There are many events planned throughout Texas to ring in the New Year tonight.

Organizers in Dallas say the annual "Big D NYE" celebration will draw tens of thousands of people -- perhaps forty thousand or more -- and it's billed as the biggest New Year's Eve celebration in the Central Time Zone.

That's at Victory Plaza in Downtown Dallas with live music, food, and fireworks, and it's free to get in with no tickets required.

If you don't feel like driving to Dallas, there are other events happening right here in East Texas.

In Whitehouse, it's the TASCA/Sans Souci Semi-Formal New Year’s Eve Dance with the Steven Smitha Band from 8:00 until 12:30. Find out more at www.tasca.org.

In Tyler, Rick's On The Square is planning a New Year's Eve party with Big Daddy. They'll have party hats and favors, and a champagne toast. Doors open at 4 p.m., and it's $20 per person. No one under 21 will be allowed in.

Keep in mind too, whatever you do, there will be extra eyes watching you. And by that I mean red and blue flashing lights that will be waiting for you to swerve. So be safe, be smart, and have a very Happy New Year!