Ring in 2008!

If you’re looking to leave the roost December 31, check out our list of local New Year’s Eve celebrations.
This is just a sample of New Year’s Eve events in the Twin Cities and extending metro.

3rd Annual Crystal Ball New Year’s Eve Party.

Celebrate the new year in style with a five-part runway show including fashions from new Twin Cities boutiques, with styling by Details Salon and the Jon Charles Salon. Event includes: dancing, surprise performances, multi-level entertainment, prize giveways, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and more. 21 and over. 8 p.m.- 1 a.m. 4000 capacity. International Market Square, 275 Market St, Minneapolis.

ReSOULution 2008 — a 5th annual New Year’s Eve celebration. 9 p.m. -2 a.m. at Millennium Hotel Downtown Minneapolis. Hosted by: Ananda, You Know How We Do It Productions & Sound In Motion. Six rooms of electronic/hip-hop/mashup/dance music. 2,000+ capacity. DJs TBA. Hotel rates (available by mentioning “reSOULution”) $189 Monday 12/31. This includes two event tickets. $89 any additional nights. 1313 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, 612-332-6000.

Unveil 2008 at the New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball at the Grand Ballroom of Ramada in Rochester. 7:30 p.m. start. Evening will feature: entertainment by “The Dweebs”, a five-course dinner prepared by Rochester’s own Chef Jim Nichols, complimentary Korbel champagne, prize balloon drop at midnight, and a cash bar. $125 per person ($100 for Chamber members). Rooms blocked out at the Ramada ($99 standard/$109 poolside). Reservations required. 21+. Tickets available by calling 507-285.-5272 between Dec. 3 and Dec. 21. Masques and tickets will be available at the event for purchase. This event is a benefit for the Elder Network of Olmsted County.

Rockin’ Hollywoods New Year’s Eve Dinner Dance. Includes buffet and a champagne toast. 7 p.m. start. Cost: $40. Withrow Ballroom, 12169 Keystone Ave., Hugo.

Take photos with impersonators/dancers at the Grand Casino Mille Lacs gaming floor on New Year’s Eve. A ragtime piano player will entertain guests and flapper girls will be doing impromptu performances throughout the evening. Flip, Flop and Fly will perform a free concert in the Convention Center for all Guests 18+ from 9 p.m. — 1 a.m. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. The evening will end with a synchronized countdown. Party favors include beads, fedoras, noisemakers, and feather boas. 777 Grand Avenue, Onamia. For more info, call 800-626-5825 or check www.grandcasinomn.com.

New Year’s Eve Celebration Service. 8 p.m. at Club 3 Degrees, Minneapolis. Featuring rraise & worship bands from a variety of local churches.

VH1’s Rock Of Love New Year’s Eve featuring Bret Michaels live. Notorious VH1 reality star and Poison lead singer Bret Michaels is hosting a wild party (filmed for the second season of his show), with open bar and opening act Firehouse. 9 p.m. at Myth Nightclub, 3090 Southlawn Drive, Maplewood, 651-989-5151.

Chamber Music Society of Minnesota: Viennese New Year’s Eve Gala Benefit. Features music concert, dance, silent and live auctions, champagne toast, hors d’oeuvres, and wine. Call 651-450-0527 to RSVP. 8 p.m. start. $100, at St. Paul College Club, 990 Summit Ave. St. Paul.

Vivid 2K8 at Envy Nightclub. Beginning at 9 p.m., enjoy hors d’oeuvres by Creative Catering and a special wine tasting, hosted by Trinchero Vineyards. At 10 p.m., see a stand-up comedy performance by Acme Comedy Club headliner Pete Lee. Open bar all night. Dance to Vegas-style party music. Every guest will get his or her own personal bottle of champagne to celebrate with at midnight. $85.

FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENTS

Rock the Park 2008.

Join The Park at MOAâ„¢ for a family friendly New Year’s Eve celebration with Nickelodeon®. The Park will be open until midnight with FREE entertainment beginning at 6 p.m., including: foot juggling, hand balancing, and hula hoops by Circus Manduhai(West Market Stage, West Entrance to The Park, 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.); aerobatics with Xelias Aerialists (Rotunda, 6:45 p.m., 8:45 p.m. and 10:45 p.m.); the illusionist Jonathon Bryce (West Market Stage at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.); and The Cruisers, a five-piece marching band(Park-Wide at 6:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8:45 p.m., 9:45 p.m. and 10:45 p.m.). Nickelodeon character meet-and-greets from 10 p.m. until midnight. Mallofamerica.com

Habitot New Year’s Eve. Totally child-friendly, for the early-to-bed crowd. Dress in your best beach gear and forget about the cold weather outside. Little ones will play beach games, dig in the sand, and rock to the beat of Will Hale and the Tadpole Parade Band. 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Minnesota Children’s Museum, St Paul.

