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It’s the end of the holiday season and the start of a bright, shiny new year! Many of us will be looking into setting improvement goals for ourselves, our careers or just sweating off those holiday pounds. If you are not ringing the New Year in the arms of a significant other or within the walls of a monastery, there will be more than one party where you can get a jump start on shedding off excess holiday sweets.

For those looking to stay local, the famed Grand Central (CentralStationPub.com) and its friendly neighbor Club Hippo (ClubHippo.com) will rise to the occasion in Mt. Vernon. Club Hippo has announced it will open its doors and offer a prize-laden karaoke party in addition to its steamy dance floor with complimentary champagne toast at the midnight countdown. The cover is $10 all night. Take plenty of pictures to remind you of your good time.

Washington DC is home to many GLBT clubs which offer a good time all year round. But one party of note will be at Lace Restaurant & Lounge (LaceDC.com). The infamous DJ India will grace the turn tables of Lace, an African American-owned and operated venue well into its second year. Staying true to its classy nature, Lace will offer the tri-state area Midnight Kiss, a glittery affair with red-carpets, VIP treatment, a complimentary breakfast buffet and champagne toast. This sensual event is currently selling early bird tickets at $12 dollars with VIP tickets for $50 at http://lace.ticketleap.com/midnight-kiss-new-years-eve-celebration/ .

Those familiar with Delaware’s CAMP Rehoboth Community Center (CampRehoboth.com), you will be delighted to know that their Starburst Gayla Women’s Premier New Year’s Party will be held at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. A $95 ticket will entitle one to an open bar, full dinner provided by award-winning Nourish and dancing until 1:00 a.m. Ring in the New Year with a complimentary champagne toast, dessert and coffee buffet. If dinner is not for you, $50 will open the doors for the dancing and musical selections of DJ Peggy Castle from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. More information is available by calling (302) 227-5620.

For those looking for a more male dominated crowd, do not tarry in purchasing tickets to Washington’s Apex, which is hosting two parties for $15. Various party favors and a complimentary champagne toast are included as you sweat to the beats mixed by DJ Melissa’s gifted hands in the main area. Others will be entertained at Caliente, presented by Apex and DJ Michael Brandon in the East Wing Lounge.

These are but a few of the happenings in the region of course. Whether you travel or stay local, attend a large celebration at a club or a more intimate gathering at home with friends and family, be safe and have a Happy New Year!

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