11/27/2011 10:43 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2011

New Year's Eve In Delaware: A MapQuest Guide

On New Year's Eve in Delaware, 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 Delaware.

Delaware New Year's Eve Events Map

Delaware Art Museum/Delaware Symphony Orchestra: New Year's Eve Party

The Delaware Art Museum and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra are joining forces for a culture-filled New Year's Eve party that promises to be Delaware-ific. The Wilmington-based institutions will share hosting responsibilities, starting at 7:30 p.m. at The Grand Opera House, where the DSO will perform Hollywood to Vienna, an homage to "favorites of the silver screen and traditional Viennese waltzes." Patrons can then get over to the DAM, where at 10 p.m. they will be greeted with food, live music and champagne. The action ends at 1 a.m. Tickets to the DSO event range from $55 to $75, while admission to the DAM event is $125 per person ($100 for museum members). Guests can purchase tickets to either both or just one event -- there is no joint-admission ticket.

Grand Opera House, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE 19801

Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806

Always Awesome New Year's Eve Bash

The ever-popular Starboard in Dewey Beach has been a Delaware institution since 1961, with a summer party scene that draws folks from all over the mid-Atlantic region. The bar/restaurant shuts down for the winter, but beach lovers can get an off-season fix when it reopens for its biggest party of the year at the annual Always Awesome New Year's Eve Bash. The party lasts all weekend, with live music and the Starboard's resident disc jockeys. Attendees ring in the new year with a light buffet and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $25. All attendees must be 21 or older.

Starboard, 2009 Highway One, Dewey Beach, DE 19971

Fenwick Freeze

Once your 2011 is officially over, the best way to start 2012 fresh is to...plunge into the freezing cold waters of the Atlantic off the Delaware shore. Fenwick Island continues its now seven-year tradition of gathering hardy souls to take to the January ocean on the early morning of January 1. Your efforts will not only shake out the cobwebs of the previous decade-or-som but will also raise money for the Fenwick Island Lifeguard Competition Fund, helping these lifesavers take place in national events. You'll need to register in advance at the town of Fenwick Island's website.

Fenwick Freeze, E. Bayard St & Bunting Ave., Fenwick Island, DE 19944

New Year's Eve In Delaware: Video

The Chinese American Community Center Dragon and Lion Dance Club performs at First Night Wilmington.

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