Dallas is one of those iconic US cities that I think pretty much everyone who visits the country must have on their bucket list, even though, for me as a vegan, a lot of the biggest food-based attractions of the place would be wasted! There's still plenty other stuff to attract you to Dallas though, and for anyone who watched the eponymous drama in their childhood there's an added incentive right away.
Like everything in Texas, New Years Eve is treated as very much a BIG occasion, and Dallas as always leads the way with their iconic Big D NYE Party in Victory Park, drawing crowds of locals and visitors alike in their tens of thousands to enjoy the food, dancing, live music and spectacular midnight countdown, ball drop and fireworks.
The focus of attention will of course be Victory Park, where the Big D NYE free party offers food tents, bars, live music including the band competition and of course the famous midnight fireworks display, provided once again for 2016 by Stream Energy. These fireworks can be seen for miles around and are by far the biggest single display in the area.
Latest: It has been announced that the Big D NYE party is being placed on hiatus for new year 2016 due to issues with the Victory Park venue, the organiers hope to return next year with a new home.
There are fortunately plenty of other things going on in Dallas to bring in the new year, and the city's bars, clubs and hotels all tend to get in on the act with their own parties and gala events.
One huge addition to the Dallas new year scene for the 2015-2016 party is the Lights All Night live music festival event at Dallas Convention Center. This is a 2 day event that also continues on new years day and has a stellar lineup including Hardwell, Porter Robinson, Kaskade, Big Gigantic and Flosstradamus. More details and ticket sales here.
Other big parties hoping to fill the void left by Big D NYE this year are taking place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Cloud Nine at Five Sixty, Wonderland 2016 at Sisu Uptown Resort, Crescent Lounge and Nightclub, Midnight Rambler and Bugalow Beach Club - get the latest on all these parties, including online ticket sales, here.
For New Year dining options, Dallas is especially renowned for its barbecue, authentic Mexican, and Tex-Mex cuisine. Eateries worth considering as the focal point of your evening include Iron Cactus, Five Sixty Wolfgang Puck, the Dallas Fish Market, Avanti Restaurant Fountain Place, Craft Dallas and Sevy's Grill.
Places to watch live online, including live views of the city skyline:
You can also watch the full fireworks show from last year online too, with this year's likely to be added shortly afterwards too:
There is actually live TV coverage of the event in states including Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas so we're hopeful this means an online live stream will be available too - check back nearer the time and we'll provide any details we can track down.
There has previously been a live stream available on the event's official site, starting at 10.30pm - if it does return this year you should be able to watch live here:
Dallas welcomes visitors from all around the world on a regular basis and the range and quality of available accommodation reflects this cosmopolitan touch. For a wide range of hotels and apartments with online availability and reservations check out the list of local hotels here.
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