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New Year's Eve 2012 Guide

MKT Bar at Phoenicia Specialty Foods

1001 Austin, 832-360-2222

www.mktbar.com

Join the folks at MKT Bar for their Black & White Ball. Starting at 9 p.m. and ending at 2 a.m., this party includes music with DJ Melodic. Entrance is $25; tickets can be purchased in advance online.

Moody Gardens

Seven Hope Blvd., Galveston Island, 888-388-8484

www.moodygardens.com

From 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., dance into the new year at Moody Gardens' Midnight in the Gardens New Year's Eve Gala — A Fabulous Affair. The New Year's Eve party will feature nonstop entertainment by the premier party band Commercial Art in a lavish ballroom setting. Party guests will also enjoy an open bar, food stations courtesy of Executive Chef Urs Schmid, deluxe party favors, a champagne toast and a balloon drop at midnight. Event tickets are $425 per couple or $225 per single. Hotel packages are also available.

New Year's Eve Live

Discovery Green and George R. Brown ­Convention Center

www.newyearsevelive.com

New Year's Eve Live is back for the countdown to 2013. The party features live music from KC and the Sunshine Band, an art car parade and a fireworks display. It also includes a disco-themed dance area for children and a DJ battle between DJ Gonz and Elroy Boogie from the Kracker Nuttz and DJ Deuce. The free event runs from 7 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. in and around Discovery Green and George R. Brown Convention Center and is open to all ages. For the celebrations, there will be a champagne garden for of-age guests called the Bubble Garden. The St. Joseph Medical Center's Ice at Discovery Green is open for skaters; entertainment on the ice includes performances by Olympic skaters and other special guests. Concessions promise to be numerous and diverse.

Pete's Dueling Piano Bar

1201 Fannin, Suite 310, 713-337-7383

www.petesduelingpianobar.com

The celebration begins at 8 p.m. this New Year's Eve, when four skilled piano players will be ringing in the new year at a party complete with party favors, hors d'oeuvres, singing and a bottle of champagne for those who make table reservations. Reserved seating available for $275 per table of four, $40 per barstool and general admission starting at $20 per person.

Sambuca Restaurant

909 Texas, 713-224-5299

www.sambucarestaurant.com

Sambuca will be hosting its own New Year's Eve party, complete with a four-course meal featuring entrées such as a red snapper étouffée, stuffed chicken, miso seabass, a filet and a smoked pork chop, as well as live musical entertainment by Big Daddy. There are two seating times, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets, which can be purchased online, are $39 to $49 for the first seating and $75 to $100 for the second. The later seating will include a balloon drop and champagne toast; the cheaper option at both times excludes band viewing.

San Luis Resort

5222 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, 800-445-0090

www.sanluisresort.com

An evening at the San Luis Resort includes a four-course dinner with wine service, access to a premium bar, live music by the Billie Ledbetter Orchestra, party hats and favors, a champagne toast and a balloon drop. It begins at 8 p.m. in the grand ballroom. The event itself is $190 per person, but packages including resort stays (priced at $599 and $499 per couple) are also available. Another San Luis option is the Steakhouse, which will also feature a four-course dinner, party favors and a midnight champagne toast with the added benefit of a piano performance by Angelo Tolentino. Reservations are available from 6 to 11 p.m.

Stafford Centre

10505 Cash Rd., 281-208-6900

www.staffordcentre.com

Head to the Stafford Centre for the Rockin' New Year's Eve Bash with a performance by The Doppelganger Band. Guests can dance, enjoy the live musical entertainment, and help themselves to the party favors and midnight champagne toast. The price is $65 for early-bird ticket buyers and $85 for regular admission. Dinner, which is included in the ticket price, is a four-course meal with dishes such as caviar and prime rib served from 7 to 9 p.m. The revelry continues until 1 a.m.

Stereo Live

6400 Richmond, 832-251-9600

www.77002.com

NightCulture.com and Disco Donnie Presents will be having their 5th Annual New Year's Eve Ball at Stereo Live. It features Aly & Fila, rising stars from Egypt, as well as DJ Shogun. There'll also be a countdown complete with confetti drops throughout the night and a champagne toast at midnight, as well as seven full-service bars. Doors open at 9 p.m. and close at 3 a.m. Customers 18 years and older are welcome. Regular tickets are $15, and VIP tickets are $30. Party booth packages and other specials are available.

Sugar Land Town Square

15958 City Walk, 281-275-2885

shopsugarland.com/nye.asp?m=0

There will be a free New Year's Eve party in Sugar Land Town Square, broken up for everyone's convenience into a children's celebration from 7 to 9 p.m. and an adult celebration from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. There'll be live musical entertainment as well as the same mesmerizing light show that thrilled the crowd last New Year's Eve.

Theatre Southwest

8944 Clarkcrest, 713-661-9505

www.theatresouthwest.org

Theatre Southwest stages Neil Simon's The Last of the Red Hot Lovers for its New Year's Eve Gala play this year. The celebration includes a full buffet as well as hats and noisemakers. Prices are $55 per person or $105 per couple. Reservations are needed. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

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