Editor's note: This story is continually being updated to include noteworthy parties, ticket price changes and to note which events have sold out.
The countdown is officially on to ... well, the countdown. The New Year is right around the corner and that's certainly cause for celebration. So put on your best your sequins and suits; here are the can't-miss parties to help you usher in 2018.
P.S. Public transportation is free Dec. 31 beginning at 6 p.m. More deets.
AT&T Streaming Lights at Reunion Tower
Reunion Tower will illuminate the night sky in the final moments of 2017 with a fireworks show featuring more than 4,000 pyrotechnics. While organizers are not encouraging people camp out in Reunion Park, they are partnering with several local venues for watch parties.
A new element of the fireworks show this year includes a live broadcast on KXAS-TV (NBC5) called Lone Star NYE: Countdown to 2018. The telecast starts at 11:30 p.m. and much of it takes place at Saint Rocco's Italian restaurant in Trinity Groves, where Dallas band Jackopierce performs for a small crowd. A ticket to be part of the action includes dinner and cocktails, the private concert, prime fireworks viewing and the opportunity to have your face on TV. ($250; buy tickets)
View the spectacle from the Old Red Museum in downtown, which is hosting New Year's Eve 2018 Champagne Life: Royalty at the Castle. The event includes dinner, with the option of table service, and dancing to the tune of Inspiration Band and celebrity DJs. ($90-$10,000; buy tickets)
We highly recommend posting up on a patio for the fireworks. Happiest Hour near American Airlines Center has a rooftop patio with 360-degree views of downtown Dallas. On New Year's Eve, there will be a "megaparty" with a $35 cover. Hungry? Dine at one of the establishments in Harwood District, such as Saint Ann Restaurant and Bar, Dolce Riviera or Mercat Bistro, and receive a ticket to this after-party for free. (Sold out.)
If you're looking do to something more casual, consider making a dinner reservation at one of the restaurants in Trinity Groves and sticking around for drinks on the patio. No matter which eatery you choose, the patio offers an excellent view of Reunion Tower. Even better: Take a stroll on the Continental Avenue Pedestrian Bridge to find a spot. Just remember to bundle up.
Come down to Sundance Square
Sundance Square is keeping it low-key this New Year's Eve, but you can still find live music courtesy of Hunter Sullivan and the Big Time Big Band in the outdoor plaza beginning at 10:30 p.m. There will also be adult libations for sale and a countdown to 2018.
UPDATE: This event has been cancelled "due to forecasted extreme temperatures, possible freezing precipitation and 20 mph winds," according to the Facebook event page.
Dec. 31 from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at Sundance Square, 420 Main St., Fort Worth. Free.
Dallas NYE Ball
Polish your dancing shoes. The Dallas NYE Ball transforms three levels of the Crowne Plaza Hotel into dance floors, each showcasing a different genre of music. The top floor will be dedicated to "throwback" tunes from the 1980s and '90s. The second floor will be setup like Las Vegas-style club, featuring hip-hop, top 40 and electronic music in one room, and reggeton and Latin music in another. On the bottom level, expect pop music and a beer pong tournament with cash prizes for the winner. The event also offers dinner to VIP ticket holders for an extra fee.
Dec. 31 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1015 Elm St., Dallas. $50-$250. Buy tickets.
Brew Years Eve
Raise a pint to the New Year at the local Noble Rey Brewing Co. in Dallas. The brewery opens its doors for Brew Years Eve, a night of live music from local bands Ducado Vega, and Gypsy Bravado, plus bottomless beers and bites. In addition to house suds, Noble Rey will be serving libations from its beer brethren Pegasus City Brewery, Legal Draft Beer Co., Four Bullets Brewery, Coop Ale Works, and Oak Highlands Brewery, and cider from Bishop Cider Co. The brewery is unique among the Dallas scene because it offers vintage arcade games and video games for patrons to play for free. When's the last time you played Street Fighter in heels?
UPDATE: This event is sold out.
