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Pop Open the Champagne!

Spend New Year’s Eve in Waco

6 months ago

By Avery Ballmann

2024 is just over a week away and Waco is not short on events. Sure, you could pop fireworks in your backyard and light sparklers in your driveway, or you can celebrate with the rest of Waco at these events! There are several ways and places to spend New Year’s Eve on the town and we have them all right here.

Countdown to 2024

For the families that can’t wait up until midnight, the Mayborn Museum Complex has a celebration just for you! From 1—3 p.m. families can explore the museum, create crafts and celebrate the Mayborn’s 20th Anniversary. The countdown will begin at 2 p.m. with a confetti-filled balloon drop to kick off the new year. Visit the Mayborn’s website for information about the museum.

Bertie’s New Year’s Eve Bash

Bertie’s on the Rooftop hasn’t been around for long, but it is not going to miss celebrating the new year with Waco. Bertie’s is located on the rooftop of the newly added Hotel 1928. This event is 21+ and will feature a champagne bar, cocktails, specialty chefs — and that’s just the food. Bertie’s is partying like it’s the 20s — the 1920s — with its themed decor. As the clock hits midnight, enjoy a complimentary champagne as you watch fireworks light up the Waco sky. To purchase your tickets, click here.

Celebrate at the Best of Waco

Barnett’s Public House 

Barnett’s Pub has placed in the top three of the Best of Waco’s New Year’s Celebration for the past four years and their lineup shows why. Start the evening off with a specially crafted dinner of oysters, filet, truffle potatoes and more decadent items. Once you’re full, mingle outside with games and live music. There are several ticket options including VIP passes and general admission, for more information and to purchase, click here.

Fuzzy Friends’ Barkin’ Ball

In our latest Best of Waco Food and Entertainment in October, the Barkin’ Ball placed first as the best New Year’s Eve celebration and the best charity event. Since Fuzzy Friends is a nonprofit no-kill shelter this event is a fundraiser with many raffles throughout the night. Located at the BASE in the Extraco Events Center, there will be free valet services, a catered meal from The Olive Branch and live music from the Jordan Kahn Orchestra. Single tickets begin at $275 and there are table tickets for groups of 10!

Rock the Clock New Year’s Party

The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill is starting the night early at 6 p.m. and is partying all the way into 2024! Entertainment will not be lacking because there will be live music from Honey, Suede and the Chris Low Band. General admission starts at $15, but be sure to order your ticket online to avoid the $10 upcharge at the door. As well as listening to live music, enjoy party favors, champagne and a hot breakfast to start off 2024.

New Year’s Eve at Twisted Sisters

Twisted Sisters Patio Bar, 115 Mary Ave., is putting their hat into the New Year’s Eve celebration ring. Their party begins at 6 p.m. and the excitement will build with their prize drawings every hour starting at 8 p.m.! Amidst all the party antics The Bill & Phil Show, an acoustic duo band, will be performing. And of course there will be a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are only $15 if you buy them online and they will be $20 at the door.

NYE Palladium Waco Texas Black and Gold Party

The Palladium, 729 Austin Ave., is asking its guests to dress up in best black and gold outfits, the winner of best dressed receives $100! Besides the contest there will be a dance floor with music from Waco’s DJ Gee Rock, an open bar, appetizers, party favors and photo ops. The Palladium is starting their celebration at 7:30 p.m. with tickets starting at $60.

Skellington New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball

For the first time, the Waco Hippodrome will transform into a space with aerial and fire performers thanks to Skellington Curiosities. Not one floor of this historic theater will go unused as guests celebrate 2024. The ball requires formal attire along with a mask, a true Cinderella Story moment! General admission starts at $30 with VIP packages available. This is an 18+ event and it will begin at 9 p.m.

Time Warp: Journey Through the Decades

Southern Roots and Rogue Media want to take its guests through the decades before they ring in the new year. Starting at 9 p.m. DJ The Sweetest T will play tracks throughout the years to create a lively party for all different types of music lovers. Your $25 ticket not only includes good tunes but also a local artist raffle, decades inspired cocktails and a champagne toast to welcome 2024.

Meet Me At Midnight: Swiftie New Year’s Eve Party

Calling all Swifities! Freight Yardbar and Ice House is ending the 2023 era and entering 2024 with you! From 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. enjoy drink specials, a costume contest and a champagne toast. This is the one time you can stream Taylor’s song “New Year’s Day” from her Reputation album on repeat and hope that she will re-release this album as “Taylor’s Version” soon.


As we welcome the new year with excitement, hope, fear and maybe even some dread, the ritual of ringing in the new year has to bring some sort of good luck. So, as you’re partying and exploring Waco, maybe start dreaming of your New Year’s resolutions and soak in all the promise 2024 can bring.


Please drink responsibly at these events and do not drive if you are under the influence. Thanks to H-E-B, Subway and Chuy’s, you can schedule a free ride to and from your event from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. To reserve please call (254) 750-1620. You can also use Uber and Lyft rideshares. To see fares, download their apps.