It's the end of 2011, and the start of the third year of the 2010s — how are you going to celebrate?
If you'd prefer to observe the holiday out and about, there are a lot of options this year. Have a look around the state, starting with your own back yard:
In Narragansett, head down to the Village Inn for a family-friendly New Year's event to benefit LINKS. Enjoy a blackout bash for the adults while the kids enjoy a neon PJ party in a separate room. .
Elswhere in the Ocean State:
If you're up for New Years adventures beyond your local borders, there's always Bright Night in Providence. They've got an evening of celebration including poetry, comedy, a food court, skating, discounted tickets to a masquerade ball, music, storytelling, theatre (stationary and roaming) and dancing. Tickets are available day-of and online, $15 before Dec. 31, $20 after (kids and seniors $15).
In East Greenwich, the Greenwich Hotel is planning a year's end celebration coinciding with their regular Open Mic night. There's no cover, a free grand buffet, champagne toast, party hats and noise makers, according to the hotel's facebook post.
In South Kingstown, creature comforts at the Holiday Inn include a bottle of champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries, for $139. Reservations are required - Call 401-789-1051.
You could also sound in the new year with yoga and a gong at All That Matters for $65 at 7 p.m., or, take a more conventional route and ring In 2012 at the Ocean Mist with the Racketball Reunion Show and a champagne toast at midnight.
In Coventry, several bars and restaurants are hosting New Year's Eve parties, including at 1152 Main St. , at 33 Sandy Bottom Road, at 599 Tiogue Ave., The Rock Junction at 731 Centre of New England Blvd., Black Stallion Bar & Grill at 17 Sandy Bottom Road, and at 577 Tiogue Ave.
In Woonsocket, revelers can turn to Chan's where the Fat City Band will perform during their New Year's Eve Bash with dinner buffet, entertainment, hats & noise makers, champagne toast at midnight and dancing.
City Side also has a celebration planned with What Matters providing music for their festivities from 8 p.m. till 1 a.m.
In Cranston, you can watch the ball drop at Mardi Gras nightclub on Oaklawn Avenue for New Year festivities. The nightclub is throwing a bash featuring a Champagne toast, DJs, live music by AC/DC Tribute Dirty Deeds, Godsmack tribute Voodoo and Good Ol Boys. Along with the music comes a complimentary grand buffet at 7 p.m. and prizes including a 32-inch flat screen TV, Bruins tickets and a snow board. Cover is $20.
Or, stop by Rhodes on the Pawtuxet for a New Year’s Eve Ballroom Gala. Join Randy Deats and Kathy S. Jean for dancing, music, a seated buffet in the historic 15,000 square foot ballroom. It also includes a show by Nikolai Pilipenchuk and Natalia Skorikova, the 2011 World Professional 10-Dance Champions.
In Johnston, Crush will perform from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. on Dec. 31 at Part II Lounge, Plainfield Street, Johnston. Learn more about Part II Lounge and its event schedule at www.tonightinri.com/partIIlounge. For more New Year's events in Johnston, check here.
In East Providence, you can get in your laughs with Ace Aceto and PJ Thibodeu at the Comedy Connection. The performers go on at 8 and 10:30 p.m., respectively.
In Portsmouth, you can enjoy a full buffet and complimentary champagne toast for $10 at . Identity Crisis performs starting at 9 p.m.
In Tiverton, you may find yourself wondering whether you've heard the music before at Brantal's on 91 Crandall Rd. The establishment is hosting a New Year's Eve party with music by Deja Vu.
In Newport, you can start the night off in style with New Year's Eve at the Breakers from 6 to 8 p.m., Adults $28 in advance, $35 day at the door.
Or, for $99, you can take a from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., or enjoy for $45 at 8 p.m., a for $65, a for $20, or a night at the Newport Blues Cafe for $75.