December 31st, 2010
12:55 PM ET

Lots to do and see on New Year's Eve

Remember when the only choices were Dick Clark or going out?

These days there are lots of options to choose from to ring in the new year. If you aren't fortunate enough to be able to be able to party with the celebs this year, we have a few thoughts on what you can watch as you  count down to 2011.

Of course we would be remiss if we didn't kick off the list with CNN's own Anderson Cooper who will be bidding 2010 a fond farewell along with Kathy Griffin as the pair host the network's  New Year's Eve coverage live from Times Square. That kicks off at 8 p.m. EST.

If you are lucky (or hearty) enough to make it to Times Square in New York City, you just might score a shot to meet a Grammy nominee and a legend.

Two lucky people in the crowd will receive  tickets to the exclusive, invitation-only Renaissance Hotels “Best Seat in the House” New Year’s Eve party. The event will feature DJ Rev Run, a live performance by Bruno Mars, a meet and greet with Mars and a front and center indoor view of the legendary ball drop.

One person who won't be at the Times Square ball drop is "Jersey Shore" star Snooki, but you can still catch her and the gang live from New Jersey where they will be participating in "MTV's New Year's Eve Bash 2011" which starts at 10:30 p.m. EST. We are going to out on a limb here and say we think there will be lots of alcohol on hand for that one.

The Dick Clark special is still around though it's now called "Dick Clark's New Year's Rocking Eve with Ryan Seacrest." The show, whose coverage will switch back and forth between the two coasts, airs on ABC and starts at 10 p.m. EST.

NBC has "New Year's Eve with Carson Daly" which starts live at 10 p.m. EST while sister cable network, Bravo, will kick off "Watch What Happens Live: Andy's New Year's Party" at 10:30 p.m. EST.

And if you are all New Years Eve-ed out, a couple of networks will feature marathons including "Mr. Show" on IFC and Marx Brothers movies on TCM.

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  1. Bruno Mars Tour

    Hello. I agree. Looking forward to going to his next concert. Bruno Mars Tour

    April 14, 2013 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sasha

    you can see it on youtube. I was happy to watch it new years day since I was at a party new years eve

    January 2, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. DeEtte

    So love Anderson Cooper.Like how he takes it all in stride as he works with Kathy Griffin-he's such a classy fellow.It's so neat to see how tickled he gets with Kathy Griffin's comments.You see this delightful,boyish quality emerge.-Notified 1day advance,that my cable co.would no longer be serving my area.Devastated! Highlight of the evening was to watch New Year's Eve in Times Square with AC& Kathy Griffin.

    January 1, 2011 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. Francis

    I'll be watching Dick Clark's New Year's Rocking Eve with Ryan Seacrest. I'll be looking forward to seeing NKOTBSB perform.

    December 31, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Karen

    If you are really lucky you will be able to spend new Years Eve at Calvary Chapel Ft Lauderdale and ring in the New Year worshipping our Saviour! Jesus Christ!!...Praise GOD! All Welcome....Celebrities welcome!

    December 31, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sasha

    Love Anderson Cooper, Love Kathy Griffin. I love how nervous she makes him. His ability to keep it on track and her say anything fearelessness makes it the only one I watch every year!

    December 31, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |

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