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A Very New Year's Eve Dirty Dozen: Dec. 27-Jan. 2

Posted 7:54am on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012

Lights All Night: Are raves coming back? Did they ever go away? This three-day dance party has moved to Fair Park this year, and features DJs and bands on four stages. Headliners include Diplo, Tiesto, Avicii, Bassnectar, Calvin Harris, Axwell and Ghostland Observatory (pictured). Saturday-Monday. $99 each day, three-day passes $199; VIP packages $450-$999; hotel packages available. www.lightsallnight.com.

Big D NYE: No Anderson Cooper, no Ryan Seacrest, no mega-name recording artists. But here in Dallas, we still get the free, open party and music from Breaking Southwest, DJ Ro Parrish, Forever the Sickest Kids, Leogun, Time Machine and Arlington's The Sing-Off winners, Pentatonix. 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Monday. American Airlines Center and Victory Park, Dallas. Free to attend; use the DART Rail that stops there. www.bigdnye.com.

Billy Bob's Texas New Year's Eve: Sometimes you want to celebrate the new year in a familiar place, and if you're a Billy Bob's regular, there's no better place than here, with the Casey Donahew Band. The band goes on at 10:30 p.m. Monday. Billy Bob's Texas, Fort Worth Stockyards. $20-$30. 817-624-7117; www.billybobstexas.com.

Granada Theater New Year's Eve Celebration: Great lineup at what's still the best midsize music venue on Greenville Avenue: Jonathan Tyler and Northern Lights headlines, and Quaker City Night Hawks and Somebody's Darling open. Doors open at 8 p.m. Monday. Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., Dallas. $24; $80 VIP tickets. 214-824-9933; www.granadatheater.com.

Stage West New Year's Eve: Austin singer-songwriter Sara Hickman was a big hit a few years ago at Stage West's NYE shindig, and she no doubt will be again. There'll be complimentary hors d'oeuvres before the concert (which begins at 9:15 p.m.), and a buffet, a champagne toast and dancing later. Plus -- for luck -- black-eyed peas at midnight. 8:15 p.m. Monday. Stage West, 821 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth. $75 for concert and party; $50 concert only. www.stagewest.org.

Four Day Weekend New Year's Eve: Some folks never lose the funny. George Carlin. Richard Pryor. Four Day Weekend. Yeah, we said it. For more than a decade, the area's leading improv troupe does a NYE show, with dinner by Reata (downstairs) at 8 p.m., and the show at 10 p.m. Monday. Four Day Weekend Theater, 312 Houston St., Fort Worth. $100. 817-226-4329; www.fourdayweekend.com.

Lights All Night: Are raves coming back? Did they ever go away? This three-day dance party has moved to Fair Park this year, and features DJs and bands on four stages. Headliners include Diplo, Tiesto, Avicii, Bassnectar, Calvin Harris, Axwell and Ghostland Observatory. Saturday-Monday. $99 each day, three-day passes $199; VIP packages $450-$999; hotel packages available. www.lightsallnight.com.

Hayes Carll's Burlesque Circus and Sideshow Freakout: What about that title tells you that you should be anywhere else for New Year's Eve? If you love whiskey-soaked country, burlesque, circuses, sideshows or freakouts, or any combo of those, this is your spot. 8 p.m. Monday. House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., Dallas. $30-$55. 214-978-2583; www.houseofblues.com.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra's "A Night in Vienna": John Giordano, the FWSO's music director from 1972 to 2000, conducts a night of Strauss waltzes and other Viennese classics, and soprano Ava Pine, a local gal who has made it big on international opera stages (as well as in Dallas and Fort Worth operas), is the guest soloist. After the show, you'll still have time to go find a spot to ring in 2013. 8 p.m. Monday. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $29-$80. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.

Ricki Derek's New Year's Eve Ring-A-Ding: Ring it in old-school with Rat Pack tunes, a champagne toast, a balloon drop, hors d'oeuvres and party favors. 9 p.m. Monday. Scat Jazz Lounge, 111 W. Fourth St., Fort Worth. $85-$95; booths for six, $650. Ticketstothecity.com; 817-870-9100. www.scatjazzlounge.com

Flying Saucer New Year's Eve: The beloved beer garden will be celebrating Monday night at all its DFW locations. In Fort Worth (111 E. Third St.), it's a performance by Vanilla Face Jones, dinner specials, party favors and a champagne toast ($10 cover, table reservations of four or more $25-$50). In Addison, there's a masquerade/Mardi Gras party with DJ Russ ($10, includes raffle tickets, favors and toast). The On the Lake location has DJ Niro starting at 9 p.m. ($5 cover, includes party favors and toast; $2 for UFO members). www.beerknurd.com.

The Shape of Things to Come NYE Spectacular: The Texas Theatre's shindig features Tearist, plus Yesterday's Gold DJs and local avant-garde dance company DGDG (Danielle Georgiou Dance Group). Hotel packages with the Belmont Hotel in Oak Cliff are also available. 8 p.m. Monday. Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas. 214-948-1546; www.thetexastheatre.com.

New Year's Eve With BT: For some, it's not an end-of-the-year bash without a little pulsing electronica. So head to the Lizard Lounge to get your trance on, courtesy of guest DJ BT, a Grammy-nominated musician and master of electronica. Also: Johnny Funk, DJ Yosh, Raydar and Shaolin. Doors at 8 p.m. Monday. Lizard Lounge, 2424 Swiss Ave., Dallas. $20-$30. 214-826-4768; www.thelizardlounge.com.

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