If you're heading to Texas for the winter holidays and want to ring in the new year at a festive event, the city of Houston offers plenty of exciting options on New Year's Eve.
Whether you prefer partying all night or you're traveling with children and want to celebrate early, events in the Houston metroplex cater to every crowd and interest. From hotel parties to wine tastings, family-friendly celebrations to adults-only dance parties and strip clubs, you'll find something for everyone on the last night of the year.
New Year's Eve at CityCentre
Located on the southeastern corner of the intersection of Interstate 10 and Beltway 8 in Houston's Memorial City neighborhood, CityCentre is a retail, dining, and entertainment development that offers events year-round.
On New Year's Eve, festivities begin with the kids' countdown to noon, "Noon Years Eve," presented by the Texas Children's Hospital West Campus from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guests can return at 9:30 p.m. for the official countdown celebration, New Year's Eve at CityCentre, which features live music in the plaza by Collector's Item, a Motown group famous in Houston. At midnight, a 60-second firework show will ring in the new year. Tickets are not required.
Fireworks Dinner Cruise on Clear Lake and Galveston Bay
About 30 miles southeast of Houston, the small Gulf coastal town of Kemah is home to a luxurious private yacht company called the Boardwalk Fantasea. On New Year's Eve, you can depart from the Kemah Boardwalk and set sail across Galveston Bay and Clear Lake to experience the midnight fireworks in style.
Each ticket for the New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise affords each guest a gourmet meal, appetizers, and plenty of music and dancing as well as tiaras, champagne toasts, and other party favors. Boarding takes place from 8 to 9 p.m., and the cruise goes until 12:30 a.m. Discounts are available for children, members of the military, and any adults aged 55 and older.
If a fancy cruise isn't your style, you can also enjoy a family-friendly festival at the Kemah Boardwalk, which ends with a firework show at 10 p.m. New Year's Eve at Kemah Boardwalk features music, dancing, children's activities and games, and carnival-style food for purchase. Admission to the New Year's Eve festival is included with the price of admission to the park.
New Year's Eve Soiree at the Hotel ZaZa
With three locations in Houston, the Hotel ZaZa has become known in the city as one of the best local chains for luxury accommodations. On New Year's Eve, you can attend the annual NYE Soiree and book a room for a special discount rate.
The New Year's Eve room package includes overnight accommodations, two tickets to the party, a festive bubbly turndown service, and a $50 credit toward breakfast the following morning. To book the package, use the booking code "NYE" when checking out on the Hotel ZaZa Memorial City website.
Gatsby's House New Year's Eve at the Omni Houston Hotel
One of the biggest parties of the season will take place at the Omni Houston Hotel for New Year's Eve. Presented by Houston Nightlife, "Gatsby's House" is the theme for the annual New Year's Eve Celebration at the Omni Hotel.
On December 31, from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., guests of Gatsby's House can enjoy five hours of prepaid bar service, four areas for mingling on two floors of fun, music by three of Texas' top DJs, and a countdown like no other.
In accordance with the Great Gatsby theme, the event will also feature a casino night speakeasy featuring tons of prizes to win, and guests are encouraged to dress up in the best attire they can find from the 1920s (semi-formal or cocktail attire required).