updated 01/19/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 01/19/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST
MIAMI, THE BAHAMAS AND SYDNEY, JAN. 1-3
Best way to kick off '04? Head for the sun spots: Honey's golden girl Jessica Alba (1) stalks a savage Florida tan. Wild child Tara Reid (2) finds some stability playing piggyback with her boyfriend of four months, energy-company president Wayne M. Boich, on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. And, on Australia's Bondi Beach, actor Heath Ledger (3) shores up his relationship with on-again Naomi Watts.
WHISTLER, B.C., MADRID AND ASPEN, JAN. 3 & 4
Meanwhile, other celebs just like to chill. Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake (1) pack up after a week of snowboarding in Whistler and Vail, Colo. David Beckham (2) treats his 4-year-old son Brooklyn to a sled ride outside Madrid during a hike with wife Victoria and 16-month-old son Romeo. Light Aspen flurries are a welcome sign for powder buffs Will and Jada Pinkett Smith (3). While their kids are in ski school—they're "fast learners," says a source—the family is renting a home in nearby Buttermilk.
NEW YEAR'S PARTIES
The Late Shows
LOS ANGELES, MANHATTAN AND LAS VEGAS, DEC. 31
Celebs had a grand Auld time ringing in 2004: Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey (1) share a squeeze while cohosting Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2004 (in a pretaped segment). Cossetted in a Dolce & Gabbana corset, Hilary Duff (2) cohosts MTV's annual bash. Ashanti (3) feels the music while singing her hit "Rock Wit U" at the Venetian Resort in Vegas. In a MoMo FaLana coat she wore on Sex and the City Sarah Jessica Parker (4) escorts her best boy—15 month-old son James—to a holiday performance of The Producers, Dad Matthew Broderick is resprising his role as angst-ridden accountant Leo Bloom.
Moo-ternal Instincts MANHATTAN, JAN.6
Jennifer Connelly totes 5 month-old son Stellan in a fuzzy cow blanket to a taping of Late Show with David Letterman.
Elvish Lives! SYDNEY, DEC.38
At the Australian premiere of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Ian McKellen shows off a tattoo—which means "nine" in Elvish—that he and his Ring costars got while filming in New Zealand.
A Little Italian De-Stressing
ROME, DEC. 30
There's no place like Rome as Madonna and her husband, Guy Ritchie, discover while spending a few days strolling around the ancient city. Making like turisti, the couple were spotted in Piazza del Campidoglio, visiting an ancient church in Trastevere and dining at Circolo della Caccia in the Palazzo Borghese. "They were having a relaxed time, not work related. [They're] just on a break," says Ritchie's rep.
BEVERLY HILLS, JAN. 1
Looks like there's plenty of domestic bliss going on as Carrie-Anne Moss steps out with her husband, actor Steven Roy, and their 4-mortth-old son, whose name hasn't yet been announced by the couple.
NEW YORK CITC, JAN. 5
A mobile-minded Jennifer Aniston arrives at Rockefeller Center ready for Saturday Night Live rehearsals. The Friends star is hosting the show for the second time.
GOING, GOING, GONE!
ASPEN JAN. 3
See Melanie Griffith haul stuff.
See Melanie's bag bottom out.
See Melanie feeling ripped off.
Awww. Poor Melanie!