New Ideas for the New Year: Six Spots to Sing Auld Lang Syne

There are the obvious favorites, like New York City and Las Vegas—but with a new year comes new ideas. Here are six destinations that might not be on your New Year's Eve radar, but they're all worthy of a trip to watch the ball drop at midnight.
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Skyline of Orlando, Florida at night
Skyline of Orlando, Florida at night  (iStockphoto/Thinkstock)

New York City and Las Vegas are perennial favorites for celebrating New Year’s Eve and all the merriment that comes with it. But a new year just begs for some new ideas, especially those that won’t leave you in debt after the firework dust settles. Here are six of our picks for worthy locales to usher in your list of resolutions. (Also check out our photo gallery on the hottest places to spend New Year's Eve.)

Orlando, Florida
Orlando is always a magical place for the whole family, but it is unforgettable on New Year’s Eve. Orlando’s theme parks celebrate with live entertainment and special midnight firework displays. So spend your day with Mickey and Minnie, and then watch as the most magical place in the world makes the sky sparkle.

Atlanta, Georgia
Each year, more than 100,000 people head to Atlanta for the Southeast’s largest New Year’s Eve party. The Peach Drop celebration fills downtown with locals and tourists eagerly awaiting fireworks and the 800-pound peach to drop. Local and national musicians play in venues around Underground Atlanta, and many of the restaurants and bars offer specials for the big event. The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, a prestigious college football dual, also falls on New Year’s Eve, with a week-long schedule of events such as parades and fan nights leading up to the big game at the Georgia Dome.

Seattle, Washington
Visit Seattle for New Year’s and you’ll find a variety of events to attend, from laid-back parties (a vibe that Seattle is known for) to the going-all-out celebration at the EMP Museum. Three-thousand guests spill into EMP’s doors to tour the exhibits, see live music and comedy acts, and dance to beats spun by live DJs. With 140,000 square feet, it’s the largest party in Seattle and a must-do if you’re in the area. At midnight, turn your eyes to the iconic Space Needle as the sky above it lights up with fireworks.

Published: 24 Oct 2012 | Last Updated: 7 Dec 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication
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