Have you made plans yet for New Year's Eve? Here are some suggestions to help you ring in the New Year. Some celebrations are elegant sit-down dinners and some are on-your-feet-dancing parties. Some are some combination of the two. There are also a couple of non-traditional ways to celebrate with the entire family — like driving through Prairie Lights on its closing night or Dallas Stars hockey game (but not in 2012). Make plans now before the venues get too crowded.
The party's on at Victory Park! This year's celebration will be set up on multiple stages with food and beverage tents and an awesome fireworks display. This free celebration will include continuous entertainment, including the Stream Energy Fireworks Spectacular at midnight.
The Victory Music Stage is located between the W Hotel and Victory Plaza on Olive Street, and the Big D NYE Stage is located in Victory Plaza next to the American Airlines Center. The performances are displayed throughout the venue on huge high definition screens and a state-of-the-art, concert quality audio system brings the music to you loud and clear.
Congratulations to Fifty Dollar Dynasty, the 2013 winner of the Texas Motor Speedway Fast Track to Fame Big D NYE Competition.
WFAA-TV Channel 8 will provide live coverage of the event beginning at 10:30 p.m. including entertainment, special guests and the fireworks spectacular at midnight.
There will be multiple parking facilities located throughout the Victory Park area as well as adjacent lots within walking distance to Victory Plaza. DART is the recommended mode of transportation. Take the Green Line to Victory Station.
2. Blue Martini
There's no more Ghost Bar in Dallas so grab a cab/limo or get a room and party in Plano at Blue Martini. Great music, food and drinks. Live music all night, admission and table packages available. Trust me, VIP is the way to go to avoid the crowd.
Sip a Blue Martini at 7301 Lone Star Drive, Plano, TX 75024. 972-727-2583.
3. DFW Soiree 2013
With a star-studded red carpet, live musical performances, award winning DJs and a Las Vegas-style Casino lounge, the event will also feature a silent auction, a spectacular dinner buffet by Chef Jason, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. The entire 3rd level of the Omni Dallas Hotel will be transformed into a festival-style extravaganza, featuring four different and unique areas of entertainment, including a moonlit Main Event area for the Countdown.
Ring in the New Year high above the Dallas skyline with an unforgettable countdown from the hosts of the evening, while helping raise funds for a great cause like the American Heart Association. Monday, December 31, 2012 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Omni Downtown Dallas, 555 S. Lamar Street Dallas TX.
4. Jonathan Tyler and Northern Lights
Ring in the New Year with Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights, Quaker City Night Hawks, and The Roomsounds. December 31, 2013 at 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Avenue, Dallas TX
What: Party with Emerald City at the Hotel Intercontinental in Dallas. Select from the Club City Ticket: $70; ECB Dinner/Dance Package: $145; All Access Hotel Package: $449 (hotel room, 2 drink tickets per person, two dinners, meet & greet with the band); Sit Together VIP Package for 10: $1,750.
When: Party starts at 8 p.m. and goes on til 1 a.m. on New Year's Eve
Where: Just take the elevator home because the party's at the Hotel Intercontinental, 15201 Dallas Parkway, Addison, TX 75001.
This event sells out every single year. For questions and information call 972-417-CITY (2489) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What: Ring in the new year at the World's Largest Honkey Tonk in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards celebrates the new year with live music from Lee Brice. Champagne and party favors included for $40, $30 and $20 admission.
When: December 31, 2013
Where: Billy Bob's Texas, 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth, TX 76164. 817-624-7117.
Tickets: $40, $30, $20. Can be purchased through calling Billy Bob's Box Office (817-624-7117) or Ticketmaster.
Ring in the New Year at Gaylord Texan's annual New Year's Eve Ballroom Gala located in the Texas Ballroom with live entertainment by Downtown Fever (an Emerald City Management band), who have a love for playing music that makes people want to get up and dance! If you've got the fever for Swing, Pop, Rock, Funk, Rap, Motown, R&B, Jazz and Top 40, then make reservations to party on New Year's Eve at Gaylord Texan!
