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Goodbye Gloworama, hello New Year's Eve Live!: Are you ready for fireworks off the George R. roof?

Goodbye Gloworama, hello New Year's Eve Live!: Are you ready for fireworks off the George R. roof?

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New Year's Eve is just one month, two weeks and three days away. You don't have to spend this one at home alone, eating ice cream as you watch a televised celebration in Times Square.

Let's face it — that's an underwhelming start to a new year. Especially when a fun, free and family-friendly event is happening in downtown Houston.

Last year's inaugural New Year's Eve celebration was such a success that the organizers are at it again. For 2012, it's happening under a new name: Say goodbye to Gloworama, and hello to New Year's Eve Live!

 We advise that you don't mix the ice skating and the beer. 

The snazzy new name isn't the only improvement. To ring in 2012, the glowing art car parade route has been expanded, the 3D light show will be improved and a massive fireworks extravaganza will shoot from the roof of the George R. Brown Convention Center for the first time ever.

Around Discovery Green, there will be live music (performances to be announced) and booths with food and drinks to ingest and imbibe before those resolutions officially kick in.

The ice skating rink will remain open during festivities for the young and the young at heart. Adult beverages will be available in the beer and bubbles garden for those 21 and up. We advise that you don't mix the ice skating and the beer.

If you must stay at home, Texas' biggest countdown will be broadcast on KTRK Ch. 13 between 11:05 p.m. and 12:15 a.m.

The event will take place Dec. 31 from 7 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. Follow New Year's Eve Live on Facebook for performance announcements and other updates.