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Times Square, where workers are getting ready for New Year's Eve, is among the nearby places where you can celebrate the change of years.
Times Square, where workers are getting ready for New Year's Eve, is among the nearby places where you can celebrate the change of years. (By Mario Tama -- Getty Images)

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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Are you planning to roll on New Year's Eve (to say nothing of rock)? If you're itching to be on the road this weekend, here are some of the region's best offerings, from funky to family, for the last festive moments of the year. (Event prices are per person unless indicated; tickets for all of these events were still available as of press time.)

-- Elissa Leibowitz Poma

To Watch Things Fall

> Where: Times Square, New York

What's Dropping: A Ball. The most famous place in the world to see a New Year's Eve ball drop -- a tradition dating to 1907. The area becomes a crammed, confetti-covered street party that's broadcast live around the world. Arrive early to wait in security lines.

Details: The drop is best seen along Broadway, from 43rd to 50th streets, and along Seventh Avenue, as far north as 59th Street, according to the Times Square Alliance. 212-768-1560, http://www.timessquarenyc.org/. Free.

> Where: Havre de Grace, Md.

What's Dropping: A

Giant Duck. If seeing a ball drop lost its appeal decades ago, go for something a little wackier. This symbol of waterfowl-crazy Havre de Grace lands at midnight and is followed by fireworks.

Details: The Duck Drop takes place at Havre de Grace Middle School, 401 Lewis Lane. 410-939-2100, http://www.hdgtourism.com/. Free.

> Where: Ocean City, Md.

What's Dropping: A Lighted Beach Ball. The drop is part of the family-friendly celebration at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, with carnival rides, karaoke, country line dancing and a preteen dance party.

Details: The Convention Center is at 4001 Coastal Hwy. 800-626-2326, http://www.hittproductionsllc.com/. Tickets are $25 for adults, $12.50 for those younger than 17 and free for those younger than 4.


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