New Year's Eve parties

31 December in the Dominican Republic is synonymous with partying. It is usual for families and friends gather for an early dinner. Many return to their home towns to celebrate with their family. Others take to beach resorts to celebrate and many from the interior head for city hotel rooms or night spots for a night of partying that will not end until breakfast at dawn. Summing up, there will be partying all over the city, with most of the leading caf?’s hosting special 31 December bashes. The long time tradition has been to head to the Malec?n and its continuation, the Avenida del Puerto to witness the most spectacular fireworks show of the year that goes off shortly after midnight. The Avenida del Puerto bash begins at 11:40 with a message by Father Ram?n Alonso, followed by the turning on of the Columbus Lighthouse at 11:55 pm, at 12 midnight the Lighthouse is turned on fully, there is a 12 cannon salute and at 12:08 the fireworks show begins. The spectacle will be transmitted live by Televisi?n Dominicana and Radio Listin FM as of 11:40 pm. Performing for free at the Avenida del Puerto from 10 pm through 6 am will be the popular merengue groups Fernando Villalona, Los Hermanos Rosario, La Banda Gorda, Pochy Familia and Jossie Esteban, sponsored by E. Le?n Jimenes. To provide an idea of other city party’s and their cost here are some suggestions of where to go: Meli? Santo Domingo on the Malec?n, at present remodeling, is nevertheless offering a deluxe menu, and for under RD$1,000 includes dancing to four live bands. The hotel offers a brunch for those overnighting. The above rate includes spending the evening at the hotel, but is available only for residents in the DR. Jubilee, the Hotel Jaragua disco, offers a night of dancing and open bar for RD$500.The Hotel Embajador offers dinner and dancing with To?o Rosario and open bar of champagne for RD$1,400, dinner included and RD$650 without the dinner. The V Centenario Inter-Continental Hotel is offering dinner and live music entertainment and a champagne toast for RD$385. Breakfast buffet as of 4 am to 9 am goes for RD$125, and champagne brunch for RD$225. Guacara Taina, the underground night club, will be open all night with their disc jockey music and hot chocolate in the early morning. Trio Cafe promises live dancing music all night and breakfast on the house for those who stay on. Barly’s announces Tabu Tek rock group concert, mariachi and Dominican stew for RD$500. Bachata Rosa offers two cups of wine for the price of one in the colonial city. Maniqui, Vesuvio, Scherezade and Fellini all have special New Year dinners. At Fellini, it’s RD$2,000 per person. And for those seeking to continue the party, Buen Provecho at Gustavo Mejia Ricart 59 offers its succulent Dominican breakfasts as of 5:30 am. For those circulating late in the evening or early morning, take special care as there will be lots of people with more than they should have drunk driving home or looking for where to continue the party.