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10 Ideas to celebrate New Year’s Eve Dallas for 2021

We cannot believe that it’s almost the end of 2021 and this makes us happy!

New Years Eve Dallas

Do you have all of your fun plans made?

It’s usually a pretty big holiday with lots of fun things going on nearby around Dallas, Plano, Collin County, and Frisco to bring in 2022.

Many of the places we suggest are found in our 31 really fun things to do this Winter in DFW.

To keep you up to date and covered with all the fun we’ve put together your New Year’s Eve guide so you will know all the greatest things to do!

Fun things to do on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

Day 1 DFW New Years 2021

New Year’s Day with Day 1 DFW

Date: January 1, 2022 9am until January 2, 2022 at 2am

Fireworks at 7pm

Location #1 Toyota Stadium in Frisco, 9200 World Cup Way, Frisco, TX 75033

Location #2 Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, 1911 Montgomery St, Ft. Worth, TX 76107​

The 7th annual Day 1 DFW (formerly known as Day 1 Dallas) New Year’s Day event is an all-inclusive experience where families can enjoy unlimited bowling, billiards, laser tag, gravity ropes, golf, arcade games, and more.

This year, Day 1 DFW is expanding to all seven DFW Main Event locations in Frisco, Grapevine, Lewisville, Plano, Grand Prairie, Fort Worth North, and Fort Worth South.

Early Bird Day 1 DFW All-Access Tickets are available until December 10.

Participants will get TWO Day 1 DFW tickets for $35. The regular ticket price is $20 each.

Ticket purchase also includes bowling shoes and a $10 Fun Card for use around the Main Event facility.

Each site will offer face painting for $5 and photo booths for fun family pictures.

Day 1 DFW activities will also include free drive-in fireworks shows!

Bowling New Years at Main Event
Photo Credit: Main Event

All-access passes allow access to the Main Event facility of your choice, a $10 fun card for games, and bowling shoe rental!

New Years at Main Event
Photo Credit: Main Event

Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden Noon Year’s Eve Celebration

Say goodbye to 2021, and celebrate the coming of 2022 in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden!

December 31, 10 am – 3 pm

Dallas Arboretum

Tickets $13 – $20

Jazzberry Jammin’ New Year’s Eve

The event features New Year’s themed crafts, a special holiday background at “Be a Star” and afternoon New Year’s countdowns. Celebrate the new year without missing bedtime!

All activities are included with admission. The fun begins at 10 a.m. on New Year’s Eve at Crayola Experience Plano.

Countdown to Noon – Sci Tech Discovery Center

Friday December 31st, 10 am – 3 pm at Sci Tech Discovery Center in Frisco.

All new activities and experiments.

We are coming to the end of the Holiday Lights season but Drive-thru or Walking tours of the Local Lights are a great way to celebrate the New Year.

Dallas Zoo Lights

Location: 650 South R.L. Thornton Freeway (I-35E), Dallas, TX 75203

The Zoo is located three miles south of downtown Dallas, just off I-35E at the Ewing Ave. / Marsalis Ave. exit.

Traffic Alerts:
TxDOT is working on I-35E as part of a major construction project that is now underway and may affect your trip to the Zoo.

After the animals head in for the evening, the Dallas Zoo will transform into a winter wonderland with over one million twinkling lights illuminating ZooNorth throughout the holiday season ready for you to navigate in your car.

This year, discover realistic silk-covered lanterns in the shape of your favorite animals, plus even more light displays and festivities for the entire family!

Dallas Zoo Lights Activities:

Dallas Zoo Lights is $50 for each car for members, $65 without!

New Years Eve times – 6.30, 7.30 and 8.30 – book ahead to avoid disappointment. Reservations are necessary!

Vitruvian Lights

Location: 3966 Vitruvian Way, Addison, 75001.

Come enjoy a Magical Night of Lights ceremony!

Vitruvian Park is transformed into a dazzling and magical holiday wonderland during Vitruvian Lights, when over 1.5 million sparkling LED lights are wrapped around more than 550 trees – perfect for a drive-thru experience.

It remains open on New Years Eve and is on our big list of the Best Places in Dallas to see Christmas Lights

The Trains at NorthPark

Location: 8687 N Central Expy, Dallas, TX 75225

The most elaborate miniature toy trains exhibit in Texas, The Trains at NorthPark™ features trains rolling across 1,800 feet of track on a journey across America.

Cityscapes include New York City’s Time Square and Grand Central Station, The White House, New England’s fall foliage, the Grand Canyon, Route 66, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Albuquerque’s hot air balloons and, of course, Dallas’ Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, The State Fair of Texas, The Cotton Bowl, Nasher Sculpture Center, The Perot Museum, and Southern Methodist University.

