New York City
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest
More than 35 years of tradition make New Year's Rockin' Eve one of America's most popular festivities. Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen, Psy and Neon Trees will greet the new year live from Times Square. The West Coast show will feature Justin Bieber, Jason Aldean, Greyson Chance, Ellie Goulding and The Wanted. In remembrance of Dick Clark, who dies this year, Fergie and Jenny McCarthy will host a special two-hour look back at the life of the television personality. The celebration will include more than five hours of performances and reports on other New Year's celebrations around the globe.
New Year's Rockin' Eve takes place Dec. 31, starting at 10 p.m. on TV. But you'll want to get there a lot earlier if you plan to watch in person since Times Square fills up quickly. Plan to arrive by 3 p.m. at Broadway and Seventh Avenue. Consider staying overnight or taking megabus.com, which offers buses departing New York starting at 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 1. Tickets for the holiday trip on megabus are pricey, starting at about $100 each way.
For more information, go to timessquarenyc.com.
New Year's Eve 2013 Fiesta
Latin dancing, drinks and a three-course dinner highlight this New Year's Eve extravaganza at Havana '59. Three floors will give dancers plenty of room to move to the Latin beats of DJ Taz, one of Richmond's hottest DJs. Try your hand at salsa or Latin mix, but don't forget to watch the ball drop in Times Square on Havana '59's 60-inch TV.
Tickets are $20-$69. The party and dancing will go from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. For more information, visit eventbrite.com.
Celebration NYE 2013: New Year's Eve at XFINITY Live
XFINITY Live will start the new year with a sound and light show, food buffets and live music. Performances by The Rockets, Lost in Paris and six DJs will get the crowd moving — something that shouldn't be too hard since the staff at XFINITY Live will be serving drinks from a premium open bar for five hours.
Tickets start at $75. For more details, visit xfinitylive.com.
Big Night DC New Year's Eve Extravaganza
Some 7,000 people spent their New Year's Eve at Big Night DC last year. The countdown to 2013 is expected to be even bigger, with 15 themed party areas, five dance floors and a midnight celebration. Performers include: Saeed Younan, DJ Chris Styles, Mr. Greengenes, Go Go Gadjet, Kristen & The Noise, DJ Flounder and others. Cheerleaders for the Washington Redskins also will be on hand to greet the new year.
Big Night DC festivities run from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. General admission tickets are $139.99. VIP tickets are $199.99. Visit bignightdc.com for more information.
Atlantic City, N.J.
Chelsea Hotel New Year's Eve 2013
Current hits, remixed classics and a 4,400-square-foot banquet space will set the mood for guests to dance the night away at the Chelsea Hotel on Atlantic City's boardwalk. The Crystal Room will have several DJs transitioning between funky beats and house music. Also helping to create a celebratory atmosphere — a premium open bar that will be open for five hours. VIP tickets can gain you access to Club C5, "an intimate and exclusive section inside the ballroom."
The Chelsea Hotel kicks off its celebration at 9 p.m. General admission tickets start at $75. To learn more, go to thechelsea-ac.com/chelsea-hotel.php.