Ringing in the New Year: The 2013 Houston Press New Year's Eve Guide

Find out where to celebrate in the Bayou City.

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.

Theatre Southwest

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.

Zilkha Hall (Hobby Center)

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 flutist 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.

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