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10 Best Places to Spend New Years Eve in Texas

It’s almost time to ring in the New Year, and if you’re planning to be in the Lone Star State, there are plenty of places to catch some amazing fireworks shows, go to fabulous parties and of course, raise a glass of champagne.

Whether you prefer a quiet New Years in the wide open spaces of West Texas, the serene salty air of the Texas gulf coast, or the bright lights and excitement of the big city, we’ve got the info on where to go. Here are the top 10 places to celebrate New Years Eve in Texas.

10. McAllen

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Facebook/City of McAllen Government

Celebrating New Years Eve in the Rio Grande Valley is an exciting and unique experience. The city of McAllen hosts the annual New Years Eve Bash that attracts thousands of people every year. This year’s event is in the McAllen Convention Center and features fun for the whole family including live music, a carnival and a magic show!

9. Marfa

Marfa
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There’s nothing like experiencing the exciting possibilities a new year holds in the tranquility of West Texas. Check out Marfa for some incredible food and art exhibits and enjoy the unique Western winter wonderland created by the desert covered in frost. Spend some time in the solitude of the Davis mountains looking at the stars at the McDonald Observatory and experience the constellations as they can only be seen in West Texas.

8. Luckenbach

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Facebook/Luckenbach Texas

Head out to the dance hall in Luckenbach this December to enjoy some incredible live music featuring Thomas Michael Riley. The cover charge is $35 which gets you all the country music and dancing you can handle and a champagne toast at midnight!

7. Fredericksburg

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Image via Fredericksburg Texas Online

The Texas Hill Country will be rocking all night long on December 31st, and there are parties and celebrations all over Fredericksburg! Stay in one of the cozy bed and breakfasts in and around the historic German settlement, and drink some champagne while listening to some incredible live music at one of the many wineries in the area! Look for all the events listed here.

6. Gruene

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Facebook/Gruene Hall

If you’ve never visited the famed Gruene Hall, make New Years the time you do. Live music will be provided by the Chubby Knuckle Choir opening for Shinyribs. Tickets are $45 and include popcorn and tamales, with champagne available for purchase. Don’t show up late though. Due to New Braunfels liquor laws forbidding the sale of alcohol past midnight, New Years Eve will be celebrated at 11 pm.

5. South Padre Island

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Facebook/Texas Tourism

Check out South Padre Island for an amazing New Years Eve experience. The tiny south Texas island lights up the night sky with fireworks every December 31st, and the celebration doesn’t stop there, there are events and parties all over the city. Winters are notoriously mild that far south, so if you don’t want to bundle up, check out the festivities in South Padre.

4. Dallas

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Facebook/Party Rock Frisco

Though the annual party extravaganza that is Big D NYE won’t be happening this year, there is still a plethora of New Years Eve celebrations in the Dallas area to keep you dancing until dawn. Dallas and the surrounding areas are notorious for glamorous parties and events this time of year!

3. Houston

Image via Houston New Years Eve Party
Image via Houston New Years Eve Party

Houston is the place to be for New Years eve parties in Texas. Houston offers a large family-friendly gathering that traditionally takes place on Discovery Green. This year however, it will be in the Theatre District for the first time.

Live music and fireworks combined with food and drinks makes a memorable New Year. For a more adult style celebration, there are plenty of amazing places to take in a few drinks with friends while counting down to midnight.

2. San Antonio

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Facebook/The San Antonio Riverwalk Photo Credit: Michael Troutman

Ring in the New Year in style at Celebrate San Antonio! Located in downtown San Antonio, just steps from the famous Riverwalk, the citywide celebration features live music and entertainment as well as the delectable food that can only come from San Antonio. The evening ends with a fireworks show at midnight!

1. Austin

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Facebook/Austin Texas Your City Government

The live music capital of the world obviously is going to have some seriously epic New Years Eve celebrations. With fireworks over Ladybird Lake, Austin’s New Years Eve is anything but ordinary. Check out Austin’s New Year in Butler Park for a family friendly event, or see the New Years Eve Aerial Spectacular at the Austin Music Hall, or any number of live music performances going on all over the city all day and night long.

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