Here are a few parties and events to ring in the New Year that people have let me know about. It looks like there is something for everyone. Those who want to rock in the New Year have many choices but, surprisingly, those who want a more subdued evening have a few. There's even an AR event for those with small children.
All of the typical clubs and bars will be celebrating.
The Peabody claims to have the biggest party in Little Rock with musical acts stationed from the lobby to the ballrooms. Best of all, after the party you can just crash there and avoid driving home. I have friends who go to this and have a blast every year. Tickets are limited: $50.00 in advance in the gift shop; $65.00 at the door, (must be 21 or over). 501-906-4000.
Zoo Year's Eve is back this year with live music, tasty beverages and animals are all rocking at the zoo for New Year's. Cost is $75.00 per person with all proceeds benefiting the Arkansas Zoological Foundation. Dress is black-tie optional and tickets include admission to the event, free wine, beer, champagne and light appetizers with live entertainment by Shannon Boshears Band. 501-661-7208.
4. Radio Disney's Noon Year's EveFrom 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on December 31, Radio Disney FM 99.5 Little Rock invites kids and families to ring in the New Year at the Veterans Park Community Center in Cabot. This family-friendly celebration gives kids the opportunity to have all the fun of New Year’s Eve before their bedtime featuring songs from Radio Disney’s "Top 50 Countdown of 2011," interactive entertainment and prizes.
New Year's Eve is a blast at Cajun's. They have a band at 5 p.m., but the main event starts at 9 p.m. Thirty dollar cover. Located at 2400 Cantrell Rd. 501-375-5351.
The Empress presents a yearly "Victorian Affair" that includes 1 night in the room of your choice, wine dinner dance beginning at 8:00 p.m. followed by dancing in the parlors just like "the olden days". Champagne toast at midnight. Period attire requested. Tickets are $200.00/couple with stay, $225 without stay. 877-374-7966.
The Arkansas Cruise offers dinner cruises on New Year's Eve for a more relaxed evening. The cruise boards at 9:30 p.m. and returns around 12:30 a.m. on New Year's Day. The midnight cruise is around $50. 501-372-5777. The Queen also offers an early cruise with dinner, but it returns to the dock around 8 p.m. to allow you to ring in the actual New Year somewhere else.