Dec. 31 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Noble Rey Brewing Co., 2636 Farrington St., Dallas. $75. Buy tickets.
Free Charley Crockett concert
Don't want to spend a fortune on New Year's Eve? Good news: You don't have to. Dallas blues musician Charley Crockett is playing for free at The Rustic in Uptown, with support from indie rocker Walker Lukens. All this event requires is an RSVP to attend; however, there is a VIP option ($60) that includes a meet and greet with Crockett, dinner and a reserved table for the show, a complimentary champagne toast and band swag.
Dec. 31 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. at The Rustic, 3656 Howell St., Dallas. Free to $60. RSVP or buy tickets.
Ritz and Wonders: The Greatest Show on NYE
Spend the countdown to the ball drop with sights you'd find under the Big Top. The Greatest Show on NYE promises a 1920s-themed circus complete with juggling, aerial performances, acrobats, burlesque, magic and more. Apart from entertainment, guests are encouraged to dress in their best '20s garb and snap pictures in a photo booth or try their hand at carnival games. DJs Ronnie Heart and Pop Boy Etc. will also help ring in the New Year with live tunes. VIP tickets include access to a speakeasy and a private burlesque show.
Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Violet Room, 2634 Weisenberger St., Fort Worth. $40-$100. Buy tickets.
New Year's Eve with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra
If you're partial to classical symphonies over club DJs, head to the Meyerson Symphony Center in downtown Dallas for a special New Year's Eve production by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Expect fun and whimsical pieces from composers such as Antonín Dvořák, Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns and more. The price of admission includes a champagne toast at intermission, and the show concludes at 9:30 p.m., which leaves plenty of time to find a place to catch the fireworks at Reunion Tower or watch the ball drop from the comfort of your couch.
Dec. 31 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas. $81-$184 (prices may increase closer to performance date). Buy tickets.
106.1 Kiss-FM New Year's Eve
Radio personality Kellie Rasberry of the Kidd Kraddick in the Morning Show hosts a dinner and dance party at the Hilton hotel at Granite Park in Plano. An all-inclusive ticket buys appetizers, dinner, and access to an open bar, plus tunes from KiddNation DJ Mike Morse to help you boogie all the way into 2018.
UPDATE: This event is sold out.
Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Hilton Dallas/Plano Granite Park, 5805 Granite Pkwy., Plano. $138 for single tickets, $270 for couples. Buy tickets.
Jonathan Tyler and Friends
This year marks the 10th anniversary of a New Year's Eve partnership between an iconic local music venue and a locally-raised rocker. The Granada Theater in Dallas hosts Jonathan Tyler, now based in Nashville, for an NYE performance when the musician will be inviting some of his friends and collaborators (possibly his girlfriend Nikki Lane) to share the stage. Local acts the Texas Gentlemen and the Vandoliers open the concert with their own tunes that span country, blues, and rock genres. Expect enough grit and melody for a foot-stomping good time.
Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., Dallas. $20-$70. Buy tickets.
NYE 2018: Studio 54 at Texas Theatre
Live music, burlesque dancing, a "human ball drop" -- the iconic Texas Theatre has everything to satisfy revelers on New Year's Eve. Tunes come courtesy of local bands Nervous Curtains and Midnight Opera. What's a human ball drop, you ask? At midnight, an aerial silks artist will descend from the venue's ceiling just like the ball in Time Square. All tickets come with a complimentary champagne toast, but VIP includes extra perks like access to an upstairs bar and half a bottle of bubbly instead of just a glass at midnight.
Gatsby's Penthouse - Dallas New Year's Eve 2018
Break out your swankiest 1920s outfit and get ready to get zozzled at this New Year's Eve soiree. DJs will be located throughout the penthouse at Dallas' Le Meridien Stoneleigh hotel spinning hip-hop, EDM and top 40 hits. Not exactly in theme, but it promises to be bee's knees with an all-inclusive price that offers ticketholders an open bar, champagne toast, party favors and good vibes. Tickets are currently on Cyber Monday special and may go up in price closer to the event.
