It's almost time for the ball to drop in the Big Apple-but Times Square isn't the only place to celebrate New Year's Eve!

Ring in the New Year in Buffalo at the 3rd Annual Statler City Ice Ball. Ticket holders can look forward to 5 hours of a premium open bar, plenty of excellent food(not just hors-d'oeuvres!), a champagne toast, amazing entertainment, live music in 4 rooms, party favors, and much more. Ticket sales are limited to 1500, so be sure to buy your tickets sooner rather than later.

In the Capitol region, head to First Night Saratoga for seven full hours of festivities. From 5:30 until just after midnight, enjoy shops, galleries, and restaurants open late, with many offering open houses, music, and entertainment.

Looking for family-friendly fun? Head to Albany to celebrate the arrival of the New Year at the 9th Annual Noon Year's Eve Celebration. Stop into the CNSE Children's Museum of Science and Technology for a Noon Year's animal show-or have your face painted and create cool Noon Year's noisemakers and party hats. Children can participate in a countdown to noon, a museum parade, and ring in the Noon Year with a bubble-blowing bonanza!

If fireworks are your celebration of choice, the fireworks over Lake George can't be beat. You can even take a cruise on the Lac du Saint Sacrement and watch the fireworks from the water. Enjoy music, dancing, a gourmet meal and a champagne toast at midnight-then on New Year's Day, participate in Lake George tradition at the 2014 Polar Plunge!

For a quieter New Year's Eve, consider heading to one of New York's famed bed and breakfasts with your sweetheart. Whether you're wine connoisseurs, nature enthusiasts or urbanites, there's a B&B in New York State that will cater to your idea of the ideal romantic retreat.

Headed to NYC this New Year's Eve? Check out our guide and ring in the New Year like a real New Yorker!