New Year's Eve: Top glam parties, comedy shows, burlesque, and family events

Keep your NYE awesome with Happy Crazy New Year at the Gremlin Theater
Keep your NYE awesome with Happy Crazy New Year at the Gremlin Theater
Photo by Joanna Harmson
The new year is approaching faster than you think. And while some folks may still be stressing out over Christmas shopping, now is also a good time to freak out over New Year's Eve parties.

Fortunately, there are plenty of options happening around town. Though we couldn't possibly write on every celebration (that would include at least 100 events), we have put together a short list of fun things to do in Minnesota on the most over-hyped night of the year.

Want to get dressed to the nines and feel posh? There's parties for that. Want to get blasted for cheap? You don't have to binge drink at home. Got kids? There's plenty of cool events for both adults and grownups to experience together as well.

Come take a look at our top three list.

Aria honors the new year
Aria honors the new year
Noah Wolf Photography

Glam Parties:

Aria at the Jeune
(Aria at Theatre De La Jeune Lune, 105 1st St. N., Minneapolis, 651.321.1853,

The scene: Once a beloved theater, Jeune Lune will be reopening for the evening with an elegant party filled with DJ dancing, live art curated by Drew Beson, and cocktails.

What VIP gets you: Tickets to the early VIP reception are SOLD OUT. If you were lucky enough to purchase them in time, you'll be treated to an early private reception with appetizers from CRAVE, champagne, and access to the main event.

Nitty gritty: 21+. 9 p.m.  (8 p.m. for SOLD OUT VIP reception). Tickets are $40. Limited VIP Lounge and Beverage Service Packages are available by calling 651.321.1853. 

Mystique 2012: Le Cirque
(Epic, 110 N. 5th St., Minneapolis, 612-332-3742,

The scene: High fashion folks will love this celebration featuring an outlandish fashion show produced by Ignite Models. Circus Juventas will also be on hand to provide eye-bending entertainment, and folks can enjoy DJ dancing throughout the night.

What VIP gets you: Appetizers at 8 p.m., balcony access, VIP lounge and dance floors.

Nitty gritty: Tickets available at 21+. VIP starts at 8 p.m.; 9 p.m. general admission. $35; $60 VIP.

New Year's Eve: Tantalize the Senses

(Solera Restaurant & Event Center, 900 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-338-0062,

The scene: This multi-floor party will include an appetizer buffet, a premium open bar, live music, DJs, burlesque performers, and fire-eaters.

What VIP gets you: Special seating options.

Nitty gritty: 9 p.m., $50.

New Year's Eve: Top glam parties, comedy shows, burlesque, and family events


Whoomp (There It Is) VII: New Year's Eve Edition
(331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612-331-1746,

The scene: The '90s where totally rad, right? Put on your vintage hip-hop, pop, or rock gear and come celebrate the 1990s along with the 2010s with Dr. Dallas Dog-Palace, MC Hang Time, and DJ Tanner.

Nitty gritty: 10 p.m., free.

Bubble Ball NYE 2012
(The Living Room, 821 Marquette Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-597-2413)

The scene: Party it up at the posh bar located in the Foshay building. You can also head upstairs to Prohibition for skyline views and more adventures.

Nitty gritty: Visit for tickets. 9:30 p.m., $20.

New Year's Eve Vacation with Suzi
(Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge, 1900 Marshall St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-788-9069,

The scene: Are you taking a staycation this holiday season? At Psycho Suzi's you can pretend to spend the evening in the tropics with live entertainment featuring Exotika-Go-Go. Be sure to stop by the photo booth for a souvenir of your trip.

Nitty gritty: $40 cover gets you four tiki drinks (or four tap beers), a champagne toast, an appetizer, and a tiki mug to take home. Party starts at 5 p.m.

New Year's Eve: Top glam parties, comedy shows, burlesque, and family events
Lizz Winstead wants to party with you

Comedy Shows:

A Year in Review: Bang the Dumb Slowly
(Pepito's Parkway Theater, 4814 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-822-3030,

The scene: The hilarious Lizz Winstead rings in the New Year with her smart political humor. Come for the laughs, stay for the drinks next door.

What VIP gets you: A tasty buffet, music, and drink specials.

Nitty gritty: Shows are at 7 & 9:30 p.m. $28-$48; $68-$78 VIP. 

Isaac Witty, David Harris
(Padelford Packet Boat Co, Inc., Harriet Island, St. Paul, 651-227-1100,

The scene: Who wouldn't want to ring in the new year on the Mississippi on a boat? Hessley Rey plays host.

Nitty gritty: 6:30 p.m., $25-$50.

New Year's Eve Blowout
(Kip's Irish Pub, 9970 Wayzata Blvd., St. Louis Park, 952-367-5070,

The scene: Expect a little of everything, as this evening includes dinner, comedy with standup Michael Thorne, and dancing with DJ Steve O. There will also be a champagne toast at midnight.

Nitty gritty: $45; $80 per couple; $159 per couple when you stay at the hotel.
Theater and burlesque shows:

Theater and burlesque shows:

Grown and Sexy New Year's Eve
(Hell's Kitchen, 80 S. 9th St., Minneapolis, 612-332-4700,

The scene: This event features a dance party, drag performances, and sexy burlesque with Shannon blowtorch, Nadine DuBois, Sweatpea, and friends.

Nitty gritty: 21+. 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $10.

The Year in Denial: The Scrimshaw Brothers' New Year's Eve Comedy Extravaganza!
(Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater, 810 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-825-3737,

The scene: Get ready for the new year with the Scrimshaws and Eric Webster, Shanan Custer, and Tim Uren.

Nitty gritty: 8:30 & 10:30 p.m., $20, $15 with Fringe button.

Happy Crazy New Year
(Gremlin Theatre, 2400 University Ave., St. Paul, 651-228-7008,

The scene: Colonel "Magnificent" Happy invites four friends to dinner to bring in 2012, madness ensues.

Nitty gritty: 7:30 p.m. $8-$16. For tickets, visit

New Year's Eve: Top glam parties, comedy shows, burlesque, and family events

Family Events:

Baby New Year's Time Traveling Diaper Party
(Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater, 810 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-825-3737,

The scene: Comedy Suitcase lets you celebrate the New Year, and still get home before midnight.

Nitty gritty: Show are at 4 & 6:30 p.m., $14; $8 kids 12 an under.

Buck Hill's New Years Eve Bash
(Buck Hill, 15400 Buck Hill Road, Burnsville, 952-435-7174,

The scene: This family-friendly party features DJ music, a performance by Kevin Hall of Halls of Magic, tarot card readings, glitter glam hair-dos, Erik the Juggling Magician, Gabe's Ski Race, and Snowboardin' Santa bringing gifts to the slopes.

Nitty gritty: 6 p.m. Ski rates/general admission charges apply.

New Year's Eve Party
(Lebanon Hills Regional Park, 860 Cliff Road, Eagan, 651-554-6530,

The scene: Enjoy candle-lit ice skating, hiking, snowshoeing, and a lit sledding hill. The ball drops at 7:59 p.m.

Nitty gritty: 5-8 p.m., $10.

For a complete list of things happening in Minnesota this New Year's Eve, check out our calendar.

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