IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS: One final night, one final party, one final showdown to exercise (and/or exorcise) all your hopes, dreams, wishes, fantasies, and dance moves for the year 2015. You're only gonna get one shot at this. So don't blow it!

Fortunately, the Mercury is here with our annual New Year's Eve party guide, carefully hand-selecting the craziest, funnest, absolute bestest places in town to ring in 2016. There's live music galore and dance parties aplenty—if you want to spend a quiet evening drinking cocoa, playing board games, and sitting in rocking chairs with cats on your lap, this is not the New Year's Eve guide for you. (In fact, New Year's Eve may not be the holiday for you.)

It's easy to get overwhelmed, though; if you choose poorly, New Year's Eve can be an amateur-hour trainwreck. So get informed, then make your move. Your New Year's Eve has the potential to be a bang or a whimper, and we'd like you to have the biggest bang possible. Save the whimpering for January 1.

But the clock is ticking, and December 31 is just around the corner. So get ready—it's the final countdown!

Weinland NYE Supergroup
w/Liz Vice
Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell, Thurs Dec 31, 9 pm, $25-28

Seven years! That's how long the BEST New Year's party, the Weinland NYE Supergroup, has been rolling—and why not? For people who love to get down, Portland folk-rock band Weinland comes at you HARD every December 31 with a superstar roster of the best guest singers and performers in town, playing your absolute favorite dance hit covers! And for their seventh anniversary, Weinland will be welcoming Laura Gibson, Jim Brunberg, Brian Koch, Lewi Longmire, and many, many more, PLUS super-duper special guest Liz Vice, whose powerful, gospel-infused pipes will undoubtedly lay waste to any number of booty-shaking disco hits. Is that not enough reason to attend? Then listen to this: This year marks the FINAL Weinland NYE Supergroup performance EVER. So if you're a fan of history and epic parties, you won't want to miss this one. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY