Yes, we admit it, we're starting this post off with a little shameless self-promotion. The best way (in our really not very humble opinion) to welcome 2013 is at our New Year's Eve Bash. And because just one party isn't enough, the Bash is actually several parties under one roof, offering your choice of music, dinner and drinks. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet in the Foundation Room starting at 6 p.m. The women from the Ruby Revue Burlesque Show strut their stuff in the Peacock Room at 9:30 p.m. Reckless Kelly and opening artist Whiskey Myers take over things in the main room at 9:30 p.m. And Thunderpants turns the clock back with a Totally 80s show on the Crossroads Stage at 10 p.m.
Starting times vary. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline. For information, visit the House of Blues website or call 888-402-5837. $20 to $75.
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. Seven full-service bars means you won't spend all night waiting in line to get a drink. There's a countdown complete with confetti drops and a champagne toast at midnight. (You must be 18 years old to enter.)
9 p.m. to 3 a.m. 6400 Richmond. For information, visit the NightCulture website or call 832-251-9600. $15 to $30.
Looking for something a little more family friendly? 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 DJ battle between DJ Gonz and Elroy Boogie from the Kracker Nuttz and DJ Deuce and a disco-themed dance area for children. There's a champagne Bubble Garden for adults and the St. Joseph Medical Center's Ice at Discovery Green is open for skaters. As always, numerous and diverse concessions will ring the area.
7 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. In and around Discovery Green and George R. Brown Convention Center, 1500 McKinney. For information, visit the event website. Free.
For kids, there's also Sharkey's New Year's Eve Bash, with your choice of party session (11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.). Guests of all ages will delight in tasty New Year's treats from the buffet, prizes, a bird show, photos and, of course, an appearance by Downtown Aquarium's costumed mascot Sharkey and his friends. Admission includes an all-day adventure pass.
Various starting times. 410 Bagby. For information, visit the Downtown Aquarium's website or call 713-223-3474. $14.99 to $22.99. Reservations are required.
Celebrate New Year's Eve at the Omni Hotel's Black Swan club with hors d'oeuvres, party favors, a midnight champagne toast, a balloon drop, a live feed of New York's ball drop, a photo booth and a roaming magician. Tickets also include complimentary valet parking and two drink tickets. The event begins at 8 p.m. and ends at 2 a.m. The cost of entry is $60 per person or $100 per couple. Extend the fun and opt for the New Year's Eve package with deluxe overnight accommodations, breakfast buffet, late checkout and more. Package pricing starts at $229.
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The Omni Hotel, 4 Riverway. For information, visit the hotel's website or call 713-871-8181. $60 to $229.
The Red Oak Ballroom will be holding the second annual Rock the Clock New Year's Eve celebration, which will feature performances by DJ Mr. Rogers, Go DJ, DJ Alo and MC Kane. General admission, $40, includes a light show with confetti and complimentary party favors, a fireworks show at midnight and a photo booth with which to capture memories. The VIP ticket, $100, will have the additional features of ten drink tickets, access to the VIP lounge, gambling, complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a midnight champagne toast.
The event begins at 8 p.m. and ends at 2 a.m. Red Oak Ballroom, 800 West Sam Houston Parkway. For information, visit the ballroom's website or call 832-512-6515. $40 to $100.
Abby Downing-Beaver contributed to this post.