Head to the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory to ring in the New Year with a buffet dinner, live music, and enchanting gardens. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 1225 Estabrook Drive, Saint Paul, 651-487-8201 or www.comozooconservatory.org.

RESTAURANT/BAR DEALS

20.21 Restaurant & Bar

by Wolfgang Puck at the Walker Art Center will be offering a special New Year’s Eve tasting menu featuring eight new signature dishes and a holiday inspired cocktail. $79. All menu items served family style with a complimentary glass of champagne and optional wine pairing. 5:30 p.m. — 11 p.m. For reservations, call 612-253-3410. Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Avenue–where Hennepin meets Lyndale–one block off Highways I-94 and I-394, in Minneapolis.

New Year’s Eve Party Babalu 2008. 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Babalu Restaurant, Minneapolis. Enjoy a five-course dinner to the rythm of the Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata with Sensacion Latina. Reservations by phone only. Three sittings available: 5-7 p.m., 7:30-9:30 p.m., and 9:30 p.m. For more information and reservations, call 612-746-3158 or check www.babalu.us. 800 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis.

New Year’s Eve at Bar Abilene in Uptown Minneapolis includes All you can drink from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. (tap beers, bottle beers, house wines, rail drinks, and house margaritas). All you can eat from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. (Tex-Mex themed appetizer, entree, and dessert buffet). Champagne toast at midnight. DJ playing music all night. And tip! $85 per person. To reserve spots (or ask questions), send money via paypal to BarAbileneNewYears@yahoo.com. Include an email address and full name for each person. Confirmation emails sent once money received. ID required at the door. Space is limited.

Camp Bar is hosting a Black & White Ball, including a 16-piece big band, late night DJ dancing, a champagne toast, party favors, and appetizers. $25. 490 N. Robert Street, Saint Paul, 651-292-1844 or www.camp-bar.com

Ring in the New Year with Dixies on Grand! Includes a live DJ, free champagne, noise-makers, and food specials. 695 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul. 651-222-7345 or www.dixiesongrand.com.

The Downtowner Woodfire Grill will be offering a special five-course New Year’s Eve menu, featuring Grilled Ahi tuna or Beef Tenderloin as the main entrée, served with a glass of champagne. $45 per person. 253 7th Street West, Saint Paul, 651-228-9500 or www.downtownerwoodfire.com.

Ring in the New Year with dinner at Il Vesco Vino! Features a four-course menu (antipasti, pasta, entrée & dessert) with multiple options per course. Live music all night. $55/person (plus tax & gratuity). 579 Selby Avenue, Saint Paul, 651-222-7000 or www.ilvescovino.com.

Kozlak’s Royal Oak will be open for regular luncheon dinners from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Dinner will be served 4 p.m. through 10:30 p.m. , featuring a special menu to help ring in the New Year. A Harpist will be playing in the main dinning room. 4785 Hodgson Road, Shoreview, 651-484-8484 or www.kozlaks.com.

Twilight of the Gods: New Year’s Eve 2008 at Solera. Four levels of party. Dance to Vox Medusa, The Warriors, and Heartbeat Studios, plus music by Timmay, Hard Drive, Del 6 and Booka 8. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Presale online $35; door $45. Drink package $30-$44 value. For VIP (private cabanas & bottle service), contact paul@wonsavage.com. Tickets at voxmeduca.org or solera-restaurant.com. Solera, 900 Hennepin, Minneapolis, 612-338-0062.

New Year’s Eve with the Twin Cities Hot Club; Maud Hixson & Rick Carlson. First seating at 5:30 p.m. is $40 per person and includes a four-course dinner; second seating at 8:30 p.m. is $50 per person and includes a four-course dinner, party favors & champagne. The Times Bar And Café, 201 E Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis.

THEATER

We Gotta Bingo

. Lowry Theater, 350 St. Peter Street, Saint Paul, 612-961-7311 or www.actorsmn.com. We Gotta Bingo is a hilarious interactive dinner theater experience. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. and includes dinner and a special champagne toast. $59.50 – 69.50.

