And then there are the many cities and towns that put on "First Night" events, with dozens of live performances by musicians, dancers, storytellers, acrobats... Typically, guests buy a First Night button which gives admission to all the fun; families can walk from one venue to another and enjoy several short performances. Often, fireworks end the night. First Nights are designed to be family-friendly and affordable.
See also New Year's Eve Celebrations Around the World, for festivities from New York City to Edinburgh and Paris and Brazil, brought to you by two dozen of our About.com Guides. Many of these celebrations are great for families: make plans for next year!
*Photo of First Night Alexandria Fireworks Display: Michael Geissinger.