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New Year's Eve 2012: DFW places and events to ring in the new year

Posted 7:48am on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012

If you're reading this, chances are the Mayas were wrong and the world hasn't ended.

Here's hoping that 2013 is a lot better than 2012, and what better way to do that than to ring in the new year right. Here, in no particular order, are 13 suggestions for things to do and places to go get your Auld Lang Syne on.


Read party guru Jay Betsill's list of New Year's Eve happenings by clicking here.

And another big list of DFW NYE ideas right here.


New Year's Eve dinner at Lanny's Alta Cocina Mexicana: Start with an amuse-bouche of manchego custard or pepita lavash; move on to veal sweetbreads, black truffle, Napa cabbage and black-eyed peas (or seared scallops with butternut agnolotti, sage brown butter and toasted pine nuts); go to a main course of Kobe-style tenderloin, gnocchi with romesco, haricot vert bundles and serrano ham or sea bass with poached Yukon golds and green chilaquiles; and finish with Valrhona cake or calabaza en tacha cheesecake and a walnut praline. Convinced yet? If you can move, you'll still have time for midnight shenanigans.

Dec. 31. 3405 W. Seventh St., Fort Worth. $95 per person; make reservations ASAP. 817-850-9996; www.lannyskitchen.com.

Big D NYE: The mega-party at Victory Park returns with breakout Arlington-born The Sing-Off winners Pentatonix and other musical acts including DJ Ro Parrish, Forever the Sickest Kids, Leogun and Time Machine. Expect fireworks, prizes, food trucks and more. You can bring blankets, collapsible chairs and umbrellas, but no alcohol, although it will be sold at the event. There will be giant screens set up on the side of American Airlines Center.

7 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 31. Victory Park, 2500 Victory Lane, Dallas. Free to attend; your best bet is to use the DART Rail that stops right there. Otherwise, parking will be a nightmare. www.bigdnye.com.

Stage West New Year's Eve: Austin singer/songwriter Sara Hickman is back at Stage West's shindig, performing two 45-minute sets. The event features a cash bar with complimentary hors d'oeuvres before the concert (which begins at 9:15 p.m.), and a buffet, a champagne toast and dancing after you're all liquored up. After the clock strikes 12, there'll be black-eyed peas.

8:15 p.m. Dec. 31. Stage West, 821 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth. $75 for concert and party; $50 concert only. www.stagewest.org.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra's "A Night in Vienna": If you're a live-music lover, this is a no-brainer, because it's in a swank venue and it's over around 10 p.m., so you have time to move on to another event for the 2013 ringing-in. John Giordano, the FWSO's music director from 1972 to 2000, conducts a night of Strauss waltzes and other Viennese classics. Soprano Ava Pine, a local favorite, will also perform.

8 p.m. Dec. 31. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $29-$80. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.

Lights All Night: This three-day electronic-music dance party (do they still call them raves?) has moved to Fair Park this year, with DJs and bands on four stages. Headliners include Tiesto, Avicii, Bassnectar, Calvin Harris, Axwell, Diplo and Ghostland Observatory.

Dec. 29-31. Fair Park, Dallas. $99 each day, three-day passes $199; VIP packages $175-$999; hotel packages available. www.lightsallnight.com.

Billy Bob's Texas New Year's Eve: The popular Casey Donahew Band headlines the Billy Bob's party along with JB & the Moonshine Band.

10 p.m. Dec. 31. Billy Bob's Texas, 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth. $20-$30. 817-624-7117; www.billybobstexas.com.

Tony Rock at Arlington Improv: It's too bad the whole Maya-foretold end-of-the-world thing was a bust, because we could have gone a few more years with jokes about running out of rock to chisel calendars on. Tony Rock probably has other topics to work into his routine.

8 and 10 p.m. Dec. 31. Arlington Improv, 309 Curtis Mathes Way, No. 147, Arlington. $30-$40 for early show; $60-$70 for late show, which is followed by NYE festivities. 817-635-5555; www.improv.com.

Ricki Derek's New Year's Eve Ring-A-Ding: Jazz man Derek sounds close to the Chairman of the Board, and if the Ring-A-Ding in the title didn't tip you off, there'll be lotsa Sinatra.

9 p.m. Dec. 31. Scat Jazz Lounge, 111 W. Fourth St., No. 11, Fort Worth. $85-$95; VIP booth tickets $650 (seats six). 817-870-9100; www.scatjazzlounge.com.

Cowboys Dancehall New Year's Eve: Aaron Watson headlines the hoedown at the boot-scootin' haven in the big A.

Doors open 7 p.m. Dec. 31. Cowboys Dancehall, 2540 E. Abram St., Arlington. $12-$40. www.cowboysdancehall.com.

Four Day Weekend New Year's Eve: North Texas' best improv troupe does its usual big shindig on New Year's Eve with dinner (the menu includes bacon-wrapped shrimp and grilled-chicken skewers from Reata) and a performance.

8 p.m. dinner, 10 p.m. show, Dec. 31. Four Day Weekend Theater, 312 Houston St., Ft. Worth. $100. 817-226-4329; www.fourdayweekend.com.

Gaylord Texan New Year's Eve Ballroom Gala: Hotel rooms are gone, but you can still book for the party only, which will have all the buffet food and party-band music you can stand. You can also party at the Glass Cactus club with disco revivalists Le Freak.

8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Dec. 31. Gaylord Texan, 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine. $149 gala; $89 at Glass Cactus. 817-778-2000; www.gaylordhotels.com/gaylord-texan.

The Usual: Not going to lie. This is one of our fave new bars to open in this decade. On New Year's Eve, there won't be a cover, but there will be a DJ, champagne at midnight and drink specials all night long.

Dec. 31. The Usual, 1408 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth. 817-810-0114; www.theusualbar.com.

Runway Theatre New Year's Eve Gala: Catch a murder mystery, have dinner and dance at this annual event.

Dec. 31. Hyatt Regency at DFW International Airport (Terminal C), Fort Worth. $85-$95 for gala tickets; room packages $99-$124. 888-421-1442; www.runwaytheatre.com.

For more New Year's Eve suggestions, go to www.dfw.com.

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