End-of-the-year partiers can go to almost any bar or restaurant in the area to eat a meal and have some drinks. But if you’re like many people, you’re looking for a special way to celebrate on New Year’s Eve.
Have we got some ideas for you.
High on the list is the Madrid Theatre, where you’ll find what is being billed as “the first annual Midnight Rodeo.” Other than the fact that it can’t be an annual event if it’s the first one, this does appear to be unique among Kansas City’s major New Year’s Eve offerings.
It will have a distinct country flavor, with entertainment by Travis Marvin of Ottawa, Kan., and DJ Mr. Kristopher.
Like virtually every other local New Year’s Eve celebration, Midnight Rodeo also will offer lots of alcoholic beverages, including a midnight champagne toast.
Aside from the nearly universal theme of alcohol indulgence, however, each of the events we’ve designated below has its own special flavor.
If country music isn’t your cup of tea, how about vibes from south of the border? You’ll find that at NYE Fiesta Latina Kansas City at the Guadalupe Center.
If you think you might enjoy partying among historic aircraft or taking flight tours over downtown and the Country Club Plaza, the Hangar 9 NYE Party at the National Airline History Museum is for you.
If your tastes run toward brie and pesto with fresh strawberries, check out the Champagne Chic New Year’s Eve at the View @ Briarcliff.
The area’s offerings also include musical acts, plays, comedians and even a couple of events for the kiddos (at Science City and Wonderscope Children’s Museum).
Our roundup begins with our first (possibly to become annual) Big 12 area New Year’s Eve celebrations.
GUADALUPE CENTER: NYE Fiesta Latina Kansas City. Highlights will include Latin American dinner, live music, dancing and champagne toast. Info: 8 p.m. 1015 Avenida Cesar E. Chavez. $30-$50; BrownPaperTickets.com
WALDO-PLAZA-BROOKSIDE: NYE Limo Crawl. Ride in style to the Well, Tanner’s, Charlie Hooper’s and Tomfooleries and back again, with no covers at any of them. Info: 8 p.m. $30-$45; NYELimoCrawl.com
THE VIEW @ BRIARCLIFF: Champagne Chic New Year’s Eve. A buffet dinner and entertainment by Cherry Bomb and DJ Kevin will be followed by a champagne toast and balloon drop. Info: 7 p.m. 4000 N. Mulberry. $69.95-$89.95; VisionsKC.com, 816-841-2362
NATIONAL AIRLINE HISTORY MUSEUM: Hangar 9 NYE Party. The only party in town with a 10,000-square-foot dance floor and a laser-and-light show featuring a performance by Quixotic. Flight tours over downtown and the Country Club Plaza also will be offered. Info: 8:30 p.m. 201 N.W. Lou Holland. $100-$150; Hangar9NYE.com
OVERLAND PARK CONVENTION CENTER: Omega Ball Scholarship Dinner and Dance. Celebrate the new year and support scholarships for area high school seniors at the same time. Info: 7 p.m. 6000 College, Overland Park. $70-$100. 913-262-7837
MARTINI CORNER: Countdown at the Corner, a New Year’s Eve Celebration. One ticket gains access to five bars — Sol Cantina, the Drop, Barrel 31, Haus and Empire — providing beer, liquor, wine and mixers. Info: 9 p.m. 400 E. 31st. $60-$80; CountdownAtTheCorner.com
MADRID THEATRE: Midnight Rodeo. Ring in the new year with country singer Travis Martin and DJ Mr. Kristopher, plus unlimited drinks. Info: 8 p.m. 3810 Main. $90-$95; KansasCity-NewYearsEve.com
UPTOWN THEATER: New Year’s Eve Bash. This celebration will take place in four rooms, including the main theater, with a laser show, open bar and five DJs. Info: 7 p.m. 3700 Broadway. $70-$80; UptownTheater.com, 816-753-8665
