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Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but New Year's celebrations can be so delightful! And since you've got a place to goTimes Squarelet's go, let's go, let's go! Okay now ignore that attempt at rewriting the song "Let It Snow" and pay attention, because we're about to give you the lowdown on crossing New Year's in Times Square off your bucket list.
Many people, as we've come to discover, just flock to Times Square all willy-nilly for the ball drop, mistakenly thinking they'll have things like tons of port-a-potties or food vendors. Not true. It's a rugged experience, and you've got to prepare for it and know the rules. Aside from no alcohol allowed, there are five major guidelines to having a great time at the ball drop and still getting a view of the action.
The Five Rules for Going to The New Year's Ball Drop in Times Square...
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As this year comes to a close and a final bit of Christmas shopping is on most people's minds, where to spend New Year's Eve might just slip through the cracks. Wouldn't it be cool to be among the first people to ring in 2014? With just a mere flight to Kiribati, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, that dream can come true.
As a tiny nation of islands bordered by very little other than the lapping waves of the warm tropical waters and the International Date Line, the I-Kiribati are the first to celebrate the coming of a new year. In total, the 33 islands (of which 21 are inhabited) consist of a majority of reef atolls and one sand island, so not only will you be the first to celebrate the new year, but you'll do it in paradise.
There's only about 11 days until we bid fond adieu to 2012 and ring in a brand new year. This can really only mean one thing for the day after NYE: a good amount of people will have some killer hangovers and, if staying in your hometown with a dose of 'hair-of-the-dog' isn't your style, we have the list for you irrespective of your location on this planet.
Eight hangover remedies from around the world:
1. Starting with some of the first people to welcome 2013, Australia will be reaching for the beloved Berocca. It's a dissovable tablet that enriches a glass of water with heaps of vitamins and minerals that are known to reduce the effects of overindulgence; think of fizzy Tang with a health kick.
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Comedy hats and smiles. Two things you don't normally expect to see British Airways staff wearing
When we told people last week we were flying British Airways from Las Vegas to London overnight on New Year’s Eve, they were aghast. Why weren’t we partying? Why were we flying alone? Why were we leaving Vegas on the best night to be in Vegas?
We told them they were wrong on several counts. First, NYE in Vegas is horrendo, period. Second, after the Christmas Eve mini party we experienced on our flight out, we suspected the return journey could actually be fun. Thirdlysince there are few things we enjoy less than forced festivitythe idea of spending NYE at 40,000ft watching crappy movies was highly appealing.
And fourth, we coolly assumed we’d fly past loads of fireworks and cross so many timezones that we’d witness the year turning about six times before we reached London.
So how was it?
This year, New Year's Eve was about banding together for celebrities.
Maybe the most unlikely celeb pairing of the weekend was Gwyneth Paltrow and Courtney Love, who partied together in Abu Dhabi on NYE. Over the weekend Courtney tweeted, “getting the best [advice] for the new years from a true friend, love you @GwynethPaltrow @Goop xoxo.” Later Gwyneth added, “Happy New Year everyone from Abu Dhabi! Hoping 2012 is your best year ever.”
On the other side of the world, Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, and their L.A. neighbor Jimmy Kimmelwho was with his girlfriend Molly McNearneyspent New Year's Eve in Kauai, Hawaii. The couples were spotted hitting the surf together in wetsuits on Saturday.
If you were wondering why the Empire State Building was lit up in green and red last night, it wasn't just because they were in the spirit of the season, they were actually providing the backdrop for a pre-taped performance by Jessie J that will air on NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly.
Carson will be filming performances for the upcoming special all week in New York City and you can be a part of the audience! Tonight they will taping two performances by The Roots with Jimmy Fallon and Tony Bennett, both of which will air on NBC on New Year's Eve.
Want to ring in the New Year by helping the world without sacrificing the necessary creature comforts? Puntacana Resort & Club in the Dominican Republic recently announced the launch of their first voluntourism package which allows guests to participate in the island’s annual bird count with Dr. André Dhondt from the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.
Guests staying at Tortuga Bay and The Puntacana Hotel between Dec. 28 and Jan. 2 will be invited to partake in the yearly census of more than 25 indigenous bird species native to the Dominican Republic. The annual count is crucial to monitoring and protecting the health of the island's birds. Hotel guests will also have the opportunity to join Dr. Dhondt for lectures and tours of the resort grounds, including exclusive access to the resort’s beautiful Ecological Reserve.