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San Luis Resort
5222 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, 800-445-0090
The San Luis Resort's New Year's theme is an Evening on the Red Carpet. The night will feature a four-course dinner, 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 $199 per person, but packages including resort stays (priced from $599 per couple) are also available. Another San Luis option is the Steakhouse and Grotto, which will feature a special prix fixe menu, or the Hollywood Glamour-themed party at H2O Ultra Lounge.
60 Degrees Mastercrafted
2300 Westheimer, 713-360-7757
60 Degrees Mastercrafted will have a special four-course prix fixe menu with offerings such as Akaushi beef tenderloin-oyster purses, lobster bisque, Dover sole filet grenobloise and baked Alaska. The event includes a complimentary Champagne toast and has two seatings, one at 6 p.m. for $75 and one at 9 p.m. for $115. The second seating will include live musical entertainment.
10505 Cash Rd., 281-208-6900
Head to the Stafford Centre for the Rockin' New Year's Eve Bash featuring a performance by Password. Guests can dance, enjoy the live musical entertainment, and help themselves to the party favors and midnight Champagne toast. The price is $55 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.
6400 Richmond, 832-251-9600
NightCulture.com and Disco Donnie Presents will be having their Sixth Annual New Year's Eve Ball at Stereo Live. Myon and Shane 54 will perform as the night's DJs. Customers 18 years and older are welcome. Regular tickets are $30, and VIP tickets are $45. Party-booth packages and other specials are available.
Sugar Land Town Square
15958 City Walk, 281-275-2885
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. The party will feature live musical entertainment as well as a fireworks display.
Sylvan Beach Pavilion
1 Bay Shore Dr., 832-643-4422
Make a reservation for the Copacabana New Year's Eve Dance at the newly restored 1956 Sylvan Beach Pavilion. Gene Keen's Stellar Dance Unit Orchestra will provide live music. Dance aficionados will be able to whirl and twirl on its circular dance floor in a historic 10,000-square-foot glass curtain-walled ballroom. High-end hors d'oeuvres, luscious desserts and a Champagne toast at midnight are all on the agenda, and guests will have access to a cash bar. A single ticket is priced at $62.50, and a reserved ballroom table for eight is $450. The event will take place from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
8944 Clarkcrest, 713-661-9505
Theatre Southwest stages How the Other Half Loves by Alan Ayckbourn for its New Year's Eve Gala play this year. The celebration includes food and party favors. Prices are $55 per person or $105 per couple. Reservations are required. The performance begins at 8 p.m.
1111 S. Shepherd, 713-522-7654
Tila's Motown New Year's Eve has returned for its third year with a live band playing Motown music to accompany its three-course dinner, which will be served from 5 p.m. to midnight.
800 Bagby, 713-622-7443
This New Year's Eve, experience the Venetian Carnival tradition with help from the performers at Ars Lyrica, who plan to entertain with exotic music from the City of Masks including chamber duets and sonatas from Monteverdi and his contemporaries and Vivaldi's evocative "La Notte" concerto. Sopranos Melissa Givens and Blair Doerge will share the stage with violinist Yung-Hsiang Wang, Baroque flautist Colin St. Martin and guitarist Richard Savino. The concert begins at 9 p.m., followed by a New Year's Eve Gala where guests will enjoy flowing Champagne, delicious hors d'oeuvres from Artista Restaurant, a cash bar, Venetian masks and the opportunity to bid at a distinctive silent auction. At the stroke of midnight, everyone will join in singing "Auld Lang Syne." Tickets are $75.