Toast to 2013: Ring in the new year with parties, events of all kinds
BY NOUR HABIB & JASON ASHLEY WRIGHT World Scene Writers
Thursday, December 20, 2012
12/27/12 at 5:03 PM
This story originally provided the incorrect number for the Claremore Expo Center. The story has been corrected.
"What are you doing New Year's, New Year's Eve?"
From The Orioles and Johnny Mathis to The Carpenters and Rod Stewart, many have sung this question over the years.
It's an especially timely one, too - with less than two weeks until New Year's Eve.
Some of you will be staying at home, recuperating from a whirlwind of Christmas parties, shopping, cooking and eating.
Others, though, want to kick up their heels to greeting 2013 - and we have a fun list of things for them to do.
Original Print Headline: A Toast to 2013
From ball drops to dances, cool jazz to calves
Crowds gather in the Blue Dome District on New Year’s Eve 2011. TOM GILBERT/Tulsa World file
Blue Dome District, Second Street between Elgin and Greenwood avenues
9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
The fourth annual The Party! New Year's Ball Drop is again in the Blue Dome District. The free outdoor street party will feature a lighted ball drop and fireworks show, as well as live entertainment.
A VIP party, which will include food, drinks, entertainment and dancing, will be located in the Blue Dome area and will be available for $75 a person. Tickets are available at tulsaworld.com/THEparty
For more, 918-960-8758.
IDL Ballroom, Enso Bar and Electric Circus, 230 E. First St.
9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Local DJs will provide the entertainment at this New Year's Eve masquerade party. Plenty of chandeliers and crystal-covered walls, drapes and centerpieces will provide the backdrop for this event, which will also include a photo booth, midnight toast, balloon drop and masquerade masks.
Tickets are $35 per person, $60 per couple. VIP packages are $100 per person and include hors d'oeuvres, special seating and early or expedited entry; 21 and older.
For more, contact Meghan Hurley at 918-902-6339 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit tulsaworld.com/tulsacrystalball
New Year's Eve Celebration
Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 E. First St.
The talented duo of Tavis Minner and Cynthia Simmons will ring in the new year, accompanied by one of the best bands in town: Scott McQuade on piano, Bill Crosby on bass, Tony Yohe on drums and Tommy Poole on saxophone.
For those 21 and older, doors open at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 9 p.m.
Tickets are $20 in advance, $30 at the door; VIP reserved-table seating, $45. To purchase tickets, call Bettie Downing, 918-281-8609.
For more, 918-281-8600.
New Year’s Eve at the Olive Drop at
Price Tower in Bartlesville is a tradition.
Price Tower Arts Center, 510 Dewey Ave., Bartlesville
10 p.m.-1 a.m.
This annual tradition is changing things up a tiny bit by offering partygoers the opportunity to ring in 2013 in the center's gallery.
Festivities begin at 10 p.m. on the ground-level gallery, with live music by Tulsa's After Dark Trio. Party favors, appetizers and cash bar will be available.
Cheer your friends at midnight with a complimentary glass of champagne for the Olive Drop countdown, then hang out until 1 a.m. in Copper Bar on the Price Tower's 15th floor - or stay through the morning by snagging a room at Inn at Price Tower (call 918-336-1000 for overnight packages).
Brunch is served 10 a.m.-noon New Year's Day in Copper - complimentary to Olive Drop inn guests. Tickets to the public are available for $7 each, two for $12. Menu includes homemade quiche, fresh fruit, freshly prepared pastries, juices, coffee and mimosas, upon request. The museum will be closed on New Year's Day.
Tickets for the dance party are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. The outdoor drop is free and open to all.
For more, 918-336-4949, ext. 107.
Spherical Arts Party
Sharky's, 3415 S. Peoria Ave.
7 p.m.-2 a.m.
Patrons may reserve their very own pocket billiards table for the entire evening - for themselves and their guests. Once the table is reserved, they and their party may come and go as they please, as their table will continue to be reserved exclusively for them throughout the night.
Limited to ages 21 and older, the event is $49 per table, including all table time, party favors and complimentary bubbly at midnight.
You'll also find foosball, pinball, shuffleboard and English-style darts as you would year-round.
For billiards reservations, 918-742-9500.
Danger Zone Bull Riding
Claremore Expo Center, 400 Veterans Parkway
Starts 7 p.m.
The most action-packed New Year's Eve may be found here with world-champion bucking bulls, professional bull riders and live entertainment.
Bull riding starts at 7 p.m., followed by music from Darrel Cole & the Transcontinental Band and Justin Anderson & the Western Playboys.
