5 Non-Nightclub New Year's Eve Events

From kid-friendly activities to classical concerts, let the countdown begin for 2017.

By Jeanne Lyons Davis December 28, 2016

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For Tiny Tots

High Noon Countdown Squared

The Woodlands Children's Museum

Ring in the New Year early with your brood at The Woodlands' annual family bash, where two balloon and confetti drops—one at noon and another at 3 p.m.—are sure to impress all ages. Don't miss art projects and live entertainment by Tom’s Fun Band.

$6 for adults and children ages 1 and older. Noon–3 p.m. 4775 W Panther Creek Dr. 281-465-0955.

The Complete Package


Ars Lyrica at Artista and the Hobby Center

Does your dinner-and-a-movie plan need an update? Enjoy a pre-fixe, four-course dinner at Artista followed by an evening concert of iconic cantatas by J.S. Bach from the Ars Lyrica ensemble. 

From $75. Dinner starts at 7:30. Hobby Center, Zilkha Hall, 800 Bagby St. 713-315-2400.

Drinking and Dancing

¡PACHANGA! A Border Town Bash

Goode Co. Armadillo Palace

Join this rowdy Pachanga revival as it serves up loads of fun and flavors with border-style street food, cold cervezas and toe-tappin' entertainment by Conjunto Los Pinkys and Houston DJ group Bombón.

$15–25. Starts at 8. 5015 Kirby Dr. 713-526-9700.

The Whole Family

New Year's Eve at The Square

The Square at Memorial City

Spend the evening perusing shops and dining at restaurants while live music serenades attendees at The Square. Don't miss the live screening of the iconic ball drop from Times Square followed by a shower of confetti over spectators. 

Free. From 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. 303 Memorial City.

Themed Celebration

'80s Prom New Year's Eve Party

Hotel Derek

Dust off your taffeta prom dress (or score one at Goodwill) and enjoy a blast-from-the-past party, complete with dinner and a midnight champagne toast at Houston's favorite boutique hotel.

From $125. 2525 West Loop.

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