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Ring in the New Year 2013 in Springfield

With a population of 153,060 inhabitants, the city of Springfield in Massachusetts, which is located on the banks of the Connecticut River, is the one of the most populous cities in the state. Although well known for its renowned jazz groups, ethnic food and beer gardens that keep downtown Springfield abuzz, the city is much more popular for hosting the Basketball Hall of fame and other tourist attractions such as the Pan African Historical Museum and Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden. Several venues in Springfield are ringing in 2013 with a variety of New Year’s Eve events.

First Night is a traditional New Year's Eve extravaganza that launches the New Year in Springfield with festivities taking place throughout the city. Bright Nights at Forest Park starts the week before Thanksgiving and runs through the first week of January; this two-and-one-half-mile drive through lighting displays boasts 350,000 lights in a variety of seasonal displays. Springfield's big New Year’s Eve bash comes courtesy of the Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield, which will hold its annual New Year's Eve Gala at the Springfield Marriot. The event is open to the public and kicks off with a social hour followed by a full dinner buffet. Dancing ensues, both to a band and a DJ and a champagne toast occurs at midnight.