Houston on new year's eve sees the biggest crowds heading downtown to see in the new year at the many top parties taking place in the city's wide variety of bars, clubs, hotels and restaurants.
Several of the hotels in particular offer special new year packages that combine the accommodation with a private party and gala dinner, a great way of fitting all of your celebrations into a single venue.
The large public fireworks displays that used to greet the new year in Houston are in the past for now, but that doesn't dim the city's enthusiasm for a party, with most people heading downtown where there is a huge range of new year parties and events taking place in the area's many top hotels, bars, clubs and restaurants.
A good starting point is the longest running new year event in Houston takes place at the Hyatt Regency, where there is plenty of entertainment with live bands and DJ, a range of special new year accommodation packages and a massive balloon drop at midnight. Reserve your spot for this great party online 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 your tickets online here.
Other top parties this year include a Great Gatsby New Year's Eve party at The Woodlands Resort, NYElectric 2019 at Hotel Derek, Hollywood New Year's Eve at Chateau Crystale and An Elegant New Year's Eve at Island Spice Bar and Grill.
You can find tickets for all of these events, plus several more top Houston new year parties here.
If you're planning on making a night of it and hitting several venues then it's well worth considering the New Year's Eve All Access Pass Houston 2019, which gains you access to several top venues including Belle Station, Little Woodrow's, Mongoose versus Cobra and the Maple Leaf Pub. Secure your pass online here.
The Magical Winter Lights Festival is another very popular attraction in Houston throughout the festive period, featuring a series of themed light displays as well as activities and shows to keep the whole family entertained.
Taking place this year at Gulf Greyhound Park in La Marque, this year's event runs from 10 November right through until 2 January, so has you covered for the Thanksgiving, Christmas and new year celebration.
For fans of winter themed entertainment there is also the option of ice skating at thhe ICE powered by Green Mountain Energy ice rink at Discovery Green, although note that this closes at 7pm on new year's eve.
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.
Across Houston the city's hotels will be greeting the occasion with their usual high level of commitment, with several offering special new year events to guest, and sometimes also outside visitors too.
Make sure you check the conditions for attendance with the venue, and we recommend you to look out in particular for the new year parties at the Hyatt Regency, the JW Marriott hotel on Westheimer and the Westin Hotel Grand Ballroom
The popular places do book up quickly though, so as always we advise to make your booking as far in advance as you can. You can reserve your room at the best local hotels here.
There might not be a great deal to watch in terms of pyrotechnics now the big fireworks show is now more, but it can still be entertaining to check in with the local live webcam views on new year's eve to watch the city as it parties on - you can see one of the best live views here:
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