Get out the party hats, pop the champagne and toss the confetti, because it’s time to ring in 2010. Whether you plan on attending a party with family, hitting the town with friends, or enjoying the evening with that special someone, New Year’s Eve is a night to celebrate.

So, what should you do? Luckily, there are plenty of getaway packages not far from home sure to fit every need.

At CoCo Key Water Resort at Sheraton Cincinnati North in Sharonville (513-552-6255), a package for a family of four includes an overnight stay, four water resort passes good for two full days (Dec. 31 and Jan. 1), and activities including a coloring contest, adventure river races, arcade tournaments, a DJ, champagne or grape juice midnight toast and party favors. The starting price for the New Year’s Eve package is $249.

Great Wolf Lodge in Mason (866-227-2929) is hosting its signature Snowball event, which spans three areas of the conference center. In the Kid Cabin, kids can decorate their own party hats and noisemakers. Teens and tweens can play Guitar Hero and Rock Band games all night in the Rock Star Room, and adults can enjoy a magic show, limbo contest, live band, dancing and balloon drop at midnight in the Grand Ballroom.

Jennifer Beranek, public relations manager for Great Wolf Resorts, adds that a special New Year’s Eve duck race will be held in the Bear Track Landing indoor water park. Each room number will be represented on a rubber duck. The first three families whose ducks cross the finish line will receive prizes, including the grand prize of a future free night stay.

Families can also enjoy a New Year’s Eve buffet in The Loose Moose Cottage from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and a breakfast buffet on New Year’s Day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The starting rate for a New Year’s Eve package at Great Wolf, which includes a family suite, is $379.95.

At the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center (614-880-4300), near Columbus, the New Year’s Eve theme is “Back in the Black.” “We felt like it would be a good time to put an optimistic tone into our event after how hard this year has been,” says Erin Peschel, director of marketing and sales.

A New Year’s Eve package at the hotel includes overnight accommodations, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, prime rib buffet dinner, open bar, champagne toast, party favors, brunch on New Year’s Day and live music by Controversy Band. 

The Beach Waterpark in Mason
(513-398-SWIM) is also hosting a New Year’s Eve family celebration. Guests will receive free noisemakers and enjoy a live band, dinner buffet and balloon drop. A discounted admission price of $30 for four people is offered if tickets are ordered online and in advance.

For more of an adult scene, Jag’s Steak and Seafood in West Chester (513-860-5353) has several options. The restaurant is making sure 2010 is ushered in in style by hosting two nights of parties. The Dec. 30 party, themed “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend,” starts at 5 p.m. and lasts until at least 1 a.m. Melanie Atkinson, Jag’s corporate sales director, says between 200 to 225 people are expected to attend the $79.95 four-course dinner event that features cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a band, dancing and a champagne toast. Also, champagne glasses, each one holding a cubic zirconia ring, will be up for sale. To add to the fun: One of the glasses will actually hold a real, one-carat diamond ring, which a gemologist will be on-hand to authenticate.

The second party on New Year’s Eve night is themed “A Silver and Blue Gala” and features a scaled-down version of Jag’s regular menu, with items offered à la carte. The evening includes two seatings for dinner (early and late-night), the band Off the Hook and a balloon drop at midnight.

For anyone who’d like to attend the festivities at Jag’s but doesn’t want to eat can reserve a table in the lounge area for $12.50 per person. Also, party attendees will receive preferred rates at five area hotels, including Staybridge Suites, the Marriott and the Courtyard by Marriott.

If you’re on the southern side of the river, Josh’s Taverne & Grill at the Drawbridge Inn Hotel in Fort Mitchell (859-344-7850) is serving up some fun with a dinner duet and room package for $164. The package includes dinner for two (your choice of filet mignon, shrimp, prime rib of beef and crab legs), one glass of champagne or house wine per person, a special dessert, party favors and overnight accommodations. Also special for the holiday: The indoor pool and fireplace will stay open until 1 a.m. for registered guests.

At the Cincinnati Marriott at RiverCenter in Covington (859-261-2900), guests are offered an all-inclusive package that includes tickets to the New Year’s Eve party hosted by BB Riverboats, along with a room at the hotel. The price for a package is $299 a couple.

The BB Riverboats cruise runs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on New Year’s Eve and includes a three-entrée buffet, entertainment, champagne at midnight, a late-night snack buffet and party favors. The price to take the cruise without renting a room at the Marriott is $80 per person.

The Embassy Suites in Blue Ash
(513-733-8900) is going with a Love Boat theme for its New Year’s Eve bash this year. Kathy Kappner, the hotel’s director of catering, says the tropical event will be one to remember. For $349.95 a couple, guests get a king or two double bed suite for the night, chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne at check-in, invitations to a manager’s cocktail hour, and access to all of the New Year’s Eve festivities that follow.

At 6:30 p.m., the New Year’s Eve cocktail hour begins, complete with hors d’oeuvres. Then, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., guests are served a buffet dinner consisting of such island fare as carved prime rib, Caribbean chicken and seafood. The party lasts all night, with a captain’s hat-wearing DJ, the hotel’s ballroom converted into a boat, and the atrium converted into surrounding islands. At midnight, guests can take part in a champagne toast, then fill up on a continental breakfast at 12:15 a.m. The next morning, a hot, made-to-order breakfast including pancakes, omelets, sausage and bacon will be served in the hotel’s restaurant.