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Options Abound for Ringing in the New Year in Central VA

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Restaurants and venues are gearing up for one of the biggest nights of the year. Most have their own holiday traditions and devoted fans.

From a giant balloon drop to a black tie ball, many central Virginia venues have a unique tradition that visitors come back to see year after year – and there's certainly no shortage of ways to spend your New Year's Eve in central Virginia.

Melissa Ketola-Flagge and her staff are busy preparing the Southern Cafe and Music Hall in Charlottesville for one of their biggest nights of the year.

"Based on the amount of phone calls I've received today, people trying to get tickets, yeah I would say we're one of the top destinations. Between us, of course, and the Jefferson, you know which is, both buildings sold out," said Ketola-Flagge.

Her small venue expects around 350 visitors on New Year's Eve.  It partners with the Jefferson Theater and hosts a pre- and post-party for concert-goers.

In Nelson County, Veritas Vineyard & Winery is setting up for a more formal end to 2013. 

"It's going to be very sparkly, it's a masked ball so everyone comes out kind of dressed to the nines. A lot of masks, a lot of sparkles, black tie, the lights will all change colors and, everything will kind of reflect off the balloons and it'll be really beautiful," said Jill Shirey, event manager at Veritas.

The dance sold out this year, and they're expecting around 200 people. 

Just down the road at Blue Mountain Brewery, a more family-oriented atmosphere attracts hundreds of visitors as well. They take a little inspiration for their tradition from the Big Apple.

"Instead of the ball dropping like New York City, we have a million balloons dropping," said Christina Truslow, manager at Blue Mountain Brewery.

Ketola-Flagge says she's even trying to capitalize on New Year's Day. The Southern will have a New Year's Day brunch on Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

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