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How to ring in New Year? Count the ways
Parties are over here and there to bring in 2012
 
Published Thursday, December 27, 2012 8:29 am
by Michaela L. Duckett

Ways to bring in the New Year:

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Rapper Biz Markie will play the Famously Hot New Year in Columbia, S.C.


1. Get started early.


QC Elite Social Club is hosting a NYE Pre-Party Day Party at Amos Southend (1423 S. Tryon St.) on Dec. 29 from 1 – 6 p.m. DJ SYD and MC “OMG” will be performing. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the show. To purchase tickets, visit www.etix.com.


2. Have a midnight kiss at the Westin.


Countdown to 2013 in style along with Charlotte’s socialites at the NYE 2013 Extravaganza on New Year’s Eve at the Westin Charlotte Hotel (601 South College St). The evening will feature two dance floors – one with Top 40, pop and hip -hop and the other featuring salsa, merengue, bachata and Latin beats. Music provided by Dj Skillz And Dj Carlos Lebron. Tickets available at ClubZone.com.


3. Tickle your funny bone.


Ring in the New Year at Charlotte’s Comedy Zone with funnyman Shaun Jones of Atlanta. The 16-year comedic veteran has traveled abroad entertaining crowds using many of his personal life experiences to get a laugh. Dinner packages are available for $30 per person. Visit CltComedyZone.com for more information.


4. Party it up in Columbia.


The annual Famously Hot New Year in Columbia, S.C., features a diverse lineup of musical acts including Reggie Sullivan, Terence Young and The Finesse Band, DJ Biz Markie, Atlantic Starr and the Wallflowers. The show begins at 6:20 p.m. General admission is free. Tickets for preferred seating and VIP lounges are available at www.FamouslyHotNewYear.com.


5. Get your praise on
Gospel recording artist Anthony Evans is performing on New Year’s Eve at New Birth-Charlotte (17001 New Birth Drive in Huntersville). The show begins at 10 p.m. Visit Anthony-Evans.com for more information.


6. Party uptown


First Night Charlotte New Year’s celebration, which takes place at various venues Uptown, is a long-standing tradition. Enjoy an entire day of fun with family friendly events for the kids from noon until 5 p.m.


Evening events begin at 8 p.m. and last until 12:30 a.m. 


First Night is an alcohol-free community celebration of the New Year that is now celebrated in more than 200 cities internationally. The celebration aims to advance the public’s appreciation of visual and performing arts through an innovative, diverse and high-quality New Year’s Eve program.


For more information, call (704) 332-2227 or visit CharlotteCentercity.org. 


7. Try your luck at the casino


Ring in the New Year at Harrah’s Casino in Cherokee. Bella Strings will perform in the Rotunda area from 8 p.m. until midnight. Then a DJ will keep the party going until 2 a.m.


Paula Deen’s Kitchen is offering a Surf & Turf Bar featuring prime rib, dill salmon, shrimp scampi and other dishes. Chefs Stage Buffet will host a special New Year’s Eve buffet featuring a shellfish bar, shrimp bruschettes, steaks, seafood and more. Package deals – complete with dinner reservations and vouchers, party favors, champagne bottles and engraved champagne flutes are available. For more information, visit harrahscherokee.com.

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