No Big D NYE? No problem. This year, indulge in opulence as you count down the minutes till midnight.
Our list of over-the-top New Year's Eve parties has burlesque dancers, world-class DJs and fire breathers. So, dress up in your finest silks and sequins, then dig deep into your pockets to celebrate 2016 at Dallas' seven most lavish bashes.
Dallas NYE Ball @ Crowne Plaza Hotel
Wishing you could be in Times Square this New Year's Eve? Find the next best thing at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, where you can party the night away in four city-themed nightclubs. Participate in the Times Square Room's beer pong tournament, sashay to salsa and reggae music in the Cancun Room, sit VIP and gamble at the Las Vegas Room's table games tournament, or lay low and smoke hookah in the Ibiza Room. No matter your vice, you're sure to find what you're looking for at this around-the-world bash.
- $30-$2,000. Buy tickets.
NYE on Cloud Nine @ Five Sixty
Swanky partygoers can take in Dallas' most spectacular view while counting down to midnight at Five Sixty's private event space, Cloud Nine. A $212 ticket to the event includes all-inclusive drinks, bites from Executive Chef Jacob Williamson and music from DJ Jason Esquire. Guests will be treated to a Champagne toast at midnight, natch. It'll be a night to remember, even if you forget: Take home a photo from the party's photo booth for proof.
- $212. Buy tickets.
Wonderland 2016 @ Sisu Uptown Resort
Sisu's Wonderland bash boasts a long list of perks for attendees, including a red carpet, multiple balloon drops, burlesque dancers, cigars and 1,000 glow sticks. Four DJs will keep the party pulsing while Amber Dale, Playboy model, and Vicki Li, a pageant winner, perform hosting duties. If this video of last year's party is any indication, every guest will end up doing one of two things: jumping into the pool fully-clothed (well, at least as "fully clothed" as they were when they showed up) or guzzling alcohol straight from the bottle. Par-tay.
- $40-$5,000. Buy tickets.
One World NYE @ Crescent Lounge and Nightclub
Just next door to Sisu, Crescent Lounge and Nightclub has a similar evening planned. This one, too, has a female host (here, it's Ali Nugent, Miss Texas USA 2013) and it, too, includes burlesque dancers and a paparazzi-flanked red carpet. If you're having trouble deciding between the two events, maybe this will make your mind up for you: One World NYE's website includes "$10,000 Cash & Balloon Drop" as one of its party perks. It's unclear whether the cash will be dropped with the balloons, given away throughout the night or distributed any number of other ways (or even at all). If you're curious enough to find out, grab a ticket before they're gone.
- $40-$5,000. Buy tickets.
Boho-A-Go-Go @ Midnight Rambler
Celebrate the new year by going back in time at the Joule's cocktail bar Midnight Rambler. At the venue's Boho-A-Go-Go party, guests will relive the rock n' roll of the '50s, exude the mod cool of the '60s, dress in the bohemian style of the '70s and twist like the go-go dancers of the '80s. Three DJs will spin vinyl records while attendees sip on craft cocktails and clink glasses at midnight with a complimentary Champagne toast. Take the theme seriously: Prizes go to those guests with the best outfit and the best dancing.
- To reserve a table, call (214) 261-4601 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Free to $25. Details here.
Casablanca NYE @ Bungalow Beach Club
Dallas' most exotic New Year's Eve soirée includes fire breathers, belly dancers, snake charmers and more -- and it all takes place inside a heated tent. Guests seeking high roller status can become "kings and queens" of the party by shelling out more than $1,200 for eight bottles of alcohol, four hookahs and belly dancers at their table, among other indulgences.
Lights All Night @ Dallas Market Hall
Though it's more EDM concert than "party," the biggest names of any New Year's Eve event will be at Lights All Night. Prominent DJs Hardwell, Kaskade, Porter Robinson and Flosstradamus are the headliners of the two-day event, a position previously held by globally successful DJs Skrillex, Avicii, Deadmau5 and Calvin Harris. There won't be a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight, but for Dallasites who love to dance the night away to heart-pounding music with an eye-popping lights show, this is the best party you could ask for.