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 is traditionally held on Discovery Green where a large scale public event used to take place each year. Promising a family-friendly atmosphere, the Discovery Green New Years Eve party would start at 7pm and run all the way through to 12.15am, greeting the new year with a spectacular fireworks display fired from the top of the George R. Brown Convention Center.
Please note: the Discovery Green event was cancelled for NYE 2015 due to a lack of corporate sponsorship. As of the end of November there's still no news on the event for this year, so I think we have to sadly assume it isn't happening.
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:
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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