Get Down with Le Freak on New Year's Eve 2013 at Glass Cactus Nightclub. Dance the night away at the resort's massive high-energy Glass Cactus Nightclub, overlooking the shores of Lake Grapevine, featuring live music by Le Freak – The Greatest Disco Band in the World!
Where: Gaylord Texan Resort, 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine, Texas 76051
8. Max's Wine Dive
Executive Chef Patrick Russell has prepared a decadent $75 four-course New Year’s Eve pre fixe menu, wine pairings are optional for an additional $25. Max’s will also offer the winner of its Dom Pérignon vs. Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque contest at $19.75 per glass on New Year’s Eve. For more information or to make reservations, please call 214-559-3483.
Monday, December 31, 2012, NYE menu offered from 4 to 11 p.m. Classics menu available until 2 a.m. New Year’s Eve Menu: Four course prix fixe dinner for $75, Optional wine pairings for $25
Max’s Wine Dive, 3600 McKinney Avenue, Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75204
What: House of Blues New Year's Eve with the Old 97s.
When: December 31, 2013
Where: House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar, Dallas, TX 75202. 214-978-BLUE.
10. Lavendou Bistro Provencal
Lavendou Bistro Provencal Chef and Owner Pascal Cayet and the Lavendou culinary team are cooking a special Bonne Année New Year’s Eve dinner on Monday, December 31 that includes a vast array of beautiful and flavorful French recipes to appeal to every appetite.
Chef Cayet’s menu features five courses with delicious selections from French cuisine like Saumon et Coquilles St Jacques Mousse en Croûte, Loup de Mer Grillé Sauce au Champagne et Caviar, Confit de Canard aux Champignons Sauvages, or Filet de Boeuf Wellington au Foie Gras.
The Lavendou Bonne Année 2013 dinner is $64.95 per person for three courses (Potage or Entrée/Plat Principal/Dessert)and $74.95 for five courses (Amuse/Potage/Entrée/Plat Principal/Dessert)and a glass of champagne.
Lavendou is located at 19009 Preston Road, Suite 200, in Dallas 75252.
11. Poor David's Pub
What: Bring in the New Year right at Poor David's Pub featuring Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King. Doors open at 8 p.m. Party favors, champagne toast, black-eyed peas and a big countdown at midnight with everybody on the stage singing Auld Lang Syne.
When: December 31, 2013
Where: 1313 South Lamar Street, Dallas, TX 75215. 214-565-1295
What: "Get here for the New Year." Five fabulous festive venues in the heart of gay Dallas.
When: December 31, 2013
Where: In Oak Lawn: Station 4 (S4), The Mining Company (TMC), Rose Room, Sue Ellen's, and JR's Bar & Grill Dallas.
13. Hotel ZaZa's New Year's Eve Party
In 2012, it's $75 per person which includes party favors, light bites, champagne toast at midnight, DJ, complimentary valet parking. The party is from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. and the attire is rockin' new year's chic.
For reservations, rooms, bottle service reservations or more info call 888-880-3244.
Hotel ZaZa, 2332 Leonard Street, Dallas, Texas 75201.
14. W Dallas
Mix it up this New Year’s Eve with W Dallas – Victory’s New Year’s Eve celebration featuring live music from Dallas’ hottest DJs, champagne toasts, special room packages and incredible views of the best fireworks show in town. Dance the night away in Living Room Bar with DJs spinning from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. and toast to the New Year.
Experience front row views to Victory Park’s Big D NYE celebration with live entertainment. Living Room Bar celebrations are open to the public. Space is limited. Taking revelers 33 floors above Dallas, W Dallas offers its first New Year’s Eve celebration in Altitude from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Tickets are $100 per person. W Dallas will amplify New Year’s Eve with its Silver and Platinum bottle service starting at $1,500 and including seating for 10 guests, two spirit bottles of choice, and a bottle of Chandon Brut at midnight. Platinum seats include incredible views of Victory Park fireworks with three spirit bottles and a bottle of Perrier-Jouët champagne.
