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12 best Dallas-Fort Worth celebrations popping the cork on New Year's Eve 2021

12 best DFW celebrations popping the cork on New Year's Eve 2021

Reunion Tower presents NYE Fireworks
The fireworks at Reunion Tower will be broadcast on NBC5 beginning at 11:30 pm. Photo courtesy of Reunion Tower

Somehow, we have made it to the end of another challenging year. New Year's Eve in Dallas-Fort Worth always includes a nice variety of events, letting kids and adults alike let loose, let go of the past year, and let out a yell during the countdown to midnight. Below are some of the best options to bring in 2022 in style. (Note that some are daytime events at more family-friendly hours, and others wrap up in time to toast the new year at home.)

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Four Day Weekend New Year's Eve Party
People on both sides of Fort Worth-Dallas can enjoy Four Day Weekend's end-of-the-year show. Both the Fort Worth and Dallas events will feature the hilarious interactive comedy show, a cocktail-style dinner catered by Reata, a ticket to a future Four Day Weekend performance, champagne toast, and party favors.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents "Swing is the Thing"
In a marriage of music and movement, four world-champion swing dancers will take the Bass Hall stage to strut their stuff alongside the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and conductor William Waldrop in a show that captures the swing era of the '40s and '50s. The audience can groove to favorites by Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Bill Haley and the Comets, Jerry Lee Lewis, and more.

William Lee Martin's New Year's Eve Special at Downtown Cowtown at the Isis
Fort Worth native and funnyman William Lee Martin, whose comedy specials can be seen on Amazon Prime and AppleTV, will bring fresh material and hilarious new stories to a New Year's Eve show at Downtown Cowtown at the Isis. A VIP experience includes a post-show meet & greet with Martin in the theater's private speakeasy.

Noon Year's Eve at Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
 The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History hosts a New Year's celebration at the family-friendly time of 10 am-12 pm. Noon Year's Eve will feature activities including making party poppers, exploring different New Year's traditions, learning about animals of the new year, and making "Noon" Year's Eve resolutions. After the event (free with the price of admission), the museum will stay open until 5 pm. Similarly in Dallas ...

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden presents Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden Noon Year’s Eve Celebration
The Dallas Arboretum will give kids a fun New Year's Eve option with their Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden Noon Year’s Eve Celebration. Guests can enjoy the excitement of the celebration without staying up till midnight with a Noon Year’s Eve ball drop and winter STEM activities.

Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark presents Epic Family New Year
The Epic Waters Crew will be sending off 2021 and ringing in 2022 with Epic Family New Year. The event at Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark in Grand Prairie will feature circus and aerial performances, hula dancing, interactive games, and more. There will also be a special Hawaiian themed dinner, including a pig on a spit, pulled pork sliders, baby back ribs, coconut shrimp, and mini pineapple upside down cupcakes. 

Irving Cares presents New Year's Eve Party
Irving Cares will present their inaugural New Year's Eve Party, a signature event to ring in the new year. There will be cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and live music provided by Ricki Derek and his 16-piece band, followed by current hits played by DJ Melodies & Memories. A champagne toast will celebrate the arrival of 2022 at Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas.

A New Year in Hollywood at AC Hotel Fort Worth
This classic Hollywood-themed party will take over four floors of the downtown hotel. A five-course dinner will take place in the 16th floor ballroom, transformed into the iconic Brown Derby. The main stage will be on the first floor in the Hollywood Backlot, featuring music by Mix Tape. The AC Lounge will be transformed into the iconic Frolic room with music by singer-songwriter Robert Redwine. The junior ballroom, Grauman's Theater, will offer nostalgic movie theater concessions and a house DJ.

New Year's Eve at Hotel Vin
The Grapevine hotel will host a Gatsby-style party to ring in the New Year. It starts with a five-course menu served in the Bordeaux Ballroom overlooking historic Main Street. (Menu highlights include oysters, lobster bisque, monkfish chateau de boeuf, and passion fruit pavlova.) Then there'll be casino games and dancing to the Hunter Sullivan Band, a nine-piece band singing favorites from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and more. Several different ticket packages are available.

The Statler presents New Year’s Eve Black & White Party
The Statler's New Year’s Eve Party in Dallas will be a re-creation of Truman Capote’s legendary 1966 "Party of the Century." In addition to complimentary Champagne at midnight and hors d’oeuvres, there will be a full casino experience. Each guest will receive $10,000 worth of casino chips to play the night away. Tickets can be purchased individually or by tables of either 4 or 8 people and include bottle service, party favors, and more.

ArtPark presents New Year's Eve Celebration
ArtPark, the beer garden and restaurant at Dallas' Trinity Groves, features green turf, lawn games, and drinks poured from shipping container bars. Ticket holders for their New Year's Eve party get access to a VIP area stocked with food, desserts, and special cocktails. Tickets include all food and drinks, and a goodie bag filled with ArtPark swag. As a bonus, guests will have the perfect vantage point to enjoy...

Reunion Tower presents Over the Top NYE
The sixth annual Over The Top NYE fireworks show will feature a new element, a 225-drone light show that will join the 5,000 pyrotechnic special effects and 259 LED lights that promise to make the 360-degree, panoramic fireworks spectacular the most memorable one since it first started lighting up the Dallas skyline in 2016. There is no on-site viewing at Reunion Tower. Residents are encouraged to watch the show from other nearby viewing locations. Staying in? NBC 5 will broadcast the show starting at 11:30 pm. 

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Stephanie Allmon Merry contributed to this story.