The end of 2011 is fast approaching.  A new year is on the horizon and once the midnight hits on December 31st, you can bet a ton of Baltimore residents and visitors alike will be celebrating the new year at various venues throughout this beautiful city.  From the Inner Harbor to Fells Point, you can bet there are a ton of great New Year's Eve parties all throughout the Baltimore area.  Here are five you can bet will be great.

New Year's Eve Live! 2012 - The biggest New Year's party in Downtown Baltimore is at Power Plant Live.  Head out to this entertainment mecca to ring in the New Year with food, open bars, and more.  One ticket gets you access to nine venues boasting open, top shelf bars and more.  Watch the Times Square ball drop on two 20-foot LED displays, enjoy a champagne toast at midnight, and ring in the New Year with style.  General admission tickets start at $95.

Mother's Downtown Countdown NYE 2012 - Mother's Federal Hill Grille sponsors one of the best NYE events in Baltimore, the Downtown Countdown.  Going down at the Hyatt Regency at Baltimore's Inner Harbor, this all-inclusive party will feature five different party areas with two DJs, three bands, and five comedians performing throughout the night.  Premium open bars and a full dinner buffet are included with admission.  General admission is $99, VIP is $149.

Big Night Baltimore New Year's Eve Extravaganza - This all-inclusive Baltimore New Year's Eve celebration goes down at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel in Downtown Baltimore.  Enjoy 10 different party areas, numerous open bars with no long lines, complimentary buffet, 10 bands and DJs, a HUGE midnight balloon drop and champagne toast, discounted hotel rooms, and much more.

New Years Eve Charity Gala 2012 - Party for a great cause at the New Year's Eve Charity Gala going down at Sheraton Baltimore North in Towson.  Admission to this all-inclusive party includes unlimited open bar as well as access to six different party rooms with live music, DJs, and more.  General admission tickets are $99 while VIP tickets are $139. Proceeds from the event benefit Caring Communities, a nonprofit organization offering disability-related activities and events for thousands throughout the state.

Baltimore's New Years Eve Spectacular 2012 - Ring in 2012 at this FREE, family friendly New Year's Eve event on the Inner Harbor.  Head to the HarborPlace Ampitheater and enjoy live music from local bands beginning at 9 p.m. Then, stick around until midnight to watch a dazzling, choreographed fireworks show as you ring in the new year.