New Year’s Eve 2013
By Solana Hawkenson
There are more parties than we can count scheduled for this New Year’s Eve 2013, but if you’re looking for something a bit different, or just less alcoholic, check out our list of exciting events to get your new year going the right way. Get an early start on your resolution to get in shape by running a marathon, or dance the last night of 2012 away in Miami. If an event seems intriguing to you, don’t be timid. Go ahead and drive, or spring for that plane ticket to get you there. And get this, planes also fly to Europe, and Asia, and.....you get the idea. After all, you’ll only celebrate New Year’s 2013 once in this lifetime. Or, perhaps you (and your favorite guy or girl) would prefer to stay at home, and celebrate the occasion with a sexy night in bed, complete with at least one celebratory champagne cocktail. I say, ring in the New Year - your way!
Now about starting the new year the right way by running a New Year’s Eve marathon. Don’t worry about missing out on NYE fun, because marathon organizers make sure the events are festive with music, lights and entertainment.
New York City | The Emerald Nuts Midnight Run
Kick off the New Year with a spectacular fireworks display at the Emerald Nuts Midnight Run! Join the fun and celebrate with dancing and a costume parade and contest. The festivities will be held at the Central Park Bandshell, just south of the 72nd Street Transverse in Central Park, New York. To purchase tickets and learn more, visit http://www.nyrr.org/races-and-events/emerald-nuts-midnight-run
Allen, TX | New Year’s Double
Two back-to-back days of a marathon, half marathon, and a 5K in North Texas on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Participants get an extra medal for completing the challenge of two events! Visit http://www.newyearsdouble.com/ for more information.
Los Angeles | 2013 New Year’s Race ½ Marathon & 5k: Los Angeles at Night (Sat., Jan. 5)
Start off the New Year on the right foot by crossing the finish line! The New Year’s Race Los Angeles course offers its runners an awe-inspiring and totally unique tour of downtown Los Angeles. Celebrate at the finish line with a DJ, crazy light shows on the dance floor and rockin’ live music, which takes place from 6pm-1am/pt. Learn more at http://www.newyearsrace.com/
The 2009 release of the silly single “I’m On A Boat” (featuring T Pain) by The Lonely Island made yacht parties cool again and had everyone shouting, “I’m on a boat!”, even if they really weren’t. Here’s your chance to say it and mean it, aboard one of these NYE cruises.
New York City | Fireworks Cruise on the Staten Island Ferry
The New York City area will have plenty of NYE events and more than one fireworks display, though these events can be pricey. To celebrate without spending a lot of cash, hop aboard The Staten Island ferry. The ferry will take you from the terminal just off Battery Park in Lower Manhattan to Staten Island and back. During the 25-minute ride, you’ll witness awesome views of fireworks in Brooklyn, Manhattan, New Jersey and Liberty Island, as well as of the Statue of Liberty. For a schedule of cruise times, visit http://www.siferry.com/SIFerry_Schedules.aspx
Miami | Island Queen NYE Party Cruises
Welcome 2013 and celebrate in style with an all-inclusive dinner cruise, aboard one of three luxury yachts, the Biscayne Lady, one of Miami's newest party yachts, the Venetian Lady or Floridian Princess. No other New Year's Eve celebration will be as memorable as cruising Miami’s turquoise waters on an unbelievable yacht and seeing the fireworks show from there. The special, all-inclusive New Year's Eve cruises include open premium bar and unlimited food including salad bar station, pasta station, meat carving station, and a dessert station. There will be a professional DJ onboard playing all the latest dance music. Purchase tickets at http://www.islandqueencruises.com/NewYearsEveCruiseMiami.htm
Spend the last days of 2012 viewing amazing ice sculptures and a vast assortment of performances at one of the best family-friendly events the Northeast has to offer.
Boston | First Night Boston
Boston’s First Night Festival of the Arts, annually showcases the work of 1,000 artists in 200 performances and exhibits at 35 indoor and outdoor venues, located throughout the downtown area on New Year’s Eve. This signature Boston event is the oldest and largest of its kind in North America, typically attracting about one million people from all over the world.. The day-long celebration happens on December 31, from 1 pm/et to midnight each year In addition to the broad range of lively music, dance, theater, visual art, and film programs offered, First Night’s traditional activities include a Family Festival at the Hynes Convention Center, a Grand Procession down Boylston Street, colossal ice sculptures that dot the city’s landscape, and a spectacular fireworks display at midnight. Purchase tickets at http://www.firstnight.org/buy/Sports. You may not be so slick on the ice rink yourself, but you might enjoy watching the pros play a (mostly) friendly game of hockey. If that’s the case, spend New Year’s cheering on your favorite sports team.
Dallas | Dallas Stars vs. Nashville Predators
Dallas may not be cold in December, but you can feel the winter chill in the hockey arena when the Dallas Stars take on the Nashville Predators. The game starts at 7:30pm at the American Airlines Center Victory Park in Dallas, TX. Get tickets at http://listings.dfw.com/dallas_tx/events/show/267147726-dallas-stars-vs-nashville-predators
Instead of listening to a DJ spin the same old Top 40 tunes at a local club or bar, catch one of your favorite artists at one of their concerts. Here’s a list of some of the biggest acts performing on Dec 31:
Miami | Pitbull – AmericanAirlines Arena
Boston | My Morning Jacket – Agganis Arena
Los Angeles | Cake – The Wiltern
Houston | Trey Songz and Miguel – Reliant Arena
Austin | Willie Nelson – Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theatre
Detroit | Zac Brown Band – Joe Louis Arena
Chicago | Mike Posner and Bad Boy Bill – Hilton Chicago
Las Vegas | Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan; The Black Keys – The Hard Rock Hotel (Dec 30); Cirque du Soleil: The Beatles LOVE – The Mirage
New York City | Phish – Madison Square Garden; Jay-Z & Coldplay – Barclays Center; NAS – Radio City Music Hall
CHILL OUT OPTIONS
Who says you need to go out to have a good time? Avoid the drunken craziness by planning a more low-key night with your friends and family.
Stay home & drink champagne
Instead of getting sloppy with crowds of strangers, kick back in the comfort of your own home with a glass (es) of champagne. You deserve it! Try these great champagne drink recipes from Food Network: http://www.foodnetwork.com/topics/sparkling-wine/index.html
Why not spend time with your loved ones while taking part in America’s favorite past time? See Taylor Swift headline the star studded Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve on NBC. The show kicks off at 8pm/et with a two hour tribute to the late, great Dick Clark. Or, find a comfy spot on the couch and settle in for the Syfy’s annual Twilight Zone Marathon, beginning at 8am.
See a play
Visit http://www.theatrelandltd.com/ to find the plays showing near you. The website has over 70 theatres listed!
Have Fun! What more is there to say!