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Park City, Utah
The celebrations in Utah’s storied ski town start December 30 with the dazzling synchronized-skier Torchlight Parade, and continue with fireworks the next evening at the Canyons Resort. Book your room early at Stein Eriksen Lodge, the Scandinavian chalet (with balcony Jacuzzis) at Deer Valley.
For true Texas flavor—literally—hit the New Year’s Eve Smokeout barbecue dinner at Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden, then head to A*FAB Austin’s annual bash, which recently benefited the Wright House Wellness Center. If you’ve booked a room at the slick Hotel San José, you can nurse your hangover with apple fritters from Jo’s next door.
The Savannah Riverboat Cruises are a unique Georgia treat on New Year’s Eve (opt for the booze cruise if you’re celebrating sans kids). Nearby Tybee Island’s fireworks roar at midnight. After that, head to Club One, home of the fabulous Lady Chablis, of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil fame.