Looking for a way to ring in the New Year? There's always the traditional First Night events in Boston and Worcester that are fun for the whole family. But if you're looking for something a little different, there's a wide variety of events around Massachusetts and New Hampshire. We've pulled together a list of events you might want to consider.
* Join the party at DoubleTree by Hilton Andover's Hoppin' New Year's Eve, 6 p.m.-2 a.m., 123 Old River Road, Andover. Buffet, champagne toast, entertainment by comedians Tumblin' Jack Walsh, Mike McCarthy and Dave Russo, and music by The Buckley Brothers. Tickets $99 per person at hiltonandovernye.eventbrite.com.
n Dance the night away at Four Oaks Country Club, 80 Meadow Creek Drive, Dracut, 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Cocktail hour, antipasto bar, full dinner buffet with beef-tenderloin carving station, dessert bar, midnight champagne toast followed by pizza buffet. Live music by jazz-pop duo The Smoothies. Only 150 seats, $89.95 per person plus tax and 20 percent gratuity. Reservations required, call 978-455-0054.
n Swing into the New Year with the Boston Pops Swing Orchestra, featuring bandleader Bo Winiker and special guest singer Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. Doors open 8:30 p.m., show at 10 p.m. Tickets range $51 to $140 at bso.org.
n Have a bluesy eve with the James Montgomery Band and Sax Attax Horns & Friends at Vittori-Rocci Hall, 143 Brimbal Ave., Beverly. Dinner buffet at 8 p.m., show at 9:15 p.m. Midnight champagne toast and party favors. Tickets $95 each at gimmelive.com/NYE.cfm. Portion of proceeds to benefit V is for Veterans.
n Want a cultural experience to enrich your New Year's Eve? Check out the fourth annual Bindaas Masti Party at the Lowell Elks Lodge, 40 Old Ferry Road, Lowell, 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Bollywood dance favorites, Indian buffet, midnight champagne toast, kids' room and entertainment. Tickets $45 ages 13+ and $30 ages 4-12, available at sulekha.com.
* Looking for a larger affair with Indian flair? Check out the masquerade ball at 49 Social, 49 Temple Place, Boston, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. DJs will spin Bollywood, Bhangra and remixes, along with hip-hop, Top 40 and mashups. Complimentary masks through midnight, or bring your own. 21+, tickets $30 each at eventbrite.com. Visit highrollerboston.com for more info.
* Party like it's 1927 on the Speakeasy New Year's Eve Boston Fireworks Cruise out of Boston Harbor. 8 p.m. check-in; 21+. Semiformal, flapper attire encouraged. General admission tickets are $149 and going fast, so visit bostonnightlife.com ASAP.
* Missed the boat? Check out the speakeasy party at Back Bay Social Club, 867 Boylston St., Boston, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Live music, specialty cocktails, snacks and giveaways. No cover, 21+.
* Or, closer to home (Shhh!): The Super Secret Speakeasy at the Westford Regency Inn, 219 Littleton Road, Westford, 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Packages include food, live band, midnight champagne toast, standard overnight room and brunch the next morning. Call 978-727-8712 for details and reservations.
* Bowl out of 2016 and start the New Year with a strike at Wamesit Lanes, 434 Main St., Tewksbury, 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Bowling and buffet packages available, $30-$275. Live entertainment, champagne toast, 21+. Visit wamesitlanes/new-years-eve-party/ for info and to reserve lanes.
Don't want to drive too far? Several Lowell-area establishments have you covered.
* Olympia's Zorba Music Hall, 439 Market St., Lowell, 8:30 p.m. Buffet and music by Peter Lavender & The Limbo Souls, tickets $30 per person , 21+.
* Cobblestones, 91 Dutton St., Lowell, 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Music, dancing, food stations and more. Different packages available; visit cobblestonesoflowell.com/new-years/ for more info. To benefit Stones Culinary Scholarship Fund.
* All six 110 Grill locations, including Chelmsford and Nashua, N.H., will host parties that include shrimp cocktail, surf and turf, a New Year's Resolution cocktail and more. Call 978-256-2777 for Chelmsford or 603-943-7443 for Nashua.
For the Whole Family
Want to celebrate the New Year a bit earlier in the day with the kids? Museums around New England have family-friendly, daytime options.
* Family New Year's Eve Celebration, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Children's Museum of New Hampshire, Dover. Celebrate "countdowns to midnight" at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m., complete with the lowering of a glittery disco ball and confetti just like in Times Square, a magician and other activities. Museum admission $10 per person age 1 and up, $9 for seniors 65+. Free for members.
* Noon Year's Eve, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Ecotarium, Worcester. Count down with ball drops at noon and 2 p.m., toast the New Year with flavored seltzer and make time capsules. Learn about renewable energy, magnets, aerodynamics and the hidden properties of plants; discover chemical reactions and meet some new animals. Free for members and children under 2. Adults $15; $10 for children/youth 2-18, college students and seniors 65+. Additional charge for planetarium shows.
* Noon Year's Eve, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, N.H. Ring in the New Year early with a huge balloon drop, bubble-wrap fireworks, magic shows, face-painting, dancing and more. Tickets for members are $10 in advance or $15 at the door; non-members $15 in advance or $20 at the door.