New Year's Eve Guide 2005

Where to tuck it in -- or let it all hang out

Crowne Plaza Downtown, 1700 Smith, 713-739-8800

Party, then spend the night in luxury. Special package for $139 plus tax includes champagne upon arrival and breakfast for two until noon. Complimentary valet and champagne included. Be safe: Party downtown and stay downtown. Complimentary shuttle until 2 a.m. to and from select downtown locations. Enjoy dinner in the Brazos Restaurant.

Four Seasons, 1300 Lamar, 713-650-1300,

Quattro will host a special Gala Dinner Dance featuring a seven-course menu with champagne toast at midnight, live music and dancing. Welcome the New Year by waking up in a luxurious Four Seasons room or suite. Call for reservations.

Hotel Derek, 2525 West Loop S., 713-961-3000,

Ring in the New Year with style with one of Hotel Derek's New Year's Eve packages: The Remarkable Room, The Bubbles Package, and The Bed, Bubbles and Bath Package. Packages include deluxe accommodations, bottle of champagne and dinner at Bistro Moderne. Call for more information.

The Houston Grand Plaza Hotel, 8686 Kirby, 713-748-3221,

Return to Elegance: A New Year's Eve Big Band Celebration offering an evening full of fun, including one night's accommodations, four-course meal with wine service, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, champagne toast and balloon drop, Sunday-morning jazz breakfast and discounted rates on special services. Call for reservations.

The Houstonian Hotel, 111 N. Post Oak Ln., 713-735-2795,

Enjoy the Green Onions and the Grooves in the elegant Houstonian Grande Ballroom. Guest will enjoy a delectable dinner with live music, a champagne toast, party favors, a midnight breakfast buffet and one-night accommodations in a deluxe guest room. Also available is an overnight party for children ages five to 12. Call for reservations.

Hyatt Regency, 1200 Louisiana, 713-654-1234,

This is the only hotel party of its kind in the city. Spanning four floors, it includes food, live music, dancing and the famous 30,000-balloon drop. Live music will be performed by Accent and Doppelganger. Several hotel packages are available. Call for reservations.

Marriott Westchase Hotel, 2900 Briarpark, 713-735-2795,

Ring in the New Year at the Marriott Westchase with live entertainment from the Ricky Diaz Orchestra. Call for more information on three fantastic party packages.

Moody Gardens, Galveston, 888-388-8484

The "Midnight in the Gardens" tradition is returning to the island. The Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center will host its annual New Year's Eve gala touting a first-class black-tie extravaganza. The package features nonstop entertainment, lavish food setups, a host of premium bars including champagne stations and cocktails, and one-night accommodations in the luxurious Moody Garden Hotel. Call for reservations.

The Omni Hotel, 4 Riverway, 713-871-8181,

The Omni Hotel's Black Swan New Year's Eve Celebration includes party favors, hot and cold hors d'oeuvres and a midnight toast with MoŽt Chandon White Star Champagne. There will also be a New Year's Day brunch. Call for reservations.

Ramada Plaza Hotel, 7611 Katy Fwy.,


Celebrate in style this New Year's Eve! For only $99.99 per person, enjoy a deluxe guest room at a fabulous hotel, open bar and dinner buffet, party with a DJ and karaoke, champagne toast at midnight and full American breakfast the next day. Call for reservations.

The San Luis Resort Spa & Conference Center, Galveston, 409-744-1500

Ring in 2006 with a safari-themed celebration. The resort will transform into a jungle celebration, with exotic-inspired cuisine, decor and lively entertainment, provided by Billie Ledbetter's 22-piece orchestra, with a champagne toast at midnight.

St. Regis Hotel, 1919 Briar Oaks Ln., 713-403-2631

A black-tie evening begins the New Year's Eve festivities with live background music and a five-course dinner in the newly redesigned Remington Restaurant, complemented by a bottle of sparkling wine. The dance floor is just across the hall in the Remington Bar, where Commercial Art will keep things lively. 5:30 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. Dinner and festivities in The Remington and dancing in the bar, $175 per person plus tax and gratuity. With the dinner package likely to sell out, the hotel also offers the option of joining festivities in The Remington Bar with a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine. 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Bar-only admission is $30 per person plus tax and gratuity. Call for reservations.

The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center, 2301 N. Millbend Dr., 281-364-6323,

Double your pleasure on New Year's Eve with two celebrations, The Cotton Club and The Glass Menagerie. The Woodlands Resorts revives the Cotton Club in impeccable style with music provided by Password and dancing, cocktails and a lavish plated dinner, inspired by an icon that lured the famed and infamous of a gilded generation. Or ring in the New Year in an intimate setting overlooking Lake Harrison. The Glass Menagerie Package includes dinner, champagne toast, party favors and live music by Daniel Blanchard & the Majestics. Call for reservations.


The Children's Museum, 1500 Binz, 713-522-1138

Just because the little ones are in bed before midnight, that doesn't mean they have to be left out of the New Year';s festivities. Kids will decorate parade floats, march in an indoor parade, create noisemakers, count down to noon and much more with New Year's Noon, Houston's longest-running New Year's celebration for just for kids on Saturday, December 31. The museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the parade beginning at 11:45 a.m.

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