Nightlife & Music

New Year’s Eve Guide

December 22, 2011 9:00 AM

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By Vanessa Willoughby

The clock is ticking, are you still wondering what to do for this New Year’s Eve? It’s not to late to take full advantage of what Connecticut has to offer by kicking off 2012 at some of these fine places. Whether you’re searching for a crowded, boisterous atmosphere or a more intimate setting, you’ll certainly greet the New Year in style.
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First Night Hartford
Hartford, CT
$10 adults, $2 ages 15 and under, free admission ages 2 and under
http://www.firstnighthartford.org/

Family fun runs rampant at First Night Hartford, which is an alcohol free, public celebration with musicians, artists, performance groups, and exhibits. The event includes two amazing fireworks shows in Bushnell Park at 6 p.m. and midnight. Additionally, other venues include the Public Library, City Hall, the Old State House, State House Square, and the Bushnell Carousel.

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Foxwoods MGM Grand New Year’s Party
240 MGM Grand Drive
Mashantucket, CT 06338
(866) 646-0050
Reviews, Directions & More Info:
http://directory.hartford.cbslocal.com/directory/listing/100/60763-MGM-Grand-at-Foxwoods

Leave the kids at home and head down to Foxwoods MGM Grand for an unforgettable New Year’s Party. Besides gambling the night away you can rock out to shows at the MGM Grand Theater or maybe just hang out with celebs at the New Year’s Eve Bash at Shrine. Accommodations and special packages are available guaranteeing the best night out yet!

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Mohegan Sun
1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard
Uncasville, CT 06382
(888) 226-7711
Reviews, Directions & More Info:
http://directory.hartford.cbslocal.com/directory/listing/100/60743-Mohegan-Sun-Arena

What can be better then a get away to Mohegan Sun with your friends?  Doing it on New Year’s Eve that’s what! Choose to attend exclusive parties at Ultra 88, Lucky’s Lounge or The Dubliner, where they will keep you dancing till the ball drops. You can continue the party gambling, having a few drinks and hoping for that big win.

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Toad’s Place
300 York Street #1
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 624-8623
Reviews, Directions & More Info:
http://directory.hartford.cbslocal.com/directory/listing/100/60768-Toads-Place

Head down to Toad’s in New Haven for one rocking New Year’s Eve Party! Since 1975, Toad’s has been featuring premium music acts as well as notable DJs on a regular basis, and New Year’s Eve is no exception. Grab your friends and head over early to beat the line, then jam out to your favorite bands and count down to midnight.

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Murder on the High Seas – New Year’s Eve Murder Mystery Party at Playhouse on Park
244 Park Road
West Hartford, CT 06119
(860) 523-5900
Reviews, Directions & More Info:
http://directory.hartford.cbslocal.com/directory/listing/100/50080-Playhouse-On-Park

In the mood for a little mystery? Check out this interactive New Year’s Eve party at the Playhouse on Park in West Hartford. The party will include beer/wine, hors d’oeouvres, champagne toast, coffee, and dessert. In order to play along, attendees must come dressed in character. Tickets are $55.00 per person.

Vanessa Willoughby lives in Waterford. A recent graduate of The New School’s MFA program, she also blogs for the entertainment and music website, 411mania.com

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