It's that time of the year again: Weather is cold, leaves are gone, streets are less and less crowded. But if you keep an ear to the ground, you'll hear the joy of a new year taking firm steps toward you, bringing with it a set of new hopes, quality time spent with your loved ones and, of course, presents. Ahead, a few bright ideas for where to spend New Year's Eve. Ready? 10... 9... 8...

Oldies but Goldies Party

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We may be just a few days from 2017, but don't let that stop you from going back in time. Party in the '80s at Babylon's Oldies but Goldies party. Ring in the future with iconic artists like The Cure, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper and Duran Duran courtesy of Murat Abbas and Murat Beşer. Be sure to hit to the dance floor with someone gorgeous when Wham comes on. George Michael would want it that way.

Where: Tarihi Bomonti Fabrikası, Birahane Sk. No: 1, Bomonti
When: Dec. 31, 10 p.m.
More info: Buy tickets online.


Boat Party on the Bosphorus

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Will you be on the Asian side or the European side as the fireworks light up the sky at midnight? You can straddle both continents by spending New Year's Eve on the Bosphorus. The Joy Boğaz Tekne Turu will depart Arnavutköy at 7:30 p.m., loaded with an orchestra, DJs and, of course, a fully stocked bar. You can take part in the new year's lottery, but you don't have to take any chances with the weather — the boat has a central heating system. You’ll welcome 2017 feeling nice and cozy.

Where: Dereboyu Cad. Vatman Sk. No:13 Atalay Apt. D.3 Kat 4, Ortaköy
When: From Arnavutköy (Kolej Durağı), 7:30 p.m.; from Beşiktaş (IDO Port), 8 p.m.
More info: +90 212 236 76 96;

New Year Ball

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Enticed by the idea of a Bosphorus backdrop, but don't feel like boarding a boat? Taps Bebek's three-story mansion offers magnificent river views at Turkey's first brewery-and-restaurant space. The menu is loaded with delicious food, like roast turkey with chestnuts and salmon pinwheels, along with a variety of beers.

Where: Cevdetpaşa Cd. No: 119, Bebek
When: Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m.-3 a.m.
More info: +90 212 263 87 00;

From Jamaica to Turkey

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If the news that La Boucherie will be closed for a private event on NYE gave you the blues, this should wash them away: David Marston, the DJ/producer from Jamaica, will rock the night for you at sister establishment La Boom. Sip tropical cocktails and say hello to 2017 as Marston's Caribbean rhythms and electronic sets take you to the islands.

Where: Emirgan Mh. Sakıp Sabancı Cd. No: 14/A, Sarıyer
When: Dec. 31, 7 p.m.
More info: +90 212 277 88 07; Facebook

By Onur Varol

One of those kids, with a twist. He reads, he sees, he listens; he writes about what he reads, sees and listens. Longtime secret savvy, now a complete Savoteur.