Wednesday, December 16, 2009 , Updated 11:34 p.m., December 28, 2009
What are you doing New Year’s Eve, Dallas-Fort Worth?
It's time to ring in a New Year, North Texas style!
Pick a neighborhood, any neighborhood. We've got your New Year plans right here. No matter your budget or cultural taste, there is plenty to choose from this year.
It may not be as lively as Times Square, but that won't stop Victory Park from attempting to use up just as much electricity to help you ring in your well-lit and chilly New Year. There will be plenty of goings-on with outdoor concerts, a Dallas Stars game, Reckless Kelly at the House of Blues, a countdown on the obscenely large screens, and fireworks. Or you can also watch all the festivities from the warmth of your home during the live broadcast on WFAA.
Slink over to the Arts District for an epic rock show at the beautiful Wyly Theater. After the 19 piece rock orchestra rips a hole across the catalogs of Queen, The Who, David Bowie, and The Beatles, you could be a groupie for a night and party with Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra at the Wyly's exclusive VIP after-party. Tickets are $85 and include a meet-and-greet with the band at the Ultrasonic Lounge. Cocktails included.
Or you can traipse down to party with a slew of seasoned groupies on Lower Greenville. The Granada will be bumpin' with local favorites Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights, RTB2, and Taddy Porter hanging around to get the party off on the right foot.
Feeling a little Auld Lang Syne? Deathray Davies will be playing at Bryan Street Tavern, and the Toadies will return to their Deep Ellum stomping grounds for a memorable show at Trees. Rockstars included.
Downtown Fort Worth is sure to be sparkling and bustling with a variety of diversions. Legendary funk band Mingo Fishtrap (named after an intersection in Denton) returns to north Texas for a show at McDavid Studio, and just around the corner Ricki Derek will be hosting a Ring-a-Ding-Ding variety show with his big band at Scat. If you are more in the mood for scenester rock, then you will want to check out the Burning Hotels at Lola's (always a good hang).
If you're planning on sticking close to home, grab the kids and hit the lanes at AMF Jupiter earlier in the evening. Admission to the family friendly party includes bowling, games, music, dancing, pizza, pasta, and prize giveaways. You'll be home in time for a round of Monopoly before the ball drops.
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