San Antonio, Texas is often overlooked as a popular party destination for New Years Eve, but once you realise that it is actually the 7th largest city in the whole of the United States you begin to understand why this city holds such a spectacular series of events to mark the occasion. From luxury hotels parties, nights out and restaurants to the ubiquitous midnight countdown and fireworks displays, San Antonio has something for absolutely everyone looking to mark NYE 2016 in true style.
The big event in Texas known to most people is the Big D NYE in Dallas but the San Antonio public party is on a similar scale these days, with the landmark Tower of the Americas providing an excellent focal point for the midnight fireworks display, which draws crowds that can be measured in the hundreds of thousands, comprised of locals and visitors alike.
The big event in town for New Year's Eve is the Celebrate San Antonio party, centred in the city's central HemisFair Park and encapsulating the surrounding area, including the iconic River Walk, the public park that runs through the centre of town and includes a plethora of bars, restaurants hotels and many other attractions. The main area covered by the NYE party is South Alamo Street between Market and Durango Streets and also in La Villita.
The new year party gets underway at 5pm and continues right up until after the 15 minute long spectacular midnight fireworks, which are launched from the Tower of the Americas, the city's most prominent landmark and great focal point for the display. The Tower actually has it's own restaurant and observation deck, so is a great option for somewhere to spend new years and guarantee yourself a fantastic view of the party and fireworks. Organisers this year are expecting the crowds to top 250,000.
The hotels in the Riverwalk area all hold their own new year's eve parties so represent a good chance to sort out your accommodation and evening's entertainment all in one go - look out in particular for the gala events at the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk Hotel, Hotel Valencia and Hotel Contessa.
Elsewhere, the bars and clubs of San Antonio join in with a multitude of new year's even parties to choose from. The most popular venues include Club Rio, Celebs Star Bar, Maroc Bar, Backstage Live, Gruene Hall and Cheatham Street Warehouse. Ticket info to follow.
The restaurant scene in San Antonio is heavily steak, burger and rib based as you would expect but there are offerings from most international cuisines too. Most popular eateries include the Wildfish Seafood Grille, Bohanan's Prime Steak and Seafood, Boudro's on the Riverwalk, Bella On The River and for us veggies the Green Vegetarian Cuisine. You can view the complete range of San Antonio restaurants here.
Places to watch live online, including a city skyline view and a live webcam stream on the River Walk:
If you're planning on visiting San Antonio over the New Year period, then early reservation is strongly recommended. You can search, check availability and book local hotels here.
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