UPDATE: This event is sold out.
Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Le Meridien Stoneleigh, 2927 Maple Ave., Dallas. $195. Buy tickets.
New Year's Eve with Coolio
Forget about getting fancy and head to the McKinney Avenue Tavern in Dallas to party with rapper Coolio. Really. He'll be performing at the sports bar and hanging out with the bar's famous owner, radio personality Big Al Mack, to countdown to 2018. Entry comes with a complimentary champagne toast.
Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at McKinney Avenue Tavern, 2822 McKinney Ave., Dallas. $40-$250. Buy tickets.
Lights All Night
Dance the year away at this Dallas original. Lights All Night festival began in 2010 as a one-night party and has since grown into a nationally renown event that attracts about 40,000 people annually. The two nights of electronic music showcase some of the biggest names in the biz, including this year's headliners Bassnectar, Porter Robinson, Marshmello and Seven Lions. Expect a sensory feast of lasers, light shows, confetti cannons and costumes.
Note: The event does not happen on New Year's Eve this year, but it's still a worthy dance party. That means you can pre-party for 2018 and keep it chill on NYE.
Dec. 29-30 at Dallas Market Hall, 2100 Stemmons Fwy., Dallas. $110-$400. Buy tickets.
Backdoor Comedy New Year's Eve Bash
If comedy is more your thing, prepare to laugh all the way to 2018 at Backdoor Comedy's New Year's Eve celebration with Dallas-bred comedian Paul Varghese. The show features Varghese, who's been on Last Comic Standing and Comedy Central, "and friends" in two performances at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. The latter includes a midnight champagne toast followed by dancing plus tickets to a future comedy show.
Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. at Backdoor Comedy Club, 8250 N. Central Expressway, Dallas. $29-$50. Buy tickets by calling the box office at 214-328-4444.
Beats and Bubbly
The name of this event says it all. The Bomb Factory and blog The Skinny Arm roll out the white carpet (literally) for this New Year's Eve celebration, featuring paparazzi-style photography, a retro arcade, a doughnut wall courtesy of Urban Donut, cupcakes from Gigi's Cupcakes, a pizza station and more. Beats are provided by DJ Bradford. VIP tickets include three drinks and access to the venue's balcony, where there will be more snack stations. Private suites are also available for parties up to 10 people. This is a black-tie affair for patrons 21-and-up.
Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Bomb Factory, 2713 Canton St., Dallas. $100-$2,000. Buy tickets.
New Year's Eve at the Round-Up Saloon
Dust off your dancing shoes and put them to work at one of the most energetic dance floors in Dallas. Round-Up Saloon, located on Cedars Springs Road, promises a party with appetizers to fuel your dance floor antics, a cash balloon drop at midnight, followed by a breakfast buffet until closing time. Splurge for VIP tickets and you'll also get a table, admission for four people, a bottle of champagne and reserved parking spot.
Hops and Boots NYE 2017
The hops suggest beer and the boots suggest two-steppin'. If that pleases your Texan heart, head to Texas Ale Project on New Year's Eve for a little bit of both. Local musician Charlie Barrale caters the tunes, while local restaurant Slow Bone caters the eats, including fried chicken, biscuits and s'mores. The price of admission includes a commemorative glass and pours of the brewery's latest special beers, including a petite saison brewed with champagne yeast -- because of NYE, of course. Bonus: Texas Ale Project is located in the Design District with ample viewing of Reunion Tower, which means you'll be able to see the fireworks there at midnight. Suggested attire is country casual and you can even bring the kiddos for an extra $12 entry fee.
Dec. 31 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Texas Ale Project, 1001 N. Riverfront Blvd., Dallas. $12-$55. Buy tickets.
