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The start of a new year is kind of a big deal. Whether to take the kids, whether to have a quiet affair with drinks and friends, a total pig out at a New Year’s buffet, or just a crazy night of sick beats and crazy dancing can be a paralyzing decision to make because they all sound so good. Before you go a little too nuts trying to find the perfect party, skim through our list of the coolest ways to usher in this year’s big countdown:

CELEBRATE WITH THE WORLD

What: Some highlights of the night include Sheikh Haikal, Milu Bing’s Nic Lee, DJ Nicole Chen, Juz-B, Chriz Tong, DJ Ronski Speed and Thailand’s top female deejay Lisa BlueStar. Take part in the afternoon carnival when admission is free, with nostalgic local old school games and a SG50 photowall for the snap-happy camera junkies.

Where: The Promontory @ Marina Bay

When: Carnival starts at 12pm and ends at 1am. The party is from 6pm until late

Prices: $10 per pax, inclusive of one free drink

For more information, visit celebratewiththeworld.com

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USS DANCE IN THE DARK: A NEON COUNTDOWN TO 2015

What: Prepare to be razzle-dazzled by light shows and neon acts. Street dancers accompanied by LED stilt walkers lead up to the headline act ‒ the Black Eyed Tease. Black Eye Peas fans will love this tribute to the formerly Fergalicious trio; performing hits like Where is the Love, I Gotta Feeling, and many more. Party goers also get full day access to the USS rides, shows, and attractions. Super sweet!

Where: 8 Sentosa Gateway

When: 5pm to 1am (for full day access to rides, USS opens at 11pm)

Price: $84 (adults), $64 (children), $46 (senior). Includes a set meal coupon and full day admission. Admissions starting from 6pm onwards are charged at $68

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SILOSO BEACH PARTY

What: Dance from dawn to dusk with five different party zones and a giant foam pool. Come night time, fireworks and neon UV paint fill the air for an explosive good time. Mike Candys, one of the top 100 deejays in the world will be spinning for this one night event, so expect good vibes and jam!

Where: Siloso Beach, Sentosa

When: 6pm – 6am

Prices: $68 per pax, $300 for a party of 6

For more information, visit www.sentosa.com.sg

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PAN PACIFIC 50,000 BALLOONS TO COUNTDOWN 2015

What: Magicians, deejays and dancers will set the mood for a retro themed party. At midnight 50,000 balloons will be released into the Atrium lobby. Featuring the longest bar set atop an indoor water feature, the drifting balloons will make the night magic. Guests can also enjoy a complimentary light supper and canapes.

Where: Pan Pacific Hotel

When: 9pm to 12.30pm

Prices: $388 for 2 guests, to $2588 for 16 guests

For more info, visit panpacific.com

LOCO LOCAL 2015 COUNTDOWN PARTY

What: Five local bands rock it out at Crowne Plaza. Watch out for gigs like ORANGECOVE, Marc X Hashy, JJ and The PaperPlanes, Ciao Turtle, and The Jaywalkers. Hosted by Mint Leong, this musical night promises to be unforgettably loud.

When: 9pm to 1.30pm

Where: Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Lobby Lounge

Prices: $32 per pax (inclusive of sodas and beer), $48 per pax (inclusive of wine and spirits)

For more information, visit crowneplazadining.com

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SOFITEL COUNTDOWN IN STYLE

What: Soak up the good vibes of a new year, literally, in a HI-SO rooftop bar with a complimentary drink. After pigging it out with a six course dinner, of course!

Where: 35 Robinson Road

When: 10pm until late

Prices: $208++ (per pax, inclusive of a 6 course dinner)

For more information, visit www.sofitel.com/hotel

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COUNTDOWN TO 2015 AT CATALUNYA

What: A rooftop countdown party with a spectacular view of fireworks at midnight. Bop to the beat of tunes from DJ Heffny and DJ Young while you shake it out on the laser-lit dance floor.

Where: Fullerton Pavilion, 82 Collyer Quay

When: 10pm until late

Price: Presales $98, door sales at $128. (inclusive of champagne)

For more information, visit catalunya.sg

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VIVA LA VIDA AT UNA

What: Have an authentic Spanish celebration of all things new in an iconic boquera setting, framed in rustic, lush garden. Choose between dining, dining with unlimited wine, or simply unlimited, free flow drinks. With decadent dishes like suckling pig, paellas, and tapas on the menu, Viva La Vida will be a fete to remember.

Where: 49B South Bridge Road

When: 6pm – 2am

Prices: Dining ($50++ or $96++), Dine and wine ($148++), Wine only ($110++). Children under 12 dine at half the price and children under 6 enter for free.

For more information, visit www.una.sg

ATTICA’S DECADENCE NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY

With Attica’s rep for throwing the best parties, you can’t miss this one when they say it includes ‘upscale live entertainment’, whatever it is. Also check out the New Year’s festive food and drink package, inclusive of “Golden Trove” a mysterious champagne drink. The club’s regular deejays will be mashing it as well, with DJ Stingray, Iain ‘Spex’ Thomson, Raw and JCherish throwing more zest into this wild party mix.

Where: 3A River Valley Road, #01-03 Clarke Quay

When: 10.30pm until late

Prices: $30, inclusive of one drink

For more information, visit www.attica.com.sg

NEW YEAR’S EVE AT 50RP

What: 50RP offers three types of party experiences all in one night ‒ for foodies, music lovers and sky scape junkies. For $98, get full standing access to 50RP’s 360 degree outdoor platform and a complimentary glass of bubbly. For the foodies, $320 entitles you to a Sear’s semi buffet with free flow of sides. After a dinner of steak, seafood and canapes, enjoy the view on the Empire Rooftop Ultra Lounge while DJ Stanley churns his groovy beat. For music lovers, you can book a table for the wine but no dine experience at the rooftop. The $1000 table even gives you a live jazz band for entertainment!

Where: 50 Raffles Place, Singapore Land Tower, Level 45

When: 6.30pm to 12.30pm

Prices: Viewing pleasure ($98), All in one ($320 per pax), Wining Without Dining $1,000 to $2,500 per table

For more information, visit empire@massive.sg

1-ALTITUDE HEAVEN AND EARTH NEW YEAR’S EVE SOIREE

What: Usher in the new year at the highest rooftop party venue in Singapore, with an electric bevy of deejays. After 9, Phase to Face, Jack T and Kenneth take over until countdown time. Also consider the Altimate VIP Ultra Lounge, where you can groove to the beat of Acoustic Trip, Leonard T and Funky T.

When: 6pm until late

Where: 1 Raffles Place

Prices: For table reservations, minimum spending per pax is $200. Prices range from $150-$300++ from 6pm to 9pm and $200-$350++ from 9pm onwards (per pax). Cover charge is at $68 for the Ultra Lounge and $88 for Altitude Rooftop, inclusive of two drinks.