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.
Experience Little Rock's newest New Year's Eve Party at the Marriott featuring Tragikly White, Dueling Pianos, a Disco, Dueling DJ's in the lobby and cash bars everywhere. $50.00 in advance in the gift shop; $65.00 at the door, (must be 21 or over). 501-906-4000. Get tickets.
The Arlington knows how to do the holidays, and they offer a New Year's Eve Party. Ring in the New Year dancing to the music of a live band, White Chocolate
. Party favors and champagne toast included. Party guests can also attend the Black-eyed Pea Reception that begins at midnight. Room packages available. The festival party is $45. The dinners and breakfasts can be included as package deals or separately. 1-800-643-1502.
New Year's Eve is a blast at Cajun's. They have a band at 5:30 p.m., but the main event starts at 9 p.m. Thirty dollar cover. Located at 2400 Cantrell Rd. 501-375-5351.
Celebrate New Year's Eve at the Crowne Plaza, 201 South Shackleford. The Big John Miller Band will be playing in the main ballroom, a DJ will be spinning dance tunes in the disco. Tickets are 45.00, and include hors d'oeuvres and a champagne toast.
Celebrate New Year's Eve at the Afterthought. Party favors and a Champagne toast at midnight. Cover is $10. Located at 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196.
The Empress presents a yearly Victorian themed event. This year the theme is: New Year’s Eve ”Downton Abbey” Wine Dinner Dance. The party includes dinner, champagne toast, dancing, custom made Victorian mementos, an 1870′s Steinway piano and live musicians. Tickets are $250. Rooms are available if you want to stay too. Period attie is encouraged. 877-374-7966.
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The River Market is one place to go if you want an exciting New Year's Eve. There are plenty of bars and clubs open all night and you'll have plenty of company to help you ring in the new year.
This is a new event this year, in the same spirit as the kid-friendly "First Night Fayetteville." The party is at various indoor venues around the Fayetteville Square. With a VIP Lounge, beer & champagne gardens, children's entertainment, midnight Hog Drop, fireworks display & the return of the famous Giant Puppet Parade, a fun time is guaranteed for all ages! The festival ends in Fireworks. Check their website for a schedule.
There are two shows on New Year's Eve. The late show at the Looney Bin will have champagne at midnight, sparkling cider, party poppers, hats, horns, noisemakers and snacks. The cover charge is also increased to $25 (it's just $12.50 at the early show). Located at 1010 Breckenridge Dr. 501-225-7007.
The Discovery is having a huge party with cash drops. he cover is $20 before midnight and $25 after. They'll have DJ MICHAEL "5000" WATTS, DJ SNO WHITE and Dominique & The Disco Dolls.