1. The W Hotel
You've got it all at the W's New Year's Eve shindig: there's the decadent craft|Dallas for dinner, the penthouse Ghost Bar for the party and plush, comfy suites for sleeping off that party. With the hotel's "W.I.P" treatment, guests will start off their evening at Tom Colicchio's craft|Dallas restaurant for an elegant three-course dinner. After that, they will have the option to head up for a a free pass to Ghost Bar's soiree, or perhaps guests will choose to throw on their coats and head across the street to the Big D NYE party in Victory Park (more on that below.) W.I.P purchasers also get great perks, like a free bottle of bubbly and a complimentary breakfast (complete with Bloody Mary's--for the inevitable hangover.
2440 Victory Park Lane, 214.397.4111, www.whotels.com/dallas
2. Big D NYE at Victory Park
It shouldn't be too cold here in Dallas this week, so thankfully one of the largest New Year's Eve parties should go off without a hitch. The Big D NYE party at Victory Park is an indoor/outdoor extravaganza with a little something for everyone. Watch the Dallas Stars play the Anaheim Ducks at the American Airlines Center, then head over to the outdoor stages for some great live music (check out Reckless Kelly inside House of Blues, within walking distance from the AA Center.) Then, head to the big screens in the Victory Park Plaza to watch the NYE countdown to midnight and enjoy a fantastic fireworks show for that big New Year's kiss.
2500 Victory Avenue, 214.222.3687, www.bigdnye.com
3. A Night in Bombay: New Year's Eve Charity Event at the Westin Galleria
If you want to party it up for a good cause, head to the Westin Galleria hotel for a Bollywood-themed party benefiting the "No More Tears" project. Rub elbows with some of the biggest philanthropists in the area, along with celebrity Bollywood actors and DJ's. The night will include a gourmet dinner from Westin chefs, a VIP reception, live music, DJ's and more, all with the best dancing from the other side of the hemisphere.
13340 Dallas Parkway, 972.934.9494, starwoodhotels.com
4. New Year's Eve at the Gaylord Texan Hotel
The Gaylord Texan might be a bit of a drive, but their New Year's Eve package will make the gas fee worth it. Their giant indoor ice rink is a seasonal plus, but NYE night you'll find some great concerts, including 70s disco band Le Freak and, inside their nightclub The Glass Cactus, the 80s comedy-band The Spazmatics. And of course, don't bother driving home-- get your beauty rest for the new year in one of their luxe rooms.
1501 Gaylord Trail, 817.778.3000, www.gaylordtexan.com
5. New Year's Eve at the Fashion Industry Gallery
For the fashion-forward New Year's party people, the Fashion Industry Gallery is throwing a bash in their downtown loft-style space. Catch models donning the hautest trends for next season, and dance the night away to some of the hottest DJ's in Dallas. If a VIP table won't fit your posse, go for a VIP room, so you and your pals can privately party down.
1807 Ross Ave, 214.748.4344, www.fashionindustrygallery.com