While many of the winter holidays focus on eating and family, New Year’s festivities often involve a combination of self-perceived awesomeness, stupidly overpriced cover charges, and a suitcase full of regret the next day. If you’re hoping to do New Year’s right this year, emulate those individuals with unlimited checkbooks and boundless public affection.
In the Club like Heidi and Spencer
We warned you about the cover charges above: do not underestimate the ability for a nightclub to steal your wallet and your soul in the name of an overcrowded venue and exorbitantly priced glass of bubbly. Last year, perennially over-exposed celebutards Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt welcomed the new year at The Nightclub at Treasure Island resort in Las Vegas. If you must get your dance on into the wee hours of 2010, forget Sin City and check out some of the less known club scenes around the world, like indulging your inner-child and partying down at the Telus World of Science across from the 2010 Olympic Village in Vancouver.
On the Beach like Mandy Moore
Vowing to take better care of herself in 2010 (or at least promising a PEOPLE writer) , you’ll find Mandy Moore exploring the world outside while visiting “Egyptian pyramids, Machu Picchu or an African safari.” Catch some rays like Mandy in a delectable sun destination like newly launched NileGuide locales Santiago, Molokai, and Ibiza.
In the Cold with Ryan Seacrest
Any New Yorker will tell you that braving the weather to stand amidst strangers in Times Square isn’t the best use of your holiday revelry, but nothing screams NEW YEARS! quite like an outdoor countdown to midnight. Join Ryan Seacrest and Fergie as they co-host “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”, or get your LOLs on with Kathy Griffin, Anderson Cooper, and Lance Bass on CNN. If you aren’t in midtown or in front of your TV, why not check out Berlin’s huge celebration at Brandenburg Gate, featuring fireworks centered on the fabled landmark. If you’re in the southern hemisphere, Perth’s party in Gloucester Park is known for its raucous celebrations and abundance of cheer.
Doing Good like Everyone Should
Saying bye bye to 2009 and the topsy-turvy decade that preceded it doesn’t need to be chased with a shot of Jaeger – some give their New Year’s Eve to those less fortunate. Sadly, when researching this post, it was very hard to find any examples of celebrities doing charitable work on New Year’s Eve. For the rest of you all, take some advice: since any donation made online or mailed on the 31st counts towards your 2009 taxes, why not spread some holiday cheer and donate to one of these outstanding non-profit organizations!?