It's the Final Countdown

2011 is almost here — how will you ring it in?

Stafford Centre
10505 Cash Rd., 281-208-6900

Head to the Stafford Centre for the Rockin' New Year's Eve Bash with The Spiffingtons, featuring party favors, a midnight champagne toast, two drinks and a four-course meal.

Stereo Live
6400 Richmond, 832-251-9600

Insomniac and will be having their 3rd Annual New Year's Eve Ball at Stereo Live. It will feature Benny Benassi in a live musical performance, a midnight countdown complete with free champagne toast, five full-service bars, more than ten different artists and DJs, and party favors. Doors open at 9 p.m. and close at 4 a.m. Customers 18 years and older are welcome. More is available with the purchase of a VIP ticket.

Studio 55 at Hilton Americas-Houston
1600 Lamar, 713-739-8000

Go to Studio 55 and dance to the music as DJ Damon spins the hits of the '70s. Groove to the music of headliners Mary Griffin and Todd Honeycutt and get down to the sounds of the Ernest Walker Band. Choose between the $109-per-person Party Only package, which includes a live band, a hosted bar, party favors, a champagne toast and a midnight breakfast buffet, and the $349-per-couple Guest Room Party Package, which includes a deluxe hotel room, complimentary overnight self-parking, an invitation-only cocktail reception, a live band, a hosted bar, party favors, a champagne toast and a midnight breakfast buffet. The purchase must be prepaid, and is nonrefundable; 21 years of age and over only.

Sugar Land Town Square
15958 City Walk, 281-276-6000

There will be a free New Year's Eve party in Sugar Land Town Square this year, with a children's celebration from 7 to 9 p.m., which will be followed by a more adult celebration from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Entertainment will include stilt birds, candy sculptures, a musical performance by Fried Ice Cream, a light show and, for the finale, a 3-D sugar cube drop at midnight (for those who want a little variety on the New Year's Eve balloon drop).

Theatre Southwest
8944-A Clarkcrest, 713-661-9505

Theatre Southwest holds its New Year's Gala beginning at 7:30 p.m. and ending at 2 a.m. Neil Simon's comedy Plaza Suite will be performed at 8:30 p.m. Appetizers and beverages will be served from 7:30 to 8:30 and during intermissions. Afterward, there'll be a full-course buffet dinner, followed by dancing and New Year's goodies. The prices are $50 for one or $95 for two. Reservations are needed.

1111 S. Shepherd, 713-522-7654

The New Year's Eve Fiesta at Tila's, on the South Shepherd curve, will include a live band playing Motown music from 8 p.m. to midnight, with a three-course dinner and champagne toast served from 5 p.m. to midnight. Price is $70 per person (plus tax and gratuity).

3755 Richmond, 713-622-6778

Early seating will cost $75, while late seating costs $125 per person. As part of the festivities, customers will also be able to dance to the Julie Johnson Band.

Under the Volcano
2349 Bissonnet, 713-526-5282

New Orleans's Glen David Andrews will be playing on New Year's Eve.

6363 San Felipe #240, 832-858-1149

Winetopia celebrates New Year's Eve with a New Year's Masquerade Party, complete with hors d'oeuvres and a bar that's open all night long. Entrance into the party is $100 per person or $180 per couple.

Zilkha Hall (Hobby Center)
800 Bagby, 713-622-7443

Ars Lyrica Houston plans a New Year's Eve program of Musical Resolutions including a Bach suite, a Telemann concerto and Handel's cantata Apollo e Dafne. The program, led by Ars Lyrica Artistic Director Matthew Dirst, features a number of Ars Lyrica favorites, including soprano Melissa Givens, bass-baritone Timothy Jones, plus Kathryn Montoya on recorder and Colin St. Martin on Baroque flute. The concert starts at 8:30 p.m. and will be followed by a New Year's Eve Gala and Silent Auction with champagne, hors d'oeuvres and donated prizes that will take place at the Founders Club in the Hobby Center. Guests will have the chance to bid on items such as Houston Grand Opera founders' box seats, private house concerts, and a helicopter sightseeing tour with luxurious picnic. Prices for the concert range from $31.25 to $41.25, and gala tickets are $51.25.

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