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Top 15 New Year's Eve events in the Baltimore area

Update (Dec. 28, 2015): This list is from 2014. Click here for the 2015 list of New Year's Eve events in Baltimore

All right, Baltimore — get ready to dress up, go out and ring in New Year in style. It's the last night of fun before you have to start committing to those resolutions. And whether you want to dance, drink, eat or laugh your way into 2015, one of these 15 New Year's Eve events in and around the city is sure to suit your say-goodbye-to-2014 needs.

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Deanna Bogart's New Year's She-Bang

8 p.m. Dec. 27

Celebrate a little early with a boogie and blues dance party. Deanna Bogart, an award-winning pianist, saxophonist, singer and songwriter, will be joined by her bandmates for some 1930s-style boogie music with some contemporary vibes to get people moving and grooving before they have to start worrying about making their resolutions. Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. $20-$25. weinbergcenter.org.

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 31

The kids can finally watch the ball drop well before their bedtimes. Guests can decorate party hats, design noisemakers and make glittery snow globes. Grammy-nominated kids band Milkshake will also be performing at 11:30 a.m., offering some family-friendly singing and dancing. And the ball drops at noon with plenty of confetti, of course. Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St. Free with paid admission ($15.95-$18.95; free for members). mdsci.org.

5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 31

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If fireworks aren't enough light for you, get your fill at this popular post-Christmas Symphony of Lights event. There will also be music, food for sale, party favors and a cozy bonfire for visitors. Then at 7 p.m., the sky will be filled with lights as well for a grand fireworks finale. Last admission to walk through is 7:30 p.m. 5950 Symphony Woods Road, Columbia. Cost TBA (increases as event nears). Free for kids under 3. hcgh.org/symphonyoflights.

Dec. 31 and Jan. 1

There are lots of New Year's dinner events to choose from, but here are some standouts.

Aggio is celebrating the New Year's by offering guests a gourmet three-course dinner option, a six-course tasting menu with a champagne toast, or a three-course VIP dinner experience. After dinner, VIPs can join the party at Power Plant Live with an all-access pass. And for more fun food options, B&O American Brasserie is featuring a four-course dinner with optional wine parings and every guest gets a complimentary glass of champagne. And to help you get over that New Year's hangover, drop by for brunch between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. the next morning featuring plenty of greasy comfort food and bottomless mimosas and bloody Marys for $10. For more New Year's dining options, go to baltimoresun.com/dining. B&O American Brasserie, 2 N. Charles St. $90 ($30 extra for pairings) for New Year's Eve. bandorestaurant.com. Aggio, 614 Water St. at Power Plant Live. $125-$200 for New Year's Eve. volt-aggio.com/baltimore.

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6 p.m. and 9 p.m Dec. 31

Not a fan of loud fireworks or crowds? Ring in 2015 with the sounds of saxes and tenors instead with the Cold Spring Jazz Quartet. The quartet, featuring Mark Osteen on vocals, tenor, alto and soprano saxophones, Anthony Villa on piano, Gary Kerner on bass and Greg Mack on drums and percussion, will perform two shows at Germano's in Little Italy on New Year's Eve. 300 S. High St. $25. germanospiattini.com.

8 p.m. Dec. 31

Rock in the New Year with the local rockers. The event features drink specials from local favorite Union Craft Brewery and a special champagne toast at midnight. The band's punk- and Southern soul-infused sound will keep guests rocking as the ball starts dropping. Baltimore Soundstage, 124 Market Place. $27.50-$82.50. baltimoresoundstage.com.

9 p.m. Dec. 31

Want to make your New Year's an intense, audio-visual experience? No matter your music taste, it is likely part of Papadosio's unique sound. The quintet band plays a mix of psychedelic, rock, folk, electronica, jam and dance music, lead by singer-songwriter Anthony Thogmartin. ELM (Electric Love Machine) will add psychedelic dance music to the mix, with Proper Playground Clothing Co. featuring hand-printed garb. Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. $32.50-$60. ramsheadlive.com.

