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Try something new this year with these alternative New Year's Eve festivities


New Years Eve is always a letdown.

If you can recall a Dec. 31 that didn't end with crying in an Uber, or getting in some horrible fight with your significant other, then more power to you -- but for the rest of us, I assure you it's horrific.

So with that in mind, why not try something new this year? Let your resolution be trying new experiences, starting now by using this list to inspire you to find some new adventures to get your year started on a different beat.

I know what you're thinking: "Aren't theme parks the second-worst place to be on holidays, besides with your family?" Typically yes, but New Year's Eve has been for the most part untouched by parks.

This year, Universal Studios Hollywood is starting a tradition with EVE, featuring music, dancing, drinks and a midnight countdown celebration with fireworks.

Decidedly less family-friendly, but fun all the same: You may know the model and dancer Dita Von Teese as the ex-wife of rocker Marilyn Manson, but she also made a name for herself by putting on a show involving a giant martini glass.

Von Teese is putting on a special New Year's Eve gala show at the Ace Theater in downtown Los Angeles that includes a countdown and all the glam you'd expect from someone named after a silent movie star (Dita Parlo).

Disclosure: This may still end with a fight between you and your significant other.

If your New Year's resolution is anything involving exercise, then I challenge you to not be one of those "resolutioners" who hits the gym once and gives up, but instead get 2018 off to a running start.

Just about every major city is doing some form of NYE marathon, often with fireworks and a pre-marathon countdown and dance party to get you going.

OK, we're back to the slightly-less family friendly again. Hear me out with this one, because I promise you'll have a good time.

Clubs are the ultimate NYE cliche thing to do, but the dream of the dark 90's is alive in more places than you'd expect. With surprisingly friendly and welcoming people, reasonably priced drinks and what can only be described as the soundtrack from the movie "Blade," you'll never be so happy to be out of your comfort zone.

Most major cities have some form of alt or dark bar, but in LA, Das Bunker is throwing a massive NYE party featuring live performances and creepy-cool decorations.

Drinking on a boat is right up there with drinking on your birthday or on a plane. It's an adventure, so you don't really want anyone keeping track of how many scotch and sodas you've had in under an hour.

If you're near a body of water, chances are there's a midnight cruise involving endless champagne and a stellar view of fireworks. Be aware of price point though, because there's always a correlation between ticket price and the label of champagne.

Unlikely celebrity friendships are always fun to find out about, and these two definitely fall into that category.

The two have been putting on a few nights of their "Controlled Danger" joint stage show here and there, in which Mayer performs a musical set and Chappelle does stand-up, and the two are reviving it for one night only on New Year's Eve in LA.

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Whatever you decide to do this weekend, remember to drink responsibly and take an Uber, even if someone ends up crying in it.

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