New Year's

The ball drop in New York's Times Square will be viewed via TV at many of the local parties.

New Year's Eve is a time to revel and reflect on the things that happened in the past year and to look forward to the promise of the new year.

And whether you prefer to celebrate at an all-inclusive event, shake your groove thing at one of the local bars or delve into a decadent multi-course meal, you can't go wrong.

The hard part will be deciding what to do where.

In an attempt to help make your decision a bit easier - or harder, depending on how you look at it - we've gathered an extensive list of events.

What: Snyder Event Rentals hosts this popular annual gala at the aquarium for the 13th year. Elise Testone will perform on the main stage while DJ NattyHeavy and DJ R Dot will keep things spinning elsewhere among the fish. The event includes heavy hors d'oeuvres and an open bar. Black tie is optional for men, while women are asked to wear their "finest cocktail or formal dresses." Proceeds support the Darkness to Light organization.

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday-1 a.m. Wednesday

Where: South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf

Price: $135

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What: IceBox Bar and Charleston After Dark have collaborated for a second year for the Rose Ball, a fashionably upscale New Year's Eve event. Entertainment includes headliner DJ Jonas Tempel, co-founder of Beatport & Factory Labs from Denver, local vocalist Quiana Parler, DJ Arthur Bros. of Charlotte, the local band The Dubplates, vocalist Timmy Davis and visual art production by artist Banks Pappas from New York City. The ball includes an all-inclusive bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Dress to impress.

When: 9 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Johnson Hagood Football Stadium, The Citadel, 68 Hagood Ave.

Price: Tickets start at $99

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What: This New Year's event will be highlighted by a performance by Fowler's Mustache, as well as other special musical guests and a DJ. Additional features will include a photo booth, an open bar featuring specialty cocktails from the Striped Pig, food and more.

When: 9 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Omar Shrine Temple & Convention Center, 176 Patriots Point Road

Price: $95

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What: The Alley Charleston will throw a New Year's Eve party featuring an open bar, some light bites from Home Team Kitchen, two silent disco areas, free bowling and video games, DJ Sonar spinning and more. Ticket sales will be limited to 425.

When: 9 p.m. Tuesday-1 a.m. Wednesday

Where: Alley Charleston, 131 Columbus St.

Price: $65

What: Mixson Bath & Racquet Club will be transforming into an Aspen ski lodge - with a chance of snow. To complete the winter wonderland transformation, party-goers are encouraged to dress in their finest ski lodge attire. DJ Jaz will provide the soundtrack, and attendees can partake in an ice luge and shot skis. Sponsored by Cathead Vodka, New Belgium Brewing and The Flats at Mixson, the party includes an open bar and food by neighborhood taqueria Basico.

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday-2 a.m. Wednesday

Where: Mixson Bath & Racquet Club, 4401 McCarthy St., North Charleston

Price: $75 general, $1,000 for VIP

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What: Billed as Charleston's "largest New Year's celebration," the Yorktown Countdown is held aboard the aircraft carrier Yorktown. This second annual event will feature live music on three stages a top-shelf all-inclusive bar and more. Guests will see live bands and DJs spanning all genres, including funk, rock, dance and Top 40 Billboard hits. Headlining bands include Sleeping Booty, a 10-piece legendary East Coast party band, locals High Society and Stoplight Observations. DJ performances will include Rehab, Fullhaus and Kilgo.

When: 9 p.m. Tuesday-1 a.m. Wednesday

Where: The Yorktown at Patriots Point, 40 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant

Price: $99 general, $149 VIP

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What: The Folly Beach New Year's celebration will feature a midnight flip-flop drop.

When: 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Tuesday

Where: Center St., Folly Beach

Price: Free

More info: 729-0298 or

What: This New Year's party at Tides Folly Beach will feature live music, an open bar, champagne toasts and fireworks on the beach at midnight. Live music will be performed upstairs while a DJ covers things downstairs. A buffet will be included.

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Tides Folly Beach, 1 Center St.

Price: $99

More info: 588-6464 or

What: This family friendly, non-alcoholic New Year's Eve party will feature live entertainment, art shows, refreshments and more.

When: 4-10:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Marion Square, at the corner of Calhoun and King streets

Price: Free

More info: 724-7305 or

What: The Children's Museum of the Lowcountry is celebrating the new year early so that kids can get in on the action. Celebrate New Year's at noon with kid-friendly art projects, a ball drop, confetti and more.

When: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Children's Museum of the Lowcountry, 25 Ann St.

Price: $10 for nonmembers, free for members

More info: 853-8962 or

What: The Inn at Middleton Place is going country for New Year's, offering bluegrass music, a pig pickin' an oyster roast, bonfires and more.

When: Tuesday

Where: Inn at Middleton Place, 4290 Ashley River Road

Price: $88, $45 for ages 16-20, ages 16 and under get in free

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What: Each area will represent a different part of New York City, including Chinatown, Little Italy, Times Square and more, with multiple acts of entertainment throughout the building. General admission price will include a complimentary drink, light hors d'oeuvres, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight.

when: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Henry's House and NV Dance Lounge, 54 N. Market St.