Tickets, available at the center, are $12 adults, $8 for kids ages 6-12, and free for kids 5 and younger.
For more, 918-342-5357.
Enjoy live music, food, champagne toasts and more at Midnight @ The Mayo. TOM GILBERT/Tulsa World file
The Mayo Hotel
115 W. Fifth St.
8 p.m.-2 a.m.
Enjoy live music, food, champagne toasts and VIP access to the Crystal Ballroom, penthouse and rooftop at Midnight @ The Mayo. Fayetteville's DJ Derrick will start the party with a light show, and The Brian Hughes Band and The Undecided will perform. Gold cocktail attire is encouraged.
Tickets are $65. Prices will increase closer to the day of the party. Must be 21 to enter. Room reservations also available.
For more, 918-582-6296.
w xyz bar at Aloft Tulsa Hotel
6716 S. 104th East Ave.
8 p.m.-2 a.m.
This third-annual party for ages 21 and up will feature a DJ from Banks Entertainment, as well as refreshments, drink specials, a photo booth and raffle prizes, including a two-night stay at Aloft Dallas Downtown. Room packages, which include admission for two to the party, a champagne toast and $10 in snack credits for in-room munchies, is $89 if you book by Christmas, $99 after Christmas. Individual tickets for the party are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
For more, 918-949-9000.
100 E. Second St.
8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Ring in the new year at Hyatt while enjoying live music, champagne toasts, party favors, karaoke and access to the Cigar & Martini Lounge. Imzadi will perform in the Tulsa Ballroom, and Big Band Theory will perform in the Promenade Ballroom. Deluxe packages are $299 per couple and include tickets to the party, room accommodations with early check in at 11 a.m. Dec. 31 and check out as late as 2 p.m. Jan. 1, and a complimentary breakfast buffet. Packages without overnight rooms are $75, and are based on availability. 21 and older.
For tickets, 918-234-1234. For more information, 918-582-9000.
2600 N. Aspen, Broken Arrow
8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
The Post Apocalyptic New Years Celebration will include food from Mr. Mambo, drinks from Martini's Lounge and live music from The Franelli Blues Explosion. Tickets are $40, and room reservations will be available at the hotel at a discounted rate.
For more, 918-258-7085.
Get back to nature
Oxley Nature Center, 5701 E. 36th St. North
5:30 to 8 p.m.
Take a hike, warm up in front of the bonfire, share stories and enjoy hot chocolate, apple cider and s'mores during Oxley Nature Center's second-annual New Year's Celebration. If the weather permits, attendees will get the opportunity to look for Jupiter and its moons through a telescope. Admission $5 for the public, $3 for members. RSVP by Dec. 26.
For more, 918-669-6644.
Bounce U, 8922 S. Memorial Drive, Suite A
6:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Parents who have to catch their own party can drop off the kids at Bounce U. For $35, kids ages 4 and older can enjoy dinner, snacks, games and bouncing. RSVP in advance.
For more, 918-249-0090.
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Roll with it, baby
Skateland, 1150 S. Sheridan Road
7 p.m.-1 a.m.
Ring in the new year while skating. A slice of pizza, drink, party favor and skate rental is $15 per person. A balloon drop takes place at midnight, with prizes in the balloons.
For more 918-836-3344.
Southminster Presbyterian Church activity center, 35th Place and Peoria Avenue
8 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
TOSS, The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate, will host a New Year's Eve shindig that boasts a performance from The Zuits, along with beginner swing dance lessons at 8 p.m. and dancing 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Bring a snack to share, and you'll be entered into a drawing for door prizes. A non-alcoholic toast will be made at midnight. All ages welcome, but minors will need parental permission to attend (visit tulsaworld.com/tosstulsa for consent form or for more information). Admission is $5.
Race into New Year
River West Festival Park, 2100 S. Jackson Ave.
At this event, you'll run straight into the new year. A 1-mile fun run starts at 11 p.m., and the 5k will start at 11:45 p.m. Noisemakers, fireworks, music and a laser light show will be part of the event.
Food and drinks will be available after the run.
Advance registration is $20 ($30 with a shirt) and free for children younger than 12. Registration prices increase by $5 on race day.
