Top Texas Towns for Celebrating New Year's Eve 2018

On the last day of the year, hundreds of countries celebrate New Year's Eve in with different traditions. 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 for a dish that represents prosperity in the new year.

In Texas, there are fireworks, parties, and family-friendly events. No matter how you want to celebrate, Texas has at least one city or small town that is just right for ringing in the New Year with friends and family.

You can stroll the colorful Riverwalk in San Antonio, enjoy the fireworks at South Padre Island, or do the Electric Slide in Luckenbach. We have some great ideas for a special Texas New Year's Eve 2018.

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    Austin

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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.

    Located in The Omni in downtown Austin, you'll find a huge part. Gatsby’s House will be a trip back into the roaring twenties. Gatsby’s House will feature Top Austin DJs, and there will also be a casino night speakeasy with prizes to win. From 9:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m., guests will be able to enjoy premium drinks from the prepaid bar and multiple courses of hors d'œuvres, from the VIP area.

    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 ranging from fire dancers to food trucks. This is a free event that starts ​at 3 p.m. New Year's Eve.

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    Dallas skyline
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    There is always plenty to do in the Big D, and New Year's Eve 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.

    Reunion Tower is the center of a spectacular light show and fireworks. This dazzling display features more than 4,000 pyrotechnic special effects with the magnificent downtown skyline as its backdrop. The tower is not open during the fireworks. 

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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 chock full of excitement over New Year's weekend.

    Kids will enjoy an afternoon event in the plaza with Texas Children's Hospital West Campus on Monday, December 31 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. with a family-friendly "Noon Year’s Eve" celebration; dance with a DJ and cap the noon hour off with bubbles. Enjoy face painting, a balloon and caricature artist, get your kid's photo taken at the Lucky Shots’ magic mirror photo booth.

    New Year's Eve at Houston's CityCentre begins at 9:30 p.m. with live music in the plaza by Motown Sensations, followed by a countdown to midnight capped off with confetti and a 60-second rooftop fireworks show.

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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 in San Antonio will have a celebration to remember no matter what you might want to do.

    Visitors can join in on the city's New Year's Eve extravaganza that brings a quarter of a million downtown. It's a free New Year’s Eve celebration and fireworks extravaganza with live music on three stages, carnival games, and rides, delicious festival food.

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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 Clayton's New Year's Day Polar Bear Dip in the ​Gulf of Mexico the following day.

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    Luckenbach
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    Little 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 served, and include 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.

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    Hanger Hotel, built in style of WWII aircraft hangar.

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    Head out to the 1940s-themed Hangar Hotel in Fredericksburg. Enjoy big band music by Bill Smallwood & The Lone Star Swing Orchestra, refreshments at the Pacific Showroom’s Tiki Bar, swing dance lessons, photo booth and complimentary black-eyed peas, cornbread and party favors at midnight!  Prizes available for the 1940s costume contest.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to USO Ft. Hood.

    Have your own plane? You can fly to the party because the general aviation airport is right there.