9 ways to celebrate New Year's Eve in the Greater Houston area

The Greater Houston area has several events planned this New Year's Eve.

The Greater Houston area has several events planned this New Year's Eve.

The Greater Houston area will send off 2017 in style this year, with a wealth of celebrations happening downtown and in the suburbs. But for those still without plans or reservations here are seven suggestions for children and adults alike.


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New Year’s Eve at George Ranch Historical Park


Celebrate with the family a day early and get a taste of history as it hosts a New Year’s Eve meal. Reservations are strongly recommended. 12:30 p.m. $4-$15. George Ranch Historical Park, 10215 FM 762, Richmond. 281-343-0218. www.georgeranch.org





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1980s Prom New Year’s Eve Party


Turn back the clock at MKT Bar at Phoenicia. For New Year’s Eve the bar has a DJ, arcade games, and tickets include some food and drinks. Poofy sleeves and side ponytails are encouraged. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $25 (per person per table). 1001 Austin St., Houston. 832-360-2222, ext. 112. www.mktbar.com/events/80s-prom-new-years-eve-party-mkt-bar/





New Year’s Eve Pub Crawl courtesy Houston Young Professionals


This self-directed route of 27 Downtown Houston bars is compiled courtesy of Houston Young Professionals and starts at Batanga, 908 Congress St., Houston. A $5 donation to HYP is encouraged. 9 p.m.-3 a.m. The full list of participating bars can be found at www.houstonyoungprofessionals.com





New Year’s Eve at The Ballroom at Bayou Place


The event venue has two packages for partygoers seeking food, drinks and music on New Year’s Eve. The Dinner and Dancing Package is $225 per person or $400 per couple, starts at 7:30 p.m., and includes dinner, music from The David Caceres Band & Singers and valet parking. The late arrival package starts at 11 p.m., costs $99 per person and includes a dessert buffet.

Both packages include an open bar, Champagne toast at midnight, party favors and breakfast tacos. Proceeds from the event benefit The Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market and the Houston Ballet Foundation’s academy and scholarships. Dress code is black tie optional or suit and tie cocktail attire. The Ballroom at Bayou Place, 500 Texas St., Houston. 713-400-1299. www.theballroomatbayouplace.com





New Year’s Eve at CITYCENTRE


The mixed-use development has several events happening for all ages. From 11 a.m.-1 p.m., children can celebrate with bubbles, face painting, music, balloon animals, a photo booth and caricature artists.

Then from 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., party cover band Bristol Fashion plays in the plaza, followed by a countdown to midnight with confetti and rooftop fireworks. CITYCENTRE, 800 Town and Country Blvd., Houston. 713-629-5200. www.citycentrehouston.com












Topgolf NYE Party


Topgolf in Katy hosts a New Year's Eve event with unlimited games and party favors for up to six guests. VIP packages are available and include a premium buffet with prime rib and desserts. General reservations begin at $225 for heated bays that accommodate up to eight guests. VIP reservations are priced at $450. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 1030 Memorial Brook Blvd., Houston. www.topgolf.com












John Mueller’s Winter Dance Party


Cypress Creek FACE hosts the tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper, at Klein Cain High School Auditorium. During the show, John Mueller and his band perform covers of hit songs from the 1950s. 8 p.m. $45-$75. Klein Cain High School, 10201 Spring Cypress Road, Houston. 281-440-4850. www.cypresscreekface.org












New Year’s Eve dance


VFW Post 2427 hosts this event that features country music artist Doug Boggs, a toast at midnight and a traditional New Year’s Day breakfast. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. $15-$55. 14408 Alice Road, Tomball. 281-351-2427. www.vfwpost2427.org












New Year’s Eve Gatsby Celebration


The Woodlands Resort hosts a roaring 1920s-themed event with live music, drinks. food and a midnight fireworks show. The Great Gatsby package includes dinner for two and overnight accommodations. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Call for pricing. 2301 N. Milbend Road, The Woodlands. 281-367-1100. www.woodlandsresort.com




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