Looking for a place to ring in the new year without trekking into Manhattan and dealing with the crowds and the cold in Times Square? We’ve got a list of celebrations right here in the Hudson Valley.
From traditional bar bashes to plays and concerts, here are 12 ways to ring in 2013.
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14th annual New Year’s Eve Spectacular in White Plains
If you are looking for a traditional celebration similar to the Times Square event, this is the place for you. Presented in part by the City of White Plains, this free event offers everything Times Square offers and more, including a ball drop, confetti and midnight fireworks display. The event, which will take place on Main Street between Court Street and Renaissance Square, kicks off at 10 p.m. with a DJ, and then the Showtime Dance Band takes the stage at 11 p.m. For those who like to really party on New Year’s Eve, Heineken again will be sponsoring free rides home from the event for any Westchester County resident over 21 to keep the celebration safe. For more information, visit www.cityofwhiteplains.com.
New Year’s Eve concert at The Capitol Theatre
Music fans can spend New Year’s Eve listening to live jazz at The Cap (149 Westchester Ave., Port Chester; 914-937-4126; thecapitoltheatre.com). New Orleans funk bands funky METERS and Dumpstaphunk, whose members have performed onstage and in the studio with legendary artists like Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones and Dave Matthews, will appear together for one night only at the storied music venue. Seats are priced at $45 (select seats at $90) and the show begins at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m. The show is expected to go well past midnight, but guests will still be able to ring in the new year with a champagne toast. Attendees must be 18 or older.
New Year’s Eve Bash at the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center
Ring in 2013 with a multicultural flavor at the first-ever New Year’s Eve celebration at the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center (1351 Kings Highway, Sugar Loaf; 845-610-5335; sugarloafpac.org). At 8 p.m., renowned Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista and his percussion and dance ensemble, Beat The Donkey, will take the stage with a rhythm that is sure to get you moving. “This is a show that people will be talking about,” said director Paul Ellis, who has produced the show before at other venues. After the event, there will be a reception featuring drinks, hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast. The reception is also set to feature live music and dancing. The event costs $50 to attend, and tickets can be bought online.
“Miracle on 34th Street” New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Westchester Broadway Theatre
You get the whole package with this New Year’s Eve celebration at the Westchester Broadway Theater (1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford; 914-592-2222; broadwaytheatre.com). The evening begins with an hors d'oeuvre buffet followed by a seated dinner. At 7 p.m., guests will be treated to a musical performance of the classic Christmas tale “Miracle on 34th Street.” When the play concludes, the real New Year’s Eve partying begins with dancing on the theater’s stage and live music from Tuxedo Park Orchestra until 2 a.m. The event, which costs $360 per couple, will feature an open bar for the duration of the night.
1913 New Year’s Eve Celebration in Uptown Kingston
Several local businesses are joining to ring in the new year with a neighborhoodwide event as if it were a century ago, complete with pre-Prohibition-style drinks, food, music and entertainment. Beginning around 7 p.m., Boitsons, Duo Bistro, Stockade Tavern and BSP Lounge — all within a block of one another — will simultaneously be hosting era-specific festivities and providing gift/discounts to those patrons who are dressed in the spirit of the era. The evening will culminate with the first-ever ball drop at the corner of North Front Street and Wall Street. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.
The Brazen Fox in White Plains
The celebration kicks off at 8 p.m. in the Brazen Fox’s Party Room with a five-hour open bar complemented by appetizers and snacks from 9 to 11 p.m. (175 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains; 914-358-5911; thebrazenfox.com). Party Favors and a DJ will keep the celebration going all night long, and a champagne toast at midnight will help you ring in 2013. The event costs $75 per person to attend, but the main bar is open as usual for those who want to celebrate without paying the cover charge.
Casa Del Sol in Nyack
Local funk and soul band Frankie D and the Boys will count down to the new year in festive fashion at this Nyack hot spot beginning at 9:30 p.m. (104 Main St., Nyack; 845-353-9846; casaofbyack.com). The party, which does not have a cover charge, will feature a champagne toast at midnight as well as party favors, including the always popular new year’s hats and noisemakers.
Maggie Spillanes in Mount Vernon
The New Year’s Eve celebration at this Mount Vernon nightspot also does not have a cover charge to attend (571 Gramatan Ave., Mount Vernon; 914-699-8900; maggiespillanes.com). Instead, guests have the option of paying $30 for access to an open bar from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Whether you opt for the open bar or not, everyone will be treated to complimentary champagne at midnight to toast the new year. Entertainment will be provided by DJ Randall, who will keep the music pumping all night long.
Mahoney’s Irish Pub & Steakhouse in Poughkeepsie
The party goes late into the night at this traditional Irish bar, which is hosting two separate events (35 Main St., Poughkeepsie; 845-471-7026; mahoneysirishpub.com). Comedian Pat Dixon will perform a show at 10 p.m. as guests dine on a five-course meal in Mahoney’s New Vassar Room. Tickets are $100 per person, and guests who choose that option also will be treated to a three-hour open bar. For those on a budget, the main room will feature free entertainment from Phillip the Meatbox at a party that is set to run until 4 a.m.. Both options feature a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight.
Max’s on Main in Beacon
The seventh annual New Year's Eve celebration at Max’s will be an intimate celebration limited to 60 guests who register in advance (246 Main St., Beacon; 845-838-6297; maxsonmain.com). For a fee of $110 per couple, attendees will be treated to hors d'oeuvres, a buffet dinner and dessert, as well as beer and wine. Making its fourth New Year’s Eve appearance at Max’s is the Mike Klubnick Band, which will provide music for the evening. At midnight, there will be a traditional champagne toast and complementary noisemakers. Reservations are being accepted online and by phone.
Sofrito in White Plains
If you want a little break from the White Plains New Year’s Eve Spectacular or just want to watch the ball drop away from the crowds, head to Sofrito for some drinks (175 Main St., White Plains; 914-428-5500; sofritowhiteplains.com). The event will feature an open bar from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. as well as music from El Padrino, DJ Junior and special guest DJ Esco. Hors d'oeuvres will be served, but if you want a bit more sustenance before the party begins, dinner reservations are also available until 7 p.m. At midnight, raise a glass to 2013 with a champagne toast and then step outside to watch the fireworks from the New Year’s Eve Spectacular. The event, which costs $75 per person, also will offer raffles and prizes.
Wicked Wolf Tavern and Black Bear Saloon in White Plains
Ring in 2013 with the New Year's Eve Bash at one of these sister bars in White Plains (166B Mamaroneck Ave.; 914-428-3144; wickedwolfwp.com; 166 Mamaroneck Ave.; 914-422-3270; blackbearwp.com). The bash begins at 10 p.m., costs $50 to attend and features an open bar until 1 a.m. as well as a complimentary buffet. Each venue will also have its own DJ to provide music as well as a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are nonrefundable, and guests are not permitted to go back and forth between the two bars.