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What to do on New Year's Eve in Boston

What does New Year's Eve mean to you?  Is it the glitz and glamour that most intrigue you: a shimmering night out at a classy club, topped off with champagne?  Maybe you most want to be surrounded by 20 of your closest friends at a local bar or friend's house.  Whether you see New Year's Eve as an opportunity to turn up the romance with your special someone, or watch network TV until it's time to bang pots and pans with your kids, chances are you feel compelled to celebrate.  Good news: Boston has you covered.

What to do on New Year's Eve in Boston

  • Rally your honey or your friends to the perfect venue, featuring just what you're looking for, in the location you most desire.  How do you find it?  Citysearch.  Read Editor's picks and local reviews of the most popular bars, clubs, and restaurants in Boston.
  • Get tons of ideas for singles, couples, families, and even couch potatoes on Boston.com's comprehensive guide to "What to do on New Year's Eve -- no matter who you are".  This site's your #1 resource for everything New Year's, from what Bostonian comedians are in town (Dane Cook), which local chefs are planning something particularly scrumptious (Chef Peppino), to signature cocktail ingredients to serve at your own holiday party.
  • And of course, there's First Night, a Boston tradition celebrating it's 34th year.  The day long festival celebrates the arts, our community, and the coming of 2010!  Welcoming people of all ages to enjoy colossal ice sculptures, Chinese dancers, the music of local composers, and a fireworks display.  The outdoor event is free and fun, but just $18 scores you an all-access First Night button that opens the door to even more (indoor) events.  Buy the button at dozens of retail locations listed here.

No matter how you choose to celebrate, be safe, and try to value what's good in your life.  It's not how many friends you have, but the quality of those friendships.  It's not how much you spend, but how much you enjoy the experience.  If you feel like staying home, stay home.  And if you feel like going out, bundle up: the forecast says this New Year's Eve is gonna be a snowy oneTreat eachother with respect, love your city, and welcome 2010 with open arms.

For your info: This Examiner plans to dress up all fancy-like to enjoy an early dinner at Spazio in Braintree, followed by drinks and dancing at Hajjar's in Weymouth, whose annual party features a free buffet, no cover, DJ, free champagne and party favors!

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