NYE at MHBC
Want to avoid Uber's midnight surcharge or have kiddos to get home to? Martin House Brewing Co. in Fort Worth hosts an adult New Year's Eve party that offers drinkers time to do one of both of those things. From 6 to 9 p.m., the brewery is serving 11 house beers, including several specialty recipes. A ticket buys four pints or eight half-pours. Food truck 52 Chevy Kitchen will be onsite in case you're hungry.
UPDATE: This event is sold out.
Dec. 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Martin House Brewing Co., 220 S. Sylvania Ave., Fort Worth. $15. Buy tickets.
New Year's Eve with Forgotten Space
If you missed the Grateful Dead's recent tour stop in Dallas, be sure not to miss this event. Local tribute band Forgotten Space brings the tunes of Grateful Dead to Deep Ellum Art Co. in Dallas for a three-night run that concludes on New Year's Eve. In addition to live music, the venue will have a food truck onsite. Tickets can be purchased for a single-night show or for all three. Groovy.
Dec. 29-Dec. 31 at Deep Ellum Art Co., 3200 Commerce St., Dallas. $16-$40. Buy tickets.
Little D is going big for NYE. Adorn your best '20s garb and head to the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in Denton for a roaring good time that event includes casino games and live music courtesy of DJ Woodtronic, and David Pierce and his Holiday Orchestra. Also included in the price of a ticket: a champagne toast, food from local restaurant Barley and Board, and chances to win prizes. Proceeds benefit the United Way of Denton County.
Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 East Hickory St., Denton. $100-$250. Buy tickets.
Downtown NYE Bash
If you've wanted to check out the new and improved Statler hotel, New Year's Eve is your chance. Attendees to the Downtown NYE Bash will gain access to the hotel and three bars there -- Bourbon and Banter speakeasy, Waterproof rooftop deck and Scout, a soon-to-open sports bar. DJs will play throughout the hotel, while a band mans the dance floor inside Scout. A ticket includes bites, party favors and a midnight champagne toast.
Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Statler, 1914 Commerce St., Dallas. $40-$250. Buy tickets.
NYE at the French Room
The French Room at the historic Adolphus Hotel is arguably the classiest dining room in Dallas -- and you can expect New Year's Eve there to be, too. The restaurant is hosting a party that harkens back to its heyday in the early 1900s, with the Imperial Brass band and cocktails from the era. There's no cover to attend this soiree, but if you want to include dinner, make a reservation by calling the restaurant.
Dec. 31 from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at the French Room, 1321 Commerce St., Dallas. Free.
'80s Night on New Year's Eve
The spirit of the 1980s will be in full force at Vetted Well restaurant at Alamo Drafthouse in Dallas on NYE. Stop by to enjoy a cover band slinging classic decade tunes, a pop-up arcade (courtesy of the popular Free Play Arcade), Capri Sun cocktails and more. Bonus: Vetted Well also has a patio where you'll be able to see the fireworks show at Reunion Tower.
Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. at Vetted Well (Alamo Drafthouse), 1005 Lamar St., Dallas. $40. Buy tickets.
If you vibe to vinyl, head to Midnight Rambler cocktail bar in downtown Dallas on New Year's Eve. The spot is hosting its third annual Boho-a-Go-Go party, which as the name suggests also includes go-go dancers. DJs Wild in the Streets and Travis Box will hold down the decks while bartenders there keep you full on libations. Entry is free between 5 and 8:30 p.m.; after that, it costs $25 to attend. A complimentary champagne toast will be provided to all guests.
Dec. 31 from at 5 p.m. at Midnight Rambler, 1530 Main St., Dallas. Free to $25. Pay at the door.
Denton-bred musician Alan Palomo is returning to his North Texas roots for a DJ set at It'll Do dance club in Dallas. Expect funky beats to help you start 2018 off on the grooviest foot possible. DJ Red Eye opens the show.
Dec. 31 at 9 p.m. at It'll Do Dallas, 4322 Elm St., Dallas. $25. Buy tickets.
CORRECTION Dec. 28 at 7:36 a.m.: This story previously listed the wrong address for Sundance Square. The venue is located at 420 Main St. in Fort Worth.