Release Date: December 29,2015

12 ways to ring in the New Year

12 ways to ring in the New Year | DP List

Andrea Castillo

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Twelve ways to ring in the New Year | DP List

Last year, people in Hampton gathered downtown to ring in 2015 with the city's first crab-pot drop from the top of Old Point National Bank. An idea that came together at the last minute, the event managed to attract more than 600 people.

"It was cool enough and different enough that it worked," said Debra Freeman, marketing and communications director for Downtown Hampton Development Partnership, which organized the event.

This year, organizers will throw an even bigger party for New Year's Eve to include a DJ, food, drinks, vendors and more, as well as no cover for the area's restaurants and bars, in hopes of making the crab pot drop an annual ritual.

"New York has Times Square and other places had things they did, but Hampton didn't," Freeman said. "We hope people know you go to downtown Hampton to see the crab-pot drop. We're definitely starting a new tradition."

Downtown Hampton New Year's Eve Block Party. 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m., downtown Hampton at Queens Way and Wine Street. Free. www.downtownhampton.com