The end of another year brings one of San Antonio’s biggest and most exciting events, the annual Celebrate San Antonio New Year’s party. The celebration has something for all members of the family, featuring four stages of live music, fireworks, special children’s areas, food, and vendors of all kinds.
The festival has gained in size and renown over the years, and as San Antonio has become truly an internationally recognized city, so has it found its way onto many lists of the world’s best places to ring in the new year. According to the events website, saparksfoundation.org, priceline.com lists San Antonio as #34 on its list of places to spend New Year’s Eve--just between Sydney, Australia and Los Angeles, CA!
Celebrate San Antonio is a free event, open to all who wish to attend, and begins downtown on South Alamo, between Market and Durango at 6 PM. The party lasts until the fireworks close things down around 12:30 AM in front of the Tower of the Americas.
This year, among some of the acts that will be performing are:
- 21 Black
- Artie V and Grupo Suave
- Aiming for Glory
- 4 Ft. J
- The Stan Wayne Review
- Red Sauce Rules
- Judi Deleon and the Latin Connection
On the HEB Family Stage at the Arneson River, The Mira Sol Band and Inner City with Style will be entertaining the crowd.
This year, event planners are expecting in excess of 250,000 people to attend, meaning that the streets of San Antonio should be packed, and good times should abound! Celebrate San Antonio is billed as the largest free New Year’s Eve celebration in the state of Texas, and will certainly be a night to remember.
For something a bit more intimate, but also well known to San Antonio is the New Year’s Eve concert at Jim Cullen’s Landing at the Hyatt Regency. The doors open at 8:30 and the world famous Jim Cullen Jazz Band will be ringing in the new year.
Finally, if you are planning a get-together at your house, there are three places that can supply your every need.
- Alamo Fiesta, located at 2025 Main Av., has southwest style decorations, furniture, paper flowers, music instruments, and more.
- Amol’s Specialty at 710 Flores is the stop to pick up noisemakers, hats, beads, balloons, and even pre-packaged party kits for 100 guests.
- Party Mart located at 2863 Thousand Oaks Dr, has great prices on every party decoration and supply that can be imagined.
Remember, wherever you choose to ring in the New Year, please do it responsibly and carefully. We all know that this is one of the times of the year where there are lots of avoidable accidents and needless harm done. Please drink responsibly, and don’t drink and drive. Taking a taxi is a great way to be safe, have a great time, and not worry about having problems. San Antonio’s most advanced, recommended, and well-known cab service is Yellow Cab, and can be reached at 210-222-2222.
Happy 2009 New Year, from Mission Realty... San Antonio!