If you plan to visit Scottsdale this New Year’s Eve, you’re probably looking for the best spots in town to ring in 2012. Whether you’re looking for an intimate dinner, a fun-filled celebration with a few hundred of your closest friends or simply a few drinks out on the town, the city of Scottsdale has what you’re looking for. Here are just a few great ways to say hello to the new year:

Ring in the Scottsdale New YearShake and Twist Like ’56: This year, Hotel Valley Ho on East Main Street throws a retro bash featuring a four-course dinner followed by all-night dancing to your favorite contemporary songs and 50’s classics. All dinner patrons will receive a ticket for a special rooftop champagne toast at midnight.

Zoo Year’s Eve: Once again, the Phoenix Zoo comes through for the holidays with “Zoo Year’s Eve,” an adults-only party enhanced by colorful holiday lights. Six hundred displays should be enough, right? The party tent opens at 9:30, so grab a few of your favorite party animals and come on out.

Scottsdale’s Ultimate Block Party: If it’s music and dance you want, then Craftsman Court in downtown Scottsdale is the place for you. A $35 ticket grants you access to an enclosed street party featuring DJ performances and a concert headlined by Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers.

New Year’s Eve Dinner at The Boulders: If spending the waning hours of 2011 over a quiet dinner with a glass of Cabernet is more your thing, Latilla Restaurant at The Boulders Resort is the place to be. Featuring a special menu by Chef de Cuisine Stephen Jones, your last meal of the year just may be your best.

Don’t sit on the couch just watching all the fun on television this New Year’s Eve. Visit Scottsdale to usher in 2012 and take some mischievous pity on all the poor souls huddling together to keep warm in other parts of the country. This year, play some golf, enjoy a nice dinner and count the stars in the warm desert sky. On December 31st, you’ll be glad you chose to celebrate right here in the city of Scottsdale.