Martini & Olive’s Holiday Happy Hour. Laugh your way into the New Year with this 1970s midwestern comedy duo whose delicious, deliberately appalling lounge act is riotously over the top! 8 p.m. at Illusion Theater, Minneapolis.

Scrimshaw New Year’s Spectacular. Sketch comedy. 7 p.m., Price: $20. Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 W Lake St., Minneapolis.

MUSIC

Trampled by Turtles

(TBT) hails from Duluth, Minnesota, and is a non-traditional bluegrass band. Call for admission fees and hours. Orpheum Theatre, 612-339-7007, www.hennepintheatredistrict.org.

2008 New Year’s Party with G.B. Leighton; Savannah. $70 at 6 p.m. Ticket price includes complimentary drinks, appetizer buffet, and admission to second show. $25 at 8 p.m. 7820 University Ave, Fridley.

A Wookiefoot New Year’s Eve with Hyentyte; Heatbox. 18+, 8:30 p.m. $18/$20, at Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave. S, Minneapolis.

Blue Jeans Black Tie & Boots New Year’s Eve Party with Killer Hayseeds. $10/$13, at Povlitzki’s On 65, 8407 NE Plaza Blvd., Fridley.

New Year’s Eve with BoDeans. Price of admission includes drinks and appetizers. 8 p.m. $100. Fine Line Music Café, 318 1st Ave. N, Minneapolis.

New Year’s Eve with Vampire Hands; STNNNG; Thunder in the Valley. 9 p.m. at the Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W, St. Paul.

The One Love Movement: End of the Year Reggae Smokeout with DJ Verb X. $5/$15. 8 p.m. at First Avenue Vip Lounge, 701 1st Ave. N, Minneapolis.

Solid Gold New Year’s Eve Celebration. 18+. Tickets $5/$15. 8 p.m. at First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N, Minneapolis.

New Year’s Eve Party with Phat Pearl. Black Dawg Bar & Grill, 3120 W Hwy 13, Burnsville.

New Year’s Eve with Moore by Four at 8 p.m. for $100. Nachito Herrerra at 10:30 p.m. for $75. $150 for both shows. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis.

New Year’s Eve with Gription; Crash Anthem. $7. At Dibbo’s, 517 2nd St., Hudson.

Rock Down the Clock: New Year’s Eve 2008 with Grind. Free. 7 p.m. at The Rock Nightclub, 2029 Woodlynn Ave., Maplewood. New Year’s Eve with Sensacion Latina. $20. At Babalu, 800 Washington Ave. N, Minneapolis.

New Year’s Eve Bash with Concentual. At Mainstreet Bar And Grill, 814 Mainstreet, Eden Prairie.

New Year’s Eve Bash with MC/VL; Ouija Radio; Baby Guts; Kill to Kill; more. $7. 9 p.m. at Stasiu’s, 2500 University Ave. NE, Minneapolis.

New Year’s Eve Bash with the Choppers. 9:30 p.m. at Neisen Brothers Sports Bar, 4851 W 123rd St., Savage.

New Year’s Eve Countdown with E-DAWG! & D.O. At King & I Thai, 1346 Lasalle Ave., Minneapolis.

New Year’s Eve Party with Kanser; Big Quarters; Buck KAC. $10; $5 for ladies. 9 p.m. at Dinkytowner Café, 412 1/2 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis.

New Year’s Eve Party with Shag. $10. 9 p.m. at Narrows Saloon, 9375 Deerwood Ln N, Brooklyn Park.

New Year’s Eve Party with Rhino. $35-$50. Ticket includes choice of dinner and VIP seating. At Diamonds Sports Bar & Grill, 7550 Hwy 10 NW, Anoka.

New Year’s Eve Party with Brat Pack Radio. $12. Ticket includes party favors & champagne toast. 7 p.m. at Bogart’s Place, 14917 Garrett Ave. S, Apple Valley.

The Limns New Year’s Eve Party w/ tons of guests. 9 p.m. at O’Gara’s Bar & Grill, St Paul, MN.

VITA.MN Presents New Year’s Eve Celebration with Mark Mallman, The Alarmists, Solid Gold, and a lingerie fashion show featuring the Eclecticoiffeur Styling Team. This is a Varsity Arts Show. Doors open at 8 p.m.; Show at 9 p.m.

We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm times, location, and other information. Events courtesy of theSt. Paul CVB, CityPages.com, Craigslist, MallofAmerica.com, and www.newyears.com.

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