Party options to celebrate the New Year
BY JASON ASHLEY WRIGHT World Scene Writer
Thursday, December 27, 2012
12/27/12 at 4:53 AM
As it turns out, the Mayans were wrong about the end of the world. That means, if you haven't already, you need to plan how you'll ring in 2013.
For those who want to celebrate in a big way, below is a selection of Tulsa-area New Year's Eve parties.
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 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, where chandeliers and crystal-covered walls, drapes and centerpieces will abound. A photo booth, midnight toast, balloon drop and masquerade masks are also part of the fun.
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.
Tavis Minner and Cynthia Simmons will ring in the new year at this party, accompanied by 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. For tickets, call Bettie Downing, 918-281-8609.
For more, 918-281-8600.
Price Tower Arts Center, 510 Dewey Ave., Bartlesville
10 p.m.-1 a.m.
Partygoers will 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.
A complimentary glass of champagne will be offered to all partygoers at midnight for the Olive Drop countdown. Those who want to stay through the morning can snag a room at Inn at Price Tower (call 918-336-1000 for overnight packages).
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.
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.
For more, 918-266-6700.
New Year's Spirit
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. 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.
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
By JASON ASHLEY WRIGHT AND Nour Habib | World Staff Writers
For families with young children, New Year's Eve festivities may have to take a different turn. But no one said that means you can't still celebrate.
If you're staying home this year, consider ordering your favorite pizza as you settle in to watch the ball drop on TV. But put in your order a little while before you actually want to eat it, because New Year's Eve is one of the busiest days of the year for pizza parlors.
And consider popping out a board game or two to enjoy with the kids while you wait for the ball to drop.
But for those who want to try something a little different, below are several options to ring in the new year away from home, family-style.
A night of skating
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.
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 918-805-690 or visit tulsaworld.com/raceintoNY2013
Swing in the new year
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.
They party, you party
Bounce U, 8922 S. Memorial Drive, Suite A
6:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Parents who want 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's are requested.
For more, 918-249-009.
Jason Ashley Wright 918-581-8483 Nour Habib 918-581-8369
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Crowds party in the Blue Dome District last New Year's Eve. TOM GILBERT / Tulsa World file
The Party! draws crowds to the Blue Dome District for New Year's Eve 2011. TOM GILBERT / Tulsa World file