New Year’s Eve: five ways to ring in 2012

New Year’s Eve festivities are already under way in some parts of the world. Here’s a sampling of fun ways people can celebrate the dawn of 2012 – in the United States and beyond.

1. Take a trip to Xanadu

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St. Louis, Missouri.

Xanadu, loosely known as a mythical home of the nine muses in Greek mythology, is the theme of the 20th anniversary of St. Louis’s First Night, a family-friendly celebration. In addition to taking in musical and dance performances, visitors can write a wish for 2012 and add it as a “sprinkle” on a 12-foot-tall artificial birthday cake.

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