DFW is approaching the largest countdown of the year, excitedly preparing to bring in 2013 with a bang. While the 21-and-older crowd is well served for the occasion, DFW will also host New Year’s parties for families of any age. For the more family oriented party goers, DFW offers an abundance of locales offering up family friendly New Year’s parties with the same amount of pizazz and flair as one would expect the new year to bring.
Big D NYE
2200 Victory Ave.
Dallas, TX 75219
Known as the central party hub for the American Airlines Center patrons, swanky W Hotel guests and other surrounding DFW area hotspot lovers, Victory Park is one of the most sought-after locations for family friendly events. Big D NYE’s party is in its sixth year running at Victory Park and promises to be even bigger and better rolling into 2013. Last year’s event ushered more than 35,000 people to the Victory Park area. For free family entertainment, food and a spectacular fireworks celebration, Big D NYE reigns as one of the elite for DFW New Year’s parties.
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New Year’s Eve Extravaganza
2021 N. Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207
Price: $35.95 adults/$29.95 children ages 12 and younger
Bring your family to Medieval Times on New Year’s Eve and live life like the royal court as you dine lavishly on a four-course meal while enjoying a two-hour tournament in honor of Medieval Times’ New Year’s Eve Extravaganza. Both children and adults are guaranteed to be entertained as Medieval Times is one of Dallas’ most-celebrated live entertainment venues. Children are invited to participate in face painting and are welcomed on the arena floor to partake in a free knight training course held by the professionals. Spots are limited, so book now for a New Year’s celebration the kids will never forget.
Lynn Creek Park
5610 Lake Ridge Parkway
Grand Prairie, TX 75052
Price: $7 adults/$4 children
Walking through a winter wonderland has turned into a New Year’s Eve paradise at the Prairie Lights festival in Grand Prairie. Journey through 4 million lights, and watch in amazement as visions that were only possible in your wildest dreams come true. Drift through the world’s longest tunnel of lights all the while soaking in the breathtaking views of miles of holiday displays and adornments. Enjoy the sights and sounds at the Holiday Magic Live show as well.
Lights All Night
909 1st Ave.
Dallas, TX 75210
Lights All Night is one of the few New Year’s Eve extravaganzas that welcomes the younger-than-21 crowd. Perfect for families with young adults celebrating the new year, Fair Park is hosting a dance festival that is sure to set your heels on fire. Featuring star-studded performances by Ghostland Observatory and Dallas’ own Play N Skillz, Lights All Night is a New Year’s Eve celebration geared toward electronic music enthusiasts who love to dance. Attracting thousands of music lovers to live music blasting from three stages, this annual New Year’s festival is a definite must to bringing in 2013 with style.
Teen Night–New Year’s Party
Cowboys Dancehall Arlington
2540 E. Abram St.
Arlington, TX 76011
Price: $10 teens 13 to 17
Widely known to the DFW metroplex as the No. 1 dance club for teens, Cowboys Dancehall (“Cowboys”) is hosting a New Year’s Party Dec. 30 exclusively for the teen crowd. The night will feature a cash balloon drop, dance off and bull-riding contest in addition to blaring music all night long with a live DJ. Put on your best outfit, gather your friends, and dance until midnight at the one and only Cowboys New Year’s Party. Parents are welcome to attend for free, and both alcohol and tobacco are prohibited.
Leah Frazier is a freelance writer covering all things Dallas. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.