On the Fly | Ringing the bell on the new year along the Grand Strand

New Year's Eve Dinner and Dance

The best way to kick off the new year? Bypassing that whole “New Year’s Resolution” thing to lose a bunch of weight and just eating lots of food anyway.

With that in mind, put on your clean knickers and get ready for the House of Blues New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance. For just $84.95 a person, you could be spending the holiday with a bunch of strange people eating way too much and listening to live music, instead of spending it with Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper, and let’s be honest, no one wants that.

The package includes:

- 4 Course Dinner & Live Entertainment by Nickel Bag of Funk New Years Eve Party Favors

- A Gift Certificate for 2 Free Tickets in the 2016 Concert Season

(Subject to Special events or Blackout Dates)

- Buy One Get One Free 2016 Gospel Brunch Certificate

- Buy One Get One Free 2016 Murder Mystery Dinner Theater Certificate

- 25 percent Discount in the Company Store

- $4 Champagne Specials

Tickets are available by phone or box office only, so call 843-272-3000 for details. Doors open at 7 p.m., and seating times are 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., and 8:30 p.m.. Music starts at 9 p.m., and your price package includes tax, gratuity, your meal and a show.

A Southern Times Square

Attention those of you binge-watching “Making a Murderer” on Netflix - Stop. Human interaction is happening and you’re invited to be a part of it. Change of pace from the weekly norm, I know, but hold on, it gets better.

The Market Common is holding its very own New Year’s Eve street party, appropriately titled “A Southern Times Square.” Too. Many. Jokes.

HTC will be streaming Times Square in NYC live beginning at 9 p.m. on their jumbo screen. It’s the next best thing to actually being there, except you’re here. And it’s hot. And everyone’s talking about NASCAR. And there are way too many sleeveless shirts.

The event will also feature their very own mirror ball drop, as well as fireworks at midnight.

There will be two stages with live music; featured bands this year will be Jebb Mac and PaperWork.

A beer garden will be present, and every age is welcome but you will need a hand stamp to purchase alcohol. The beer garden will also include food vendors.

CO, SUSHI, Crepe Creation Café, Divine Prime, Gordon Biersch, King Street Grille, Nacho Hippo, P.F. Chang’s, Travinia Italian Kitchen, Tupelo Honey Cafe and Ultimate California Pizza will all be open and we suggest you call for reservations. Cold Stone Creamery will also be open to satisfy your sweet tooth. If you’re in the mood to do a little shopping, retailers will be open until 9 p.m. You can even take a yoga class at Yoga In Common from 10:30 p.m. until midnight. This year will feature a glass blower and a psychic, for those of you who want to know where you’re going to meet your second wife.

There will be human statues, mimes, face painters, glitter tattoos and dancing in the streets (Martha and the Vandellas have yet to confirm). This is a family friendly event with inflatables and games so save a babysitter bill bring all the kiddos.

In addition to parking lots, parking garages and street parking the lots at Crabtree Gym will be available for parking.

Admission: Free to the public. For safety reasons bags, large purses and backpacks are prohibited.

New Year’s Eve Bash at Hard Rock Cafe

Ring in 2016 by Rockin' in the New Year at Hard Rock Cafe.

General admission is $25 for standing room only ($30 the day of, if available).

Reserved seating is $40 for a reserved seat at a shared table.

VIP reserved seating is $85 for a reserved private table, dinner, specialty chocolate gift and champagne.

All guests enjoy live music with Black Glass, balloon drop, confetti cannons, live simulcast from Times Square, free entertainment by the one and only Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper, and a complimentary appetizer buffet at midnight.

Josh Bell, For The Surge