things to do new years eve in houston

Looking for New Year’s Eve fun in Houston? You are in the right place!

2021 has been a year like no other, and due to ongoing health concerns, there aren’t quite as many New Year’s Eve events in Houston as there normally have been before the pandemic. However, there are still some great ways you can have fun this NYE at home or around town.

Here are some of the best ways to spend your New Year’s Eve in Houston:

Things to do on New Year’s Eve in Houston – Events & Parties

1. Sharkey’s New Year’s Eve Family Celebration at the Downtown Aquarium

Downtown Aquarium and Landry's

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Celebrate the end of the year with a big, tasty spread and the Downtown Aquarium mascot, Sharkey. This family-friendly meal will include menu items such as a mixed greens salad, fried catfish, roast pork loin, chicken tenders, mini corn dogs, fresh fruit, and specialty ice cream. To make the day extra special, you can always take some time to visit the real sharks afterwards.
When: Friday, December 31st, at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
410 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002
How Much:
$23 for children, $31 for adults (11 and up)

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2. New Year’s Celebration at Galveston Island Brewing.

Galvenston Island Brewing

Image Credit: Galvenston Island Brewing Facebook Page

At Galveston Island Brewing, welcome in the New Year slightly earlier. Get some New Year’s Eve gear, help design the Brewhouse’s 2022 GIB Banner, and watch a “midnight” balloon drop along with sparkling cider for the kids. Also checkout all the Fun Events and Activities at Texas’ Winter Wonder Island 

When: On the 31st of December from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Where: Galveston Island Brewing, 8423 Stewart Rd. Galveston, Galveston, TX 77554.
How much: Free.

Visit the Galveston Island Brewing website for additional information.


3. Rockin’ New Year’s Bash at Children’s Museum Houston

New Year's Eve 2022 in Houston: Events, Things to Do, Parties and More

image credit Children’s Museum Houston

If you’d like to celebrate New Year’s with your kids but don’t want to keep them up too late, visit the Children’s Museum Houston. At 11 a.m., noon, and 1, guests will get to count down the seconds and watch the ball drop just like in Times Square. For even more fun things to do with kids, there will be a magician, a juggler, a DJ dance party, and plenty of arts and crafts. Kids will get to do everything from making their own New Year’s crowns to coding a holiday lights show.
When: Friday, December 31st, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: 1500 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004
How Much: $12 (general admission)


4. Noon Year’s Eve at CityCentre

BEAR Houston will ring in the new year with a family-friendly Noon Year’s Eve party on the plaza, complete with a DJ and bubbles to round off the noon hour. Get your face painted, have your caricature drawn, and take photos at Lucky Shots’ magic mirror photo booth.

When: On the 31st of December from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: CityCentre, 800 Town and Country Blvd, Houston, TX 77024.
How much: Free.

Visit the CityCentre website for additional information.


5.  New Year’s Eve 2022 at Playground.

Playground New Year’s eve Houston is the biggest free New Year’s Eve celebration in the city.

When: On the 31st of December from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Where: Playground, 2415 Main street, Houston, TX 77002, United States.
How much: Free.

Visit the Event Brite website to register for Houstons biggest New Year’s Eve event and for additional information.


6. Rockin’ New Year’s Noon at Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center.

Fort Bend Children's Discovery Center

Image Credit: Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center Facebook Page

The Rockin’ New Year’s Noon at the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center is a New Year’s Eve event, particularly for children. At 12 p.m., the end-of-year extravaganza ushers in the New Year! Kids no longer have to stay up until the wee hours of the morning to celebrate.
The following special events will take place:

  • New Year Wishing Wands: Make your own wand to commemorate bringing your dreams come true in the new year.
    Event details: All day at OcuSOFT® Art Academy.
  • New Year, New You Crown: Write your resolutions on a New Year’s crown to get a jump start.
    Event details: All day in Junktion.
  • Juggler Ben: You’ll be spinning your head with these skills.
    Event details: 11 a.m. to noon, in the vicinity of the Discover Center
  • New Year’s Noon Countdown: Watch the clock tick and streamers fall as you count down to the last 12 hours before the new year.
    Event details: Starts at 12 p.m.

When: On the 31st of December with various timings.
Where: Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center, 198 Kempner St., Sugar Land, TX 77498.
How much: Free with Museum Admission.

Visit the Children Discovery website for additional information.


7. Noon Year’s Eve Pajama Party at Heritage Square.

LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch

Image Credit: LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch Facebook Page

It’s time to celebrate the ‘Noon Year’ with a Pajama Dance Party. There will be a kid-friendly DJ, a balloon artist, a Bubble Party Texas bubble display, and a noon balloon drop to ring in the New Year.

When: On the 31st of December from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where: Heritage Square at La Centerra, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy, TX 77494.
How much: Free.

Visit the Event Brite website to book your tickets for free for the Noon Year’s Eve Pajama Party and for additional information.

8. High Noon Countdown at The Woodlands Children’s Museum

Ring in the New Year this weekend with a celebration designed just for kids! There will be sessions from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., and 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Kids will get to enjoy a live performance from Tom’s Fun Band, then make New Year’s hats and other crafts.
When: Friday, December 31st, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: 4775 W Panther Creek Dr #280, The Woodlands, TX 77381
How Much: $10 per person

New Year’s Eve Fireworks In Houston 


What better way to ring in the New Year than with fireworks at one of Houston’s several fantastic New Year’s Eve events?

Bringing in the New Year wouldn’t be the same without a fireworks show, but as everyone knows, 2021 has turned our world upside down and led to the cancellation of many major events.But don’t worry we’ve got you covered.

Check out our comprehensive guide on the Best New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Houston including Where to Watch, When, Tickets, Discounts & More! 

New Year’s Eve Dinner in Houston 

restaurants open on new years eve in houston

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, and there are loads of top-tier Restaurants open in Houston on New Year’s Eve.

It’s not just important to know whether restaurants are open. A lot of restaurants operate with reduced hours. Don’t worry though, we have you covered! Whatever your budget or favorite cuisine may be, you’re sure to find something here for your New Year’s Eve celebration.


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