Watch the Times Square ball drop indoors
If you want to see the Times Square festivities up close, but aren’t willing to forgo food, booze and bathrooms, this gussied-up fete hosted by French Culture Nights is your best bet. In addition to passed hors d’oeuvres and a midnight champagne toast, the $195 ticket will give you access to a terrace overlooking the crossroads of the world—as well as the priceless pleasure of taunting the frozen crowd. Throw in an extra $90 for access to the heated section of the terrace, a four-hour open bar and an inside dance floor, where a DJ will be spinning rock, dance, Top 40 and classic ’80s tunes till 4am. Visit timessquareballdropnyc.com for tickets.
If you don't mind starting off 2013 in the red, catch a (literally) thousand-dollar view of the Times Square festivities from the third floor of the Renaissance Hotel. The floor-to-ceiling windows afford a stellar view of the ball drop. To keep you entertained until midnight there's unlimited champagne, an open bar, cuisine by Blue Ribbon and DJs. Visit rloungetimessquare.com/newyearseve for more information and tickets.