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So long, 2011! 5 options for ringing in the new year in Boston

Posted by Alex Pearlman  December 16, 2011 09:22 AM

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happy new year.pngBy Angela Stefano

New Year’s Eve is fast approaching, which means you’ve got limited time to figure out what resolutions you’ll make (then surely break within the first week of January). More importantly, though, you’ve got to figure out your plans for that final night of 2011. A First Night button will get you into tons of happenings throughout the city, but there are also plenty of other parties and events.

Whether you’ll be bidding farewell to a fantastic year or saying “good riddance” and greeting the clean slate of 2012 with open arms, here are some options for ringing in the new year in Boston.

New Year’s Eve Great Gatsby Gala. The Great Gatsby is one of my all-time favorite books -- I actually chose one of my college writing seminars specifically because it was on the reading list -- so this event definitely caught my eye. Hosted by Boston Swing Central, “a dancer-formed, volunteer-run organization dedicated to promoting positive and fun swing dancing experiences in Boston,” according to their website, the Great Gatsby Gala will feature live music, a photo booth, and, of course, plenty of dancing. Tickets are $25 until Dec. 30 and $30 at the door, and black tie vintage attire is encouraged. The night kicks off at 8 p.m. with an hour-long dance lesson. If suave and spy-like are more your speed, The Red Hat (9 Bowdoin St., Beacon Hill) will be hosting a 007-themed soiree.

Scamps Comedy New Year’s Eve Shows. Perhaps you’re heading out of the city for the night and would rather spend your last few hours of the year in stitches -- that’s cool, too. Scamps, which produces “first-class stand-up comedy theater shows and fundraisers featuring the best and most accomplished comedians in New England,” according to their website, has seven New Year’s Eve offerings scattered around the ‘burbs, from Lowell and Lynn to Marlborough and Auburn, Maine. Ticket prices and featured performers vary from show to show, so check the schedule for more information.

Mean Creek, Kingsley Flood, and Freezepop. And then there are those who want to rock their way into the new year. If you fall in that category, head to Brighton Music Hall (158 Brighton Ave., Allston) for a show featuring these local favorites. Tickets are $15, and the event is 18+ -- perfect for any of you underage college kids not going home for the holidays.

On Top of the Liberty New Year’s Eve Celebration. Never taken a peek inside The Liberty Hotel (215 Charles St., Beacon Hill)? You’re really missing out. The former Charles Street Jail is totally gorgeous, and the hotel hosts tons of events (many for free!) throughout the week. Their New Year’s Eve party should be particularly swanky, with specialty cocktails and snacks, five floors of entertainment, and aerial performers, though tickets are pricier than the other events on this list ($75).

GLITZ New Year’s Eve Party. I’ve got to admit, it was the “early morning buffet” that drew my attention to this event, hosted by Dyke Night and madFEMMEpride, at Machine (1254 Boylston St., Fenway). But beyond the late-night food, it sounds like this will be the spot to be for the LGBTQ community, their friends, or anyone just looking for a fun night. Tickets are pretty cheap, too: $20 until Dec. 30 and $25 at the door.

Photo by Briar Press

About Angela -- It's "Ang," if you please -- or, alternately, Bill, Penny Lane, or (begrudgingly) Angus to some. I've been with TNGG since the site started and am now the TNGG Boston editor for Boston.com. I graduated from Boston University's College of Communication in 2009 and am a huge fan of live music, hockey, and Thai food. I'm also a bit of a klutz, but that's only because my mind and body are always going in approximately a zillion separate directions. Twitter: @amstefano988

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