Being at the right place at the right time is the key to a fabulous New Year's celebration. "Let's just hang out and see what happens" just won't cut it on a night when velvet ropes are impenetrable, drinks are extortionate, and cabs non-existent.

But there are destinations where the odds for having a ball are definitely stacked in your favor. The trick is to plan a winter getaway over NYE in a cool destination where fun nights out come as standard. And because no one wants to start 2010 in the red, we've found eight affordable getaways where you can sunbathe or ski, but definitely party, from one year into the next.