The Absolute Best Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Dallas

Toast to the end of 2020!

Has there ever been a year we’ve been more eager to bid farewell? Even though the troubles of 2020 won’t magically disappear at midnight, there’s something wonderful about welcoming 2021 for the pure symbolism alone. Even though celebrating in public will be very different this year, there remain some options for those who wish to venture out safely, as well as online events for anyone who prefers to stay at home. Below, you’ll find several entertaining options in 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…

Experience the fireworks over downtown on TV, the internet, or in person

December 31, 11:59 pm
Downtown, virtual
Reunion Tower’s Over the Top 2020 fireworks event can be enjoyed in several ways this year, including on NBC 5, over the internet on YouTube or Facebook, or wherever you have a view of downtown while listening to the firework music soundtrack on Jack FM. You can also book a room at the adjoining Hyatt Regency and catch the light show in person.
Cost: Free

Watch a rubber duck drop while hanging out at a waterpark

December 31, 1 pm – 1 am
Grand Prairie
Why not end the year with something completely different? Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark hosts an all-day NYE celebration that includes a giant rubber duck being dropped every hour so you can celebrate the new year in any time zone around the world. Social distancing measures will be in place throughout the venue.
Cost: $34 (general admission), $200-425 (cabana packages)

Put on a fancy mask for a change

December 31, 7:30 pm – 2 am
Downtown
The Statler hosts a Royal Masquerade Ball with an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, casino chips, complimentary champagne at midnight, and party favors included with every ticket. Upgrades are available with dinner packages and hotel room stays.
Cost: $125 – $5,000

Dance the year away with Emerald City at Texas Live

December 31, 9 pm – 2 am
Arlington
If you have $15,000 burning a hole in your pocket, you can invite 49 of your closest friends to ring in 2021 with live music from Emerald City, multiple DJs in various venues, a giant ball drop at midnight, and a champagne toast. Or purchase an individual ticket and let everyone else fend for themselves. This will be a limited capacity event.
Cost: $115 – $15,000

Time travel to any time you want

December 31, 9 pm – 2 am
Southside
Dress as your favorite celebrity or character from the past, present or future (Darth Vader sounds like a safe choice these days) and experience the Time Travelers Ball on the rooftop of the Canvas Hotel. Enjoy spectacular views of downtown (including fireworks at midnight), party favors, and a champagne toast. Limited capacity will be enforced at both the rooftop and indoor venues.
Cost: $125

 

Play a few rounds of mini-golf

December 31, 4 pm
Sylvan Thirty
End 2020 with a hole in one at this indoor mini golf celebration that includes a glass of champagne or sparkling cider per person as they ring in 2021 every hour to celebrate around the world.
Cost: $20.20 (for two people)

Pretend you’re at a Swiss chalet

December 31, 8 pm – 2 am
Design District
Enjoy a traditional “après ski” experience without spending a moment on the slopes as Virgin Hotels Dallas presents an Après 2020 pop-up experience at its rooftop Pool Club. Tickets include access to a premium open bar from 8 – 10 pm, views of the fireworks show downtown at midnight, and a special DJ performance. Special hotel room packages are also available.
Cost: $75 – $500

Toast to the new year at a vodka-fueled party

December 31, 9 pm – 2 am
SMU
Texas-based Nue Vodka and Chandon join forces for an NYE celebration that includes a welcome drink and midnight champagne toast, plus party favors and music from DJ Prophesy. Bottle service and overnight stays can also be booked in advance for this limited-capacity event.
Cost: $100

Attend a mask-erade party in Plano

December 31, 8 pm – 2 am
Plano
Legacy Hall transforms into Party Central for a limited-capacity indoor/outdoor event that includes a socially distanced, reserved table option. Graceland Ninjaz will provide live music with DJs spinning throughout the night. Food from all 20 bars and eateries available for purchase. Tickets include one craft cocktail and midnight champagne toast.
Cost: $50 – $1,800

Scream “Felice anno nuovo!” at an Italian celebration

December 31, 7 pm – 12:30 am
Trinity Groves
Saint Rocco’s hosts a party complete with an impressive dinner buffet and a rooftop celebration with dancing and live music from Radio Edit Band. Tickets include access to an open bar, too, as well as a champagne toast at midnight. Capacity will be limited.
Cost: $120

Boot scoot your way into 2021

December 31, 8 pm – 2 am
Cedar Springs
Purchase advance tickets to guarantee entrance to the limited capacity farewell-to-2020 party at everybody’s favorite gay country bar, The Round-Up. Hors d’oeuvres throughout the evening and a midnight bubbly toast are included with tickets.
Cost: $20 – $200 (VIP table for 4) 

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Attend a cocktail party in downtown Fort Worth

December 31, 9 pm – midnight
Downtown Fort Worth
Make it a mini road trip for NYE and book a room at the Worthington Renaissance near Sundance Square in Fort Worth. In addition to a socially distanced cocktail reception with small bites, a champagne toast, live music, and party favors, overnight guests can also enjoy 25% off New Year’s Eve Dinner and New Year’s Day brunch at Toro Toro. TVs will be tuned to the ball drop in Times Square.
Cost: $349 (room and party package)

Indulge in NYE dinner at one of several restaurants

December 31
Various locations
Whether you’re looking to end the year with a nice dinner out or order takeout or delivery, several local favorites have you covered: Encina12 Cuts Brazilian SteakhouseTruluck’sSecond Floor at The Exchange, Wicked ButcherMercat Bistro, and Silver Fox.

Have a little hair of the dog at New Year’s Day Brunch

January 1
Various locations
Whether you stayed out late and partied all night long or called it an early one while watching that Dick Clark show, you deserve to kick off 2021 with a fun brunch with takeout options available at several. Can’t-miss spots serving up mimosas, Bloody Marys, and egg dishes include Mi Dia From ScratchCity Works Eatery & Pour HouseBulla GastrobarThe RusticDog HausSixty Vines, and Pinstripes.

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