Ring in 2020 with a family-friendly New Year's Eve in Houston this year. Bring the whole family any of these events for a fun way to celebrate the start of a new year! 

Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo

Although there won’t be any ball drops, Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo is a great opportunity for lots of family fun on New Year’s Eve! Check out the 100-foot-long Infinity Tunnel of Light, the 4-D Enchanted Forest, Ice Dragon and the many different photo opportunities. Some interactive activities include Candy the Zoo Lights Zebra and decorating your own churros and s’mores. Zoo Lights is open from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., with the last entry at 9:30 p.m. Buy your ticket early for a less expensive price! 

Sharkey’s NYE Party at Downtown Aquarium

The Downtown Aquarium’s New Year’s Eve Family Celebration kicks off New Year’s Eve for the kids! Join the Aquarium’s official mascot, Sharkey, in ringing in the new year. There will be a buffet, bird show, contests, giveaways, pictures with Sharkey and a balloon drop. Call to make your reservation today! The aquarium will be open during normal business hours for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, so be sure to check out the different exhibits and marine life for a fun, family-friendly New Year’s celebration.

Noon Year’s Eve at CityCentre Houston

Join the fun at the family-friendly Noon Year’s Eve celebration at the Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event features bubbles when the clock strikes 12, as well as a DJ, dancing, face painting, a balloon and caricature artist and a Lucky Shot’s magic mirror photo booth. Be sure to check out this fun family-friendly New Year’s Eve event that any kid would love!

Ice Skating at Discovery Green

What screams the holidays more than ice skating? Skate under the sparkling lights of downtown Houston and ring in the New Year on The ICE powered by Green Mountain Energy. It will be open on New Year’s Eve from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. offering a whole day of family fun! Admission is $11 and skate rental is $4, tax included. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online

New Year’s Eve at Kemah Boardwalk

Check out the family-friendly festival at Kemah Boardwalk for a fun celebration with the fam! New Year’s Eve at Kemah Boardwalk includes dancing, music, games, children’s activities and carnival food for purchase! Top off the night with a fantastic firework show at 10 p.m., perfect for ringing in the new year. Admission for the New Year’s Eve festival is included with the price of admission into the park. 

Rockin’ New Year’s Noon at the Children’s Museum of Houston

Ring in 2020 with a fun New Year’s bash at the Children’s Museum of Houston! Special events include magic shows, jugglers, DJs, dance parties and two ball drops! There will be festive New Year’s hats, noisemakers and a DJ dance party after the ball drop. This event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is the city’s longest-running New Year’s Eve celebration just for kids! Bring the whole family to the Children’s Museum of Houston to celebrate the New Year!

Magical Winter Lights at Gulf Greyhound Park

Enjoy the end of the holiday magic on New Year’s Eve by checking out the Magical Winter Lights at Gulf Greyhound Park! The festival is the largest lantern festival of its kind in the U.S. and one of the biggest holiday lighting events in Houston. It features a Holiday Market Square which has a food court and shopping areas, carnival rides and games, cultural performances and more! Bring the whole fam to ring in 2020 while seeing the coolest lantern light displays in Houston! 

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