The Top Texas Towns to Spend New Year's Eve

On the last day of the year, hundreds of countries celebrate New Year's Eve in celebration. Mexico celebrates by eating 12 grapes during the midnight countdown, the United States watches the ball drop in New York City's Times Square, and Texas prepares a special black-eyed peas recipe with a dish that represents prosperity in the new year.

Everyone has a different way of spending New Year's Eve. Many like to party, while others prefer to be home with family. Regardless of your personal preference, Texas has at least one town that is just right for ringing in the New Year with friends and family. If there's one thing you can opt to do in the Lone Star State on New Year's Eve, it's to not be alone when the clock hits midnight.

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    Austin TX downtown night life, 6th congress street sign intersection
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    Few places in the country party like Austin does on New Year's Eve. Sixth Street, in particular, is second to none when it comes to finding a New Year's bash.

    Speakeasy Legendary New Year's Eve Bash provides a spectacular party with three venues combined. Since 1997, DJs, bottle service, and toasts kick off the new year.

    There are also alcohol-free and family-friendly events, like Austin's New Year at Mathias Shores, which has four stages, 22 bands, and plenty of activities from fire dancers to food trucks.

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    Dallas skyline
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    There is always plenty to do in the Big D, and New Year's is no exception. The "Holiday in the Park" event is an ongoing event at Six Flags Over Texas that's perfect for family and friends.

    The event provides Christmas-themed attractions like magical snow hills, thousands of lights, and a canopy of the Texas flag with ornaments. This is perfect for those who want to keep the Christmas spirit going as they celebrate the upcoming year.

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    Houston skyline
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    Houston is the nation’s fourth-largest city and the largest in the Lone Star State. As one might expect, a city that size has plenty to offer over New Year’s weekend. From college football to exclusive midnight balls, the Bayou City is chocked full of excitement over New Year's weekend.

    Houstonites can enjoy New Year's Eve in style at The San Luis Hotel or opt for a more affordable evening with a costume party at Wi+CoWork.

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    Tower of America in San Antonio Texas City Aerial
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    The Alamo City has been a long-time favorite New Year's Eve destination. Fireworks, parties on the Riverwalk, historic landmarks, and quiet bed and breakfasts allow San Antonio to give something to everyone.

    Visitors can engage in the city's New Year's Eve extravaganza that brings a quarter of a million downtown for refreshments, live music, carnival games, and more.

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    South Padre Island
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    Tiny South Padre puts on a huge fireworks display over the Laguna Madre Bay every New Year's Eve. Besides an awe-inspiring fireworks exhibition, South Padre offers visitors miles of the pristine, secluded beach during December and January.

    Those looking for a special party can go to Louie's Backyard on the bayside with fireworks at midnight and can visit the New Year's Day Polar Bear Dip in the ​Gulf of Mexico the following day.

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    Luckenbach holds their popular New Year's Eve Ball with country music, dancing, live music, and a toast at midnight. Tickets are first come, first serve, and includes admission to the hall as well as champagne for the toast. Reservations are not allowed, and anyone can use the Majesty Tours shuttle service which moves between the Fredericksburg Inn and Suites and downtown Luckenbach.