The Times Square ball goes through a test run ahead of the New Year’s Eve celebration. (Credit: Ginny Kosola/WBCS 880)

It’s time to start making plans for New Year’s Eve. From a cruise along the Hudson to a musical night with the NY Philharmonic, here are some of our favorite ways to ring in 2017. By Carly Petrone.

(credit: New York Talks And Walks)

(credit: New York Talks And Walks)

Walk Into The New Year

Meet outside McDonald’s
160 Broadway between Liberty and Courtlandt Streets

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It doesn’t get much better than walking over the Brooklyn Bridge on New Year’s Eve. Join some of the best tour guides in the city as they lead you around the City Hall area and then onto the Brooklyn Bridge. You’ll learn little-known facts about this iconic 19th century marvel while winning free prizes as you walk into 2017. Take in the spectacular views of the fireworks and check out the Empire State Building light show. Tours begin at 10:15 p.m. and tickets are $60 for adults, $30 for children.

(credit: Facebook/NYRR)

(credit: Facebook/NYRR)

NYRR Midnight Race

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Runners unite! Kick off the New Year during the annual NY Road Runners Midnight Run through Central Park. This 4-mile run begins with a full on dance party at 10 p.m. with a countdown to midnight beginning at 11:59 p.m. Fireworks will light up the way as runners begin the course at the stroke of midnight. Not only is this a NYC Marathon qualifier, but the first three men and first three women to cross the finish line will win $500, $300, and $200, respectively. Pick up your number at the NYRR Running Annex at 322 Columbus Avenue. See website for more details.

(credit: New York Philharmonic)

(credit: New York Philharmonic)

NY Philharmonic

David Geffen Hall
10 Lincoln Center
New York, NY 10023

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Celebrate the New Year with the NY Philharmonic. This incredible ensemble, led by Alan Gilbert, will play an “Enchanted Evening” of American classics, including works by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Copland, and Lerner & Loewe. If you’re a fan of “The Sound of Music,” “My Fair Lady,” and “Rodeo,” you’ll definitely love this special holiday concert. This musical event begins at 8 p.m. and tickets range from $105-$275. See website for more details.

(credit: Facebook/Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises)

(credit: Facebook/Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises)

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise

Pier 83
West 42nd St.
New York, NY 10036

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Take in the views of the city’s skyline and set sail this New Year’s Eve with Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises. Not only has this popular cruise line hosted 60 million passengers over the last 70 years, but it’s also mastered the art of throwing a holiday party. Step aboard their New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise for a full open bar, hors d’oeuvres, a non-stop dance party, a champagne toast at midnight, and hopefully a New Year’s Eve kiss. Stay warm in the boat’s heated interior while enjoying the view. Tickets are $169 for adults and seniors, and boarding begins at 9 p.m.

Jimmy's at the James Hotel

NYE at Jimmy at the James

JIMMY at The James
15 Thompson St.
New York, NY 10013

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Ring in 2017 hanging out on the rooftop at JIMMY at The James. DJ Erika will be spinning all night so you can dance and mingle while enjoying a premium open bar, hors d’oeuvres, supper bites, passed desserts, and a champagne toast at midnight. Get dressed up in your New Year’s best and take in the sights of the city from the 18th floor. Standing room tickets are $200 and a VIP table for 10 will cost you $2,500. Learn more here.

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Carly Petrone is the founder of Petrone on the Rocks, a lifestyle site about food, drinks, beauty, travel, and more. She lives in New York City.