If you're looking to get out of the house for a New Year's Eve celebration this year, consider a few local options just for the grown ups or for the whole family:
When/Where: 8 p.m. Saturday at the , Apple Valley
Why Go: Get two enjoyable things in one: food and comedy. Food specials include prime rib, shrimp skewers and whiskey steak, which you can consume while watching Gerbino's farewell-to-Minnesota comedy show (he's moving to Florida after his storied career here).
Price: $20 in advance, $25 day of the show
When/Where: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at , Apple Valley/Eagan
Why Go: The lack of snow means that two of the planned activities—sledding and snowshoeing—most likely won't be possible. But there are plenty of other options for attendees, including two miles of candlelit hiking, live animals, kids activities, a s'mores buffet and a strolling magician. The ball drops on this event at 7:59 p.m.
You can still pre-register online by Dec. 29 or pay at the door. Snowshoe rental and hot concessions available. Bring your own sled and ice skates.
Price: $8 per person in advance, $10 at the door; children 5 and under are free
When/Where: 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., , Apple Valley
Why Go: Celebrate the coming of 2012 loud and proud at a Bogart's party featuring the band Good for Gary. RSVPs accepted via Facebook.
Price: $12 cover, includes party favors and midnight champagne toast
When/Where: Saturday night, Apple Valley
Why Go: Wild Bill's will provide a DJ to make you get up and dance to welcome the new year, with no cover.
Price: Free entry
When/Where: 10:30 a.m. Friday, Heritage Library, Lakeville
Why Go: Celebrate the new year a bit early and just a bit outside of Apple Valley with your kids; the storytime group will sing songs, make rhymes and listen to holiday stories.