This New Year's Eve, don't settle for watching the ball drop on tape delay from New York City. Come join me downtown for First Night Spokane, the biggest party around. Make sure to check out the Event Schedule and Map on the First Night website. If you enjoy music, dancing, food, art, ice skating, fireworks and comedy, grab your First Night admission button for $12 and experience 40 venues and 200 performers! If you wait, the buttons are $15 on New Year's Eve, so get one now.

If you are looking to dance in the new year, head over to the Hawaiian Dance Party at Simply Dance Studio. For $5 enjoy Salsa lessons followed by Latin dancing starting at 8:15 and continuing till1am. Simply Dance Studio is located at 820 W Sprague Ave.

For live music, a fantastic prime rib buffet and over $25,000 in prizes purchase your tickets for The Lincoln Center's Bling! In the New Year. Tickets range from $50-$100 and you must be 21 years or older only.

Start the year off right with the Spokane Symphony: New Year's Eve with Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. The show starts at 7:30 at the beautifully restored Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. This amazing performance was so popular last year that it sold out, so make sure to get your tickets for the whole family. Tickets are $22-$27 for adults and $16 for children.

At Northern Quest Resort and Casino, Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot! will be tearing up the stage. The show has been rocking Europe and Japan for months and has finally made it to Northern Quest for their New Year's Eve extravaganza. Tickets are $150 for the December 31st show and can be purchased from the Tickets West website or at 1-800-325-SEAT.

There you have it, five incredible events that put Spokane on your map for New Year's Eve. Come check out some of the events and feel free to tell me how I "nailed it" with 5 reasons why Spokane rocks December 31st.