CONCERT, panto, party? However you want to kick off the new year, there is something for you in Dublin, says Chris Wasser. Dublin is one of the best places in the world to celebrate New Year's Eve.
INDEED, travel guide Lonely Planet recently included the capital in its favourite New Year's Eve destinations, ranking Dublin in its top-five alongside Prague, the New South Wales coast of Australia, the French Alps and Chiang Mai in Thailand. But how do you go about celebrating the big night in a city that has so much to offer? Just follow our guide and you'll be on your way to kick-starting the New Year with a bang.Republic of Loose at Whelan's (with a special DJ set from Tieranniesaur)
With Mick Pyro and friends currently taking setlist suggestions over on their Facebook page, this should be a good one. Tickets: €22.50 (www.whelanslive.com).
The Cast of Cheers at the Workman's Club
This head-banging shindig should please the cool kids in town. Support comes from Croupier and Sleep Thieves. Tickets: €18 (www.theworkmansclub.com).
Christ Church Cathedral New Year's Eve Gala Concert
This Christ Church event will begin with a performance by the Dublin Gospel Choir before guests gather for a post-concert champagne reception in the Crypt. Tickets: €45 (www.christchurchdublin.ie).
Mix Tape NYE Party at Vicar Street
An evening of "songs and collaborations" featuring some of Ireland's finest musical talent including Lisa Hannigan. Tickets: €35 (www.vicarstreet.ie).
Krystle New Year's Eve Party 2012
Krystle's first ever masquerade ball with complimentary masks and champagne for the big countdown. Early bird tickets priced €10 are available from the Russell Court Hotel reception on Harcourt Street. (www.krystlenightclub.com).
NYE Dublin Festival
Where the Gathering Ireland 2013 -- "a year-long celebration of all things Irish" -- begins. The main event is the open-air Countdown Concert in College Green with performances from Imelda May and Bell X1. Tickets for the concerts are €20. (www.nyedublin.ie).
New Year's Eve Gala Concert at the National Concert Hall
Oscar and Grammy award-winning French film composer Michel Legrand will be conducting the RTE Concert Orchestra. Tickets: €34.50-€69.50. Price includes a glass of champagne. (www.nch.ie).
The Wright Venue NYE Hollywood Ball
You don't have to go dressed as Brad and Angelina. But, hey, it might add to the fun as the Wright Venue in Swords rolls out the red carpet (and the fake paparazzi) for an evening of Hollywood-themed madness. Early bird tickets priced €15 are on sale now. (www.thewrightvenue.ie).
NYE-FLIGHT 2012 at the Grand Social
Nightflight will be taking over the Grand Social for what promises to be a memorable evening of Irish electronic music including New Jackson (featuring David Kitt). Advance tickets: €15 (www.thegrandsocial.ie).
The Helix's Children's New Year's Eve
For all the little ones, how about a special NYE countdown as part of popular panto Beauty and the Beast at the Helix? Children's New Year's Eve takes place during the 1.30pm and 5.30pm pantomime shows. Tickets: €16.50. Family tickets from €69. (www.thehelix.ie).
Black And White Party, Studio 54, Dublin, at Bia Bar
STUDIO 54 Dublin is reliving the disco days of New York City once again. Tickets (€15) available at Bia Bar, or by phoning 087 650 7000.