ALBANY — When the new year arrives at midnight Monday, Albany area residents will be there to greet it in style. Some younger greeters will even get an early start.
That because the “Noon Year’s Eve Dance Party for Kids” is taking place 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday at the Oakland Library, 445 Oakland Parkway West in Lee County.
At the event, children will get to wear party gear and join in dancing, crafts and balloon art with music for the countdown to noon. The event is free and open to the public.
For more information, call (229) 759-2369.
“A Night that Glitters: New Year’s Eve Celebration” is also set to take place on New Year’s Eve for those who want to give 2012 a more formal send-off.
The event is scheduled for 7 p.m.-1 a.m. at the Merry Acres Event Center on Dawson Road. Serving as the Junior League of Albany’s New Year’s celebration, it is a formal attire event set to include music by the New South Players, a reverse raffle for a diamond necklace and men’s watch from Allen’s Jewelers, hor d’oevures, a midnight ball drop and a good night doughnut sendoff. There will also be a cash bar.
Event tickets are $50 each, and raffle tickets are $25 each. Individuals must be present to win the raffle. Rooms will be available for those who need them at the Merry Acres Inn for $65.
Tickets are available at Merry Acres, Harvest Moon, Blush and through Pay Pal at www.jlalbany.org. League members can buy tickets by logging in to the member manager on jlalbany.org.
All proceeds will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network and Lily Pad Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Center.
Also on New Year’s Eve, “A Rockin’ New Year’s Eve” is taking place from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. at The Knights of Columbus at 2009 Gillionville Road.
Music will be provided by “Messendger” and special guest guitar virtuoso Brad Sayre. Admission is $20 per person — which includes party favors, hors d’oeuvres, music and dancing, champagne toast and a breakfast buffet.
There will be a cash bar there as well. For tickets, call (229) 883-8834 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on weekdays or purchase them at the door on Dec. 31.
There is also a New Year’s Eve party set for 8:30 p.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2785 at 315 Philema Road.
Music sets by the Mac George Band and Marshall Brothers will be included in the entertainment portion of the program. Admission is $25 per couple and $15 per individual. The cost includes champagne and party favors as well as a chance to win a $250 drawing.
Tickets are available for purchase after 4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday at the VFW or by calling (229) 883-9950.
In downtown Albany, Chill Bar & Lounge on West Broad Avenue is hosting a New Year’s bash from 9 p.m.-3 a.m.
Quantan Thomas, the owner of the club, said Thursday that details were still being finalized, but that patrons would be able to get discounts on bottles of champagne, and that there would be three disc jockeys in separate rooms providing entertainment.
At the same time, at least one church in the area — Mt. Zion Baptist — is set to host watch night services. Mt. Zion’s program will be starting at 9 p.m., according to its calendar.
Aside from that, there are venues offering discounts to those coming in on Dec. 31. The Stardust 2 Skate Center on Ledo Road is hosting an “All Night Skate” for $8 from 7 p.m.-11 p.m., or $20 from 7 p.m.-7 a.m.
Meanwhile, All American Fun Park on North Slappey Boulevard is also having a special on New Year’s Eve. Officials at the park say that patrons will be able to purchase an unlimited armband for $15 that can be utilized to access the facilities from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m.