9 p.m. Dec. 31

Laughter, dance and an exploding monkey — just what every New Year's Eve celebration needs. Not for the easily-offended, the Yellow Sign Theatre has created an old Zenith TV set mock-up to stage their live game show spoof, featuring 14 to 16 acts of sideshow, burlesque, comedy and dance. The audience will be involved in the show and help decide which acts will win a grand cash prize. Bonus: The bar is open all night. The Yellow Sign Theatre, 1726 N. Charles St. Free. facebook.com/TheYellowSignTheatre.

9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Dec. 31

Why go to a party when you can ride a roller coaster instead? Scream in 2015 aboard the rides and attractions at Adventure Park USA. The park is opening for extra hours and attractions for this event that covers unlimited park attractions, including laser tag and bumper cars, along with dinner and video games. The fun ends with a New Year's Eve countdown and balloon drop at midnight. 11113 West Baldwin Road, New Market. $25-$30. adventureparkusa.com.

9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Dec. 31

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Celebrate 2015 with live music, fireworks, friends and, yes, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at the Inner Harbor's popular annual event. Baltimoreans can enjoy live music from local band Under the Covers, performing Top 40 favorites at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater. Following the show, the mayor will join guests in the 2015 countdown. Finally, of course, come the fireworks at midnight. The show will illuminate the Baltimore sky so spectators in Federal Hill, Locust Point, Canton, Harbor East and Fells Point can also enjoy the show. Pratt and Light streets. Free. bop.org.

9 p.m. or 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dec 31

For a classy, tasty celebratory evening, cruise the Inner Harbor and watch the fireworks from out on the open water. Spirit Dinner Cruises feature buffet-style dinner menus for either an elegant (aboard the Spirit of Baltimore) or more festive (aboard the Inner Harbor Spirit) dining experiences accompanied by open bars. DJ entertainment will be provided and midnight festivities include a champagne toast. Departing from the Inner Harbor. $149.90-$239.90. spiritcruises.com/baltimore.

9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Dec. 31

Dance it out and count it down at Lindy Promotions' annual semi-formal New Year's Eve party, now expanding to Pratt Street Ale House. Exclusive entertainment for the night includes Maryland rockers Pasadena and several DJs. Tickets are all-inclusive and guests have free reign over an open bar, full dinner buffets, two party tents, and 10 entertainment rooms. The evening ends with a midnight balloon drop. Pratt Street Ale House, 206 W. Pratt St. $99-149 (VIP $139-179). downtowncountdown.net.

9 p.m.-2 a.m. Dec. 31

For some fun with food and photo booths, check out the Pixilated party at Geppi's Entertainment Museum. In partnership with the Torrey Smith Foundation, which helps provide educational support, opportunities and resources to Baltimore area youth, the event's admission includes multiple party areas, midnight champagne toasts, full open bars and a live New Year's Eve countdown. Guests can also enjoy music and entertainment by Purple Pandemonium and the Rec Room's DJ Al Graham. Geppi's Entertainment Museum, 301 W. Camden St. $100. eventbrite.com.

9 p.m.-2 a.m. Dec. 31

Ten bands and DJs, multiple party areas and four dance floors add up to one great big New Year's Eve bash. Buffets will be available until 10:30 p.m. to accompany drinks from the all-inclusive bars, open all night. Music acts including DJ SoulSearch, Bryen O'Boyle and Friends and DJ Kay Jay will keep the party going leading up to a huge midnight celebration. Baltimore Harbor Hotel, 101 W. Fayette St. $104.99-$139+ (VIP $169.99-$209+). bignightbaltimore.com.

9 p.m.-2 a.m. Dec. 31

Put on your glitter, dancing shoes, and best party dress or tux and head to this Moulin Rouge-themed extravaganza. Tickets are all-inclusive so guests can enjoy free drinks and dinner buffets throughout the night while awaiting Baltimore's "largest" balloon drop at midnight. This event includes 10 different "party zones" and 12 bands, DJs, comedians and other acts to quench every entertainment thirst. North Baltimore Plaza Hotel, 2004 Greenspring Drive, Timonium. Tickets $104-$159+ (VIP $154-$219+). charmcitycountdown.com.

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