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December in Des Moines is a beautiful thing. The snow glistens (well, usually) and between the Big Four Classic and the winter markets, there's never a boring weekend. If your calendar is filling up as fast as ours, you're looking to lock down your NYE plans, and stat.

POP THE BUBBLY

Live for champagne toasts and glittery get-ups? Cheers to 2016 at one of 27 poppin' NYE parties. Expect nothing less than human ball drops, fancy hors d'oeuvres and hot musical acts. And not just downtown. Count on West Glen, Ankeny and even Ames to cover your NYE needs. Not up to party-hearty? We've got ideas for that, too.

Plan it: 6 things to do on NYE that aren't parties

THIS PLACE IS PHO GOOD

Pho is so hot right now, and we totally get why. It's comforting, delicious and totally covers our cold-weather soup cravings. Take a break from all the last-minute shopping and head to Ankeny's Pho 85, 1701 S.W. Delaware Ave. Eat in or take out -- either way this place is pho real. (Seriously, they've even got boba tea.) Yum!

Slurp it: 5 cozy soups

MAKE THE NICE LIST

Jolly Holiday Lights, which raises money for Make-A-Wish Iowa, is down and out due to flooding, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still give back. Here’s how to #bringthejolly, plus raise money for Toys for Tots by jamming to all the best Christmas tunes at “Nada Silent Night” 8 p.m. Friday at Wooly’s, 504 E. Locust St. Who knew giving back could be so fun?

Spread the love: 20 ideas for random acts of kindness

I'M KINDA BUZZED AND IT'S ALL BECAUSE...

Andrea, Juice

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