Each holiday season has its schedule. We eat turkey and stuffing, then we decorate a tree and open presents to the tune of constant Christmas music. But those are just the opening acts. The main event is New Year's Eve, where you count down the seconds until a new year, make a champagne toast, and dance and laugh while reflecting on the past year's ups and unavoidable downs. As always, we've provided you with a list of the best events of Houston to ring in the new year. From masquerades to comedy shows, four-course meals to kids' parties, there's something for everyone.
1919 Wine and Mixology 2736 Virginia, 713-568-9197 www.1919wmb.com 1919, along with its sister venues at the same address — Corner Table and The Oak — are taking you back to the roaring '20s, so they're calling all flappers and bootleggers to dress accordingly. Individual tickets are $10, and the venue can accommodate parties if you call ahead. Also, all patrons who dine at Corner Table are automatically invited at no extra charge, so make your reservations today.
Advantage BMW 1305 Gray, 713-289-1200 www.bmwnye2015.eventbrite.com Enjoy a luxurious evening surrounded by luxury cars at the seventh annual Art of Celebration New Year's Eve Affair. From 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., guests will enjoy the DJ's music, as well as all sorts of performances: acrobats, jugglers and light shows galore. Tickets are $35 and up, and VIP packages are available and full of extra perks.
Children's Museum 1500 Binz, 713-522-1138 www.cmhouston.org Your kids will drag you to this one, but it will not disappoint. The pre-parade starts at 11:30 a.m., and then the kiddos will dance and jam until the ball drop at noon. But the party doesn't stop until 3 p.m. Normal admission applies, which is $9 per person.
CityCentre 800 Town and Country, 713-629-5200 www.citycentrehouston.com The entire shopping and dining hub will be flooded with New Year's Eve events and specials. Beginning at 7, the square will have a DJ spinning music. Hotel Sorella will also have its annual packages — starting at $369 — which include admittance into the Quiet the Night party at the Monnalisa. Entry to the party, which will have performances by the Cody Bryan Band and Roxy Roca, is $50 for non-hotel guests.
Dosey Doe — The Big Barn 25911 I-45 North, 281-367-3774 www.doseydoe.com The Level One Band, a Motown tribute band that started in Houston in 1998, is helping the Dosey Doe ring in the new year. Tickets start at $88 and include dinner and a champagne toast. The event runs from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Remember to grab your bell-bottoms and leather vests, since the night has a Motown or 1970s theme in honor of The Level One Band's performance.
Downtown Aquarium 410 Bagby, 713-223-3474 www.aquariumrestaurants.com The whole family will enjoy the annual Sharkey's New Year's Eve party and buffet. Admittance is $16.99 for kids and $26.99 for adults and includes the buffet, contests, photos with Skarkey and an all-day pass to the rest of the aquarium. The event takes place from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Nautilus Ballroom. Reservations are required.
FantaSea 8 Kemah Boardwalk, 281-969-4774 www.boardwalkfantasea.com After boarding at Kemah Boardwalk at 8 p.m., guests will cruise Clear Lake and Galveston Bay until 12:30 a.m. Tickets are $119.99 per person, with military and senior-citizen discounts at $107.99 and $114.99, respectively. The event includes a gourmet dinner, champagne toast with complimentary glass, festive party favors and a fireworks show. Drinks will also be available at two bars, but are not included.
Fitzgerald's 2706 White Oak, 713-862-3838 www.fitzlivemusic.com If you're all done rocking around the Christmas tree, try rocking in the new year with live music all night long at Fitzgerald's. The event is free for 21 and up and just $10 for everyone else. Join BLSHS at the NYE Masquerade Ball, with performances also by Teeel, New York City Queens, Children Of Pop and Yung Slutty.
Holiday Inn Houston 1112 Eldridge Parkway, 281-679-6900, ext. 163 www.ihg.com/holidayinn The Energy Corridor Houston Orchestra, or ECHO, will be serenading the crowd into 2015. Guests will have complimentary light bites, party favors and a champagne toast. A midnight breakfast will also be served for $18 a person. The doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $65 per person, or $110 a couple. For just $20.14, you can "take the elevator home" to stay in a room at the hotel.
House of Blues Houston 1204 Caroline, 888-402-5837 www.houseofblues.com/houston The House of Blues is offering you a New Year's Eve Bash like no other. Doors open at 10 p.m., and Thunderpants, a high-energy dance band, will take the stage at 10:30. General-admission tickets are $20 and guarantee that you will not leave without shaking it like it's 1999.