The exhibit encompasses train-themed environments with all the trimmings of the holiday train travel experience—steam engines, coach cars, a ticket booth, and a train station.

Each year, more than 80,000 people visit The Trains at NorthPark™ as a part of their holiday tradition.

All proceeds from ticket sales go to helping families at Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.

  • $10.00 for adults
  • $5.00 for children (ages 2 – 12) and senior citizens (age 65 and older)
  • Children under 2 admitted free.
  • ​Be sure to check your local Tom Thumb or Albertsons for $1 off ticket prices!

Skating Under the Stars – Farmers Branch

Location: 12700 Denton Drive Farmers Branch, TX 75234.

Head to the Children’s Health StarCenter in Farmers Branch, at the corner of I-35E and 635.

New Year’s Eve times:
12:00 PM – 2:15 PM
2:30 PM – 4:45 PM

Skate Under the Stars at the outdoor ice rink located directly outside the Children’s Health StarCenter Farmers Branch this holiday season!

The ice rink will offer visitors outdoor skating, concessions and more. All visitors MUST wear a mask or approved facial covering while on the ice at the outdoor rink.

General Admission (ages 4+): $10, Youth admission (3 & under): FREE, and Skate rental: $5.

Christmas in the Square

Location: 8843 Coleman Boulevard, Frisco, TX

New Years Eve Hours: 4pm – 10pm, weather dependent.

Christmas in the Square returns for another year, full of established favorites and new surprises, such as their acclaimed Light Show, Skate the Square, Christmas Tree Lot by Scouts Troop 51, Horse Carriages, a Holiday Vendor Market, and Ike the Polar Bear!

The Holiday lights and music will run daily 6-10 PM – the show is free to the public.

Prairie Lights

Location: 5610 Lake Ridge Pkwy, Grand Prairie, TX

One of Texas’ most popular holiday attractions will be better than ever this year with one-of-a-kind custom displays and brand-new indoor and outdoor attractions.

Hours of Operation: Every day 6 pm – 10 pm.

Let it Glow, Holiday Light Show

Location: 1701 Shoal Creek, Highland Village, TX 75077

This year’s display includes a 60 foot Christmas Tree and over 245,300 efficient LED lights synchronized to festive holiday music.

Guests can enjoy daily showings of the interactive light show in Central Park every hour on the hour from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Some New Years Events for the Adults

NYE 2022 Cabaret Soirée at Legacy Hall

Ring in 2022 with an extravagant Cabaret Soirée New Year’s Eve Party [21+] at Legacy Hall!

Experience a glamorous New Year’s Eve with the ultimate party band Live 90, mixes by DJ Yuna & DJ Cantu on the 2nd and 3rd floors, a HUGE balloon drop at midnight, a champagne toast, and more!

 🍾Legacy Hall’s three floors will all have something exciting to discover including can-can dancers, photo ops, and a cirque performer.

With over 20 eateries and bars to choose from, there is something for everyone to indulge in from late night bites to craft libations!

Reunion Tower OVER THE TOP NYE 2021

For the sixth year, Reunion Tower and Hunt Realty Investments, Inc. are bringing a Texas-sized New Year’s Eve event to Dallas. Now benefiting Children’s Health ℠ , the only 360-degree, panoramic fireworks spectacular in the Central time zone will light up the Dallas sky starting at 11:59 p.m. CDT on Friday, Dec. 31, 2021.

Both companies are proud to announce the annual fireworks, and light show will be joined by a 225-drone light show engineered and flown by DFW-based Sky Elements.

The drones will fly at heights of up to 400 feet and create an array of visual elements the likes have never seen before above the Dallas skyline.

For more Year Round Ideas, you can check out our Events Calendar and our run-down of Monthly highlights.

A great way to ring in the New Year is to enjoy one of Plano’s Best Breakfast or Brunch spots around Town.

We are wishing you a safe and Happy New Years!!!

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Kali Ah Yuen

Monday 20th of December 2021

Harlowe MXM in Deep Ellum is hosting a New Years' Eve Rooftop DJ Party with dinner and drink specials all day! It's only a $5 cover fee for the rooftop that overlooks Downtown Dallas. Plus, they have a 'Bad Santa' themed bar!! So excited!


Sunday 24th of December 2017

Great guide for new year eve Shannon. I appreciate it :) Kids will surely love the Fireworks. Also, the Strikz Bowling sounds good! :)


Monday 25th of December 2017

Thanks! Happy New Years!

You don't want anyone missing this!

Be sure to tell your friends and family about this.