There are still eight days left until Christmas, and we're only two days into Hanukkah, but consider this your two-week notice for 2014. That's right folks, there's only 14 days between you and 2015, so it's time to start making those rockin' New Year's Eve plans. Here are just a few suggestions for celebrating the new year in OKC.
If you've yet to make dinner plans, Park Avenue Grill at the Skirvin Hilton is a good option. Make reservations now for one of their special New Year's Eve dinners, which will put you near all of the other festivities happening downtown. Their 4-course dinner goes from 7-11:00 p.m., but if you're going to the Thunder game or just looking to start your evening a little earlier, their 3-course "Prelude to Victory" dinner goes from 5-7:00 p.m. And you can stop by throughout the night for a drink and some live entertainment at their Red Piano Lounge.
Speaking of the Thunder game, if you'd like to add some rooting for the home team to your ringing in of the new year, both the Thunder and the Barons can oblige. The puck drops for the Barons at 6:00 p.m. as they take on the Charlotte Checkers in the Cox Convention Center Arena, and the Thunder have a 7:00 p.m. tip across Reno Ave. at Chesapeake Energy Arena against the Phoenix Suns. Both will leave you with plenty of time to enjoy the game and still take in all of the other activities filling downtown. And Thunder fans might want to check out "NYE: 2015," which is billing itself as the official Thunder vs. Phoenix afterparty and promises to have Thunder players in attendance.
If theater is more your speed, you'll want to grab your tickets for the Tony Award-winning musical "The Book of Mormon" at the Civic Center Music Hall. Performances start December 30 and run through January 4, with the New Year's Eve performance starting at 7:30.
Of course, the main event on New Year's Eve in downtown OKC is Art Council of Oklahoma City's annual "Opening Night." It's THE premier family-friendly party for OKC and offers a wide variety of activities, with more than 25 of Oklahoma's best and brightest performing at various venues downtown. As midnight approaches, be sure to gather in Bicentennial Park outside Civic Center Music Hall for the raising of the ball (we don't drop the ball in OKC, even on New Year's Eve) and a spectacular fireworks display. An Opening Night wristband allows attendees into all the venues and are $8 in advance or $10 at the event. Children under 5 are admitted free. Wristbands are available now at 7-Eleven Stores of Oklahoma, metro Homeland stores, MidFirst Bank locations, and Science Museum Oklahoma.
For a full list of events and other info and tools that can help you plan your celebration in OKC, be sure to visit VisitOKC.com. Here's to a Happy New Year in Oklahoma City!