If you're not going to a private party on New Year's Eve and are looking for something smashing to do to ring out the old year and ring in the new, you'll find lots of options in the Little Rock area. Many restaurants go all out with special menus, and lots of bars and clubs have great music planned.
For some of the events, you may have to take a mini-getaway to Hot Springs or Pine Bluff, less than an hour away from Little Rock.
Here's a list of some of the most festive and fun ways to spend New Year's Eve in Little Rock in 2018.
The River Market District is a perfect destination if you want an exciting New Year's Eve. It's the premier nightlife location in Little Rock, and you'll find plenty of bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and live entertainment. If you're more into doing your own thing on New Year's Eve instead of a party, this is definitely the place.
The Empress of Little Rock is offering an elegant and unusual New Year's Eve package that takes you back to New Year's Eve 1889. The package includes welcome with Champagne, reservations and $100 toward dinner at one of three upscale restaurants, Uber or a taxi to take you to dinner, and chocolates and liquor upon your return to your romantic room for the night at The Empress. In the morning, you'll wake up to a Champagne brunch for New Year's Day. Prices depend on the room you choose.
New Year's Eve is for laughs at The Joint. Welcome 2019 with The "Main Thing" at The Joint. You'll be treated to a two-act “Best Of” Comedy Show, a catered meal, Champagne toast at midnight, and live music. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and tickets cost $55 per person.
Contact (501) 372-0205 for a reservation. The Joint Theater and Coffeehouse is located at 301 Main Street.
ONO is short for One Night Only and that at this party that means for one night, you can be who you want to be, do what you want to do, and celebrate the way you want to celebrate. This year's theme is "Crème De La Crème," and the event promises to be an elite experience. This is a 21+ event. The event takes place at the Argenta Community Theater on 405 Main Street and runs from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
In downtown Little Rock, there's a new event. It's a masquerade ball where you're asked to wear your New Year's Eve finery plus a mask to get in. They are offering a package deal which includes food, beverage, parking, DJ for dancing, and entertainment.
This charity party benefiting City Year Little Rock is all very mysterious. You won't know where the party is until you purchase your ticket and you'll need an access code to get in.
Hours are 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Billed as the only party in Little Rock for teens, the New Year's Eve Glow Up is being held at the Twin City Limousines and Event Center on 901 Main Street. You'll need to show ID to prove you are between 16 and 20 years of age. Benji Frank will be performing along with a few more local performers. The party starts at 9 p.m.
Spend the evening bowling. This family-friendly annual event is held from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Allfam Allfam Bowling & Entertainment Center at 2350 Lakewood Drive in Cabot.
New Year's Eve is a blast at Cajun's. They will be having a New Year's Eve party with entertainment. More details will be available on the restaurant website as they become available.
In past years there has been a la carte dining in the restaurant, which features fresh seafood and also Angus beef and other non-seafood choices. Ring in the New Year with fancy desserts worthy of New Year's Eve like Irish cream cheesecake, chocolate creme brulee, Key lime pie, and white chocolate bread pudding with whiskey caramel sauce.
The Apocalypse NYE party features live DJs, cash bar, light show and free Champagne toast a midnight. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 and $20 at the door. The event starts at 8 p.m.
The event takes place at the Hot Springs Central Theater at 1008 Central Avenue in Hot Springs.
Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa Gala - Hot Springs
Get away to Hot Springs for a one or two night stay and ring in 2019 at a gala dinner dance. The cost is $550 for the event and a one-night stay and $720 for the event and a two-night stay. The Arlington’s Gala Dinner Dance in the Crystal Ballroom with a five-course gourmet meal and dancing to big band music is a classy way to celebrate the coming of the new year. You can also partake in their Festival Party and a Black-eyed Pea Reception beginning at midnight.
And, the next morning, enjoy a special breakfast buffet. The hotel is located at 239 Central Ave in Hot Springs.
New Year's Eve until 9 p.m. is the last time you can take in the Holiday Lights event in Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs.
The lights go on the Saturday before Thanksgiving and go through New Year’s Eve. This celebrated event features 5 million lights in a beautiful natural setting. There's a 50-foot tall Holiday Tree which plays holiday tunes animated to a light show. End your walking tour with free hot chocolate. The gardens are located at 550 Arkridge Road in Hot Springs and you can visit from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Oaklawn Racing & Gaming is located at 2705 Central Avenue in Hot Springs.
Oaklawn features a New Year’s Eve party with live music in both Silks Bar & Grill and Pop’s Lounge. Susan Erwin will be performing in Pop’s Lounge from 6 p.m. to midnight. Mayday by Midnight will be playing from 10:15 p.m. to 2:15 a.m. in Silks bar & Grill. Events are for 21 +.
If you're over in Pine Bluff, less than an hour from Little Rock, you can take in the last night of the award-winning "Enchanted Land of Lights & Legends." The drive-through lights displays are billed as "the state's largest drive-through display of holiday lights." It's open every night from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. until December 31. It's a free event but donations are appreciated.
It's a free family party at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. You won't have to stay up late to ring in the New Year at this family celebration. The museum will have art projects, performances, a toast at noon and a family dance party. The event takes place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The museum is located at 600 Museum Way, in Bentonville.