Although most of us are preparing to celebrate Christmas this weekend, it’s not too late — or early — to start making plans to celebrate the end of the year with the hope and promise of a new one on the horizon.
So, if you like to bring in the New Year with a party featuring dancing, food, drinks and more, then here are a few New Year’s Eve parties around the county for you and I to choose from:
First up is the New Year’s Eve Gala at 8 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Front Door Club, 6106 FM 1765, in Texas City.
Tickets are only $10 per person and will include a buffet of hors d’oeuvres on the house, party favors and free Champagne at midnight.
“We will have a count down of the most popular R&B, line dance, zydeco and swing out music for the year 2016,” said Tammy Gary, owner of the club. “We love to bring in the New Year with all of our customers because we feel as though they are family and most of them are third and fourth generation customers. It never fails when a customer turns 21, I will hear a story about grandparents and parents partying at The Front Door Club. Now they have retired their dancing shoes and the children and grandchildren have taken up where they left off. We will celebrate 50 years of being open in February. We will celebrate with a Black and White Dressy Affair in remembrance of the original owner, my late father, Alfred ‘Fats’ Gary. So, this party is just a precursor of what’s to come.”
For information, call Gary, 713-417-4278.
Looking for something for the entire family to do on New Year’s Eve?
Well gather the family up and mosey on down to the Kemah Boardwalk’s annual New Year’s Eve Family Celebration, sponsored by Houston Methodist St. John Hospital, also set for Dec. 31.
There will be a wide array of events on the boardwalk leading up to a huge fireworks display at 10 p.m. over Galveston Bay. Live music also will be played throughout the plaza during the festivities.
And for those of you who want to make it a date night, the Boardwalk FantaSea Fireworks and Dinner Cruise also is available for a night of dining and breathtaking views of the fireworks. For tickets and information, visit www.boardwalkfantasea.com or call 281-538-9600.
For information on the boardwalk event, visit www.kemahboardwalk.com or call 281-535-8100.
Islanders, don’t fret ... there’s a New Year’s Eve party on the island, too!
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 880 will have its New Year’s Eve Casino Night celebration beginning at 6 p.m. Dec. 31 at 1014 24th St. in Galveston. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets are $35 per person and include party favors, Champagne at midnight, dinner and first stack of chips for casino games.
For information, call 409-763-9866.
There also will be a New Year’s Eve celebration at 6 p.m. Dec. 31 at B. Jigger’s Lounge at the Holiday Inn Resort on the Beach, 5002 Seawall Blvd., in Galveston.
Tickets are $75 per person (ages 21 and older), and include light hors d’oeuvres, party favors, a balloon drop and a midnight Champagne toast.
Kids’ Night Out is also available for ages 5-12. Tickets are $20 per child.
For information and tickets, call 409-740-3581.
Rounding out the island events will be the New Year’s Eve Drum Circle celebration from 9 p.m. Dec. 31 to 2 a.m. Jan. 1 at Jimmy’s on the Pier, 9001 Seawall Blvd., in Galveston.
This free event will include Champagne at midnight, a late happy hour and drink specials. For information, call 409-974-4726.
Last but not least, here are two more parties on the mainland for you to choose from:
The American Legion Post No. 554 will have its annual New Year’s Eve Party at 7 p.m. Dec. 31 at 1650 state Highway 3 S. in League City. For information, call 281-332-8733.
And, the Col. H.B. Moore American Legion Post No. 89 will have its New Year’s Eve Party from 8 p.m. Dec. 31 to 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1 at 3028 29th St. N. in Texas City. A variety of music will be provided by DJR. All are invited. For information, call 409-945-8975.