Price: $25 general, $800 or $1,200 for VIP (call for details)

More Info: 723-4363 or

What: Local group Sol Driven Train will perform at this New Year's party.

When: 9 p.m. Tuesday

Where: The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, James Island

Price: $18 in advance, $20 at the door

More info: 571-4343 or

What: '80s pop and rock anthems will be performed, with a champagne toast at midnight.

when: 8 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Midtown Bar & Grill, 559 King St.

price: $20 (includes champagne toast)

more info: 737-4284 or

What: Local "electrified blues" band Bully Pulpit will play this New Year's Eve celebration, with a special set of KISS covers (in full costume) at midnight, along with KISS-themed face painting, a photo booth, free champagne toast at midnight at more.

When: 9:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Tattooed Moose, 1137 Morrison Drive

Price: Free

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What: This black-tie optional event will included champagne, cocktails, light hors d'oeuvres, party favors, live entertainment from DJ C.nile (upstairs) and Stereotype (downstairs). VIP areas available.

when: 8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Tuesday

Where: Trio Lounge, 139 Calhoun St.

price: $100 first 150 tickets, $125 remaining tickets (all inclusive)

more info: 737-4281

What: This New Year's Eve Jazz Concert will feature Cameron Handel, one of the few female trumpeters to perform with a major popular music group (the Michael Bolton Band), performing with the Franklin Ashley Jazz Quintet. A Mount Pleasant native, Handel and the quintet will perform tunes from the Great American Songbook.

When: 7-8 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Sunrise Presbyterian Church, Middle Street, Sullivan's Island

Price: Free

A number of restaurants, bars and clubs in the Charleston area are hosting notable New Year's Eve events and specials:

What: Acme will serve a special New Year's Eve menu with an optional open bar. Reservations are suggested.

When: 5 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Acme Cantina, 31 J.C. Long Blvd., Isle of Palms

Price: $29.99 dinner, $75 dinner and open bar

More info: 886-0024 or

What: This combination New Year's Eve and third anniversary celebration will feature live Motown, soul and funk music by Bill Wilson and the Secret Ingredients, a photo booth with Babe Rouge, drink specials from sponsor Cathead and champagne toast at midnight.

When: 10 p.m. Tuesday-2 a.m. Wednesday

Where: Barsa, 58 Line St.

Price: $30 advance, $35 at the door

More info: 577-5393 or

What: The new Bay Street Biergarten is celebrating the new year in "Great Gatsby" style. Gatsby at the Garten will be an all-you-can-eat-and-drink upscale affair with live music. Sierra Nevada and Harpoon are coming in for a 42-tap takeover, with four specialty drinks inspired by the roaring '20s offered, as well. A champagne toast is also included.

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Bay Street Biergarten, 549 East Bay St.

Price: $125 general, $2,000 for VIP

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What: Don your favorite party attire for a night at Boone's Bar. Both floors will be decorated for a party that will include entertainment by High Tide and DJ Goody, complimentary hors d'oeuvres and champagne for a toast at midnight.

When: 9 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Boone's Bar, 345 King St.

Price: $20

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What: Circa 1886 Restaurant celebrates the arrival of 2014 with a festive six-course prix fixe dinner that will include a complimentary glass of champagne. Other beverages are not included in the cost.

When: 6 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Circa 1886, 149 Wentworth St.

Price: $125

What: This all-inclusive New Year's party will feature live music, heavy hors d'oeuvres, specialty cocktails and more. Live music will be provided by Tim Davis and a champagne toast will mark the midnight hour.

When: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Tuesday

Where: The Cocktail Club, 479 King St.

Price: $100

More info: 297-8385 or

What: Revelers going to Home Team BBQ Sullivan's Island for New Year's Eve are encouraged to dress a little differently this year. The festivities will include a "Dazed & Confused" Masquerade and patrons are asked to dress as their favorite character from the movie. Home Team will be decorated with '70s flair and will offer a free champagne toast and party favors for the countdown.

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ, 2209 Middle St.

Price: $10

What: Langdon's will feature a five-course menu with options wine parings. Reservations are required.

When: Tuesday

Where: Langdon's Restaurant + Wine Bar, 778 South Shelmore Blvd., Mount Pleasant

Price: $89 per person, plus $49 for wine pairings

More info: 388-9200 or

What: McCrady's will serve a special seven-course tasting menu with optional wine pairings.

When: 5-10:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: McCrady's, 2 Unity Alley

Price: $150 dinner, $100 wine pairings

More Info: 577-0025

What: Ring in 2014 with hors d'oeuvres, signature cocktails and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.

When: 11 p.m. Tuesday

Where: O-Ku, 463 King St.

Price: $10

More Info: 737-0112

What: Opal will feature a four-course menu featuring contemporary, California-Mediterranean dishes.

When: Tuesday

Where: Opal Restaurant + Bar, 1960 Riviera Drive, Mount Pleasant

Price: $69 per person, plus $39 for wine pairings

More info: 654-9070 or

What: Ten Toes Up will perform percussion-driven rock originals. Free champagne will be offered.

