Before 1990, I stayed home and watched the ball drop on TV. I think there were a few pre-teen years when I went to a friend's house for a sleepover. I didn't drink on New Year's Eve until 1993.
1990: watched fireworks in Johnstown, PA
1991: watched MTV's Top 20 video countdown, then went out to watch fireworks in Johnstown
1992: same as 1992.
1993: went to Pittsburgh and partied with some friends from high school. Got drunk, sobered up, dented Dad's Dodge Omni the next morning when I backed it into another car.
1994: went to a frat party at St. Francis College in Loretto, PA with the same HS friends as the previous year. The party ran out of beer at 12:30 AM after the frat guys used it up in a "beer fight" at midnight. Tried to sleep, failed, drove home sober at 5 AM.
1995: watched movies with some other friends from high school.
1996: low-key party at someone's apartment in DC with recent Georgetown graduates
1997: best NYE party ever with some friends at their house in Arlington. Had a great time and didn't get too drunk. Or I sobered up a little before we left.
1998: I don't remember, which must mean it wasn't that good.
1999: stayed home, drank a $40 bottle of champagne and watched TV waiting for Y2K to happen.
2000: stuck in Starkville, MS because of a blizzard in NY that canceled our original flight home before the holiday and a freak snowstorm in MS that nearly kept us from getting home on New Year's Day. I drove 30 MPH on icy Southern roads to get us to Memphis in time to catch our rescheduled flight home.
2001: had a long dinner at Tio Pepe, a restaurant in our neighborhood.
2002: went to the show at Cafe Wha? in Greenwich Village. Had fun for the first 3 hours, but should have left at 12:30 AM instead of sticking around until 2 AM. Those extra drinks did us in.
2003: Stayed home, watched movies.
2004: Went to New Orleans. Had dinner at Commander's Palace, got beer thrown on us in the French Quarter, then we went to a strip club to avoid the crowd.
2005: crazy party on the Upper East Side. Fun for a while, but I should have left shortly after midnight.
2006: same crazy party as 2005, only more crowded. This time we did leave just after midnight.
2007: stayed home, watched TV, cheered on Dick Clark and made fun of Ryan Seacrest
2008: I think we're going out to dinner, then staying home. It's cold and snowy outside.