Top Houston Spots for Ringing in the New Year {…with Kids!}

Christmas will soon be over, but the fun celebrations are not! As usual, Houston has plenty to offer. There are a number of fun, free, and family-friendly Houston New Year’s Eve events happening all around town. There are also many other holiday events that will be ongoing through early January. So if you don’t have a chance to do all the things you want to do before Christmas, there is still time to enjoy the fun. Check out the details below…

New Year’s Eve on the Square
Where :: Sugar Land Town Square
When :: December 31st, 6 pm – Midnight
Come out to be entertained by walk around entertainment, street performances, a kids DJ, and a fireworks finale!

New Year’s Eve Family Celebration
Where :: Kemah Boardwalk
When :: December 31st {Fireworks at 10pm}
Enjoy live music in the plaza and a firework show at 10pm.

Rockin’ New Year’s Noon Bash for Children
Where :: Children’s Museum of Houston
When :: December 31st, 10am – 3pm
Kids will love the parade, upbeat dance parties, arts & crafts, and of course, the countdown to the brilliant ball drop at the stroke of Noon.

New Year’s Eve Family Celebration
Where :: Downtown Aquarium
When :: December 31st, 11am – 1:30pm & 3:00 – 5:30pm
Reserve your spot now for this fun-filled event.  Included in your ticket is a buffet, dance party, appearances by Sharkey and Nero, and a balloon drop just for the kids!

New Year’s Eve Historical Bash
Where :: George Ranch Historical Park
When :: December 30th {Countdown at Noon, Lunch at 12:30pm}
Don’t miss the countdown at Noon followed by a special New Year’s Eve meal at 12:30pm.  As an added bonus, guests can also enjoy the last day of “Christmas in the Park” traveling through history.

Don’t forget… There are a number of ongoing holiday events happening in and around Houston right now that would make fun NYE outings too. Check out our ULTIMATE Guide to Holiday Events in Houston below!

Please Note :: While we make every effort to crosscheck current links and event details on our guides, we always encourage you to do the same before making final plans. If details are missing or incorrect, please let us know so that we can make every attempt to correct them. And if you know of any other family-friendly NYE events around town, include them in the comments to keep the list going as well!

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  1. I know of a pretty awesome deal going on at Main Event Entertainment! This is a great option with the weather being so unpredictable lately, no need to make last minute changes in case of bad weather! Plus, it is fun for all ages! You can reserve online until noon on New Years Eve.

    “Ring in the New Year with FUN at Main Event Entertainment! Celebrate in style with all you can play activities, 2-hour unlimited game play & party favors. You do not want to miss this epic celebration!


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