Houston on new year's eve doesn't have the large scale public fireworks shows of some major cities but there is still plenty to keep you entertained if you're here for the festive season, with a range of parties and special events taking place across the city's many excellent, bars, hotels and restaurants.
There are of course plenty of other cultural diversions to help keep you occupied, with many popular sites such as the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Space Center Houston and the excellent Museum of Fine Arts well worth a visit.
Sadly there is no big public event for new year's eve in Houston this year, with previous events such as Houston First and the Discovery Green fireworks display no longer taking place. This doesn't mean there isn't plenty of other options here though to help you see in the new year in style.
If you are intent on seeing some new year's eve fireworks then it may be worth taking the trip to one of the other major Texas cities with large displays:
One very popular event is taking place once again at the Silver Street Studio, where the H-Town Countdown party enters it's 4th year to welcome 2018. This event includes live entertainment by cover band LC Rocks, Houston’s 104.1 KRBE DJ Tony Styles & DJ Bizonee and there is also a premium bar while midnight will be greeted by a champagne toast and balloon drop - get more details and tickets here.
There is an epic new year party this year at Mr Peeples, with the NYE Hou All That Glitters event, which offers music and entertainment, plentiful champagne and several VIP options including a Late Night Breakfast Buffet! Get yout tickets online here.
There is a Winter Wonderland party at bar bleu, a New Year's Eve Gala at Brady's Landing Restaurant, New Year's Eve 2018 at The Dogwood Midtown and a Casino Royale New Year's Eve party at The Ritz. Get more details and online ticket sales and information for these and many other top Houston new year parties 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 18th right through until January 8th.
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:
You might also like to check out a full range of live online coverage from new year fireworks and parties across the US and around the world, including the NYC ball drop and the Sydney new year fireworks in our brand new Live Streaming section.
Across Houston the city's 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
The popular places do book up quickly though, so as always we advise to make yor booking well in advance. To secure the best spots get your reservation in early by booking local hotels here.
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