Midnight fireworks, champagne toasts: 11 ways to ring in the new year in the Greater Houston area

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Here are a few ways to celebrate New Year’s around the Greater Houston area, Dec. 31-Jan. 1.

New Year’s Eve: Dec. 31
1. Noon Year’s Eve

This family-friendly event with Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus features a DJ, bubbles, face painting, balloon and caricature artists, and Lucky shot’s magic mirror photo booth. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. City Centre Houston, 800 Town and Country Blvd., Houston. 713-629-5200. www.citycentrehouston.com

2. Black & White Electric Ball

Hotel Derek hosts this New Year’s Eve ball featuring three DJs, complimentary food and drinks, two party rooms, party favors, masks, a champagne toast, and a black-and-white theme. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $140-$218. Hotel Derek, 2525 W. Loop S., Houston. 323-847-8881. www.myviplife.com

3. New Year’s Eve Party with Josh Abbott Band

Ring in the new year with a concert by Texas country musicians the Josh Abbott Band. VIP tickets also include a preshow buffet, postshow Bud Light roof deck party and a midnight champagne cocktail. 7 p.m.-midnight. $25-$169. White Oak Music Hall, 2915 N. Main St., Houston. 713-237-0370. www.whiteoakmusichall.com

4. Dancing & Desserts: NYE with Boomtown Brass Band

Enjoy live jazz music performed by the Boomtown Brass Band along with a self-serve dessert buffet and midnight champagne toast. 7 p.m.-1 a.m. $30. The Heights Theater, 339 W. 19th St., Houston. 214-272-8346. www.theheightstheater.com

5. Montgomery County New Year’s Eve Benefit of Hope

This murder-mystery dinner party benefits nonprofits Orphan Care Solutions of Texas and Hope’s Path. 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. $99-$165. La Torretta Lake Resort, 600 La Torretta Blvd., Montgomery. 281-465-8122. www.mc-nye.com

6. New Year’s Eve at Mo’s Irish Pub

The new year countdown includes DJ Kid Kreo, party favors and complimentary champagne at midnight. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Mo’s Irish Pub, 14102 Mueschke Road, Cypress. 281-213-2989. www.mosirishpub.com/cypress

7. New Year’s Eve at City Centre

The event features live music from A Sure Thing, confetti and fireworks at midnight. 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Free admission. City Centre, 800 Town and Country Blvd., Houston. 713-463-4692. www.citycentrehouston.com

8. Papatone and the Players at Agave Estates

Papatone and the Players will perform at Agave Estates to ring in 2019. Expect a balloon drop and champagne toast. Attendees must be age 21 or older. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. $15-$20. 1138 FM 1463, Katy. 281-395-5070. www.eventbrite.com

9. New Year’s Eve at King’s Harbor

King’s Harbor hosts an event celebrating the development’s grand reopening and New Year’s Eve, featuring live music and a fireworks display. 4-7 p.m. Free. 1660 W. Lake Houston Parkway, Kingwood. 713-629-5200. www.kings-harbor.com

10. New Year’s Eve dance

Ring in 2019 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2427’s New Years Eve dance, featuring live music from Jeff Woolsey and the Dancehall Kings, drink tickets and a buffet. 8 p.m. $35-$125. 14408 Alice Road, Tomball. 281-351-2427. www.vfwpost2427.org

New Year’s Day: Jan. 1
11. 2019 Run Houston! Race Series

Get a jump start on New Year’s resolutions by competing in either a 10K, 5K or children’s 1K run at Sam Houston Race Park, followed by a postrace party with food, drinks and awards. 8:30 a.m.-noon. $30-$50. Sam Huston Race Park, 7575 N. Sam Houston Pkwy. W., Houston. 281-807-8700. www.runsignup.com

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Hannah Zedaker
Born and raised in Cypress, Texas, Hannah Zedaker graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and a minor in political science. She began as an intern with Community Impact Newspaper in 2015 and was hired upon graduation as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in May 2016. In January 2019, she was promoted to serve as the editor of the Spring/Klein edition where she covers Spring ISD and Harris County Commissioners Court, in addition to business, development and transportation news.
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