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Auld Lang Syne Time

Friday, December 20, 2013

DECEMBER 20, 2013

Auld Lang Syne Time
Have you been so busy baking cookies and scooping up holiday gifts that you’ve failed to nail down New Year’s Eve plans? Not to worry—we have you covered. Herein, our top picks for January 31 based on your style:

Family Affair
Looking for a kid-friendly event? Then head to Marion Square for Happy New Year Charleston, a free celebration featuring comedy; African dancing; a variety of music including classical, gospel, and jazz; and children’s activities. Marion Square, Calhoun & King sts. 4-10:30pm. Free. (843) 724-7305,

Just Wanna Dance!
For the party-goer looking for VIP options (did someone say table service?), ICEBOX offers beverages, heavy hors d’ouevres, and live entertainment from Quiana Parler, DJ Arthur Bros., The Dubplates, DJ Cato, and more at the Rose Ball. In addition to being a good time, this 21-and-older event benefits the Tanzanian Education Foundation. Plus, since it’s located at Johnson Hagood Stadium, a rooftop New Year’s kiss under the stars is not out of the question. Johnson Hagood Memorial Stadium, 68 Hagood Ave. Tuesday, 9pm-2am. $150 VIP; $99 Club Level. For VIP questions, email

Bon Viveur
If visions of haute cuisine come to mind when you think celebration, look no further than seating yourself at Circa 1886’s New Year’s Eve dinner. A delectable six-course prix fixe menu—including chestnut and apple soup with foie gras custard; Tomahawk shortrib and fig vincotto glace over Anson Mills rice; and churros, chocolate tamales, and Westbrook White Thai pot au crème—awaits. Circa 1886, 149 Wentworth St. Tuesday, 5:30pm-9:30pm. $125. (843) 853-7828,

Ski Bunny
Missing the mountains? Head to Mixson Bath & Racquet Club and miss no more as the hip space transforms into a chalet for Apres Ski New Year’s Eve. DJ Jaz will provide the tunes, as attendees enjoy an ice luge and “shot skis.” For those who want to go Gucci with their plans, VIP cabana packages for up to 10 people are available with personal servers, bottle service, and upgraded food and beverage options. And to sweeten the deal, the club is partnering to offer discounts on hotels and transportation services for a guaranteed festive and safe New Year. Mixson Bath & Racquet Club, 4401 McCarthy St. Tuesday, 8pm-2am. $75.

Black Tie Affair
If you’re looking to make a statement, dress up and head to the Aquarium for Snyder’s Grand Ball. This annual blowout features big name entertainment by American Idol finalist Elise Testone and DJ Natty Heavy, not to mention an open bar and heavy hors d’ouevres. Black tie is optional. South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf. Tuesday, 8pm-1am. $135. (843) 763-2462,

Roast & Revel
Prefer your parties with beer rather than bubbles? Grab your oyster knife and head to New Year’s on the Ashley at the Inn at Middleton Place. Live bluegrass music provides the soundtrack as you dive into a traditional Lowcountry oyster roast and pig pickin’ then cozy up around a bonfire. Want to spend the night? A New Year’s package includes a two-night stay; souvenir champagne glasses; New Year’s Day brunch for two; snacks and refreshments in the lobby during football games; and admission to Middleton Place Gardens, House Museum, and Stableyards. Inn at Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd. Tuesday, 6-10pm. $88; $21 ages 16-20; free for child under 16. (843) 556-6020,

On Deck
We can’t guarantee midshipmen, but we can promise a good time aboard the U.S.S. Yorktown for the Yorktown Countdown. DJs Rehab, Fullhaus, and Kilgo mix it up as guests dive into an all-inclusive bar. 40 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Tuesday, 9pm. $125.

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