For more, call Kathy Hoover at 918-805-6905 or visit tulsaworld.com/raceintoNY2013
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa will host its Noon Year's Eve Party for those who don't want to be out late to celebrate the new year. JAMES GIBBARD / Tulsa World
Noon Year's Eve Party
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, 777 W. Cherokee St., Catoosa
For those who don't want to be out late to celebrate the new year, Hard Rock will host its "Noon Year's Eve Party." They'll hand out party favors, do a countdown at noon, then have a cash drawing for $2,013. Also, at 1 and 2 p.m., Hard Rock will have cash drawings for $500, with an SUV giveaway at 3 p.m.
At 9 p.m., Another Alibi will perform on a stage in the lobby, with thousands of balloons being dropped at midnight. Another $2,013 cash drawing will be held at 1 a.m.
While you're there, check out the new non-smoking floor section of the casino, which features more electronic games and a sports bar that will air college football bowl games, including University of Tulsa's appearance in the Liberty Bowl. Admission is free; 21 and older.
For more, 918-266-6700.
A New Year of Fun
River Spirit Tulsa, 8330 Riverside Parkway
Enjoy free live music, great food specials, free party favors, environmental entertainers and, of course, an exciting countdown to 2013.
Hourly drawings for $2,013 will be held 6 p.m.-midnight, and a New Year's Eve lobster buffet - with unlimited champagne, whole Maine lobster, desserts and more - is set for 5 to 11 p.m. ($34.99 each).
Also, hear SquadLive at 9 p.m. in Mystic River Lounge for Top 40 favorites, plus classic tunes from the '70s, '80s and '90s. Admission to festivities is free; 21 and older.
For more, 918-995-8518.
A $100,000 New Year's?
Osage Casino-Tulsa, 951 W. 36th St. North
New Year's Eve will feature a happy hour from 10 a.m. to midnight, when you can snag a bottle of champagne for $5. Live entertainment will include the Wanda Watson Band at 9 p.m. in NINE18.
Guests ages 18 and older have a shot at winning as much as $100,000 in cash and prizes. Free play drawings start at 7 p.m. and end at 1:30 a.m. Cash drawings worth $2,013 will be announced at 12:15 a.m. New Year's Day.
The buffet will open for breakfast at midnight. Then, the New Year's Day buffet features seafood, the meat carving station, salad bar with fresh soups and vegetables, and cakes, pies and ice cream.
Guests can earn entries through Dec. 31 at the Osage Casino Tulsa or its six other locations: Bartlesville, Sand Springs, Ponca City, Skiatook, Hominy and Pawhuska. For more, 918-699-7614.
Fun and sober
Bruce Caesar from Anadarko (left) and Terry Toppah from Broken Arrow perform a Gourd Dance during the 11th Annual New Year's Eve Sobriety Pow Wow at the Tulsa Convention Center. JAMES GIBBARD / Tulsa World file
Tulsa Convention Center Exhibit Hall B, 100 Civic Center
Noon to 1 a.m.
The Friends of Sobriety's 12th annual free New Year's Eve Sobriety Powwow will feature numerous American Indian dance demonstrations and dance competitions. Dancers will take a break from 4:30 to 6 p.m. This year's event will honor Sobriety Powwow founder Niles Bosin, who died in January. For more information, call Lorraine Bosin at 918-639-7999
Clean and Sober
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, 621 E. Fourth St.
8 p.m. to midnight
This year's Clean and Sober New Year's Eve Party has a Studio 54 theme, and attendees are encouraged to come dressed in 1970s disco clothes. Prizes, music and raffles will be part of the event, as well as non-alcoholic champagne. Attendees will watch the fireworks in the Blue Dome District. The event is free. 18 and older.
For more, 918-743-4297.
Stokley Event Center, 10111 E. 45th Place
8 p.m. to midnight
B.A.S.I.C. Singles, or Brothers and Sisters in Christ, presents this non-alcoholic New Year's Eve party. Dinner, music, games, prizes and a sparkling cider toast at midnight are part of the event. Married couples and singles are welcome. Tickets are $20 in advance or $40 at the door.
For more, 918-645-6083.
Brady New Year's Eve Party
Brady Theater, 105 W. Brady St.
A full bar, ball drop and champagne toast at midnight are part of this NYE party.
Live music will be provided by DJ Sean Kibble, The Bradio, The Fabulous Mid Life Crisis Band, Charlie Redd and Jumpshots featuring Jenny Labow. Tickets are $50 and up.
For tickets or more information, call 918-582-7239 or visit tulsaworld.com/brady
Randy Rogers Band
Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main St.
Ring in the new year with Texas music group the Randy Rogers Band at this NYE concert. Kyle Park will open the all-ages show. Tickets are $27-51.
For tickets, call 866-977-6849 or visit tulsaworld.com/protix
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