Let’s Welcome 2012 with Some Great Events

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It’s time for us to welcome a new year. Does it really mean that it was a year ago when we did this last? I am really having a hard time coming to terms with that reality.I have put together a list of some of the biggest and best New Years Eve parties taking place across the country. Some are as traditional as major league fireworks displays, some are a silly as a Possum Drop or as phenomenal as the ball dropping at midnight in Times Square in front of millions. And there is no shortage of big city bashes in other locations either. Plan to rock in 2012 in Miami, Austin, Cincinnati, San Antonio, Gatlinburg, Baltimore, Long Beach or any number of other cities having downtown celebrations.

Also it nice to see New Years evolving into more of a drink responsibly or drink free event. More things are being created with a family friendly atmosphere. There are some wonderful town wide family celebrations and many, many First Nights taking place all over.

As always, whatever you decide to do, make sure to share it with someone you love to create memories you can share year after year. No matter what the calendar says!

If there isn’t anything listed here taking place in your backyard, be sure to use the search to find more things to do.

My most sincere wish to all of you and your families is for a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2012.

Dec 31, 2011
Ring in the New Year San Antonio-style! Enjoy spectacular of fireworks, live music on multiple stages, food booths, family activities and more in the heart of downtown. Live music on four stages, thousands of excited revelers, fireworks and entertainment for the entire family are on tap during Celebrate San Antonio this New Year’s Eve! Celebrate San Antonio, continues to draw a quarter of a million excited revelers downtown for a spectacular fireworks show, great San Antonio cuisine, games and rides, and entertainment for the entire family.
250,000 Attendees
Dec 31, 2011
Since 1989, one of the largest New Year’s Eve event South of Times Square features musical entertainment, family activities, variety of ethnic foods, laser and fireworks extravaganza, and the 400 foot ascent of the 35 foot neon Big Orange to the top of the Hotel Inter-Continental.
100,000 Attendees
Dec 31, 2011
Since 1908, the most famous and widely watched tradition on New Years Eve. Be there to watch the world famous Waterford Crystal ball drop on Times Square as attendees count along. Join in with hundreds of thousands of people to count down to the New Year.
1,000,000+ Attendees
Dec 31, 2011
Since 1991, fireworks on New Year’s Eve has become a tradition at Penn’s Landing, and now thousands of people visit Penn’s Landing to watch the fireworks display and celebrate. Seen easily along Philadelphia’s waterfront at Penn’s Landing at Midnight, this year’s production will weave a tapestry of color choreographed to music.
Dec 31, 2011
Since 1994, a spectacular New Years Eve celebration. Austin’s New Year (ANY) is a free event on Auditorium Shores where Austin families can come together to welcome in the New Year! ANY is an alcohol-free celebration showcasing Austin’s diverse and talented creative community through art, films, and live music. And kids and adults alike won’t want to miss the exciting fireworks finale!
Dec 31, 2011
Since 1985. A fabulous place to welcome the New Year. A truly great family oriented block party with plenty of activities for everyone including two fireworks shows. An opportunity to showcase the two teams that are meeting in the Fiesta Bowl featuring the players, cheerleaders and marching bands.
150,000 Attendees
Dec 31, 2011
Since 1982. Ring in the new year alongside family and friends with live music and dazzling fireworks at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Prior to the fireworks show, visitors can enjoy music from regional funk and soul band the 8 Ohms starting at 9pm at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater, located at Pratt and Light streets. The fireworks display is the largest in the region- turning the sky over the Inner Harbor into a multitude of colors. Produced by Pyrotecnico, the choreographed fireworks show starts at the stroke of midnight, 12am. Fireworks can be seen from downtown attractions, restaurants, hotels, residences and surrounding areas, including Fell’s Point, Harbor East and Federal Hill.
Dec 31, 2011
Since 2001 , an exciting fireworks program on the 16th Street Mall will help ring in the New Year in explosive style. Two shows make this a great evening for families and night owls alike. New to the festivities will be six live DJs performing along the 16th Street Mall. Each will play Top 40 music from 8pm to midnight, and will do a live countdown at the 9pm fireworks show. The music and fun will also continue at the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park, where Denver’s popular DJ Chonz will perform live at the rink from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. The rink will open at 10am on New Year’s Eve and remain open until 11pm. It will reopen on New Year’s Day at 10am. Additional activities in Skyline Park will include the Allstate Insurance’s “Designated Texter” display, designed to educate the community on the dangers of texting and driving through activities. This is one of ten rallies taking place across the country.
250,000 Attendees
Dec 31, 2011
Kick off New Years Eve in style, with a spectacular celebration aboard the Queen Mary in the Long Beach Harbor.
Dec 31, 2011
Since 1988. Welcome in the new year with a street party in downtown Gatlinburg and at the stroke of midnight the sky will light up with a fantastic fireworks display and music.
40,000 Attendees
Dec 31, 2011
Festivities will kick off at 8pm with free ice skating, music, drinks from our ice bar, and delicious snacks like tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. Fox 19 will be live on Fountain Square during their 10pm local news and at the stroke of midnight, thousands will count down and cheer in the New Year live on Fox 19. After the countdown fireworks will light up the sky over the city’s iconic and romantic Fountain Square.
Dec 31, 2011
New Years Eve The Possum Drop. Join host Rhubarb Jones as this West Georgia Community rings in the New Year. Music, Fireworks, Food and Fun for your entire family. At midnight a Possum (stuffed) is lowered from atop one of the cities oldest buildings, in a holiday lights covered ball. Live music featuring The Groove Gypsies Band. Visit our web site for more information. We look forward to seeing you at the Possum Drop.
10,000 Attendees

Maria can be reached directly at eventsblog@eventcrazy.com or visit her website at http://www.eventcrazy.com Copyright © 1998-2011 Events Media Network, Inc. All Rights Reserved Worldwide. Photos are copyright of their respective owners.



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