We’re tracking down the best things to do for New Year’s in Houston. Whether you’re looking for free family fun or the party of the year for grown-ups only, you’ll find something for everyone here.
Here’s our list of the best New Year’s Eve Parties, Events, and Fireworks in Houston:
FAMILY- FRIENDLY EVENTS
Children’s Museum of Houston: New Year’s Noon Bash is a daytime party just for kids December 31! The annual event is complete with making festive hats and noisemakers, a countdown, two simultaneous ball drops and parade featuring a New Orleans-style brass band. A pre-show kicks off at 10:45 am featuring jugglers and dance team. The parade and countdown to noon begins at 11:30 am. Admission is $12 each, which includes the Noon Bash and after party with a DJ. The Children’s Museum is located at 1500 Binz. Open December 31 from 10 am – 3 pm.
Memorial City Mall: Memorial City Mall is having a family-friendly event, Noon Year’s Eve, from 11 am – 12:30 pm December 31. Kids will enjoy DJ music, balloons, and face painting plus a lemonade toast and balloon drop at noon to kick off the New Year! Located at Memorial City Mall Fireplace at the West Entrance.
CityCentre: CityCentre is hosting a Noon Year’s Eve celebration from 11 am – 1 pm December 31. The family-friendly fun includes face painting, a balloon and caricature artist, magic mirror photo booth, plus DJ and bubbles at noon. CityCentre is located at 800 Town and Country Blvd.
The Woodlands Children’s Museum: It’s a New Year’s High Noon countdown at The Woodlands Children’s Museum December 31. Kids can make New Year’s hats, enjoy creative art projects, and a bubble wrap dance. Celebrate with a balloon and confetti drop. The museum is offering three sessions due to the event’s popularity: 9- 10:30 am, 11:30 am- 1 pm, and 2- 3:30 pm. Admission is $8 for kid and adult nonmembers. The museum recommends buying tickets online. Located at 4775 W. Panther Creek in The Woodlands.
George Ranch Historical Park: Attend a New Year’s Eve Historical Bash at George Ranch Historical Park Saturday, December 29. Kids can enjoy a historical mask-making and noisemaker craft and learn about “first footing.” A countdown begins at noon at Jones Stock Farm followed by a 12:30 pm special meal (extra fee) in the George Yard. Families also can enjoy the last day of “Christmas in the Park.” Admission to the historical park is $15 adults and $10 kids. Located in Richmond.
The Square at Memorial City: Memorial City is always a hotspot for free and cheap holiday events in Houston. Enjoy a festive outdoor New Year’s Eve celebration at The Square at Memorial City, 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. Watch Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve on the jumbo screen while enjoying New Year’s Eve swag, music and popcorn. Located at 303 Memorial Way between Maggiano’s and The Cheesecake Factory.
CityCentre: Celebrate New Year’s Eve at CityCentre. The free event kicks off at 9:30 pm with live music by A Sure Thing on the plaza December 31. Don’t miss the countdown to midnight in the plaza with confetti and a 60-second New Years fireworks show from the rooftop. Parking is $10 in all garages. CityCentre is located at 800 Town and Country Blvd.
Kemah Boardwalk: Don’t miss the New Year’s Eve celebration in Kemah! It features live entertainment, dancing in the Plaza to live music and New Years fireworks at 10 pm. The Boardwalk is open 10:30 am – 11 pm December 31. Located at 215 Kipp Ave. in Kemah.
The Downtown Aquarium is hosting a Family Celebration on New Year’s Eve. Tickets are $29.99 for adults and $21.99 for kids. Ticket purchase includes 50% off an All- Day Adventure Pass as well as kids activities like a kids balloon drop, dance parties, character appearances, and more. Call to reserve your tickets.
ADULTS- ONLY EVENTS
Lumen Lounge is hosting All That Glitters 4. The block party will have a red carpet, complimentary drinks, a buffet, full wine bar, six DJs and a buffet. There will also be performances by aerialists, stilt walkers, dancers, and more. Get your tickets half price: $25! The party will be held December 31, 10 pm at 5020 Kirby.
Sterling Banquet Hall in Pasadena is having a New Year’s Jam with R&B and Old Skool hits. Tickets are regularly $40 but you can get them now for just $20. Your ticket includes a toast for the countdown. The party starts at 7 at 116 Fairmont Parkway.
Spend your evening with Cedric the Entertainer. Smart Financial Center in Sugar Land is hosting a New Year’s Comedy Jam. Cedric the Entertainer and D.L. Hughley will be hosting along with Arnez J, and Nephew Tommy. The show starts at 8 pm. 18111 Lexington Boulevard.
The Year of the Unicorn New Year’s Eve party is going to have it all. El Big Bad is hosting and there will be a buffet, champagne, costume contest, their famous “unicorn margaritas”, party favors, live music, a balloon drop, and more. Tickets run $25- $100 and the party starts at 7. They’re located at 419 Travis.
The JW Marriott is hosting a culinary New Year’s Eve. Enjoy a seafood bar, specialty drinks, live music, a prix fixe menu, and more. Their New Year’s Eve Celebration is from 5- 8 pm and tickets start at $62. You’ll find them at 806 Main.
The Roof Restaurant and Lounge is hosting NYE on the ROOF. Tickets range from $40- $$550 and include live music, multiple DJs, a photo booth, hors d’oerves, a dessert bar, champagne toast, and more. The party is from 8 pm to 2 am. They’re located at 1531 Highway 6, Suite 300.
Zero Gravity is a New Year’s Eve Party you don’t want to miss. Space themed attire and costumed are encouraged at Gravity Midtown. Tickets are just $10. 2401 Main St, #200.
The 2nd Annual Masquerade New Year’s Party is being held at Ambriza Social Mexican Kitchen. Tickets start at $85 and reserve your table for dinner, a champagne toast, and live music. The party starts at 9 pm at 10115 Louetta Road.
Hotel ZaZa at Memorial City is hosting a NYE Soiree. There will be DJs, a lavish countdown and champagne toast, multiple courses of hors d’oerves, live entertainment, and more. The party starts at 10 pm at 9787 Katy Freeway.
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