The age-old debate comes up around about this time every year.
Millions of people start calling up either crystal-clear or extremely hazy memories of what they were doing last Dec. 31, and, after wincing a bit, formulate a new plan.
Well, maybe a slightly modified plan, depending on their level of parental responsibility and/or general New Year’s Eve apathy. But it can seem like everybody is telling their friends this year that “after last year,” they’re going to either “have a quiet night with friends” or “make a plan to get out.”
And those intentions usually end up lasting as long as a champagne toast.
Luckily, for those planning either kind of night, there are plenty of options for both care-free abandon and relaxed evenings with friends or family.
Find your diversion, plan to get there and back responsibly, and have fun. Oh, and think about bringing a notepad — you might be able to use it next year.
Time: 10 to 11 p.m., 11:30 p.m. to 2:05 a.m.
Hosts: Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest, with Fergie.
Performers: Fergie, Natasha Bedingfield, Meat Loaf, RBD, Christina Aguilera, Rascal Flatts, the cast of Broadway’s “Jersey Boys.”
Time: 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Host: Cat Deeley.
Performers: Chris Daughtry of “American Idol,” Toni Braxton.
Time: 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. (streaming on mtv.com).
Performers: Gwen Stefani, Nas, Ciara, Three 6 Mafia.
Time: 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. (simulcast on Bravo, CNBC, MSNBC and nbc.com).
Performers: Panic! at the Disco.
Time: 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Performers: Audra McDonald at Lincoln Center, Gerrison Keillor at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
Buffalo (First Night Buffalo)
Hosts: Independent Health Foundation and First Niagara.
Location: Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 5 to 9 p.m.