Call 214-397-4123 for tickets and bottle service inquiries. New Year’s Eve December 31, 2013 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
W Dallas-Victory 2440 Victory Park Lane Dallas, Texas 75219
What: Mignon will serve a three-course New Years Eve dinner, accepting reservations between 4:30 and 11 p.m. Mignon will be open New Years Eve until 1 a.m.
When: December 31, 2012; open til 1 a.m.
Where: Mignon, 4005 Preston Rd # 518, Plano, TX 75093
Reservations: Accepting Reservations from 4:30 to 11 p.m. at 972-943-3372
Cost: $69.95 per person plus tax and a 20% gratuity
In 2013, the evening features three courses, $65 per person, (wine pairing upgrade available), 2-hour seatings beginning at 5 p.m. The Grape, 2808 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75206. 214-828-1981
17. The Kessler
Jack Ingram plays on December 31, 2013. Tickets range from $25 to $75. Bar opens at 7:30 pm; show starts at 9:30 pm. Jack Ingram won the 2008 Academy of Country Music award for “Best New Male Vocalist."
at The Kessler, 1230 W. Davis Street, Dallas, TX 75208
18. Sambuca 360
Dance your way into 2013 with a delicious 3-course dinner and live music by Chinatown. Dinner and reserved tables 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
7 pm Dinner Package: $50 per person. Two hour limit on tables. Guests are welcome to enjoy the bar after dining. Alcohol and tip are not included.
7 pm Premium Dinner Package: $100 per person, dinner and reserved seating the entire evening. Alcohol and tip are not included.
9 pm Reserved Seating: $50 per person. Includes admission and one reserved seat. Food, alcohol and tip are not included.
9 pm Premium Dinner Package: $100 per person, dinner and reserved seating the entire evening. Alcohol and tip are not included.
Bar-Standing Room Only: $25 per person. Enjoy music, dancing and a la carte food and beverages in the bar. There is no guaranteed seating. Food, beverages and tip are not included.
VIP Table: $75 per person + tax and 18% tip (does not include anything but a table and entry) Minimum of 15 people at each table.
Sambuca 360, 7200 Bishop Rd., Plano, Texas 75024. Reservations: 469-467-3393.
20. Closing Night of Prairie Lights
What: Prarie Lights is a two mile stretch of decorations and festive fun featuring over 4 Million lights, hundreds of new displays, an all-new Holiday Magic light show, new walk-through lighted displays, pictures with Santa, seasonal food and family fun. About halfway through the drive, Holiday Village has Santa, carnival rides (rides are included with the cost of admission), snacks, and souvenirs. Cars with up to eight people in them cost $15 Mon-Thu, $20 Fri-Sun and holidays. Limos and buses cost more.
When: Catch the last night of Prairie Lights on New Year's Eve
Where: Lynn Creek Park is at 5700 Lake Ridge Parkway in Grand Prairie. Take I-30 or I-20 to 360 and go south. Make a left of Camp Wisdom Road and a right on Lake Ridge Parkway.
A red carpet party with tons of paparazzi (seriously?), laser light show, balloon drop at midnight, 5,000 glow sticks, sexy burlesque dancers, 2 huge dance floors with 4 bars, champagne toast at midnight, party favors. Celebration starts at 9 p.m. Arrive early. Only venue to stay open til 3 am! General admission $40, VIP Front of the Line $60, Zouk Rock Star package is $6,000 (packages in between available.) Zouk Nightclub 703 McKinney Ave. Dallas, TX 75202.
22. Dallas Stars
7 p.m. Los Angeles Kings vs. Dallas Stars! It's on. Happy New Year. Watch the game and head outside to the Big D NYE Celebration.
Where: American Airlines Center Victory Park 2500 Victory Ave, Dallas, Texas
23. NYE at the Granada Theater
The Granada Theater
3524 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75206
Time: 8 p.m.
What are you doing for New Year's Eve? Spending it at the historic Granada Theater with Somebody's Darling, the Quaker City Night Hawks and of course Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights. VIPs will get a complimentary champagne toast and goodie bag, plus plush seats in the Granada's balcony. Snag your tickets below.
24. Crossroads at House of Blues
House of Blues
2200 N. Lamar St.
Dallas, TX 75202
Time: 8 p.m.
