Best New Year's Eve Parties

Procrastinator's Guide to New Year's Eve in Houston: Best parties and celebrations

Procrastinator's Guide to New Year's Eve: Best parties, celebrations

Houston, H-Town Countdown, December 2015, DJ
Have a guaranteed good time at the all-inclusive H-Town Countdown party at Silver Street Studios. Courtesy photo
The B-52's
The B-52's will be the featured attraction at Houston First's free celebration in the Theatre District. Photo courtesy of Houston First
New Year's Eve at CityCentre
A DJ will kick the celebratory evening, gratis to the public, at CityCentre Plaza, with rockin' tunes, with a pyrotechnics extravaganza set to light up the sky at midnight. Photo courtesy of CityCentre
The crowd at New Year's Eve at Local Pour January 2015
A James Bond theme, along with music by DJ Looney and Top 40 dance band, Swagger, make the sexy soiree at popular River Oaks-area bar Local Pour a no-brainer.  Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
Ars Lyrica Houston Fire and Ice: NYE Concert & Gala
Ars Lyrica hosts a Fire and Ice celebration on New Year's Eve. Photo courtesy of Ars Lyrica Houston
Houston, H-Town Countdown, December 2015, DJ
The B-52's
New Year's Eve at CityCentre
The crowd at New Year's Eve at Local Pour January 2015
Ars Lyrica Houston Fire and Ice: NYE Concert & Gala

It's still not too late to plan your New Year's Eve celebration. From a 50,000-balloon drop to a fireworks spectacular, below are 12 top soirees to ring in the New Year, including festive fetes at three bustling nightlife hot spots, four happening hotel gatherings and five mammoth parties.

Events
 

Houston First Presents New Year's Eve

Ring in the New Year at the city’s free and family-friendly celebration at venues throughout the Theater District. Highlights include performances by new wave fave, The B-52's (10:35 pm) and indie rock band, The Tontons (9:15 pm), a kids zone at Jones Plaza with balloon artists and dancers, and more. Countdown to 2016 while a fireworks show lights up the downtown sky. 

H-Town Countdown

Have a guaranteed good time at this all-inclusive party at Silver Street Studios (9 pm - 2 am). The entertainment lineup boasts flying aerialists, and beats by DJ Tony Styles and DJ Bizonee. What’s more, your ticket, $135 to $215 per person with a special $3,000 VIP package for parties of 10 or more, also includes open bar, breakfast buffet, midnight champagne toast, confetti and a balloon drop. 


Sugar Land Town Square

The celebration at Sugar Land Town Square is two-fold, featuring a family-friendly theme (7-9 pm) with a kids’ DJ and fireworks at 9 pm, switching gears to an adult soiree (10 pm-1 am) with a cash bar, DJ and state-of-the-art 3-D fireworks show at midnight. Admission is free.

CityCentre

A DJ will kick the celebratory evening, gratis to the public, at CityCentre Plaza, with rockin' tunes and a pyrotechnics extravaganza set to light up the sky at midnight. In the interim, wine and dine at the development’s lengthy roster of restaurants and bars including Radio Milano and The Capital Grille. Reservations recommended. 

Fire and Ice: NYE Concert & Gala

Start off the evening with dinner in the Sarofim Hall Grand Lobby (8 pm) at Hobby Center before the evening turns cool as Vivaldi’s "Winter" (9 pm) sets the stage for Handel’s "Apollo e Dafne," and then red-hot as the Ars Lyrica musical ensemble performs a special concert, dubbed "Fire and Ice" (9:30 pm), and the organization's annual gala extends the festivities until midnight. Tickets range from $22-$59.

Hotel Parties
 

Hyatt Regency

Houston's largest New Year's Eve celebration, spanning four floors and featuring two live bands, a D.J., party favors, and a 50,000-balloon cascade at midnight, takes place at downtown’s Hyatt Regency Houston (7 pm-1 am). Break out your dancing shoes for music via country-crooner Roger Creager, The Fab 5 and a DJ. Tickets to the 38th annual bash start at $99 per person with an overnight hotel option starting at $299.

Holiday Inn Houston West

Make it an all-nighter at the Holiday Inn Houston West in the Energy Corridor thanks to a special room rate of $20.15. The hotel will host a blowout New Year’s Eve bash ($90 per person; $165 per couple) complete with a concert performance by ECHO orchestra (8 pm), and masquerade party with a DJ, dancing, appetizers, cash bar and complimentary champagne toast. 

JW Marriott Houston Downtown

Break out your finest evening attire and head to the JW Marriott Houston Downtown for your ticket to NYE paradise (8 pm-2 am). Three rooms of non-stop party bliss ($30-$60 per person with a VIP price for six guests at $450) will feature a red carpet entrance, casino games and multiple DJs. Toast to the New Year with a complimentary glass of champagne at midnight. 

Hotel ZaZa

Live it up at the racy and fun Hotel ZaZa. The posh Museum District hotel, with daring decor and a see-and-be-seen crowd, presents an evening of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, dancing and midnight revelry ($75 per person). Room and party packages are available starting at $495.

BAR BASHES


Local Pour

A James Bond theme, along with music by DJ Looney and Top 40 dance band, Swagger, make the sexy soiree (9 pm - 2 am) at popular River Oaks-area bar Local Pour a no-brainer. Hurry and book your spot now. Tables are already sold out, with only a limited number of general admissions tickets (starting at $30 per person) left. 

The Nightingale Room

Don your red-hued party duds and paint the town red at downtown’s The Nightingale Room. Let your hair down while you groove to the sounds of a DJ and sip stellar drinks. Pause for reflection during a midnight balloon drop and champagne toast, then go back to the dance party. Adding a little red-hot mystery, all guests will receive a complimentary masquerade mask. Reserve a table for a $300 fee, or walk-in. 

Boheme

Aside from a fusion bellydancer, the Montrose neighborhood cafe and bar also promises a DJ and discounted wine by the bottle. Set the mood by snagging a table under the stars in the 6,000-sq.-ft. garden. Call ahead for reservations. 

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