By Amy Wilde
For New Year's Eve, you don't have to go big — or stay home. While 100,000 revelers crowd New York City's Times Square to watch the iconic ball drop and vie for their moment on national television, you can find plenty of other New Year's Eve spots around the country with their own celebrations complete with live music, DJs, champagne, dancing and fireworks.
Read on to find this year's answer to the age-old question, "What are you doing New Year's Eve?"
Just a few hours away from the televised spectacle in midtown Manhattan is New England's largest New Year's Eve celebration for more than 40 years. This East Coast tradition is called First Night, and it's been taking place in the heart of Beantown annually since 1975 with musical performances and multiple fireworks displays throughout the evening — one for the early-to-bed crowd, and one, of course, at midnight.
Chicago's biggest New Year's Even party for more than a decade and counting takes place at Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier. Sponsored and televised live by NBC Chicago, this bash features multiple bars, dancing, a champagne toast and a terrace perfect for taking in the fireworks. The ticketed event has a dress code, and tends to sell out in advance. However, other Navy Pier bars and restaurants host celebrations — most with their own view of the sky show.
To ring in the new year in a true winter wonderland, head to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and take your pick of several ways to celebrate. Several local ski resorts offer kid-friendly torchlight parades in an idyllic mountain setting followed by fireworks displays. Nightlife options also abound in the area, ranging from cozy fireside cocktails to all-night dance parties.
If you're a music lover, there's perhaps no better place to welcome the new year than Nashville — Music City Midnight is a public extravaganza complete with live music from top Nashville musicians. As the clock ticks down, artists like Maren Morris, Jason Isbell, Cheap Trick and the Fisk Jubilee Singers will take to the stage, led by the evening's usual master of ceremonies, country music icon Keith Urban.
For an all-American New Year's Eve celebration, head to Philadelphia, where fireworks light up the sky over the Delaware River not once but twice: just after sundown for kids and early risers and at midnight for those who want to ring in the new year in a more classic style. Penn's Landing offers a free, central spot for crowds to gather along the waterfront and count down to the big moment (or watch the first fireworks show and avoid the late-night traffic). On Jan. 1, Philly offers another New Year's tradition — its annual Mummers Parade, which dates back more than a century.
Revelers who would rather not bundle up to celebrate New Year's Eve should be in luck in temperate San Antonio, where festivities abound along the city's famed River Walk. Local bars and restaurants host individual parties and dinner packages with all the trimmings, while fireworks are viewable for free on the boardwalk itself. Earlier in the evening, sports fans can catch the Alamo Bowl, either in person at the Alamodome or on TV at a sports bar or hotel.
For a bird's-eye view of some New Year's Eve fireworks, the iconic Space Needle offers an unparalleled experience as a larger crowd gazes up into the spectacle from Seattle Center below. From either vantage point, festivities abound: The Space Needle offers a ticketed party spanning two floors' worth of dancing, mingling, appetizers, desserts and champagne, while a DJ spins at the free Winterfest celebration to keep the crowds hyped until midnight.
You can be among the first wave of people in the U.S. to ring in the New Year by heading to Tybee Island and perching yourself on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Just offshore from Savannah, Georgia, this island beach party welcomes the new year with plenty of seafood and Southern fare from local restaurants and bars on the beach, plus oceanfront fireworks set off from the pier at midnight.
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