No plans for New Year's Eve? Try these spots in or near Concord
Confetti is seen falling over revelers in New York's Times Square as the clock struck midnight during the New Year's Eve celebration, Friday, Dec. 31, 2010. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Don’t have plans for New Year’s yet? Well, you’re not as lame as you might think. According to statistics, some 62 percent of the population stays home on New Year’s Eve. And while Dec. 31 is known as the biggest party night of the year, plenty of people admit to falling asleep well before the ball drops.
But if you’d rather be counted among the 38 percent who put on their dancing shoes, venture out the door and hunt down a good time this year, there are plenty of options right nearby. Here are some suggestions for ringing in the New Year in style.
∎ If bountiful buffet tables, bubbly cocktails, glossy dance floors and after-dinner entertainment strike your fancy (and your wallet hasn’t already been emptied by Christmas spending) head to the Holiday Inn for a swanky New Year’s Eve. Festivities include an elegant buffet dinner, a live comedy show, cocktails, a live DJ and dancing in the large ballroom. Tickets are $69 per person ($25 for the comedy show only) and can be purchased at drinkwaterproductions.com or by calling 855-255-5750. Discounted rooms are available for party guests.
∎ Get your geek on and still get home in time for a respectable night’s sleep: Watch the rare and prescient sci-fi flick Woman in the Moon at Red River Theatres. The 1929 film, which plays at 6 p.m., will be
screened with live music by Jeff Rapsis, one of the nation’s leading silent film accompanists and a regular performer at Red River. Rapsis, of Bedford, will jam on a digital synthesizer, adding to the urgency and intrigue of the silent film, which tells the story of space pioneers attempting to land on the moon, where they hope to find gold. Known for forecasting many later NASA technologies and methods, the film was also the first to introduce many sci-fi tropes that are still in circulation today. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at 224-4600 or redrivertheatres.org.
∎ Do some good for your community and still have a blast at the New Year’s Eve Gala at the Capitol Center for the Arts. Featuring dinner, dancing and entertainment by the Club Soda band, the event is a benefit for the Woman’s Club of Concord, which awards scholarships, offers educational programs and conducts community service projects. The group is housed in the historic Chamberlin House, which is in need of several major repairs. The gala runs from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased at womansclubofconcord.org.
∎ If you’ve got little tykes at home, chances are fair to good that you’ll be up at midnight on New Year’s Eve. But you’ll probably be doing your rocking in a rocking chair and serving up warm milk instead of chilled drinks. So move the fun up a few hours and join the pint-size party at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in Dover. The festivities will include all the traditional trappings, including a glittery ball drop, noisemakers, a (ginger ale) toast and a countdown to “midnight” at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. with none of the typical New Year’s Eve hassles (though with several hundred jazzed-up kiddos in the room, we’re not guaranteeing you won’t get any vomit on your shoes.) Check out childrens-museum.org. for information.
∎ Put your party on ice this year, with the Manchester Monarchs. The New Year’s Eve game, which starts at 7 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Arena, will include lots of giveaways, games and music and will be followed by the largest indoor fireworks display in New England. The first 2,500 fans will receive free light-up thunder sticks. Tickets are $13.75 to $30 ($11 to $30 youth) and can be purchased at monarchsjungle.com.
∎ Want to revel in the streets this New Year’s Eve? Head to First Night Portsmouth, where you can stroll among ice sculptures, see a magic show, eat some comfort food, listen to live music and much more. For information and to purchase buttons for admission to all indoor events, visit proportsmouth.org. Or check out First Night Wolfeboro, where you can enjoy ice skating, live entertainment, fireworks and a parade. For information, visit firstnight.wolfeboro.net.
∎ Take a trip through time at Tandy’s Top Shelf downtown. The restaurant’s first First Night party will offer a classic-rock DJ in one room and a latest-dance-hits DJ in another. But listen up, people, there’s a dress code for this party: jackets, ties and the whole-nine-yards for the dudes and dresses or other evening wear for the chicks. There will also be a huge raffle featuring more than $2,000 in prizes, with all proceeds benefitting the Friends of Forgotten Children. You can go the frugal route, with $20 tickets ($25 at the door), or put on the Ritz with exclusive $90 tickets, which get you a fancy dinner, cocktails, 20 raffle tickets, admission to the VIP lounge and more. For information and tickets, visit top-shelf.biz.