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Most Popular Destinations to Spend New Year's Eve
Party close to the theme parks with Universal CityWalk's Rock In the New Year. With performances from Smashmouth and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, plenty of nearby clubs, and all-you-can-eat dining, this party will help you start 2012 with a bang!
#2 New York City
Times Square in New York City is the classic New Year's Eve destination. Hundreds of thousands of people gather in front of One Times Square and millions tune in on TV to watch the famous ball drop. If you're looking for the quintessential New Years Eve experience, it doesn't get any better than Times Square.
#3 South Florida
On New Year's Eve, Miami's hottest clubs go all out. With parties hosted by celebrities like Rick Ross, over-the-top themes, and (sometimes) an open bar, you can party all night. If clubs aren't your thing, head to the Bayfront Park Amphitheater to watch the orange drop and enjoy a fireworks celebration on the beach.
#4 Las Vegas
Las Vegas becomes a celebrity playground for New Year's Eve. With parties featuring celebrities like Fergie, Kim Kardashian, B.O.B., LMFAO, Stevie Wonder, and more, there are plenty of places to find a star-studded event to bring in 2012. Plus, at midnight, eight hotels will simultaneously start the new year with a breathtaking fireworks display.
#5 Los Angeles
If you can't decide on just one place to celebrate the New Year in Los Angeles, club crawling is your solution. This popular trend allows partiers to get into all the happening LA clubs where you can party like a rock star, an Egyptian royal, or even a Greek god as you welcome 2012.
Trade the champagne for one of the many delicious micro-brews and watch the fireworks against a mountain backdrop in downtown Denver. The mile-high city comes alive with celebrations ranging from classy symphony performances to rock and roll shows. No matter how you choose to ring in the new year, it's sure to be a good time!
Get your dancing shoes and get ready to partydowntown Cancun is a club-goers paradise on New Year's Eve. If this is where you choose to bring in the new year, you can expect thousands of partiers, booming music, and tons of fun.
#8 San Francisco
Start your New Year's Eve revelry with the 26th annual Japanese Bell Ringing at the Asian Art Museum. This 16th century bell will be rung 108 times to cleanse the ills of the past year. Once you're cleansed of 2011, you'll be ready to start 2012 at one of the many themed parties throughout the city.
When in Phoenix on December 31, you can celebrate the arrival of 2012 at the Fiesta Bowl Block Party, rated one of the top ten places to ring in the New Year by USA Today. Join the partygoers for magic shows, fireworks, BMX stunt shows, and toast the New Year in one of four beer gardens.
Finding an event to fit your New Year's Eve celebration tastes in the Windy City is easy. With everything from laid-back soirees to all-night ragers, Chicago is sure to have the right spot for you to welcome in 2012. Two of the more popular parties are The Playboy NYE Party at the Hilton and the Chicago NYE Ball, hosted by Lil Jon.