ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Looking for a fun way to ring in the new year? Our web team put together a list of five things happening around town that we think will give you a legend (wait for it...) dary start to 2014.
If you attend any of these five events, tweet us your photos using #5Events. We might feature them on NewsChannel 5 and KSDK.com.
In addition to five activities, we've also included links with information about safe ways to get home and our weather forecast.
Skating party in Forest Park – What better way to kick off a great year than on your "Blades of Glory?" You can do just that at Steinberg Skating Rink in Forest Park, which will remain open until 12:30 a.m. An appetizer buffet is available from 7 to 11 p.m., and in addition to food, it includes beer, wine, hot chocolate, soda and coffee. For more information, check out http://abt.cm/1ajWDXk.
First Night in Grand Center - If pounding tequila shots followed copious amounts of champagne isn't your version of a classy New Year's, head over to the Grand Center, which will mark 2014 with a community celebration of art. The festivities kick off at 6 a.m. with the STL 250 celebration, which includes hat-making and carnival games to celebrate our city's 250th anniversary. After that, take some awesome fish eye photos, watch the St. Louis Elite Flyers, an ice show involving chainsaw wielding geniuses and fireworks! For a brochure and more information, check out http://bit.ly/1ghXb51/.
See Bret Michaels (of Poison and "Rock of Love" fame) – You can say a lot about Bret Michaels, but you can't say the dude isn't multitalented. From endearing our entire nation via his quest to find eternal love on VH1's classic reality show "Rock of Love" to providing karaoke enthusiasts far and wide with "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," Bret Michaels was a figurative wrecking ball long before Miley Cyrus popularized the term. And you can see him in person on New Year's at Hollywood Casino. Tickets are $100, but can you really put a price on seeing an aging 80s rock star (don't answer that)? For more information and to buy tickets, check out http://bit.ly/KhPYXg.
Midnight skiing at Hidden Valley – Is your New Year's resolution to get in shape? What about to let loose and just have more fun? You can start the year off right doing both of those things at Hidden Valley with a midnight ski session. Hidden Valley – which is near Eureka – is slated to stay open until 3 a.m. In addition to "hitting the pow pow," you can also watch a cool fireworks show. For more information and to see prices, check out http://bit.ly/JqvcVb. Intimidated about ski lingo? We put together a guide here: http://on.ksdk.com/IL1v0O.
Stay in and watch TV – We're not just saying this because we're a TV station. We're saying this because, if you really know how to throw down all year, why would you put yourself through the frustration of amateur night? That's like Peyton Manning getting quarterback tips from Tim Tebow: It's just not necessary. So what better way to ring in the year than to do so on your own couch, surrounded by people you genuinely care about (or alone…no judgment here). Right here on NewsChannel 5, the delightful Carson Daly will host a New Years Eve special featuring Blake Shelton, Mariah Carey, Jane Lynch and more. Also happening is the always classic "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve," and whatever manufactured scandal happens when Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper team up.
There's no excuse to drink and drive this New Year's (or any other night). If you don't have a designated driver lined up, here's the contact information for some local cab companies:
Laclede Cab Company- 314-652-3456
ABC and Checker Cab - 314-725-2111
Harris Cab- 314-535-5087
Worried about Mother Nature getting you down? The NewsChannel 5 weather team is on your side, and they can make sure you're prepared to have the most legendary weekend possible. Check out their up to the minute forecast here: http://www.ksdk.com/weather/.