The world’s getting ready to ring in 2019 on December 31 and those looking for something special — but maybe not too rowdy — have some good choices in the Upper East Side of Texas. Some, like the delightful Four Winds Steakhouse in Wills Point as well as other locations, are already booked up for the evening since early October so mark your calendars for next year. Others may still have a spot just right for you.
The Texan Theater at 2712 Lee Street in Greenville is featuring a special New Year’s Eve dinner and entertainment. Call (903) 259-6360 for details and visit www.texantheatergreenville.com
The Corner Street Pub, 2702 Lee Street in Greenville, celebrates with drink specials, live entertainment, and the kitchen’s open through midnight. They serve 14 specialty craft drafts, wine, and have a full bar and a food menu. Call (903) 455-8881 for details.
There’s a nice Best Western and numerous other hotels less than 10 minutes from downtown. Also, Greenville now has Uber and another transportation service called The Connection.
There are two quite-famous hotels in downtown Jefferson — The Excelsior House Hotel and Jefferson Hotel — and numerous bed and breakfasts close by. Sammy’s PrimeTime, McGarrity’s, KnightLight Tavern, Kitt’s, and The Franchise have live entertainment and specials for New Year’s Eve. Lone Star Carriage Company is available for carriage rides. For more information about a Jefferson New Year’s getaway, call (903) 665-3733 or go to visitjeffersontexas.com.
Get a reservation at The Grand Hotel in downtown McKinney, www.grandhotelmckinney.com. Enjoy dinner there at Rick’s Chophouse or check out the Eclair Bistro, an elegant eatery offering a contemporary spin on classic French cuisine. An interesting twist at this place is they are the first in the region to offer a 3D Digital Mapping Projection experience at your dining table. A graphical projection system displays straight down onto the table with images like butterflies on your plate, a jazz player, and others that creates a memorable and unique dining experience. Check out their menu and other information on www.eclairbistro.com. On New Year’s Day, there’s plenty of shopping and dining along the interstate and check out Moviehouse & Eatery on Highway 121. They serve "scratch food" like Cheesy Cavatappi and Lollipop Chicken as well as beer, wine, and cocktails.
The Fredonia Hotel in Nacogdoches is a one-stop shop for New Year’s fun this year. Enjoy staying over in this remodeled historic hotel and an evening of food, drinks, and dancing with live entertainment. The hotel has the 1st City Cafe, the Nine Flags Bar, and the Republic Steakhouse. A New Year’s Day brunch is also served. Call (936) 564-1234 and visit www.thefredonia.com for confirmation and reservations.
An evening at The Redlands Hotel in historic downtown Palestine is a treat all its own to visit for a special occasion such as this. Enjoy appetizers and drinks in the full bar and fine dining in Red Fire Grille. If it’s not too cold, enjoy the rooftop to cap off the evening listening to the trains go by. The suites have a nice "getaway" feel to them with plenty of room to stretch out. Call (903) 729-2345 and visit www.redlandshistoricinn.com.
For those a bit more "curious" try the New Year’s Eve Tinker Bash at the Curious Museum, 1301 South Royall Street. The evening kicks off at 8 p.m. and includes dinner, live music, and competitions for best handmade accessories. Tickets are $100 per couple and at the end of the night someone will walk away with $10,000. Instead of table centerpieces, guests find tinkering materials to build their own light up hat or bow tie or other creative accessories. Cocktail attire and advanced tickets are required. Call (903) 723-3014 and visit www.visitpalestine.com/NYETinkerBash.
The Hilton at The Harbor in Rockwall is a wonderful getaway with a great view of Lake Ray Hubbard. Several restaurants are open for New Year’s Eve -- call ahead to verify. The Harbor Lights double-decker power party boat is featuring Around the World New Year’s Eve cruises on the lake. There are four cruises coinciding with "midnight" in Paris, London, New York, and Dallas. Guests can bring their own picnic including libations. Make reservations at www.dfwboatride.com or call (214) 534-3797.
Looking for a family-friendly special New Year’s getaway? Check out Jellystone Park at Whispering Pines. This fun, Jellystone-themed resort has RV and tent sites in addition to cabin rentals. Featuring costumed characters like Yogi Bear who roam around and interact with guests, it is a great destination for families. Situated on 47 acres north of Tyler — between Lindale and Hawkins — it promises a pancake breakfast New Years Eve day and starts the new year off with a healthy 5K run. Call (903) 858-2405 or visit www.jellystoneatwhisperingpines.com for more information.
Van Zandt Arts & Cultural District
The Forge and Moore’s Store in Ben Wheeler will have dinner, live music, and midnight specials. Andie Kay Joyner and Guthrie Kennard are at The Forge with a reservations/dinner show at 6:45 p.m. and a no reservations show at 8:45 p.m. $10 cover for either. Call (903) 833-5970 for reservations. Wesley Pruitt brings his annual New Year’s Eve show to Moore’s Store. The Fairfield Inn & Suites by Mariott in Van is about a 10 minute drive or numerous bed and breakfasts and Air BnBs are close by — see www.VanZandtACD.com to explore lodging options and other things to do in the district.