Top 5 New Year’s Eve Parties

What are you doing New Year’s Eve? Join the merry-makers at these large-scale parties.

1. Southgate House New Year’s Eve
Ringing in the new year will be bittersweet at The Southgate House: Their NYE show will also be their last night in business. After three decades of shows in that familiar old mansion, the Southgate folks are moving on (and hoping to open a location elsewhere soon). The show will feature the musical stylings of The Dopamines, 5-Year Anniversary, Dear Landlord, Banderas, Mixtapes, and many more. Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Newport, (859) 431-2201, southgatehouse.com

2. Happy Zoo Year
Bring the whole family to the Cincinnati Zoo for Happy Zoo Year. There will be fireworks, costumed characters, puppet shows, and of course, the beloved Festival of Lights and its rappin’ elves, train rides, and more than two million LED lights. 3400 Vine St., Clifton, (513) 281-4700, cincinnatizoo.org

3. A Swingin’ New Year’s Eve 2011 Concert & Ball
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra conductor John Morris Russell and his famous red coat help you celebrate the night with a soundtrack of big band classics, complete with singers and dancers. After the concert, join the fun at the New Year’s Ball. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 381-3300, cincinnatisymphony.org 

4. Toyota’s New Year’s Eve Blast on Fountain Square
The unofficial center of Cincinnati has to be Fountain Square. So where best to celebrate the New Year? Enjoy free ice-skating at the outdoor rink, music, refreshments, and fireworks at the stroke of midnight. myfountainsquare.com

5. Newport Aquarium New Year’s Eve Kid’s Countdown
Don’t let your kids miss out on the festive fun: Newport Aquarium hosts an afternoon party for little ones with early bedtimes. Pick up some party hats and noisemakers, and keep your eyes peeled for Scuba Santa. Newport Aquarium, One Aquarium Way, Newport, (859) 261-7444, http://www.newportaquarium.com/guestinfo.aspx

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