UNION STATION: New Year’s Swingin’ Eve. Dave Stephens Band will supply a big-band swing feel. There also will be appetizers, champagne toast and unlimited-drink option. Info: 9 p.m. Sprint Festival Plaza, 30 W. Pershing. $60-$90; UnionStation.org, 816-460-2020
CALIFORNOS: Black Party. Entertainment will be available in four areas, highlighted by the main stage with two video boards and DJ B-Stee; also winter-themed shots. Info: 9 p.m. 4124 Pennsylvania. $70-$110; BlackPartyKC.com
KANSAS CITY LIVE! New Year’s Eve Live. One price provides access to at least 10 bars and nightclubs, with all-inclusive food and drink packages, live music, ball drop and fireworks. Info: 8 p.m. Power & Light District, 13th and Grand. $50-$125; PowerAndLightDistrict.com
SCOTTISH RITE TEMPLE: NYE at the Temple V. More than 2,000 partiers are expected to take advantage of unlimited premium drinks and eight party areas on four floors. Info: 8 p.m. 1330 E. Linwood. $89.98-$99.98; NYEKC.com
BLUE ROOM: New Year’s Eve Party with Charles Williams’ Motown revue. 7 p.m. 1600 E. 18th. $80 or $150 for couple; BrownPaperTickets.com
BROADWAY JAZZ CLUB: New Year’s Eve dinner featuring vocalist Molly Hammer. 7 p.m. 3601 Broadway. $60; broadwayjazzclub.com, 816-298-6316
CLARETTE CLUB: 1980s dance party hosted by Pyromaniac. 8:30 p.m. 5400 Martway, Mission. $10; 913-384-0986
CLUB 1000: NYE 2015 will have live music by Dolewite and Patrick Lentz Band. 9 p.m. 1000 Broadway. $80-$110; Club1000KC.com
THE GUILD: New Year’s Eve dinner and dance party with heavy hors d’oeuvres and champagne. 9 p.m. 1621 Locust. $40; Eventbrite.com
HOLIDAY INN OVERLAND PARK: New Year’s Eve featuring Bon Ton Soul Accordion Band plus Brody Buster Band and Dan Doran; can add buffet. 8 p.m. 8787 Reeder, Overland Park. $50-$75; TheBigNightKC.com
HOLLYWOOD CASINO: New Year’s Eve Hollywood Style, with Disco Dick and the Mirror Balls performing on casino floor. 8:30 p.m. 777 Hollywood Casino Blvd., Kansas City, Kan. Buffet, $25.99; HollywoodCasinoKansas.com, 913-288-9300
STANFORD’S COMEDY CLUB: “Saturday Night Live” alum Jeff Richards will perform; also a special New Year’s Eve menu featuring Dr. Pepper pork ribs. 8 and 10 p.m. 7328 W. 119th, Overland Park. $90 for couple; StanfordsComedyClub.com, 913-400-7500
TANNIN WINE BAR & KITCHEN: New Year’s Eve with David Basse Trio and tasting menu. 7 and 11 p.m. $65; 1526 Walnut. 816-842-2660
TOWER TAVERN: Grant’s New Year’s Eve House Party will include buffet and DJ Kim Badami. 8 p.m. 401 E. 31st. $30-$80; Eventbrite.com
TURNERS GERMAN-AMERICAN HALL: New Year’s Eve Party with buffet dinner and dance music from 1950s and ’60s. 6:30 p.m. 512 Bong, Belton. $25-$35; GACofKC.org
VOODOO: NYE 2015 Celebration featuring “One More Time”: A Tribute to Daft Punk with DJ J.T. Quick. 9 p.m. Harrah’s Casino, One Riverboat Drive, North Kansas City. $28-33; VooDooKC.com
WINTERSET PARK COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: New Beginnings New Year’s Eve Celebration for Christian singles in their 40s and 50s. 8 p.m. 2505 S.W. Wintercreek Drive, Lee’s Summit. $30; Eventbrite.com
WONDERSCOPE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM: WonderEve will feature Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove, balloon entertainment, storytime and balloon drop. 9 a.m. 5700 King, Shawnee. $5-$10; Wonderscope.org, 913-287-8888