When: 9 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Pawleys Island Tavern, 10635 Ocean Highway

Price: Free

More info: 237-8465 or

What: "3 Bands, 2 Buildings and 1 Creek." Red's Ice House and The Lighthouse next door are teaming up to throw an all-inclusive party that will include performances by Atlas Road Crew, Not So Serious and Soulfish with DJ Moo Moo spinning. The event includes well drinks, domestic beer, house wine, champagne toast, passed appetizers and food, party favors and fireworks.

When: Tuesday

Where: Red's Ice House, 98 Church St., Mount Pleasant

Price: $80

More info: 388-0003 or

What: This celebration will include light hors d'oeuvres and entertainment provided by DJ Trav along with Lance Starr & the Reggae Rockers. Door prizes will be offered and midnight will see a champagne toast and a $2,014 balloon drop. No admittance at the door.

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Republic Garden and Lounge, 462 King St.

Price: $35 general, $1,200 for a VIP table for six

More info: 724-7400 or

What: Salt at Station 22 will serve a special New Year's Eve prix-fixe menu with complimentary champagne toast. Reservations are suggested.

When: 5-10 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Salt at Station 22, 2205 Middle St., Sullivan's Island

Price: $60

More info: 883-3355 or

What: Social will be throwing a New Year's Eve party with a Stevie Wonder cover band, Hotter than July.

When: Tuesday

Where: Social Restaurant + Wine Bar, 188 East Bay St.

Price: $10 after 10 p.m.

What: This new spot will host a New Year's Eve dinner, offering a special menu with a choice of entrees all served with a starter, side and dessert plus a glass of Champagne. Once midnight nears, the party will continue with a DJ, party favors and a big screen TV to watch the ball drop. Reservations are suggested.

When: Dinner seatings at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: SOL Southwest Kitchen and Tequila Bar, 1035 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mount Pleasant

More info: 388-4302 or

What: This New Year's event will feature Latin pop and dance music, a free appetizer and complimentary champagne toast.

When: 10 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Southend Brewery & Smokehouse, 161 East Bay St.

Price: $10 in advance, $15 at the door

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What: Southerly will host a New Year's party with cocktails and dancing. The all-inclusive party will feature cocktails, beer, wine, champagne and light hors d'oeuvres.

When: 11 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Southerly Restaurant and Patio, 730 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant

Price: $105

More info: 416-3967 or

What: Tristan will be ringing in the new year with a "Live Jazz New Year's Eve Dinner." The Maya Morrill Band will play live jazz for diners as they partake in a five-course or seven-course menu specially prepared for the occasion by chef Nate Whiting. Both menus will have optional wine pairings.

When: Dinner seatings at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Tristan, 10 Linguard St.

Price: $85 for the five-course menu, $125 for the seven-course menu

More info: 534-2155

What: Voodoo Tiki Bar will ring in the New Year with live entertainment, free champagne toasts, dancing and more.

When: 4 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Voodoo Tiki Bar and Lounge, 15 Magnolia Road

Price: Free

More info: 769-0228 or

What: Water Dog Grill will ring in 2014 with an all-inclusive night of music from The Secrets, food and house wine, liquor and domestic beers along with a champagne toast at midnight.

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday-1 a.m. Wednesday

Where: Water Dog Grill, 1035 Johnnie Dodds Blvd.

Price: $50

More info: 216-0990 or

In what has become a New Year's Day tradition, multiple venues will be hosting polar plunges, where willing participants venture into the Atlantic Ocean for an icy dip:

What: Folly's polar plunge is getting a special twist this year, and the tagline offers a hint: "Come freeze your Bills off." Everyone's favorite Charleston-area resident/comedian is being honored with a costume contest, where participants are asked to come dressed as their favorite Bill Murray character. The Folly Beach Association of Business will have apparel and accessories that will add to the costumes. Awards will be given including best guy, best girl, best team and best overall Bill Murray. Local restaurants and bars will be open early.

When: Wednesday, judging begins at noon with the plunge at 1 p.m.

Where: Folly Beach, in front of The Tides, 1 Center St.

Price: Free

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What: Nicknamed "Freezin' for a Reason," Dunleavy's Pub Polar Plunge is celebrating 19 years. Serving as a fundraiser for Special Olympics South Carolina, participants have raised thousands of dollars since 2003. Don costume and join thousands of other revelers for a quick dip.

When: Wednesday, pub opens at 9 a.m. with the plunge at 2 p.m.

Where: Dunleavy's Pub, 2213 Middle St., Sullivan's Island

Price: $35 donation

More info: 795-5316 or

What: If a chilly dip just isn't your thing, another option is this New Year's Day 5K race, which will feature a kids' fun run, an awards ceremony, refreshments and more.

When: 8 a.m. Wednesday

Where: Charles Towne Landing, 1500 Old Towne Road, Charleston

Price: $35 adults, $15 kids

More info: 224-7878 or