SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 31: People toast their wine glasses as the annual New Year's Eve fireworks display illuminates the sky over Sydney Harbour on December 31, 2009 in Sydney, Australia. The 2009 into 2010 theme is 'Awaken The Spirit' with over 1.5 million people expected to gather around the harbour to watch the 12 minute show. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
DOWN HOME: Here’s one surefire antidote for the insanity of Dec. 31 bottle service: Pretend you’re ringing in 2010 on the bayou. At the Living Room on the Lower East Side, the annual Auld Twang Syne party offers up a full night of back-to-back bluegrass bands. 9PM.
BE SPOKE: Grease your wheels and cycle (or skate) from Washington Square up to Central Park's Belvedere Castle: It’s the Time's Up's 12th Annual eco-friendly New Year's Eve Bike Ride – with fireworks and a dance party at midnight. Meet at 10:30pm at Washington Square Park, under the arch.
SPECIAL EFFECTS: 3-D isn’t just for movies anymore – at Pacha, a Tron-themed New Year’s party comes complete with the eye-popping visuals projected everywhere (you’ll get glasses upon entering) plus danceable treats galore (from DJ royalty Chris Vargas and Chris Moody, among others). 9PM.
ZEN: If clubs aren’t your thing and you can’t see yourself braving the cold to run across a bridge or cycle all over the city, consider lotus-posing your way into 2011 at the Jivamukti Yoga School’s 22nd Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration. Jivamukti founders Sharon Gannon and David Life lead you in a special ultra-cleansing two-hour yoga session, followed by a vegan dinner, mellow dance party, meditation and (best part) massages at midnight. 5PM.
EXTRAVAGANZA: You mostly know what to expect at Webster Hall on New Year’s Eve – plenty of pretty people, cocktails galore, four floors of dancing – but did you know about the 100,000 balloons set to drop at midnight? Plenty more – including a visit from Joanna Angel (yep, that Joanna Angel). And the whole thing goes from 8PM to 8AM.
Plus, see our roundup of music events on the Nonstop Sound blog: