Now that we've got that out of the way, it's time to start making New Year's Eve plans for Thursday night.
Coast casinos are offering a variety of entertainment and some of the biggest parties around.
Of course, there will be complimentary champagne toasts and party favors at midnight.
Here's a look at what else the casinos will offer as the Coast gives one last hurrah to 2015 and rings in a brand-new year -- 2016.
In Bay Saint Louis, Hollywood Casino:will have football action followed by live music by Stormy until 1:30 a.m.
Silver Slipper Casino:will have live entertainment with Becky Eymard from 6 to 9 p.m., and 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.with the Jerry Lee Lewis tribute band B.B. Secrist and His Rockin' 88s. Admission is free.
At Beau Rivage, Coast Nightclub: will have DJ Avelon, DJ Blondie and DJ Doc Roc keeping the party lively from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. On the gaming floor, a $50,000 slot tournament will offer a top prize of $10,000 in Freeplay, beginning at noon. The Molly Ringwalds will be at the Beau Rivage Theatre at 11 p.m. Tickets start at $19.95. Among the dining options, BR Prime will have a preset menu for $150 per person and Stalla will have a special brunch menu on New Year's Day.
At Boomtown in Biloxi,:slot fanatics can vie for their share of $20,000 in SlotPlay at 8 p.m. with five $200 winners every 15 minutes and five $1,000 winners at 11:45. Jake Gill will perform from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. For added fun, a photo booth will be available.
The Golden Nugget:will celebrate in the Grand Ballroom with music by Groovy7. Admission is $50.
Hard Rock's:party will start at 9 p.m. in Hard Rock Live with DJ Hyphee and Mixed Nuts spinning music until 3 a.m. Admission of $50 includes entry to Boogie Nights. VIP tickets are $150 and include front-of-the-line access and unlimited free drinks. VIP wrist bands will be distributed from the box office starting at 5 p.m. Also, Perkins Road will be playing at Center Bar from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
At Harrah's Gulf Coast,:get the evening started early in the Magnolia House Bar with music by Coast crooner Jesse Hill. A special three-course meal for $75 will include entrée options of filet of beef, pan-seared snapper or bacon-wrapped pork loin, plus dessert. Seating times are 6, 8 and 10 p.m. For late-night fun, it's on to the Casino Stage Bar for a balloon drop and music by Reno Perez from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
For a blast from the past, IP Casino has Arrival from Sweden, The Music of ABBA in Studio A. The music will begin at 10 and carry beyond midnight. Tickets are $15.
At the IP's Chill Ultra Lounge, the party starts at 2 p.m. with football on the big screens and an optional $10 all-you-can-eat football buffet. Chill keeps it going with a New Year's celebration at 9 and music by Whiskey Kiss at 10. Admission is $40, which includes two drinks and party favors. Booths for eight are $500.
At the Palace, 40 people will be awarded $500 each in power play from 8 to 11:30 p.m. New Year's Eve and 10 slot players will each win $2,016 in cash at 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1.
The Palace has lots of dining options. Mignon's will offer a three-course gourmet dinner for $85 per person. The New Year's buffet will be $27, open from 4 to 11 p.m. on New Year's Eve and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Jan. 1. Also, football fans can catch bowl-game action in the CONTACT Lounge & Sport Bar. Following the gridiron action will be music by the Brandon Green Band.
The Coast's newest casino, The Scarlet Pearl, will have things jumping late night in D'Iberville. Papa C & Slammin' Horns will be in The Strand Entertainment Center from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets are $40 at the door. Also, Karmilla Ali will play the PRL Bar from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and the buffet will feature seafood and prime.
At Island View in Gulfport, the farewell to 2015 includes live music by STARZ at 11:45 p.m. in the View Showroom.
Treasure Bay Casino and Hotel's New Year's specials include "Winner Wonderland" with $250 in instant credit awarded every 20 minutes between 1 p.m. and 2 a.m.; one person will win $2,016, and champagne and party favors will be offered.
For more information on all the Coast Casinos' amenities and entertainment offerings, see pages 11-14.
Below is a look at bands and entertainment that will be featured at area nightclubs on New Year's Eve.
DJ AD: 10 p.m., Zepplin's Pizzeria & Bar, 709 Howard Ave., Biloxi. 435-5822.
Al Murphy: 6:30 p.m., Darwell's Cafe, 127 E. First St., Long Beach. 868-8946.
Anderson Domingues: 7 p.m. Thursdays, Mosaic Tapas Bar, 1310 27th Ave., Gulfport. 265-8013.
Live jazz: 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, The Almanett, 1514 18th Ave., Gulfport. 865-9901.
Scott MacDonald and Friends: 9 p.m., Blaize Avenue Bar, 124 Blaize Ave., Bay St. Louis. 467-4072.
David Jones: 9 p.m. Thursdays, Sipps, 2218 25th Ave., Gulfport. 206-7717.
DJ Tiffany K: 9 p.m., Boots and Spurs, 1099 Government St., Ocean Springs. 215-0137.