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New Year's Eve In Arkansas: A MapQuest Guide

On New Year's Eve in Arkansas, locals and visitors revel in the possibilities of the months to come. From ball drops to fireworks to First Night activities, every locale rings in the new year a little differently. As part of NewYearsQuest -- a MapQuest guide to the best New Year's Eve sights and sounds in the U.S. and in major cities around the world -- here are three recommended events for New Year's Eve 2011 in Arkansas.

Arkansas New Year's Eve Events Map

Midnight On The Mountain

Mount Magazine State Park is celebrating the end of the holiday season and the beginning of a new year with its annual New Year's Eve festivities. What better way to ring in 2012 than with views of the river valley and Blue Mountain Lake? Munch on hors d'oeuvres, enjoy a prime-rib buffet-style dinner and dance the night away to music provided by a disc jockey. Tickets are $100 per couple and include dinner, the party and breakfast the next morning for two. Overnight lodging is not included in the ticket price, but there are lodge rooms, cabins and campsites on the mountain. They are likely to fill up, so make reservations early. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. in the Skycrest Restaurant, and the party begins at 9 p.m. in the Banquet Hall.

Mount Magazine State Park, 16878 Highway 309, South Paris, AR 72855

Arvest River Market On Ice

Strap on your skates and head to the River Market because, this holiday season, one of the pavilions is transformed into the Arvest River Market On Ice winter celebration. The ice rink overlooks Riverfront Park and the beautiful Arkansas River. Tickets are $9 per person, and children 4 and under are free. Ticket price includes skate rentals. For more information on holiday fun in the area, visit the Holidays in Little Rock website.

River Market, 400 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, AR 72201

The Melody Boys Quartet -- New Year's Eve Gospel Concert

End the year with an evening of music and song with one of Southern gospel's finest singing groups, The Melody Boys Quartet, at the Jacksonville Community Center Ballroom. The Boys have existed in one form or another since 1949 -- they also "starred in their own nightly television show in their home state of Arkansas." Also on the bill is The Williamsons from Oklahoma and The Hallelujah Harmony Quartet from Cabot. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert gets under way at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12. Tickets are $10 each for groups of 12 or more. Order advance tickets through Dec. 30. All tickets sold on Dec. 31 are $15 for adults and $8 for children under 12.

Jacksonville Community Center, 5 Municipal Drive, Jacksonville, AR 72076

New Year's Eve In Arkansas: Video

The Melody Boys Quartet of Little Rock, Arkansas, performs "What A Meeting."

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