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Bai Xue/Xinhua/ Zuma Press • TNS People watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks as part of New Year’s Eve celebrations at the riverside of Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, December 31, 2012.

Ways to ring in the New Year

 Bai Xue/Xinhua/ Zuma Press • TNS People watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks as part of New Year’s Eve celebrations at the riverside of Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, December 31, 2012.

Bai Xue/Xinhua/ Zuma Press • TNS
People watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks as part of New Year’s Eve celebrations at the riverside of Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, December 31, 2012.

Whether you spend New Year’s Eve in town, out of town or on the beach, there is a little something for everyone to make the last day of the year memorable.

Local venue Rainbow Ballroom will host the “MasqueRage New Year’s Eve” celebration that will feature a high-energy theatrical production with fully lit-up LED walls, a light and laser show, cyro jets and guns, acrobatic dancers and live choreographed performances.

The event is for 16-year-olds and up. For more information, visit www.flavorus.com.

New Year’s Eve at Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland will be celebrating at the stroke of midnight around the world at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. This event is perfect for families with kids who will count down and celebrate with hundreds of colorful balloons dropping from above.

The event includes fun activities and gifts throughout the center. Tickets are available now for $5. Times are arranged by age, so be sure to check the website to ensure you don’t miss it at visitorinfo@chabotspace.org.

Sacramento will have their share of fun by celebrating with a New Year’s dinner at West Sacramento Boarding, where you can ring in the holiday with fine dining on a train. Sacramento River Train will travel down the old Garden Highway while you enjoy a three-course meal, a champagne toast and a live DJ all on the three and half mile train ride. For more information, visit www.sacramentorivertrain.com.

The 12th Annual New Year’s Eve Yacht Party in Newport Beach by NYE Yacht Parties has sold out for the past 11 years in a row.

It is known to be one of the most elegant and exclusive yachts New Port Harbor has to share.It is a 130-foot vessel with three different levels that include a bar and lounge, a room to dance the night away to hip-hop, dance and top 40 music as well as a scenic deck.

For more information, visit www.nyeyachtparties.com. Fresno resident Jennifer Benitez has participated in the event and said it’s something everyone should experience once in their lifetime.

“My friends had the best time,” Benitez said. “The music was great; the vibes were positive all night and I met my now boyfriend there, so I basically had a blast on a boat.”
Hilton Bayfront is hosting Big Night San Diego, one of many events that will take place in the city.

This event will kick off on the beach on New Year’s Eve with some really fun features to look forward to: 12 Party Areas, 6 Dance Floors, party bands and DJs, a first class cuisine and party favors all for the midnight celebration.

For more information, www.bignightsandiego.com.