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December 2013

Baltimore’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular • free

Enjoy live musical acts and strolling carolers. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake leads the countdown to midnight. When confetti cannons blast in 2014, the harbor erupts with a spectacular fireworks display. 9pm-12:30am Inner Harbor, Baltimore: 410-877-baltimore;

Baltimore New Year Cruise

The Spirit of Baltimore cruises Baltimore’s Inner Harbor as you (age 21 and over only) feast, dance and toast the New Year. At midnight, watch Baltimore’s fireworks. 9pm boarding; 9:30pm-12:30am sailing, dockside party until 1am at Spirit Cruises, Baltimore. $159.90; rsvp: 866-312-2469;

The Beatless Plays Pirates Cove

Hear the Beatless. 9pm-1am at Pirates Cove, Galesville: 410-867-2300;

New Year’s Eve at Rod ‘N’ Reel

Ring in the New Year in style with party favors, a champagne toast, continental breakfast and cash bar; Almost Cher performs from 9:30pm-12:30am. Doors open at 7:30pm at Rod ‘N’ Reel Restaurant, Chesapeake Beach. $30: 866-312-5596;

Burning Bowl Service

Burn off negativity and prepare for a positive new year, writing down past issues you want to release before igniting the paper in the burning bowl, with the Rev. Ethel Porter. 7:30pm at Unity by the Bay, Severna Park: 410-544-7990;

Midnight at 7

Spend the last hours of 2013 surrounded by illuminations at the Symphony of Lights’ family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration Midnight at 7, where you can walk the 1.4 mile lighted trail and enjoy the bonfire, music and party favors. Food for sale. Celebrate midnight at 7pm with fireworks bursting overhead. 5-7pm at Symphony Woods, Columbia. $20/person; $50/family of 4: 410-740-7840.

Celebrate with Deanna Bogart

Dress to the nines to dance, feast and toast with Deanna Bogart at a Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Extravaganza. 6:45-8pm appetizers; 8:30-10pm buffet; 10pm-1am music at Rams Head On Stage, Annapolis. $114; rsvp: 410-268-4545;

Interfaith New Year • free

Rabbi Philip Pohl helps you prepare for 2014 in an interfaith celebration of readings and prayers by county-wide faith leaders and talks from civic and community organizations and fellowship. 6:30pm pre-service music; 7pm service at Eastport United Methodist Church, Annapolis: 410-263-5490;

New Year’s Eve in Annapolis • free

Welcome the New Year at this family-oriented celebration. Start at 3pm with music, face painting and other activities for children put into play by the Annapolis Children’s Museum. Be dazzled by the first fireworks display at 7:30pm. Stay for an evening of music and dancing until the countdown to the second fireworks to welcome 2014 (8pm-midnight). 3pm-midnight at Susan Campbell Park, City Dock, Annapolis: 410-263-7996.

KIDS Celebrate Midnight Noon

Ages 3 to 12 join the Maryland Science Center in its 6th annual New Year’s Eve celebration at noon. Kids make a party hat and noisemaker, then dance to the sounds of the popular kids’ band Milkshake, who takes the stage at 11:30am. 10am-2pm at Maryland Science Center, Baltimore. $16.95 w/discounts: 410-545-5980;