SantaCon is upon us!

SantaCon is more than just dressing up in Christmas attire and getting wasted (even though that's the best part of it). In most cities, like New York, SantaCon is affiliated with charitable good works and donations. In 2011, Santacon New York raised $10,000 for Toys for Tots and donated over 6,000 pounds of food to Manhattan and Brooklyn food banks. SantaCon reminds us to have a good time and celebrate the season, but also to spread cheer and goodwill.

Your Guide To New Year's Eve Style!

The new year is coming, and so are the celebrations. If you haven't yet, then it's time to start thinking about what you'll be wearing New Year's Eve! From black tie to hipster chic, for guys, and for girls, Joonbug's got the hottest trends, and the how-to on what to wear when the clock strikes twelve. Follow our guide below to know exactly what you should wear to our parties being held nationwide! Start the new year off in style.

Joonbug is hosting some of the swankiest ballroom events in many cities. Such parties include the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia, Timeless New Year's Eve at the Colonnade in Boston, as well as Cipriani , Capitale, Gotham Hall, and Gustavinos in NYC.

A Chance To Meet The Legendary Armin Van Buuren
Hey NYC! Want to meet the world's biggest DJ, ARMIN VAN BUUREN, on Friday December 13th from 3:30pm - 4:30pm at The Baroness Wine Bar in LIC? ARMIN will be in town to host a very special meet/greet with fans in preparation for his impending ARMIN ONLY: INTENSE arena tour (in conjunction with ALDA Events and Live Nation). Admission for this meet/greet is FREE. Attendees must be age 21+ with valid government-issued photo I.D. RSVP by 10:00am Thursday December 12th to to get on the list. Attendees are each allowed a +1. For more information, visit
Joonbug Has Teamed up with KTU for a NYE Ticket Giveaway!

Dearest Joonbug readers, we are happy to announce that we have teamed up with The Beat of New York, 103.5 KTU, to offer you a chance to win a ticket to one of the hottest New Year's Eve parties in New York City!

And what's better than one party? Two of course! Weekend winners will all qualify for a trip to Miami to watch Calvin Harris perform live at the Life in Color Music Festival, courtesy of Columbia Records. Sun, music, and paint--now that is a party.

Hello Hotspot!

Just in time for the holidays, Hotspot, a brand new and innovative social media application, is now available for download through the App Store! Hotspot offers a more genuine way of connecting with others. Unlike most social media apps, Hotspot isn’t about finding new friends; it’s about connecting with your current ones. Creators Jeff Ames and Jasjit Singh realized that the discovery of new people was not the issue in social communication, but rather the actual convening of these people as “friends” in reality. Hotspot allows users to locate and contact one another for any social event, whether it be for bar hopping or impromptu meet-ups. Unlike texting, this messaging service enables the user to send out one mass message regarding an event—what, where, and when, along with turn-by-turn directions and also who is going to be there or on the way. Even better, the app is not a closed service. This means that even your those without Hotspot will receive a text message providing a link to open all of the event information in their browsers.

NYE 2014's Hottest Parties in NYC

This New Year's Eve, New York City is going to be popping with the hottest parties. These spots have hours of open bars, music from the best DJs, champagne toasts, amazing interiors, breathtaking views, and--if you're really lucky--celebrity sightings. Ditch the losers who will be huddled in the cold for hours for a glimpse of the ball drop. Start the new year off right at any one of these venues that will have plenty to drink, room to dance, and make memories that will last long after the party ends.

Dream Downtown: Located in the upscale Meatpacking District on 16th sreet, it is the perfect combination of modernity and luxury, with incredible views of the Manhattan skyline. An ideal spot to bring a date, where the two of you can gaze at the sparkling city as the old year falls away.

Drink Up: New Year's Eve Cocktails

French 75 (Courtesy of Spice Market)
1 oz. St. Germain
½ oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ oz. Plymouth Gin
1 ½ oz. Cava Dibon

Chill St. Germain, Lemon Juice and Plymouth Gin, strain into Champagne Flute, top with Cava Dibon, garnish with lemon twist. Enjoy!

¾ oz. Cognac

½ oz. Cointreau

¼ oz. Maraschino

¼ oz. Lemon juice

4 oz. champagne
Zeppole Sparkler

4 oz. MARTINI Moscato d’Asti
½ oz. of BACARDI Gold Rum
Dash of lemon juice
Rim the glass with cinnamon sugar. In a prepared champagne glass, place all ingredients. Stir once and serve.

Port of Mischief Punch 3 oz. Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
1 oz. port
2 oz. pineapple juice
2 oz. simple syrup
1 oz. fresh lime juice
2 dashes (per serving) anise bitters 2 dashes (per serving) house bitters
Combine chilled ingredients in a punch bowl over one large block of ice. Garnish with lime wheels and freshly grated nutmeg. Serve with a ladle and small glass tea cups.

NYE Style: Women's Edition

Ah, New Year's. A time for us all to decide which party to go to and which friends to party with. Should we head to NYC to watch the ball drop? Should we go skiing up in the mountains? House party with some close friends? The decisions are endless, as are the decisions on what to wear. Everybody wants to look glam, damnit, and it can be hard to know just how to pull off that special look. Well, we are here to help. Here are some options to make your decision-making a little more easy.

Make-Up: First and foremost, the right makeup on New Year's Eve is so important. No one wants their eyeliner to run or their lipstick to fade as the night goes on. Make sure you start with a primer to keep that make-up lasting into the wee hours of the night. We like Benefit's That Gal Brightening Face Primer ($29) so give those cheeks an extra glow. If you're going for a bold lip, there's nothing better for NYE than Susan Posnick's Coloressentials line ($19). The lipsticks come in fun, bright colors and is super moisturizing and shiny, plus it's very compact so can fit into the smallest clutch for touch-ups. Make those eyes pop with Lashfully's Lash Appeal Kit ($38). The kit contains two sets of eyelashes with adhesive and tweezers and will provide the most natural and lusciously long lashes for you to don. With the most essential make-up musts out of the way, it's time to move onto what to wear.

Pre-NYE Party Playlist
Pre-NYE Party Playlist

We're just about three weeks away from the close of 2012. NYE is the topic of all topics and it's a must to make sure your night is perfect. The end result should be a celebration of the years best moments and on December 31 make sure to toast to all your accomplishments! While you're looking back on 2012, add these funky dance tracks to your NYE playlist to get you in the right party mood and don't forget to check out all the hottest parties throughout ChiTown here!