As the year is wrapping up, it’s time to start making plans. Plans for next year, vacations, holidays, travel, resolutions, and last – but certainly not least, plans for ringing in the new year! If you aren’t planning on staying in, there are plenty of exciting options to shake things up a bit, and start the new year off in a new way.
Since it is the end of the year, every which way you go you will run into a Top Ten list or the best of list, and places to spend New Year’s is no exception! Every travel, magazine or news site will have a list of the best places to go or be and whether they are local, national, or even international, they all seem to list some of the similar places. Whatever your preference, celebrating New Year’s Eve is a tradition that announces one year has drawn to a close, while the other is just on the horizon. Going through the various lists, there are three places that I found that sound like amazing places to spend the last night of 2011.
If you’re in the South, Atlanta has a major celebration planned. The 23rd annual Peach Drop features an 800 pound fiberglass peach. Music and entertainment are held in Underground Atlanta, and after the descend fireworks and confetti burst through the night sky. Legendary rock group Kansas will be headlining the stage and entertaining the crowd. The party starts at noon and continues on till 4 a.m.
If you are out further West, than look no further than Las Vegas! The party is so big the entire Vegas Strip is shut down to accommodate the tens of thousands of people who come to ‘Sin City’ to usher in the New Year. The celebration in Vegas has come to be known as “America’s Party,” this year’s theme is “Party Las Vegas.” The festivities are free and include a spectacular fireworks display. In true Vegas fashion, the possibilities for New Year’s Eve in this city are endless. You just have to find the event that is right for you and your wallet. For more information on New Year’s events happening in Vegas, click here.
Last, but not least, is New York City. The ball drop in Times Square is synonymous with New Year’s Eve. Besides this once-a-year party, New Yorkers just know how to put on a fantastic celebration. There are new clubs, legendary clubs, ritzy hotels and five-star dinners for you to experience. Times Square is congested on December 31 so you must get there super early if you want to catch a glimpse of it. Even if you aren’t able to reach Times Square, the vibe of the city is reason enough to come. This may not be something that you want to do every year, but it is a place you must go as least once. See the dropping of that famous ball in person instead of watching it on television for a change!