Celebrating New Year's Eve in Texas Style

Fireworks display in Bratislava; New Year 2005.
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If you are lucky enough to be in Texas on New Year’s Eve, you may have a hard time deciding what to do with so many options at hand. From football games to concerts, walking events to fiestas, and New Year's Eve parties and community events, there is something for everyone to do the night the calendar changes.

New Year’s Eve at Gruene Hall

Those looking for a place to spend New Year's Eve in Texas can head over to the oldest dance hall in Texas: Gruene Hall. Located in the scenic Texas Hill Country, Gruene is the perfect spot to ring in the new year. This historic district features the best country artists annually for a night of dancing and fun.

Walk in the New Year

Fredericksburg's Memorial Walk and First Walk event of each year are great ways to get you started on New Year's resolutions right off the bat. The Memorial Walk is the last official walking event staged in Texas during the outgoing year. Likewise, the First Walk is the first walking event of the new year in Texas. Attendees can participate in the 5k or 10k routes with afternoon and midnight walk options. It is recommended that guests bring a flashlight and extra batteries for this unique walk, along with proper reflective materials for night walks.

First Night Austin

Held each year on New Year's Eve, First Night Austin includes an afternoon family festival, a procession down Congress Avenue, and a night-time art show and festival. This event features street corners and storefronts that are converted into art galleries and stages for guests. Attendees who love visual and performing arts will love this festival that's been hosted since 1976.

Over 100,000 people have attended First Night Austin in the last few years. Guests can expect a parade, music, and special evening programming with a firework show at midnight.

Celebrate San Antonio

The Alamo City rings in the new year with fireworks, Carnaval de San Antonio, music and more. This event is free to the public and provides an extravaganza on South Alamo Street where over a quarter of a million downtown attendees enjoy music, food, rides, and more.

Cotton Bowl Classic

The Cotton Bowl Classic is held at the Cowboys Stadium near Arlington, Texas. For three-quarters of a century, the Cotton Bowl Classic has pitted against some of college football's top teams, and each game is always memorable. Some games are traditionally played on New Year's Day, like the 2008 match between Missouri and Arkansas. Sports fans can also celebrate the new year in style with games on the first or the second day of the new year.


In the tradition of "saving the best for last," the biggest party in Dallas occurs on the year's final day. Every New Year's Eve in Dallas there is a party as big as Texas itself called the Big D NYE. If you're planning to spend the holidays in Dallas, this is one party you definitely don't want to miss.

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