to midnight, watch a pirate wench lowered from the mast of a ship in Key West's historic seaport, or watch Sushi, the famous local drag queen, get lowered from a Duval street balcony atop a giant red high-heeled pump.

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Jennifer Geddes
Celebrations Writer

Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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