Prices: $53 per person | $97 per couple
If fireworks and large crowds aren’t your thing, the House of Blues has you covered. Four-course dinner packages were still available as of Friday. Electric Circus will play live on the Voodoo Stage at 10:30 p.m. Beware, the Victory Park festivities for Big D NYE is right around the corner, so plan accordingly.
Sci-Tech Discovery Center
8004 N. Dallas Pkwy
Frisco, TX 75034
Time: 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Price: $10 per person for members | $15 for non-members
Sci-Tech is hosting a Family New Year's Eve Celebration. Put on your party attire and ring in the new year at this family friendly event. There will be games, snacks and a show featuring Molecule Man. At 5:00 pm, the group will count down to a neutron ball drop and toast the new year with sparkling cider. Space is limited, so reserve you spot by emailing email@example.com.
26. Lights All Night NYE Dance Festival
Fair Park, 3809 Grand Avenue, Dallas, TX 75210
Time: December 29 – December 31
A New Year's Eve party so massive, it can't be contained in one night. For three days, see Tiesto and Avicii (Saturday), Bassnectar and Calvin Harris (Sunday) and Axwell and Ghostland Obeservatory (Monday) – and many others — headline this multi-stage festival that features some of the biggest names in electronic music.
27. Sambuca Uptown New Year's Eve Party
Sambuca Uptown, 2120 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX 75201
Time: 7 p.m or 9 p.m.
Price: $49 – $100
Dance your way into 2013 with music from Blue Finger Disco and enjoy a four-course menu inside or on one of the restaurants enclosed heated and covered patios.
28. New Year's Eve Bash & Casino
Omni Downtown Dallas, 555 S. Lamar St., Dallas, TX
Time: 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Price: $99 – $3,000
Why not ring in 2013 while attending an event that benefits the American Heart Association? The star-studded event features a silent auction, live music performances, award-winning DJs, a dinner buffet by Chef Jason and a Las Vegas-style casino lounge.
29. Fort Worth NYE Bash 2013
3468 Blue Bonnet Circle
Fort Worth, TX 76109
Time: 9:30 p.m.
What better way to spend New Year's Even than in Cowtown with Austin country-rock band Waterloo Revival which performs from 10 p.m. to midnight. There will be drinks and small bites through the night and a DJ will ring in 2013 with music from midnight until 2 a.m., and you can dig into some breakfast tacos at 1 a.m.
30. Sundance NYE 2013 at Club 515
Club 515 (previously Aqua Lounge/Tru/Avalon)
515 Houston St.
Fort Worth, TX 77379
Time: 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Price: $20 – $75
Labeled "the official Fort Worth NYE celebration" on its poster, the celebration at Club 515 featured a paparazzi red carpet entrance, four DJs playing hip hop, electro and Top 40 music. The party boasts $10,000 in door prizes, $10,000 in party favors, a midnight champagne toast and a $10,000 cash balloon drop.
31. Billy Bob's Texas
2520 Rodeo Plaza
Fort Worth, TX 76164
Time: 10 p.m.
Price: $20 – $30
The World's Largest Honky Tonk is ringing in the New Year with JB & The Moonshine Band taking the stage at 10 p.m. followed by the headliner Casey Donahew Band.
32. New Year's Eve: A Night in Vienna
Bass Performance Hall
555 Commerce Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
In an elegant celebration of New Year's Eve the Fort Worth Symphony welcomes back John Giordano, the FWSO's music director from 1972 to 2000. He leads a night of Strauss waltzes and other Viennese classics as well as soprano arias featuring a Fort Worth favorite Ava Pine.
33. Four Day Weekend's New Year's Eve Dinner Package Show
Four Day Weekend
312 Houston Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Time: Dinner at 8 p.m. and show at 10 p.m.
Four Day Weekend, Fort Worth's longest running show, is hosting its 16th Annual New Year's Eve Dinner Package Show. The package includes admission to the show, a cocktail-style dinner catered by Reata, a future ticket to a Four Day Weekend performance, a champagne toast, party favors and dancing to a DJ after the show.