On the Radar: CityWalk New Year’s Eve Celebration

in to the myriad clubs on the strip (so if you don’t like the Lil Wayne song playing in one of them, go next door to hear a different Lil Wayne track); along with a street party; an all-you can-eat buffet (and they’re not scrimping -- they promise filet mignon, jumbo shrimp, champagne and more); and a weird-but-fun line-up of performances that include the The Temptations (“My Girl” and “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”) and the Four Tops (“Baby I Need Your Loving” and “I Can’t Help Myself”). Thurs., Dec. 31, 8 p.m.-2 a.m., Universal CityWalk, 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando, $119.99-$129.99, universalorlando.com.

Welcome to On the Radar: New Year's Eve Edition, where we preview up-and-coming events to mark your calendar for. This New Year, we're recommending an "outta town" New Year. Think of it this way: the cash you drop on gas and hotels is just a drop in the bucket compared to the therapy you’re avoiding now that you won’t be in your hometown to embarrass yourself in front on all your friends, family and neighbors. If my past New Years have taught me anything at all, this is a worthwhile investment.

The best bet for outta town partying? My money’s on Universal CityWalk’s New Year’s Eve Celebration, where (wh)Orlando celebrates with style and class (um, sorta). The ticket price gets you

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