New Ideas for the New Year: Six Spots to Sing Auld Lang Syne - Page 2

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Night skyline of Chicago, Illinois
Night skyline of Chicago, Illinois  (PhotoDisc)

Chicago, Illinois
Chicago guarantees satisfaction when it comes to its New Year’s Eve parties. The city hosts celebrations like the family-friendly Chicago Winter Wonderfest at the Navy Pier and elegant boat cruises on Lake Michigan that offer a unique perspective as fireworks soar above the lakefront. Chicago, in general, is certainly a fun adventure for the whole family, so if the whole crew decides to join in on the festivities, check out’s Chicago Family Travel Survival Guide to help plan your stay.

New Orleans, Louisiana
The famous Sugar Bowl football game brings droves of visitors to New Orleans for New Year’s…as if The Big Easy needed another reason to party. Expect dancing in the streets while brass bands parade by, along with a few costumes, and maybe even a gumbo pot dropping at the stroke of midnight. Bar crawls are numerous, so just hop in with one as it rolls by, and you’ll be sure to make friends (that you may or may not remember) by night’s end.

Niagara Falls, Ontario
Not many people think to head to Niagara Falls for New Year’s Eve, but each year the free “Party in Niagara” attracts 30,000 people to this beautiful setting for food, drinks, live music, and, of course, a brilliant display of fireworks over the thunderous falls. Bring your passport; the famous party takes place across the bridge in Queen Victoria Park on the Canada side.

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