The end (of the year) is nigh.

In less than a month, we'll all be gathering together to watch the ball drop, yell out the last few seconds of the year in unison and drink copious amounts of champagne. We hope 2013 has been good to you, but whether it has or hasn't, you deserve to celebrate. We've compiled a list of major events -- both family-friendly and not so much -- happening locally this New Year's Eve so you can say goodbye to 2013 and hello to 2014 in style. We'll be adding more as the date gets closer, so keep an eye out!

Where: Holiday Valley Mountain Resort, Ellicottville
Time: 11 p.m. – 12 a.m.
The torchlight parade begins at 11:30 p.m., followed by a fireworks show.

Where: Hard Rock Café
Time: 8 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Hard Rock Cafe hosts the city’s fifth annual New Year’s Eve Guitar Drop®! Fans will count down to 2013 with a 10-foot Gibson guitar drop. Hard Rock will also feature a FREE outdoor concert, headlined by a national artist TBA.

Where: Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
Time: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
First Night features exciting activities for all ages, including carnival rides rides and amusements, bounce houses and much more. Also, don't forget the grande finale ball drop. It's fun for the whole family!

Where: Gateway Harbor, North Tonawanda
Time: TBA
There will be a kids fun zones, scavenger hunt, live bands, pub crawl and ball drop at midnight.

Where: Byrncliff Resort, Varysburg
Time: 6 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Enjoy live music, dancing, lodging, deluxe buffet and special a la carte diners, hats, noisemakers and champagne toast at midnight.

Where: Statler City
Time: Doors open at 6 p.m.
Tickets start at $99 per person.

Where: Rendezvous -- The Nightclub
Time: 9 p.m. – 4 a.m.
Doors open at 9 p.m., and there will be an open bar from 10:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. Early bird tickets $40; general admission TBA.

Where: Salvatore’s
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
Open bar starting at 6:30 p.m. $150 per person in advance.

View the events on the map below!

Contributed by Ashley Steves

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