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The 10 Best Dallas New Year's Eve Parties for Bringing in 2013

Dropped the ball with New Year's Eve plans? It's time to get excited, there's a whole city's worth of open bars and festive party hats just waiting for your RSVP. Check out your options, make your reservations and have a coming of age chat with your liver, because 2013 is coming, whether you're ready or not.

Cirque Banquiste -- Before your well-compensated sitter takes over the night shift, spend some quality time with the kids at the Dallas Children's Theater, 5938 Skillman St., for Cirque Banquiste at 6:30 p.m. They'll be mesmerized by the acrobats, performing multicolored canines and general circus-themed merriment; use the experience to neutralize tomorrow's "too hungover to make breakfast pancakes" guilt. Tickets are $20 to $46.

Big D NYE -- The obvious choice if you've always wanted to do it up Times Square Style, except, you know, in a floundering retail development. There's live music all night from Forever the Sickest Kids, Leogun, Pentatonix, DJ Ro Parish, and Breaking Southwest, plus jaw-dropping fireworks that rocket out of the park at the stroke of midnight. The merriment starts at 7 p.m. and admission is free, no wristbands required -- but you will want to check out the list of party guidelines.

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Jennifer Davis-Lamm