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AL­CO­HOL-FREE zones. Taxi queues. Christ­mas hang­overs. New-shoe blis­ters. Crowd claus­tro­pho­bia. Party per­for­mance anx­i­ety.

Now tell me the TV tele­cast on New Year’s Eve isn’t a lot more tempt­ing than ac­tu­ally be­ing out and about and part of it? With ev­ery pass­ing year, the pres­sure to make NYE the best night ever only grows. But, if you are any­thing like me, this is in equal pro­por­tion to your an­tipa­thy to­ward do­ing bat­tle with pub­lic trans­port, park­ing po­lice, road clo­sures, not to men­tion hopped up Gen Y rev­ellers be­ing far too happy and bright for their own good.

That’s not to say you can’t party at home: com­plete with silly hats, over-priced al­co­hol and, bonus, leftover ham. If you’ve got small kids, watch­ing all the fun from the fam­i­lyfriendly safety of your own couch is even bet­ter. Am I right, mums and dads? This year, there’s even more in­cen­tive for the kids, big and small, with Themup­pets Movie stars Ker­mit the Frog and ac­tor Ja­son Segel signed on as the night’s guests, launch­ing the 9pm fam­ily fire­works on Chan­nel 9.

Green eve: Ker­mit the Frog

From 9.15pm, To­day show reporter Richard Wilkins has pro­grammed two hours of 2011 mu­sic video hits.

An­chor­ing Nine’s tele­cast is Celebrity Ap­pren­tice rev­e­la­tion Jesinta Camp­bell, along­side Week­end To­day host Cameron Wil­liams.

Add per­for­mances by The Pot­belleez and David Camp­bell, live from the Syd­ney Lord Mayor’s har­bour­side event, and things will be jump­ing.

The broad­cast will cross to hot party spots around Aus­tralia and the world: a trip that won’t re­quire you to queue or cost next month’s mort­gage pay­ment in en­try fees.

Now that’s a happy way to see in a new year. New Year’s Eve, Chan­nel 9, 8.30pm

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