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When trying to plan out the perfect New Year’s Eve night, there is usually a lot to think about. Where are you going to go? How should you get there? What should you wear? In DFW, there are plenty of events that are great for a night with your significant other, a big group of friends or the family. These are some of the details you will need to know in order to plan out the perfect night on New Year’s Eve so that you can start the new year off right.

Family-Friendly EventsNew Year’s Eve isn’t just for young couples. It’s a great time to celebrate with the whole family. However, it can sometimes be difficult to find a place to go where you can bring the kids along. Try heading to Main Event, Medieval Times or the Fort Worth Zoo. Many of the locations that are great for the kids at other times of the year are having fun events that can be fun for the whole family and are kid-appropriate.

Restaurants To Dine AtMany restaurants have special dining menus on the night of New Year’s Eve. Many also do only a few seatings. Because of this, reservations are highly recommended. Wolfgang Puck‘s restaurant in Reunion Tower doubles as a great restaurant for dining and a place for great views. Craft Dallas is also a great option for a fancy 3-course meal. If you’re looking for a place to get some brunch the next day, you should definitely try Blue Mesa.

Best Ways To Get AroundThere are a lot of options to get around on New Year’s Eve. One option that is great if you want to keep the party going even while driving around is to get a party bus. It allows you to have a dance floor, TVs and a sound system, plus drinks, all in the bus you’re traveling in. It’s a great option if you’re going out with a big group. AAA also provides a “Tipsy Tow,” which is a free ride and vehicle tow of up to 10 miles for drivers that have consumed too much alcohol.

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Where To See FireworksFireworks are one of the things everyone is looking to see on New Year’s Eve. While enjoying them on the TV at home is always an option, there are some options that are a little more fun when in Dallas. Just bring a big blanket or chair to the venue and enjoy the fireworks at midnight. Reunion Tower is also a great place to go because it allows you to get a view from high up of most of the Dallas area. You can enjoy dinner there as well and make a night of it!

What To WearDresses are usually a great option for NYE. On this night, you don’t have to feel bad about the embellishments. This is a great night to bust out the sequins and the large cocktail ring. A metallic clutch would go perfectly with a black dress to add some more flair. Most events are not very dressy so you can still wear comfortable fabrics while dressing it up with some sparkle. For gentlemen, the combination of some nice jeans and a blazer is usually a winner.

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Kelsi Gerwell is a freelance writer covering all things Dallas-Fort Worth. Her work can be found on