New Year Celebrations & Activities in the Texas Hill Country

Have you made your New Year’s Eve plans, yet? There are plenty of New Year’s celebrations and activities to choose from across the Hill Country. Here are a few you may not be aware of.


  • Celebrate the New Year in Texas’ Oldest Dance Hall
    Built in 1878, Gruene Hall is Texas’ oldest continually operating (and most famous) dance hall. Not much has physically changed since the Hall was first built. The 6,000 square foot dance hall with a high pitched tin roof still has the original layout with side flaps for open-air dancing, a bar in the front, a small lighted stage in the back and a huge outdoor garden. Gruene Hall is the perfect spot to ring in the New Year. This historic district features the best country artists annually for a night of dancing and fun. This year, come on out and enjoy New Year’s Eve with Shinyribs. Doors open at 7 pm. Click here to check out their website and to order tickets.



  • Try a Tri-Centennial Celebration
    Ring in the New Year in style, as the city of San Antonio kicks off its yearlong 300th-anniversary celebration with an extraordinary New Year’s Eve celebration outdoor free commemorative concert. Visitors and locals are invited to attend the celebration of the century as San Antonio rings in its 300th anniversary year with a free outdoor concert staged in the heart of downtown, on the grounds of another historic moment in San Antonio history, HemisFair ’68, the 1968 World’s Fair. Roaming performers, interactive art installations, projections on buildings, imaginative lighting and festive decorations will occupy eight acres of festival grounds and spill into the streets of downtown. Delectable international fare will be offered in food courts outside the event site. Yanaguana Gardens will be fully activated with games, pop-up performances, and children’s food menu items for kids of all ages. The event will be punctuated by a spectacular fireworks show choreographed to music.


  • Join the Festivities at Gatsby’s House
    Head over to 700 San Jacinto Blvd. in Austin, as Austin Nightlife Presents: GATSBY’S HOUSE Austin New Year’s Eve Celebration. Enjoy four hours of a prepaid bar with three areas in which to mingle. Check out two of Texas’ top-rated DJs as you prepare for the Amazing Countdown! It’s the most upscale New Year’s Eve Party in Austin. Greet 2018 in style at the Omni Austin Hotel.  Tickets start at $99. More Info


  • Welcome the New Year with a Walk (or Two)
    If you’re looking for a healthy and fun way to celebrate (and to jump-start your New Year’s resolutions!), you may want to check out Fredericksburg’s Memorial Walk and First Walk. The Memorial Walk is the last official walking event staged in Texas during the outgoing year. The First Walk is the first walking event of the New Year in Texas. You can participate in either 5k or 10k routes with afternoon and midnight walk options. It’s a good idea to bring a flashlight, some extra batteries, and proper reflective materials for this unique night walk. Click here for more information.


If you’d prefer spending a quiet evening enjoying a great meal, check out this post highlighting a number of great restaurants in the Texas Hill Country. But don’t wait until the last minute. Reservations will book quickly!


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