A lot of people when asked about the top New Years Eve event in Texas state will plump for the Big D NYE event in Dallas (the state capital of course being Austin...), especially now that Houston's Discovery Green event has become less of a fixture after being cancelled late doors in 2015.
One thing I've also learned is there's a pretty fierce rivalry between the big cities in Texas, with residents of the cities of Austin, Dallas and indeed Houston itself very much bristling with civic pride for their own home town, so if you're going to talk about them you better make sure you do your research properly first (see the comments at the bottom of this page for more details!)
The big event in Houston for new year was traditionally held on Discovery Green with a big family friendly party and fireworks, but sadly this was cancelled for new yea'rs eve 2015 which left something of a gap in the city's celebrations.
However, the good news is that for new year 2016 we have a replacement event with the announcement of the Houston First New Year's Eve party and fireworks in the Theater District in the very heart of downtown Houston.
The event gets underway at 7pm and will host an number of attractions including live music on the main stage located on Smith at capitol and 2 smaller stages at the Alley Theatre and the Wortham Center. The main headline act will be the B52s.
There will also be a Family Zone located on Jones Plaza with plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained and food and drink will be served from a variety of vendors thoughout the evening, leading up to a spectacular fireworks display at midnight. Promises to be an excellent evening, you can get full details here.
There is an annual New Year's Eve bash in the city's Sam Houston Race Park as part of the Magical Winter Lights festival that runs from November 20th right through until January 10th.
Away from the main public events, the city's bars, clubs and hotels will be greeting the occasion with their usual committed gusto. Top nights to make room for include 5 Minutes to Midnight NYE at the JW Marriott hotel on Westheimer and the NYE Supreme Ball at the Westin Hotel Grand Ballroom - get all the latest party and ticket details here.
The Silver Street Studio are hosting The H-Town Countdown 2016, wiht live entertainment from 104.1 KRBE DJ Tony Styles and DJ Bizonee and the event includes an open bar, champagne toast at midnight and even a breakfast buffet! Tickets for sale here.
Houston is often associated with live music, and a number of big name acts have come from this part of Texas over the years.
For your new year dining options then Houston has plenty on offer too, with something to cater for most palates. Top joints include Americas River Oaks, Sambuca, Baba Yega and Fogo de Chao, while vegans can dine happily at Hobbit Cafe and Green Seed Vegan. See the full range of Houston restaurants, with reviews, here.
Places to watch live online:
The Houston First new year party in downtown is also being broadcast on local TV station KTRK-TV/ABC13, which also have a live online stream here:
Houston has available accommodation across all ranges and catering to most budgets. To secure the best spots get your reservation in early by booking local hotels here.
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