It is the most wonderful time of the year and it is also one of the busiest. With so many opportunities for dining, shows and more during the holiday season it can be hard to know where to go and what to do. Here is a list of of the hottest holiday happenings throughout the holiday season, including New Year’s Eve parties and celebrations. Some are family friendly, some are just for adults and some require reservations. Let this list help you with your celebration planning.
Whether you are traveling in for the holidays or just wanting a night away The Royal Sonesta Houston might be a perfect spot start your celebration and hang your hat after the evening’s festivities. The upscale hotel, just steps from The Galleria, is treating Texans , as well as residents of Louisiana and Oklahoma to a very special starting rate of $89, based on availability, from December 17 through January 9. Use rate code TXOKLA when booking.
Prohibition Supperclub & Bar located at 1008 Prairie Street, and the Moonlight Dolls presents the holiday musical, Tales of a Hard Nut, a burlesque-inspired adaptation of the timeless classic, The Nutcracker. The immersive theatre experience allows guests to interact and be a part of the show at Prohibition Supperclub and Bar. Guests are invited to dine on world-class, seasonally-decorated cuisine while partaking in holiday games and festivities. A three-course,prix-fixe menu will also be served during the show for $45 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets visit Tales of a Hard Nut online.
The holidays are filled with friends, family, gifting and stress but they don’t have to be. Join Radio Milano on Christmas Eve for dinner. To celebrate the holidays, this modern Italian restaurant will be offering a festive, four-course menu priced at $75 per person. The Christmas Eve menu will be offered from 5 until 9 pm. Radio Milano will also be offering a Christmas Day brunch with pasta, omelette, carving, salad and sweet stations for $35 per person. Call to make reservations and visit them online for full menu details.
New Year’s Eve
Keeping it cool and casual, Chris Webb and The Posse headline the fun at The West End, a bustling public house just steps from The Galleria. If you are looking for a spot which has it all this may be the place for you and your friends with an eclectic environment combining a classic pub with contemporary touches and an expansive, cigar-friendly patio, with alfresco lounge areas, as well as heated and covered indoor/outdoor spaces. The band starts at 9 pm, and the party also includes prizes and giveaways, a silent auction benefiting the Achilles Club and a midnight toast followed by complimentary midnight buffet incorporating traditional black eyed peas. Admission is free.
CITYCENTRE, located at 800 Town and Country Boulevard, is a hometown favorite complete with fireworks, making it the perfect place to ring in the New Year on Thursday, December 31. CITYCENTRE sets the stage with an array of happenings in its many restaurants, retailers and lounges. Beginning at 7 pm, the excitement builds with a DJ in the plaza, capped off as the clock strikes midnight with a spectacular fireworks show.
Damian’s Cucina Italiana is located at 3011 Smith Street. Make your reservation via telephone at 713.522.0439 as this year Damian’s Cucina Italiana offers up a three-course meal for $59.95/a person with Italian classics like Prosciutto con Asparagi, Snapper Dievole, Linguini Benedetto and a sea-salted, caramel-chocolate layered cake. A $16.95 children’s menu will also be available.
Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE, located at 800 Sorella Court, features the Quite the Night in Monnalisa Package starts at $379 for two and includes chic overnight accommodations at the Conde Nast Traveler Gold List property, champagne arrival gift and a pair of tickets for the Monnalisa bar New Year’s Eve party, which offers unrivaled views of CITYCENTRE’s midnight fireworks spectacular from the striking rooftop pool terrace, high above the crowd. Package add-on options include the Mimosa New Year’s Day brunch at just opened Radio Milano, as well as pre and post night stays at Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE priced at just $119 per room.
Holley’s Seafood & Oyster Bar, located at 3201 Louisiana features live entertainment and a five-course Black and White-themed dinner at Chef Mark Holley’s namesake restauran. HHolley’s Seafood & Oyster Bar in Midtown is one way to ring in 2016. Local blues band, Luther and the Healers, set the mood for the countdown, along with party favors, champagne toast and dancing. Menu highlights include roasted bone marrow, housemade burrata, seared akaushi tartar, peppercorn crusted veal ribeye, an artisan cheese plate and down south coconut cake. Priced at $125 per person. First seating is at 9 pm.
Step back in time with Hubbell & Hudson Bistro to a Great Gatsby-themed celebration. Choose from three celebrations options:
- From 5:30 to 7:30 pm, is a $49, three-course dinner with foie gras, lamb shank and profiteroles;
- Second at 7:30 pm features a five-course menu for $79 per person;
- and the final 9:30 pm seating and offers five-courses, plus live music, party favors and champagne toast for $99 per person.
The Bistro is also offering brunch through the weekend beginning on New Year’s Day at 11 am, January 2 at 11am and Sunday, January 3 at 9 am. Dine at any Hubbell & Hudson brand restaurant (Hubbell & Hudson Bistro, Hubbell & Hudson Kitchen) before January 31, 2016, and enter to win $2016 by registering your receipt at Hubbell & Hudson online.
For a delicious indulgence this new year visit Chef Omar Pereney at PESKA Seafood Culture which offering two seatings and menus: a three-course prix fixe at 5:30 pm priced at $75 and a four-course prix fixe at 8 pm priced at $95. Special menu items include Crispy Pork Belly with steamed rice buns, crispy leeks, cucumber and hoisin sauce; Egg Nest with porcini mushroom sauce, celery root, Malanga, yucca, egg 145 and roasted wild mushrooms; Ribeye with morel sauce, pan seared foie and grilled asparagus; and Sweet Corn Cake with almond streusel, vanilla sauce and caramel ice cream. Complimentary party favors and a champagne toast will be offered at both seatings.
A roaring 20’s party at Prohibition Supperclub & Bar rings in the new year! Go back in time to a place where speakeasies, flappers and lavish spending dominated the night. Starting at 10pm, the Moonlight Dolls will showcase a production adapted from Fitzgerald’s “Tales of the Jazz Age.” After the show expect a New Year’s countdown full of fox trots and bootleggers. VIP tickets and bottle/seating packages are available.
Ring in the New Year at CITYCENTRE’s Radio Milano, the restaurant that has been earning raves for its modern Italian menu under the direction of Chef Jose Hernandez. The restaurant will offer seatings at 6 pm, priced at $75 per person, and 9 pm for $95 per person. The second seating includes a champagne toast at midnight. After dinner, celebrate the arrival of the New Year at street-level Milano Bar, which will be open until 2 am. Conclude your celebration on New Year’s Day with Radio Milano’s buffet, priced at $40 per person from 10 am until 3 pm.
Tarakaan. located at 2301 Main is Midtown’s speakeasy-style newcomer. Tarakaan, celebrates its first New Year’s Eve with a four-course, prix fixe menu priced at $80 per person. Start your evening with a complimentary Champagne Firecracker cocktail and stay for the DJ, who kicks the evening in high gear at 10 pm. Moet bottle specials starting at $65 will also be available from 11 pm until 2 am. Visit Tarakaan online for complete menu details and to make your reservations.
The Durham House, located at 1200 Durham House celebrates out with the old and in with the new as Chef Don Schoenburg showcases a special, five-course, prix fixe menu. Reserve your table at The Durham House during the first seating at 6 pm priced at $90 per person or opt for a later dinner at 9 pm, with a champagne toast, also priced at $90 per person. An optional wine and cocktail pairing is also available at an additional cost.
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!